Matthews triumphs in Almeria

Bozic and Kluge round out podium

Michael Matthews claimed Rabobank's much-craved first win of the season, sprinting to victory at Clasica de Almeria in Spain. It's the second consecutive year that Matthews, former under 23 world champion, has got the first runs on the board for the Dutch team having claimed Stage 3 of the Tour Down Under in 2011.

Matthews prevailed in the 10-man sprint to the line, ahead of Borut Bozic (Astana Pro Team) and Roger Kluge (Project 1T4i).
After his season-opener, the Tour Down Under, Matthews raced at the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol where he posted three top-10 results and appeared to be on the verge of a breakthrough. Sunday's win was it.

"It is fantastic for the second consecutive year to help the team to its first win of the season," Michael Matthews told "I felt strong and the team did a great job. The lead out was close to perfect. Luis Leon [Sanchez] gave us very good start and Graeme went from 400 meters.

"When you get delivered like that it makes it a lot easier, of course, you still have to try and win. But we did," he continued.
"This is a big boost for morale. Not only the fact that we won; but the way did it."

The day's break consisting of Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin-Barracuda), Yannick Talabardon (Saur Sojasun), Jurgen Van de Walle (Lotto) and Jose Vicente Toribio (Andalucía) had been allowed a gap of up to five minutes before eventually being reeled in after 159 kilometres of racing.

The Almeria parcours was perfectly suited to the Australian, with three climbs en-route to a slight uphill finishing straight. A selection of 55 riders made it over the final climb of the day, at around 60 kilometres left to race.

Rabobank director sportif Jan Boven was impressed with his team's effort, saying that the race had gone "exactly as planned" with Matthews one of two cards the team could play, the other being 2010 winner Theo Bos.

Robert Gesink had waited for Bos, but the former winner had not made the front group and so Rabobank was left with five riders to guide Matthews to victory.

"The team really needed this win, but we have also worked hard," Matthews again praised the work of his teammates. "Everything went to plan today as it was supposed to; we had everything under control, and finally got the victory!" 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team4:24:17 
2Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team  
3Roger Kluge (Ger) Project 1T4I  
4Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
5Francisco Jose Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team  
6Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
7Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
8Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Barracuda  
9Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp  
10Aitor Galdos (Spa) Caja Rural  
11Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:00:03 
12Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
13Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
14David Lelay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
15Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
16Pablo Lastras (Spa) Movistar Team  
17Matthias Brandle (Aut) Team Netapp  
18Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
19Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural  
20Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
21Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Project 1T4I  
22Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Project 1T4I  
23Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
24Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team  
25Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
26Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
27Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
28Jose F. Aramendia (Spa) Caja Rural  
29Jose V. Toribio (Spa) Andalucia  
30Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - Barracuda  
31Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
32Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
33Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
34Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia  
35Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Project 1T4I  
36Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Barracuda  
37Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team  
38Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team  
39Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Team Netapp  
40Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
41Rafael Valls (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
42Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
43Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp0:00:16 
44Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:20 
45Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
46Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Barracuda0:00:25 
47Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:28 
48Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Netapp  
49Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:32 
50Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:57 
51Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:01:23 
52Stefan Denifl (Aut) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
53Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - Barracuda0:01:26 
54Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
55Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
56Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Barracuda  
57Christian Vandevelde (USA) Garmin - Barracuda0:01:47 
58Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team  
59Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
60Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator0:09:24 
61Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
62Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
63Manuel Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural  
64Antonio Piedra (Spa) Caja Rural  
65Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
66Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
67Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
68Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:10:08 
69Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp  
70Francisco Anton (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon  
71Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
72Igor Romero (Spa) Caja Rural  
73Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
74Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto Belisol Team  
75Gaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
76David De La Fuente (Spa) Caja Rural  
77Francisco J. Irriarte (Spa) Movistar Team0:10:13 
78Thierry Hupond (Fra) Project 1T4I  
79Julian Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural  
80Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Project 1T4I  
81Egor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro Team0:10:18 
82Vasil Kryenka (Blr) Movistar Team0:10:21 
83Jose L. Cano (Spa) Andalucia0:14:05 
84Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda0:19:00 
85Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator0:19:02 
86Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp  
87Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator0:19:06 
88Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator0:19:11 
89Roman Osuna (Spa) Andalucia0:19:37 
90Ruben Jimenez (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon  
91Carlos Verona (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon  
92Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia  
93Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon  
94Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Andalucia  
95Damien Branaa (Fra) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon  
96Victor Cabedo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
97Eloy Ruiz (Spa) Andalucia  
98David Belda (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon  
DNFEnrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFMartijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFBarry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFPablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFStef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
DNFMarcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1T4I  
DNFCheng Ji (Chn) Project 1T4I  
DNFOscar Santamaria (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon  
DNFEfren Carazo (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon  
DNFTim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
DNFJose Aguilar (Spa) Andalucia  
Mountain 1 - Alto Del Portichuelo (Cat. 3) km. 70,90
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator3 pts
2Jose V. Toribio (Spa) Andalucia2 
3Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team1 
Mountain 2 - Alto De Lucainena (Cat 2) km. 123,80
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team6 pts
2Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun4 
3Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Barracuda2 
4Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team1 
Mountain 3 - Alto De La Serrata (Cat. 3) km. 148,20
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team3 pts
2Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun2 
3Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Barracuda1 
Sprint 1 - Benahadux, km. 38,70
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jose V. Toribio (Spa) Andalucia3 pts
2Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team2 
3Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun1 
Sprint 2 - Uleila Del Campo, km. 82,00
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team3 pts
2Jose V. Toribio (Spa) Andalucia2 
3Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Barracuda1 
Sprint 3 - Lucainena De Las Torres, km. 117,60
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun3 pts
2Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team2 
3Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Barracuda1 
Sprint 4- Retamar, km. 169,00
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team3 pts
2Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team2 
3Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team7 pts
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team4 
3Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun4 
4Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Barracuda2 
5Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun2 
6Jose V. Toribio (Spa) Andalucia2 
7Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Barracuda1 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team10 pts
2Jose V. Toribio (Spa) Andalucia5 
3Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun4 
4Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team2 
5Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Barracuda2 
6Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team1 
Regional rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team4:24:20 
2Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia  
3Antonio Piedra (Spa) Caja Rural0:09:21 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Movistar Team13:12:54 
2Saur - Sojasun0:00:03 
3Project 1t4i  
4Caja Rural  
5Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
6Team NetApp  
8Astana Pro Team  
9Lotto Belisol Team0:00:06 
10Euskaltel - Euskadi  
11Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:20 
12Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:18:48 


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