Rovira flies domestic flag high in Ordizia

Local squad proves too canny for ProTour teams

Jaume Rovira won the 86th Prueba Villafranca–Clasica de Ordizia. The Spaniard from the Andorra-Grandvalira squad beat his compatriot Joaquím Rodríguez (Caisse d’Epargne).

Third was Euskaltel–Euskadi’s Pablo Urtasun who won the sprint from a pursuing group. The race was marked by a breakaway group that was brought back just 15km before the finish line.

"This race is always hard, there are always big names and today it was even harder because of the heat." said Rovira at the finish. "So I am very happy about my victory. Euskaltel – Euskadi has controlled the race, but I tried my luck in a curve of the last ascent and I was able to escape. The team had worked very well, we had been in every breakaway group. I want to dedicate my victory to my family, my wife and everybody who has supported me."

How it unfolded

The Clasica de Ordizia takes place as part of an annual festival in the small town, situated in the region of Goierri (Gipuzkoa). Even after a night of festival celebrations and an early start, large crowds had come to cheer their heroes - mostly Basque riders - including Dioni Galparsoro, Mikel Gaztañaga, Aitor Pérez or Gorka Izagirre. Also present were Olympic champion Samuel Sánchez, Italians Gilberto Simoni and Michele Scarponi and Spaniards Joaquím Rodríguez and David de la Fuente.

The peloton were observed by cycling legends Miguel Indurain, Fernando Escartín and Marino Lejarreta as they started their 165.7km journey.

By the time the race had reached the Alto de Abaltzisketa for the first time, the peloton was split up into several groups. A group of about fifteen riders including Fuji-Servetto’s Héctor González and Jesús del Nero, Javier Aramendia (Euskaltel – Euskadi) and Angel Madrazo (Caisse d’Epargne) were able to cross the summit of the climb 3:08 ahead of the peloton.

This group was able to stay in front for the next three laps of the course. Colombian Alejandro Serna claimed enough points in the break to win the mountain classification, while Andalucía–Cajasur’s Javier Ramírez claimed most of the points available at the race's intermediate sprints in Ordizia.

In the last ascent to the Alto de Abaltzisketa, the peloton was being led by home team, Euskaltel–Euskadi, in an effort to chase down the escapees. As soon as the early breakaway was brought back Rovira and Joaquím Rodríguez attacked and were able hold a slim advantage to reach the finish line.

The duo finished 16 seconds ahead of a group lead by Urtasun, Caisse d’Epargne’s Daniel Moreno and Michele Scarponi (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni – Androni GIO).

The day's heat, as well as the hard race meant that only 83 riders of 120 starters would see the finish line in Ordizia.


