Rabon wins Vuelta Murcia

Theo Bos wins final sprint stage

Frantisek Rabon (HTC-Columbia) finished safely in the peloton on the final flat stage of the race to win the Tour of Murcia ahead of Denis Menchov and Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky).

Theo Bos (Cervelo TestTeam) won the final 121km stage to Murcia, beating Graeme Brown (Rabobank) and Daniel Schorn (Team NetApp).

"As we expected Rabobank set the tempo in the front but my teammates stayed around me providing perfect support," said Bos.

"It was really a fast finale and that is really good for me. Brown was in my wheel and I knew that I had to watch him. With 300 meters to go I opened the sprint and saw Brown coming out of my wheel. When he tried to pass me I accelerated and he was not able to pass me and came back in my wheel. The team did a great job for me today."

Menchov suffered a puncture in the final 30km of the stage but was quickly brought back to the bunch by his teammates. He finished 38 seconds behind Rabon in the final overall classification after finishing second to the flying Czech in Saturday's 22km time trial. Wiggins was third at 53 seconds.

Lance Armstrong (Team RadioShack) finished in the bunch and so secured seventh overall, 1:23 behind Rabon.

The victory in the five-day Tour of Murcia was the first career stage race win for the Czech time trial champion, who was well protected by his teammates on the final stage.

"The first 40 kilometres of the final stage, before the one big climb of the day, were a bit crazy with attacks going everywhere," said HTC-Columbia sports director Tristan Hoffman. "But afterwards we kept it all under control.

"At one point there was a break of nine riders, with one of them a potential threat because he was less than three minutes behind Frankie [Rabon] on the overall. Fortunately, he dropped out of the break and we combined with the sprinters' teams to close things down.

"Frankie's always been a great time triallist, but now he's getting much better on the climbs, too, so we weren't too worried."

