Benitez wins second straight

Rasmussen remains in race lead

Javier Benitez (Contentpolis-Ampo) sprinted to his second consecutive stage win on Tuesday, besting Michael Kreder (Rabobank Continental) and Jose A. Carrasco (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur in the 120-kilometre stage to San Juanito. Benitez, the winner of three stages in last year's event, is beginning to think he can duplicate his performance from 2008.

"Today's win was easier than yesterday's, my legs were heavier then," said Benitez. "The key to victory was that Tecos controlled the race very well and after the last mountain pass my team did a great job. I still think it will be hard to win as many stages as last year, but after today I'm going to try".

Denmark's Michael Rasmussen (Teco Trek) remains in the race lead and is tied on time with second-placed Daniel Moreno (Caisse d'Epargne). Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing) holds third place on general classification, one second behind Rasmussen.

The stage was characterized by a seven-man breakaway which included David Vitoria (Rock Racing), Angel Madrazo (Caisse d'Epargne), Florencio Ramos (Tecos), Gonzalo Rabuñal (Xacobeo Galicia), Esteban Plaza (Andalucía-Cajasur), Daniel Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Pedro Merino (Fuji-Servetto). The escape never gained more than two minutes due to Tecos Trek's tempo at the head of the peloton for race leader Rasmussen and the break was neutralized inside of 20 kilometres to the finish line.

Daniel Moreno (Caisse d'Epargne) tried to seize the leader's jersey from Rasmussen with an attack on a category three climb 15 kilometres from the finish, but the chase efforts of Rasmussen and teammate Gregorio Ladino, Rock Racing's Francisco Mancebo and Oscar Sevilla and several riders from Fuji-Servetto brought the Spaniard back.

Once Moreno's attack was absorbed the teams of the sprinters assumed control of the peloton and kept the field together to the finish line.

"I had a quiet day today, controlling the pace up the last climb and then handing things over to the teams of the sprinters," said Rasmussen, race leader since his victory in the opening prologue. "Tomorrow I see many attack because the general classification is pretty even overall. Mancebo, Sevilla, Moreno, Cobo or Mosquera will be very dangerous.

"I do not care if I win by hundredths or five minutes, it is the others who have to attack"

Wednesday's 153-kilometre stage from Creel to Guachochi is expected to be the hardest stage of the race, as the riders tackle four categorised climbs: one category 1, one category 2 and two category 4 ascents.

Results
1Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2:57:36 
2Michael Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
3Jose A. Carrasco (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
4Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing  
5Danail Petrov (Bul) Madeinox Boavista  
6Cristian Benenati (Ita) ISD  
7Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
8Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
9Mikayata Shimizu (Jpn) Meitan Hompo  
10David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
11José Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Rock Racing  
12Luis Pinheiro (Por) Madeinox Boavista  
13David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
14Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD  
15Andrew Randell (Can) Planet Energy  
16Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek  
17Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD  
18Hector H. Rangel (Mex) Canels Turbo  
19Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
20David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing  
21Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
22Guillaume Pont (Fra) Meitan Hompo  
23Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
24Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo  
25Matthew Busche (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
26Juan Cotumba (Bol) Tecos Trek  
27Alvaro Argira (Arg) Arenas-afamado C.T.  
28Martijn Keizer (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
29Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing  
30Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
31Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek  
32David Martin (Spa) Rock Racing  
33Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
34Dario Cioni (Ita) ISD  
35Jesus Grajeda (Mex) Alpura-delicias  
36Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
37Joaquim Sampaio (Por) Madeinox Boavista  
38Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
39Alfredo Gabino (Mex) Canels Turbo  
40Francisco Matamoros (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.  
41Gregorio Ladino (Col) Tecos Trek  
42Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
43Alberto Morras (Spa) Madeinox Boavista  
44Jose L. Roldan (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
45Xabier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
46Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
47Oscar García-Casarrubios (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
48Florencio Ramos (Mex) Tecos Trek  
49Eder Arenas (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.  
50José I. Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
51José Herrada (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
52Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne  
53Glen Chadwick (Aus) Rock Racing  
54Andrey Amador (Crc) Caisse d'Epargne  
55Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) ISD  
56Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
57Aitor Perez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:00:09 
58Fred Rodriguez (USA) Rock Racing  
59Gregor Cazvoda (Slo) Meitan Hompo0:00:15 
60Ricardo Tapia (Mex) Alpura-delicias  
61Ivan Raña (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
62Juan J. Estrada (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
63Jacobe Keough (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
64Cesar Vaquera (Mex) Orven  
65Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:00:17 
66Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Rabobank Continental  
67Jon Pardo (Spa) Madeinox Boavista  
68Jose A. Benitez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
69Mauricio Frazer (Arg) Arenas-afamado C.T.  
70Ivan Martinez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
71Hector Spaasandin (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
72Sergio Hernandez (USA) Rock Racing  
73Guillaume Boivin (Can) Planet Energy  
74Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Meitan Hompo  
75Joao Benta (Por) Madeinox Boavista  
76Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
77Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
78Manuel Hernandez (Mex) Orven  
79Ángel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
80Joel Alamillo (Mex) Orven0:00:39 
81Bruno Langlois (Can) Planet Energy0:00:46 
82Marco A. Ortega (Mex) Canels Turbo  
83Arquidemes Lam (Mex) Alpura-delicias  
84Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Meitan Hompo0:00:50 
85Radames Treviño (Mex) Orven0:00:58 
86Jacob Erker (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:01 
87Javier Saenz (Spa) Alpura-delicias0:01:13 
88Pedro Merino (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
89Cheyne Hoag (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:52 
90François Parisien (Can) Planet Energy0:02:03 
91Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
92Niek Van Geffen (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:02:52 
93Jorge Pancoatl (Mex) Canels Turbo  
94Jose A. Ochoa (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.0:05:20 
95Edgar Treviño (Mex) Orven  
96Gerardo Soto (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.  
97Alejandro Paleo (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
98Luis Macias (Mex) Tecos Trek  
99Abundio Guerrero (Mex) Canels Turbo  
100Juan C. Hernandez (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.  
101Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
102Santiago Vazquez (Mex) Alpura-delicias  
103Edgar E. Mendez (Mex) Alpura-delicias  
104Jessel Valenzuela (Mex) Alpura-delicias  
105Mickael Damien (Fra) Meitan Hompo  
106Oscar Gatto (Ita) ISD  
107Eric Boily (Can) Planet Energy  
