Renshaw wins the sprint in Almeria

Blanco rider beats Janse van Rensburg and Lasca

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) TeamResult
1Mark Renshaw (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team4:30:14 
2Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano  
3Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural  
4Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
5Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
6Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
7Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
8Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
9Fabien Schmidt (Fra) Sojasun  
10Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
11Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) EUK  
12Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
13Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon  
14Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team  
15Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
16Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
17Pablo Torres Muino (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon  
18Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp-Endura  
19Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural  
20Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
21Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
22Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team  
23David Tanner (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
24Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
25Moises Duenas Nevado (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon  
26Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team  
27Danail Andonov Petrov (Bul) Caja Rural  
28Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
29Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
30Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
31Enzo Moyano (Arg) Caja Rural  
32Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team  
33Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
34José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team  
35José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
36David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural  
37Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team  
38Egor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro Team  
39Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
40Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
41Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura  
42Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
43Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura  
44Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun  
45Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team  
46Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
47Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
48Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:00:08 
49Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
50Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:00:16 
51Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
52Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:19 
53Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
54Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:00:21 
55Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano0:00:42 
56Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
57Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
58Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
59Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:01:22 
60Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
61Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural0:02:21 
62Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:02:48 
63David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura  
64Ricardo Mestre (Por) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:02:51 
65Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
66Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun  
67Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun  
68Steve Bekaert (Bel) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon  
69Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Lotto Belisol  
70Paul Poux (Fra) Sojasun  
71Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
72Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
73Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
74Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
75Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
76Mikel Bizkarra (Spa) EUK  
77Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
78Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura  
79Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
80David Belda Garcia (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon  
81Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
82Aritz Bagües (Spa) EUK  
83José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura  
84Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
85Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura  
86Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Sojasun  
87Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
88Yelko Gomez (Pan) Caja Rural  
89Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural  
90Unai Iparragirre (Spa) EUK0:03:51 
91Mikel Iturria (Spa) EUK0:03:52 
92Igor Merino Cortazar (Spa) EUK  
93Grzegorz Stepniak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:03:57 
94Illart Zuazubiskar Gallastegi (Spa) EUK0:05:57 
95Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
96Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
97Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
98Federico Butto (Ita) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon  
99Nikita Novikov (Rus) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
100Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
101Tarik Chaoufi (Mar) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
102Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura  
103Jon Larrinaga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
104Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
105Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
106Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano  
107Jesus Del Pino Corrochano (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon  
108Darío Hernández (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon  
109Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol0:07:59 
DNFCheng Ji (Chn) Team Argos-Shimano  
DNFAnthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun  

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