1Jaume Rovira Pons (Spa) Andorra - Grandvalira3:52:20 
2Joaquín Rodríguez Oliver (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne  
3Pablo Urtasun Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:16 
4Manuel Ortega Ocaña (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur  
5Luis Ángel Maté Mardones (Spa) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
6Daniel Moreno Fernández (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne  
7Ángel Vallejo Dominguez (Spa) Andorra - Grandvalira  
8Jesús Del Nero Montes (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
9Michele Scarponi (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
10Alex Cano (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes  
11Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur  
12Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Burgos Monumental - Castilla Y Leon  
13Freddy Montana (Col) Boyaca Es Para Vivirla0:00:18 
14Iván Melero Coco (Spa) Burgos Monumental - Castilla Y Leon  
15Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:20 
16Alberto Fernández De La Puebla (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:00:28 
17Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:20 
18Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Contentpolis - Ampo  
19Walter Pedraza (Col) Sp Tableware-Gatsoulis Bikes  
20Eduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Andorra - Grandvalira  
21Antonio Olmo Menacho (Spa) Boyaca Es Para Vivirla  
22Francisco José Martínez Pérez (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur  
23Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Eqa - Meitan HompoGraphite Design  
24Javier Echarri Marín (Spa) Contentpolis - Ampo  
25Sergi Escobar Roure (Spa) Andorra - Grandvalira  
26Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne  
27Josu Agirre Aseginolaza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
28Edwin Parra (Col) Boyaca Es Para Vivirla  
29Esteban Plaza Mira (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur  
30Romain Sicard (Fra) Orbea  
31José Ruiz Sánchez (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur  
32Javier Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
33Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
34Luis Felipe Laverde (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes  
35Jaume Pont (Fra) Eqa - Meitan HompoGraphite Design  
36Andoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea  
37David Belda García (Spa) Boyaca Es Para Vivirla  
38Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
39Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur  
40Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne  
41Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur  
42Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
43Diego Gallego Arnaiz (Spa) Burgos Monumental - Castilla Y Leon  
44Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse D'Epargne  
45Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse D'Epargne  
46Samuel Sánchez González (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:30 
47Ricardo García Ambroa (Spa) Orbea0:03:09 
48Juan F Mouron Doldan (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
49Raúl García De Mateo (Spa) Andorra - Grandvalira  
50Eriz Ruiz De Erentxun (Spa) Orbea  
51Sergio Domínguez Muñoz (Spa) Contentpolis - Ampo  
52Raul Santamarta Valvuena (Spa) Burgos Monumental - Castilla Y Leon  
53Alejandro Serna (Col) Boyaca Es Para Vivirla  
54Byron Guama De La Cruz (Ecu) Burgos Monumental - Castilla Y Leon  
55Robinson Chalapud (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes0:03:12 
56Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse D'Epargne0:03:19 
57Enrique Mata Cabello (Spa) Burgos Monumental - Castilla Y Leon0:04:09 
58Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis - Ampo  
59Rubén Reig Conejero (Spa) Contentpolis - Ampo  
60Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:25 
61Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
62Alejandro Ramírez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes  
63Nazarreno Rossi (Swi) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
64Nairo Quintana (Col) Boyaca Es Para Vivirla  
65Iñaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
66Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Orbea  
67Mario García (Spa) Sp Tableware-Gatsoulis Bikes  
68Alexey Shchebelin (Rus) Sp Tableware-Gatsoulis Bikes0:07:05 
69José Alberto Benítez Román (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:07:38 
70Jose L Roldan Carmona (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur  
71David Francisco Delgado (Spa) Burgos Monumental - Castilla Y Leon  
72Daniel Sesma (Spa) Orbea  
73Jose A Carrasco Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur  
74Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis - Ampo  
75Fabio Duarte (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes  
76Michael Rodríguez (Col) Boyaca Es Para Vivirla  
77José Vicente García Acosta (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne0:09:52 
78Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Contentpolis - Ampo  
79Iker Camaño Ortuzar (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
80David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
81Willian Aranzazo Escobar (Col) Boyaca Es Para Vivirla  
82Serafín Martínez Acebedo (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
83Marcos García Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
DNFCarlos Torrent Tarres (Spa) Andorra - Grandvalir  
DNFAlessandro Bertolini (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
DNFDavid López García (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne  
DNFDionisio Galparsoro Martínez (Spa) Contentpolis - Ampo  
DNFJuan José Cobo Acebo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
DNFIban Mayoz Echeverría (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
DNFLuca Celli (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
DNFClaudio J Casas Gallego (Spa) Contentpolis - Ampo  
DNFMikel Gaztañaga Echeverria (Spa) Contentpolis - Ampo  
DNFTakashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Eqa - Meitan Hompo  
DNFMiyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Eqa - Meitan Hompo  
DNFDenis Bertolini (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
DNFJuan Javier Estrada Ruiz (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur  
DNFDelio Fernández Cruz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
DNFMiguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Orbea  
DNFHéctor González Baeza (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
DNFMasaaki Kikuchi (Jpn) Eqa - Meitan Hompo  
DNFAndoni Lafuente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFAlejandro Paleo Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
DNFNariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Eqa - Meitan Hompo  
DNFIvan Raña Fuentes (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
DNFWillian Aranzazo Escobar (Col) Boyaca Es Para Vivir  
DNFVicente Garcia De Mateo (Spa) Andorra - Grandvalir  
DNFAitor Aznar Torres (Spa) Andorra - Grandvalir  
DNFAngel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne  
DNFEneko Echeverz Carte (Spa) Orbea  
DNFLuis Mas Bonet (Spa) Burgos Monumental -  
DNFBeñat Urain Epelde (Spa) Orbea  
DNFPedro Fernández (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
DNFThomas Bertolini (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
DNFLeonardo Moser (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
DNFMickael Damien (Fra) Eqa - Meitan Hompo  
DNFSung Baek Park (Kor) Eqa - Meitan Hompo  
DNFMikel Ilundain (Spa) Orbea  
DNFDmitry Puzanov (Rus) Andorra - Grandvalir  
DNFFabio Gordillo (Col) Colombia Es Pasion  
DNFWilson Marentes (Col) Colombia Es Pasion  
DNFJairo Salas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion  
DNFFader Ardila (Col) Colombia Es Pasion  
DNFJuan Pablo Forero (Col) Colombia Es Pasion  
DNFEmmanouli Daskalakis (Gre) SP Tableware-Gatsoulis Bikes  
DNFGeorgios Karatzios (Gre) SP Tableware-Gatsoulis Bikes  
DNFIoannis Tamouridis (Gre) SP Tableware-Gatsoulis Bikes  
DNFHéctor Espasandín Gómez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
DNFPaulos Chalkiocoulos (Gre) SP Tableware-Gatsoulis Bikes  
DNFAnastasios Kaourmcetis (Gre) SP Tableware-Gatsoulis Bikes  
1Alejandro Serna (Col) Boyaca Es Para Vivirla9 pts
2Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse D'Epargne4 
3Jose L Roldan Carmona (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur4 
4Byron Guama De La Cruz (Ecu) Burgos Monumental - Castilla Y Leon4 
5Joaquín Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne3 
6Robinson Chalapud (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes3 
7Jaume Rovira Pons (Spa) Andorra - Grandvalira2 
8Diego Gallego Arnaiz (Spa) Burgos Monumental - Castilla Y Leon2 
9Fabio Duarte (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes2 
10Enrique Mata Cabello (Spa) Burgos Monumental - Castilla Y Leon2 
Metas Volantes
1Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur9 pts
2Jose L Roldan Carmona (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur6 
3Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi3 
4Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Orbea2 
5Enrique Mata Cabello (Spa) Burgos Monumental - Castilla Y Leon1 
6Michele Scarponi (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli1 
7Byron Guama De La Cruz (Ecu) Burgos Monumental - Castilla Y Leon1 
8Serafín Martínez Acebedo (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1 
1Andorra - Grandvalira11:38:36 
2Caisse D'Epargne  
3Andalucia Cajasur0:00:16 
4Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
5Burgos Monumental - Castilla Y Leon0:00:18 
6Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:20 
8Boyaca Es Para Vivirla0:01:22 
9Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes0:03:12 
10Contentpolis - Ampo0:04:13 
12SP Tableware-Gatsoulis Bikes0:12:14 
13Xacobeo Galicia0:12:45 


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