108Keir Plaice (Can) Planet Energy  
109Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
110Elliot Vazquez (Mex) Alpura-delicias0:09:43 
111Ramon Juarez (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.  
112Antonio Aldape (Mex) Tecos Trek  
113Ángel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:12:16 
Sprint 1 - Casa Colorada, km 9.9
1Jacobe Keough (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies5pts
2Santiago Vazquez (Mex) Alpura-delicias3 
3Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD2 
Sprint 2 - La Junta, km 42.4
1David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing5pts
2Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia3 
3Ángel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2 
Sprint 3 - Cebollas, km 92.0
1David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing5pts
2Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia3 
3Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2 
Mountain 1 - Cat. 4, Km 80.5
1David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing4pts
2Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur3 
3Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia2 
4Ángel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1 
Mountain 2 - Cat. 3, Km 104.8
1Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne6pts
2Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing5 
3Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing4 
4Gregorio Ladino (Col) Tecos Trek3 
5Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek1 
Teams
1Rock Racing8:52:48 
2ISD  
3Fuji-Servetto  
4Madeinox Boavista  
5Xacobeo Galicia  
6Tecos Trek  
7Canels Turbo  
8Kelly Benefit Strategies  
9Rabobank  
10Caisse d'Epargne  
11Andalucia-Cajasur  
12Contentpolis-Ampo  
13Arenas-Afamado C.T.  
14Meitan Hompo0:00:15 
15Alpura-Delicias0:01:01 
16Planet Energy0:01:03 
17Orven0:01:11 
General classification after stage 2
1Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek6:17:13 
2Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
3Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing0:00:01 
4Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing0:00:03 
5Gregorio Ladino (Col) Tecos Trek0:00:04 
6Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:00:14 
7Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:16 
8Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:19 
9Matthew Busche (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:21 
10Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
11Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:00:25 
12Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:33 
13Xabier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:00:34 
14David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:00:37 
15José I. Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
16Dario Cioni (Ita) ISD0:00:38 
17Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:39 
18Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
19Michael Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
20Luis Pinheiro (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:00:40 
21David Martin (Spa) Rock Racing0:00:43 
22David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:44 
23Andrew Randell (Can) Planet Energy0:00:45 
24Andrey Amador (Crc) Caisse d'Epargne  
25Francisco Matamoros (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.0:00:47 
26Guillaume Pont (Fra) Meitan Hompo0:00:52 
27Jose A. Carrasco (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
28José Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Rock Racing0:00:53 
29Gregor Cazvoda (Slo) Meitan Hompo  
30José Herrada (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:00:55 
31Glen Chadwick (Aus) Rock Racing0:00:57 
32Aitor Perez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:00:58 
33Cristian Benenati (Ita) ISD  
34Martijn Keizer (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
35Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:59 
36Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD  
37Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
38Joaquim Sampaio (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:01:00 
39Danail Petrov (Bul) Madeinox Boavista0:01:02 
40Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:01:03 
41Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
42Oscar García-Casarrubios (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:01:04 
43Alberto Morras (Spa) Madeinox Boavista0:01:09 
44Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
45Hector H. Rangel (Mex) Canels Turbo0:01:14 
46Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:01:16 
47David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing0:01:19 
48Ángel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:01:24 
49Alvaro Argira (Arg) Arenas-afamado C.T.0:01:28 
50Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:01:38 
51Ivan Martinez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:01:42 
52Eder Arenas (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.0:01:48 
53Ricardo Tapia (Mex) Alpura-delicias0:01:49 
54Juan J. Estrada (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:02:01 
55Jose A. Benitez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:02:02 
56Jon Pardo (Spa) Madeinox Boavista0:02:16 
57Pedro Merino (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:02:18 
58Mauricio Frazer (Arg) Arenas-afamado C.T.0:02:23 
59Jesus Grajeda (Mex) Alpura-delicias0:02:24 
60Juan Cotumba (Bol) Tecos Trek0:02:43 
61François Parisien (Can) Planet Energy0:02:55 
62Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Meitan Hompo0:02:59 
63Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD0:03:24 
64Alfredo Gabino (Mex) Canels Turbo0:03:26 
65Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek0:03:30 
66Mikayata Shimizu (Jpn) Meitan Hompo0:03:46 
67Florencio Ramos (Mex) Tecos Trek0:03:48 
68Jose L. Roldan (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
69Joao Benta (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:04:02 
70Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:04:17 
71Cesar Vaquera (Mex) Orven  
72Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) ISD  
73Manuel Hernandez (Mex) Orven0:04:23 
74Hector Spaasandin (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:04:34 
75Ivan Raña (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
76Sergio Hernandez (USA) Rock Racing0:04:35 
77Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo0:04:38 
78Fred Rodriguez (USA) Rock Racing0:04:54 
79Guillaume Boivin (Can) Planet Energy0:05:06 
80Jacob Erker (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:05:16 
81Marco A. Ortega (Mex) Canels Turbo0:05:23 
82Jacobe Keough (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:05:24 
83Bruno Langlois (Can) Planet Energy0:05:27 
84Javier Saenz (Spa) Alpura-delicias0:05:35 
85Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:05:48 
86Arquidemes Lam (Mex) Alpura-delicias0:06:04 
87Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:06:12 
88Radames Treviño (Mex) Orven0:06:28 
89Niek Van Geffen (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:08:07 
90Jessel Valenzuela (Mex) Alpura-delicias0:08:15 
91Jorge Pancoatl (Mex) Canels Turbo0:08:33 
92Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:09:13 
93Juan C. Hernandez (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.0:09:39 
94Mickael Damien (Fra) Meitan Hompo0:10:05 
95Abundio Guerrero (Mex) Canels Turbo  
96Edgar E. Mendez (Mex) Alpura-delicias0:11:24 
97Ángel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:13:00 
98Ramon Juarez (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.0:14:58 
99Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Meitan Hompo0:15:16 
100Joel Alamillo (Mex) Orven0:15:34 
101Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Rabobank Continental0:16:32 
102Cheyne Hoag (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:16:44 
103Eric Boily (Can) Planet Energy0:19:30 
104Luis Macias (Mex) Tecos Trek0:20:04 
105Oscar Gatto (Ita) ISD0:20:13 
106Keir Plaice (Can) Planet Energy0:20:21 
107Jose A. Ochoa (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.0:20:22 
108Gerardo Soto (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.0:20:37 
109Alejandro Paleo (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:20:48 
110Santiago Vazquez (Mex) Alpura-delicias0:21:19 
111Edgar Treviño (Mex) Orven0:21:31 
112Antonio Aldape (Mex) Tecos Trek0:24:14 
113Elliot Vazquez (Mex) Alpura-delicias0:25:15 
Sprints classification
1David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing15pts
2Andrey Amador (Crc) Caisse d'Epargne13 
3Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo8 
4Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia6 
5Jacobe Keough (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies5 
6Santiago Vazquez (Mex) Alpura-delicias3 
7Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD2 
8Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2 
9Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2 
10Ángel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2 
11Eric Boily (Can) Planet Energy2 
Mountains classification
1Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne13pts
2Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing11 
3David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing10 
4Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing10 
5Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek9 
6Gregorio Ladino (Col) Tecos Trek6 
7Andrey Amador (Crc) Caisse d'Epargne5 
8Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo4 
9Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur3 
10Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo3 
11Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia2 
U23 classification
1Michael Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
2Martijn Keizer (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
3Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
4Alberto Morras (Spa) Madeinox Boavista  
5Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
6Jon Pardo (Spa) Madeinox Boavista  
7Pedro Merino (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
8Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
9Cesar Vaquera (Mex) Orven  
10Guillaume Boivin (Can) Planet Energy  
11Jacobe Keough (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
Mexican rider classification
1Francisco Matamoros (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.  
2Hector H. Rangel (Mex) Canels Turbo  
3Eder Arenas (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.  
4Ricardo Tapia (Mex) Alpura-delicias  
5Jesus Grajeda (Mex) Alpura-delicias  
6Alfredo Gabino (Mex) Canels Turbo  
7Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek  
8Florencio Ramos (Mex) Tecos Trek  
9Cesar Vaquera (Mex) Orven  
10Manuel Hernandez (Mex) Orven  
11Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo  
Teams classification
1Rock Racing18:52:26 
2Caisse d'Epargne0:00:09 
3Fuji-Servetto0:00:13 
4Xacobeo Galicia0:00:41 
5Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:46 
6Andalucia-Cajasur0:01:22 
7Madeinox Boavista0:01:33 
8Meitan Hompo0:01:39 
9Rabobank Continental0:01:42 
10ISD0:01:48 
11Contentpolis-Ampo0:01:52 
12Tecos Trek0:01:58 
13Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:03:16 
14Alpura-Delicias0:05:18 
15Planet Energy0:06:18 
16Canels Turbo0:08:30 
17Orven0:12:05 
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