Full Results
1Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo TestTeam2:43:35 
2Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
3Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp  
4Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
5Henning Bommel (Ger) German National Team  
6Russell Downing (GBr) Team Sky  
7Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram  
8Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp  
9Manuel Anton (Spa) Spanish National Team  
10Ian Wilkilson (GBr) Endura Racing  
11Sergey Shilov (Rus) Russian National Team  
12Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
13Egor Korolev (Rus) Russian National Team  
14Jack Bauer (NZl) Endura Racing  
15Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana  
16Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia  
17Artur Ershow (Rus) Russian National Team  
18Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
19Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions  
20Krzystof Jezowsky (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
21Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
22Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram  
23James Moss (GBr) Endura Racing  
24Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana  
25Salvador Guardiola (Spa) Spanish National Team  
26Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank  
27Sergey Chernetskiy (Rus) Russian National Team  
28Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
29Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing  
30Antonio Cabello (Spa) Spanish National Team  
31Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Astana  
32Maxim Kozyrev (Rus) Russian National Team  
33Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia  
34Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank  
35Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervélo TestTeam  
36Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
37Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
38Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky  
39Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky  
40Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack  
41Dariusz Batek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
42Robert Bartko (Ger) German National Team  
43Ross Creber (GBr) Endura Racing  
44Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
45Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Radioshack  
46Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
47Evan Oliphant (GBr) Endura Racing  
48Nicolas Portal (Fra) Team Sky  
49Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank  
50Robert Partridge (GBr) Endura Racing  
51Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky  
52Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram  
53Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
54Lukasz Bodnart (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
55José Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural  
56Arturo Mora (Spa) Caja Rural  
57Higinio Fernández (Spa) Caja Rural  
58Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana  
59Gregory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack  
60Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp  
61Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp  
62Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia  
63Stefan Schafer (Ger) German National Team  
64José Carlos Lara (Spa) Spanish National Team  
65Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack  
66Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Sky  
67Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural  
68Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Team HTC - Columbia  
69Robert Bengsch (Ger) German National Team  
70Víctor Cabedo (Spa) Spanish National Team  
71Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
72Vitor Rodrigues (Por) Caja Rural  
73Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Team Radioshack  
74Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural  
75Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram  
76Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervélo TestTeam  
77Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank  
78Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram  
79Nico Keinath (Ger) Team Netapp  
80Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank  
81Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Radioshack  
82José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Team Radioshack  
83Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Transitions  
84Dominik Nerz (Ger) Team Milram  
85Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam  
86Timon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp  
87Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam  
88Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
89Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam  
90Bjorn Schroder (Ger) Team Milram0:00:18 
91David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
92Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:46 
93Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
94Adan Sznitko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:01:55 
95Marcel Barth (Ger) German National Team  
96Joao Correia (Por) Cervélo TestTeam  
97Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Spanish National Team  
98Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
99Tomasz Lisowicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:11:01 
100Alexander Sokolov (Rus) Russian National Team  
DNFMichal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural  
DNSErik Mohs (Ger) German National Team  
DNSAndrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana  
Points
1Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo TestTeam25pts
2Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank20 
3Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp16 
4Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana14 
5Henning Bommel (Ger) German National Team12 
6Russell Downing (GBr) Team Sky10 
7Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram9 
8Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp8 
9Manuel Anton (Spa) Spanish National Team7 
10Ian Wilkilson (GBr) Endura Racing6 
11Sergey Shilov (Rus) Russian National Team5 
12Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team4 
13Egor Korolev (Rus) Russian National Team3 
14Jack Bauer (NZl) Endura Racing2 
15Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana1 
Sprint 1 - Santomera
1Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing3pts
2Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam2 
3Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank1 
Sprint 2 - La Alberca
1Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing3pts
2Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural2 
3Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam1 
Mountain 1 - Alto Cabezo de la Plata (Cat. 2)
1Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam6pts
2Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural4 
3Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing2 
4Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team1 
Teams
1Russian National Team8:10:45 
2Astana  
3Endura Racing  
4Rabobank  
5Spanish National Team  
6Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
7Team Netapp  
8Team Milram  
9CCC Polsat Polkowice  
10Sky Professional Cycling Team  
11Team HTC - Columbia  
12Garmin - Transitions  
13German National Team  
14Cervélo TestTeam  
15Team Radioshack  
16Caja Rural  
Final general classification
1Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia16:01:24 
2Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank0:00:38 
3Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky0:00:53 
4Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack0:00:57 
5Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana0:01:21 
6Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank0:01:23 
7Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack  
8Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank0:01:41 
9Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram0:01:42 
10Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:01:59 
11Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia0:02:14 
12José Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural0:02:15 
13Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank0:02:21 
14Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana0:02:24 
15Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:02:30 
16Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Team Radioshack  
17Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:02:31 
18Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:02:38 
19Jack Bauer (NZl) Endura Racing0:02:41 
20José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Team Radioshack0:02:42 
21Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram0:03:10 
22Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervélo TestTeam0:03:16 
23Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:05:13 
24Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:05:14 
25Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam0:05:37 
26Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:06:00 
27Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:06:37 
28Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia0:06:52 
29Dominik Nerz (Ger) Team Milram  
30Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:07:02 
31Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:07:20 
32Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural0:07:58 
33Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp0:08:17 
34Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Sky0:08:33 
35Sergey Chernetskiy (Rus) Russian National Team0:08:45 
36Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank0:09:45 
37David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:09:53 
38Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Astana0:10:06 
39Vitor Rodrigues (Por) Caja Rural0:10:38 
40Ian Wilkilson (GBr) Endura Racing0:11:16 
41Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions0:11:22 
42Egor Korolev (Rus) Russian National Team0:11:58 
43Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervélo TestTeam0:12:33 
44Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Radioshack0:13:16 
45Salvador Guardiola (Spa) Spanish National Team0:13:59 
46Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:14:14 
47Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:14:25 
48Artur Ershow (Rus) Russian National Team0:15:26 
49Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram0:15:27 
50Gregory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack0:16:00 
51Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp0:16:11 
52Evan Oliphant (GBr) Endura Racing0:17:11 
53Robert Partridge (GBr) Endura Racing0:17:16 
54Dariusz Batek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:18:03 
55Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:21:53 
56Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky0:22:16 
57Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana0:22:57 
58Higinio Fernández (Spa) Caja Rural0:23:54 
59Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:26:22 
60Sergey Shilov (Rus) Russian National Team0:26:54 
61Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing0:26:57 
62Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp0:27:18 
63Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Radioshack0:27:56 
64Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank0:28:03 
65Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:30:25 
66Nico Keinath (Ger) Team Netapp0:30:26 
67Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp0:31:51 
68Nicolas Portal (Fra) Team Sky0:32:31 
69Russell Downing (GBr) Team Sky0:33:47 
70José Carlos Lara (Spa) Spanish National Team0:34:01 
71Arturo Mora (Spa) Caja Rural0:34:24 
72Bjorn Schroder (Ger) Team Milram0:34:31 
73Henning Bommel (Ger) German National Team0:36:21 
74Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Transitions0:36:46 
75Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana0:37:05 
76James Moss (GBr) Endura Racing0:37:16 
77Stefan Schafer (Ger) German National Team0:38:27 
78Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram0:39:33 
79Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Team HTC - Columbia0:39:34 
80Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions0:41:02 
81Víctor Cabedo (Spa) Spanish National Team0:41:33 
82Krzystof Jezowsky (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:46:18 
83Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo TestTeam0:46:20 
84Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural0:46:37 
85Timon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp0:46:58 
86Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank0:47:40 
87Manuel Anton (Spa) Spanish National Team0:50:45 
88Joao Correia (Por) Cervélo TestTeam0:51:01 
89Robert Bengsch (Ger) German National Team0:51:47 
90Lukasz Bodnart (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:51:57 
91Robert Bartko (Ger) German National Team0:52:04 
92Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram0:52:12 
93Marcel Barth (Ger) German National Team0:52:41 
94Ross Creber (GBr) Endura Racing0:55:21 
95Maxim Kozyrev (Rus) Russian National Team0:56:46 
96Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Spanish National Team0:57:20 
97Adan Sznitko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice1:01:39 
98Antonio Cabello (Spa) Spanish National Team1:02:20 
99Tomasz Lisowicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice1:03:41 
100Alexander Sokolov (Rus) Russian National Team1:07:53 
Points classification
1Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank60pts
2Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia35 
3Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp35 
4Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank34 
5Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana32 
6Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia32 
7Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram28 
8Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing26 
9Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack26 
10Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo TestTeam25 
11Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team23 
12Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky23 
13Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram23 
14Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Radioshack21 
15Ian Wilkilson (GBr) Endura Racing20 
16Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana19 
17Russell Downing (GBr) Team Sky18 
18Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team17 
19Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions17 
20Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team15 
21Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia12 
22Henning Bommel (Ger) German National Team12 
23Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank11 
24Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank10 
25Krzystof Jezowsky (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice10 
26Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervélo TestTeam9 
27Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack8 
28Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp8 
29Jack Bauer (NZl) Endura Racing7 
30Sergey Shilov (Rus) Russian National Team7 
31Manuel Anton (Spa) Spanish National Team7 
32José Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural6 
33David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions6 
34Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Astana6 
35Egor Korolev (Rus) Russian National Team6 
36Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana6 
37Timon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp5 
38Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram4 
39Víctor Cabedo (Spa) Spanish National Team4 
40Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia3 
41Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam3 
42Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram3 
43Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank2 
44Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana2 
45José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Team Radioshack2 
46Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural2 
47Marcel Barth (Ger) German National Team2 
48Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural1 
49Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank1 
Sprints classification
1Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing12pts
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team5 
3Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3 
4Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam3 
5Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural2 
6Marcel Barth (Ger) German National Team2 
7José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Team Radioshack2 
8Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank2 
9Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank1 
10Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Astana1 
11Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural1 
Mountains classification
1Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team30pts
2Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team22 
3Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervélo TestTeam22 
4Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team20 
5Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank8 
6José Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural8 
7Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp8 
8Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions7 
9Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam6 
10Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana4 
11Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural4 
12Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing4 
13Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural2 
14Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Transitions2 
15Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Astana2 
16Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam2 
17Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky2 
18Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky1 
19Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank1 
20Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam1 
21Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team1 
22Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Transitions1 
Teams classification
1Rabobank48:07:49 
2Team Radioshack0:00:22 
3Astana0:02:16 
4Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:02:30 
5Team HTC - Columbia0:03:04 
6Team Milram0:06:01 
7Garmin - Transitions0:06:06 
8Cervélo TestTeam0:07:25 
9Caja Rural0:15:45 
10Endura Racing0:24:18 
11Sky Professional Cycling Team0:25:30 
12Team Netapp0:26:44 
13Russian National Team0:31:37 
14CCC Polsat Polkowice0:59:55 
15Spanish National Team1:13:10 
16German National Team1:50:40 

 

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