Bos breaks through for first win with Cervelo

Dutch fastman outpaces Cavendish in Spain

Theo Bos broke his 2010 duck to claim the Clásica de Almería on Sunday. The Dutchman, who joined Cervélo TestTeam at the start of this year, finished ahead of Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) and former-Rabobank teammate Graeme Brown.

The pedigree sprint finale came only after strong work from the teams of the fastmen. Bos admitted afterwards it was an atypical finish and that he had been fortunate to regain contact with the peloton at one point during the race.

"It was a pretty hard course today," said Bos. "At the beginning of the race I was in the second group along with Mark Cavendish. In the downhill I was too far behind and the group split. But fortunately Iñigo Cuesta, Philip Deignan and Marcel Wyss set the tempo on the front and we were able to come back into the peloton and prepare for the sprint.

"It was a strange situation in the final as no team was able to control the bunch. I was too far behind and nobody went and I was in pretty good position in the last 300 metres. When we got close to the finish nobody started to sprint so I decided to go full
gas. Cavendish waited too long and he was not able to pass me in the last few metres."

Bos also benefited from the assistance of talented Italian Davide Apollonio, who secured fourth after helping to guide Bos in the uphill finish.

Four to the floor

The break of the day included four riders who were able to escape the clutches of the peloton after 20 kilometres of racing. Sergio Carrasco (Andalucia-Cajasur), Gonzalo Rabuñal (Xacobeo), Michal Golas (Vacansoleil) and Xabier Zabalo (Orbea).

The quartet managed to build up a maximum advantage of seven minutes as they forged a path over the first of the day's three Category 3 climbs.

By the time the race had reached the second ascent, the Lucainena, the break's advantage had been annulled. As the peloton made its way up the slope it quickly became apparent that the pace would be too much for some. The main group split into two factions, Bos caught up in the second.

While HTC had managed to keep their man Cavendish in contact with the front group, a determined chase-back saw the peloton reform at the final climb of the day, La Serrata.

Early attacker Golas and Ivan Gutierrez (Caisse d'Epargne) put in efforts enough to secure minor prizes for the day, but the teams of the sprinters weren't likely to pay any favours as they began to set-up for the finish.

A two-man move two kilometres from the finish was met with the expected response and although no team was able to take sole control of the lead-out Bos proved strong enough to hold off his rivals from 300 metres out.

Results
1Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo Test Team4:22:53 
2Mark Cavendish (Gbr) Team Htc-Columbia  
3Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
4Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse D"Epargne  
5Davide Apollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team  
6Michal Golas (Pol) Vascansoleil Pro.C.T  
7Jorge M. Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur  
8Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
9Ruben Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
10Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
11Rodrigo Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia  
12Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vascansoleil Pro.C.T  
13Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
14Alerses Saramotins (Lat) Team Htc-Columbia  
15Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vascansoleil Pro.C.T  
16Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank  
17Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea  
18Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vascansoleil Pro.C.T  
19Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia  
20Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
21Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
22Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
23Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia  
24Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
25Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo Test Team  
26Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Orbea  
27Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
28Gustavo Rodriguez (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia  
29Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse D"Epargne  
30Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Orbea  
31Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram  
32José Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse D"Epargne  
33Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram0:00:08 
34Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia0:00:12 
35Xabier Tondo (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
36Dimitry Kozantchouk (Rus) Rabobank0:00:16 
37Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
38Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank  
39Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank  
40Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:21 
41Javier Armendia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
42Jurgen V.Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:25 
43Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram0:00:27 
44Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram  
45Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram0:00:33 
46Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram  
47Kamil Zielinski (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice0:00:36 
48Dariusz Batek (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice0:00:41 
49Wouter Poels (Ned) Vascansoleil Pro.C.T  
50Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
51Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse D"Epargne  
52Jose Vte. Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
53Juan Jose Cobo (Spa) Caisse D"Epargne  
54Stephane Rossetto (Fra) Vascansoleil Pro.C.T  
55Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Sky Professional C.T  
56Fernande Z Deüo (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia  
57Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
58Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
59José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse D"Epargne  
60David Lopez (Spa) Caisse D"Epargne  
61Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse D"Epargne  
62Gonzalo Rabunal Rios (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia  
63Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram  
64Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Team Htc-Columbia  
65Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
66Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team  
67Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Htc-Columbia  
68Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo-Galicia  
69Stephen Cummings (Gbr) Sky Professional C.T  
70Adrian Honkisz (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
71Brice Feillu (Fra) Vascansoleil Pro.C.T  
72Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank  
73Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervelo Test Team  
74Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
75Xabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea0:00:51 
76Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
77Franhsek Rabon (Cze) Team Htc-Columbia0:01:25 
78Juan Javier Estrada Ruiz (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:01:29 
79Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
80Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Htc-Columbia  
81Patrik Gretsch (Ger) Team Htc-Columbia  
82Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:18 
83Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo Test Team0:08:34 
84Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
85Jaroslaw Rebiewski (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
86Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank  
87Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
88Andoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea  
89Tomasz Lisowicz (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
90Noel Martin (Spa) Orbea  
91Benat Urain (Spa) Orbea  

 

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