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Renshaw wins the sprint in Almeria

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Blanco rider beats Janse van Rensburg and Lasca

Mark Renshaw (Blanco)

Mark Renshaw (Blanco)

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Mark Renshaw continued the Blanco team's run of early season success in Spain on Sunday, winning the Clásica de Almería thanks to his fast sprint finish.

The Australian beat South Africa's Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Argos-Shimano) and Spain's Francesco Lasca (Caja Rural) after a fast finale two hour of racing.

While much of northern Europe shivered in the snow and races were cancelled, the riders in Spain enjoyed close to 20C temperatures and sunny race conditions.

David De La Cruz (NetApp-Endura), Pablo Urtasun and Mikel Bizkarra (Euskaltel-Euskadi) formed the break of the race, going away after 30km and they stayed clear until 60km to go, when the climbs and the Blanco chase put an end to their ambitions.

Movistar, Blanco, Caja Rural and Argos-Shimano all shared the work up front for their sprinters on the flat roads before the finish. However the Blanco boys were the best in the final kilometres and Renshaw finished things off perfectly to take his first win of 2013.

Full Results

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# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 4:30:14  
2 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano    
3 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural    
4 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
5 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
6 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team    
7 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
8 Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
9 Fabien Schmidt (Fra) Sojasun    
10 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
11 Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) EUK    
12 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
13 Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon    
14 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team    
15 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
16 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
17 Pablo Torres Muino (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon    
18 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp-Endura    
19 Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural    
20 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team    
21 Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
22 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team    
23 David Tanner (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
24 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
25 Moises Duenas Nevado (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon    
26 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team    
27 Danail Andonov Petrov (Bul) Caja Rural    
28 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
29 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
30 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
31 Enzo Moyano (Arg) Caja Rural    
32 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team    
33 Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
34 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team    
35 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
36 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural    
37 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team    
38 Egor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro Team    
39 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
40 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
41 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura    
42 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
43 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura    
44 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun    
45 Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team    
46 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
47 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
48 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:08  
49 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
50 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:00:16  
51 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
52 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:19  
53 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
54 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:21  
55 Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano 0:00:42  
56 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro Team    
57 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
58 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
59 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:01:22  
60 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
61 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural 0:02:21  
62 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:02:48  
63 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura    
64 Ricardo Mestre (Por) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:02:51  
65 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
66 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun    
67 Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun    
68 Steve Bekaert (Bel) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon    
69 Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Lotto Belisol    
70 Paul Poux (Fra) Sojasun    
71 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
72 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
73 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
74 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
75 Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
76 Mikel Bizkarra (Spa) EUK    
77 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team    
78 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura    
79 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
80 David Belda Garcia (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon    
81 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
82 Aritz Bagües (Spa) EUK    
83 José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura    
84 Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
85 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura    
86 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Sojasun    
87 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
88 Yelko Gomez (Pan) Caja Rural    
89 Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural    
90 Unai Iparragirre (Spa) EUK 0:03:51  
91 Mikel Iturria (Spa) EUK 0:03:52  
92 Igor Merino Cortazar (Spa) EUK    
93 Grzegorz Stepniak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:03:57  
94 Illart Zuazubiskar Gallastegi (Spa) EUK 0:05:57  
95 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
96 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
97 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
98 Federico Butto (Ita) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon    
99 Nikita Novikov (Rus) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
100 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
101 Tarik Chaoufi (Mar) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
102 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura    
103 Jon Larrinaga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
104 Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
105 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
106 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano    
107 Jesus Del Pino Corrochano (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon    
108 Darío Hernández (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon    
109 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol 0:07:59  
DNF Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun