Caisse comes up trumps with another stage

Sevilla strapped in for the ride

It was became a matter of 'double or nothing' for Caisse d'Epargne in this year's Vuelta a Chihuahua when Dani Moreno took the team's second consecutive stage win in Parral after another tough day that featured a quality breakaway.

Today it was Michael Rasmussen who provided the fireworks; with a point to prove and fire in his belly, the Dane spent much of the day attacking. The Tecos Trek rider launched three forays off the front, the final one gaining him two minutes and moving him to sixth on the general classification.

The previous day Gregorio Ladino had forgotten about Rasmussen when he made it into the winning break that gained more than seven minutes on the peloton. It effectively ended the former Rabobank rider's chances of overall victory after he had won the prologue.

"I started [the stage] really angry," said Rasmussen. "Yesterday, the team made a mistake in its tactics, as the strongest rider of the team was me, and today I have again demonstrated this; in the end I suffered from the effort and Dani Moreno won easily."

Rasmussen was joined late in the stage by Moreno, who was aware of Rasmussen's efforts and realised he was in with a solid chance of taking the win. "Rasmussen didn't work in the final kilometres, but I didn't stress because I knew that he was very tired and also knew that I was faster than him, so I was confident in maintaining the pace on the hills and squeezing him on the flat," said Moreno.

"There's always some doubt when you have someone on your wheel, but I won easily. I came to win the Vuelta a Chihuahua, but I am also happy with winning a stage because it's my first victory of the year, although I still think I'm one of the strongest in this race."

Rock Racing's Oscar Sevilla remains the overall leader, the Spaniard again praising his teammates for their efforts in controlling the day's proceedings. "The lead was never threatened thanks to the great team work done for me. Rasmussen is a great racer, he attacked but we controlled it," said Sevilla.

I was more worried about possible attacks from Ladino or Rui Costa, who are closer in the standings - we monitored them well," he added.

"It [the stage] was hard but we know that we controlled it very well; Paco Mancebo and I are perfectly attuned and to have someone like him makes me much more confident. He did a great job for me," said Sevilla.

Rock Racing's leader was quick to add, "You could say that this was the key stage for the resolution of the race but nothing is decided yet. We have taken an important step [to taking the win]."


1Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne4:17:32 
2Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek0:00:02 
3Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing0:00:19 
4Michael Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
5Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing0:00:22 
6Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
7Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
8Gregorio Ladino (Col) Tecos Trek  
9Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:24 
10Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
11Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne  
12Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
13Juan Cotumba (Bol) Tecos Trek0:00:41 
14David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
15Oscar García-Casarrubios (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:02:44 
16Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD0:04:45 
17Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:04:48 
18Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
19Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
20Jose A. Carrasco (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:04:52 
21David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing  
22Francisco Matamoros (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.  
23Dario Cioni (Ita) ISD  
24Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
25Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
26Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo0:08:55 
27Joaquim Sampaio (Por) Madeinox Boavista  
28José Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Rock Racing  
29Antonio Aldape (Mex) Tecos Trek  
30Martijn Keizer (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:12:32 
31Guillaume Pont (Fra) Meitan Hompo0:15:42 
32Luis Macias (Mex) Tecos Trek0:15:45 
33Alvaro Argira (Arg) Arenas-Afamado C.T.  
34Ricardo Tapia (Mex) Alpura-Delicias  
35Glen Chadwick (NZl) Rock Racing  
36Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek  
37Cesar Vaquera (Mex) Orven  
38Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
39Jon Pardo (Spa) Madeinox Boavista  
40Oscar Gatto (Ita) ISD  
41Arquidemes Lam (Mex) Alpura-Delicias  
42José Herrada (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
43Hector H. Rangel (Mex) Canels Turbo0:18:49 
44Niek Van Geffen (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:28:51 
45Edgar E. Mendez (Mex) Alpura-Delicias  
46Edgar Treviño (Mex) Orven  
47Alejandro Paleo (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
48Cheyne Hoag (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
49Manuel Hernandez (Mex) Orven  
50Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
51Jose A. Benitez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
52Alfredo Gabino (Mex) Canels Turbo  
53Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) ISD  
54Jose A. Ochoa (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.  
55Mauricio Frazer (Arg) Arenas-Afamado C.T.  
56Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
57Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Rabobank Continental  
58Marco A. Ortega (Mex) Canels Turbo  
59Jose L. Roldan (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
60Juan J. Estrada (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
61Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
62Luis Pinheiro (Por) Madeinox Boavista  
63Jorge Pancoatl (Mex) Canels Turbo  
64Ramon Juarez (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.  
65Danail Petrov (Bul) Madeinox Boavista  
66Gerardo Soto (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.  
67Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD  
68Andrey Amador (Crc) Caisse d'Epargne  
69Eder Arenas (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.  
70Jessel Valenzuela (Mex) Alpura-Delicias  
71Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Meitan Hompo  
72Ivan Martinez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
73Hector Spaasandin (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
74Cristian Benenati (Ita) ISD  
75Pedro Merino (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
76Jacob Erker (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
77Matthew Busche (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
78Guillaume Boivin (Can) Planet Energy  
79Alberto Morras (Spa) Madeinox Boavista  
80Joel Alamillo (Mex) Orven  
81Gregor Cazvoda (Slo) Meitan Hompo  
82Mikayata Shimizu (Jpn) Meitan Hompo  
83Mickael Damien (Fra) Meitan Hompo  
84Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
85Ivan Raña (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
86David Martin (Spa) Rock Racing  
87Javier Saenz (Spa) Alpura-Delicias  
88Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
89Xabier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
90Aitor Perez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
91Bruno Langlois (Can) Planet Energy  
92Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
93Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Meitan Hompo  
94Keir Plaice (Can) Planet Energy  
95Ãngel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
96Florencio Ramos (Mex) Tecos Trek  
97Francois Parisien (Can) Planet Energy  
98Andrew Randell (Can) Planet Energy  
99Juan C. Hernandez (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.  
100Sergio Hernandez (USA) Rock Racing  
Cat 4, 117.2km

1Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek4 pts
2Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto3 
3David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto2 
4Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek1 
Cat 3, 132.6km

1Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek6 pts
2Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing5 
3Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne4 
4Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing3 
5Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto1 
Metas Volante 1 - Baquiriachi, 62.5km

1Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek5 pts
2David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing3 
3Jacobe Keough (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies2 
Metas Volante 2 - Belleza, 97.7km

1Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek5 pts
2David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing3 
3Glen Chadwick (NZl) Rock Racing2 
Metas Volante 3 - Puerto Justo, 144.2km

1Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek5 pts
2Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing3 
3Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto2 

1Caisse D'Epargne12:53:24 
2Tecos Trek0:00:17 
4Rock Racing0:04:45 
5Rabobank Continental0:12:27 
6Xacobeo Galicia0:20:13 
9Kelly Benefit Strategies0:37:39 
10Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:48:40 
11Madeinox Boavista0:52:43 
12Canels Turbo0:55:47 
15Meitan Hompo1:12:36 
17Planet Energy1:25:45 
General classification

1Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing14:50:19 
2Gregorio Ladino (Col) Tecos Trek0:00:06 
3Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:03 
4Dario Cioni (Ita) ISD0:05:13 
5Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:07:18 
6Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek0:07:20 
7Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing0:07:39 
8Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:07:54 
9Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:07:58 
10Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:08:01 
11Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:08:05 
12Michael Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:08:12 
13David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:08:32 
14Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:08:41 
15Juan Cotumba (Bol) Tecos Trek0:10:42 
16Oscar García-Casarrubios (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:11:14 
17Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:12:39 
18Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:12:45 
19Francisco Matamoros (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:12:57 
20Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD0:12:58 
21Jose A. Carrasco (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:13:02 
22Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:13:44 
23José Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Rock Racing0:17:06 
24Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo0:20:51 
25José Herrada (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:23:58 
26Glen Chadwick (NZl) Rock Racing0:24:00 
27Guillaume Pont (Fra) Meitan Hompo0:24:12 
28Alvaro Argira (Arg) Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:24:31 
29Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek0:26:33 
30Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:29:05 
31Arquidemes Lam (Mex) Alpura-Delicias0:29:07 
32Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:29:47 
33David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing0:30:07 
34Matthew Busche (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:33:14 
35Joaquim Sampaio (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:33:51 
36Hector H. Rangel (Mex) Canels Turbo0:34:52 
37Xabier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:36:43 
38Luis Pinheiro (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:36:49 
39David Martin (Spa) Rock Racing0:36:52 
40Andrey Amador (Crc) Caisse d'Epargne0:36:54 
41Ricardo Tapia (Mex) Alpura-Delicias0:37:00 
42Aitor Perez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:37:07 
43Danail Petrov (Bul) Madeinox Boavista  
44Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:37:25 
45Martijn Keizer (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:37:46 
46Ivan Martinez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:37:51 
47Eder Arenas (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:37:57 
48Florencio Ramos (Mex) Tecos Trek0:40:08 
49Cesar Vaquera (Mex) Orven0:43:58 
50Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:45:29 
51Jon Pardo (Spa) Madeinox Boavista0:46:07 
52Alfredo Gabino (Mex) Canels Turbo0:47:06 
53Jose L. Roldan (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:47:28 
54Gregor Cazvoda (Slo) Meitan Hompo0:49:10 
55Manuel Hernandez (Mex) Orven0:52:40 
56Andrew Randell (Can) Planet Energy0:53:32 
57Cristian Benenati (Ita) ISD0:53:49 
58Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:53:50 
59Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:53:56 
60Alberto Morras (Spa) Madeinox Boavista0:54:00 
61Ãngel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:54:11 
62Juan J. Estrada (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:54:52 
63Jose A. Benitez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:54:53 
64Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Meitan Hompo0:55:46 
65Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD0:56:11 
66Mikayata Shimizu (Jpn) Meitan Hompo0:56:33 
67Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:57:08 
68Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) ISD  
69Hector Spaasandin (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:57:21 
70Sergio Hernandez (USA) Rock Racing0:57:22 
71Jacob Erker (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:58:03 
72Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:59:03 
73Pedro Merino (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:59:15 
74Mauricio Frazer (Arg) Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:59:20 
75Francois Parisien (Can) Planet Energy0:59:52 
76Oscar Gatto (Ita) ISD0:59:58 
77Niek Van Geffen (Ned) Rabobank Continental1:00:54 
78Antonio Aldape (Mex) Tecos Trek1:01:15 
79Jorge Pancoatl (Mex) Canels Turbo1:01:20 
80Ivan Raña (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:01:31 
81Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental1:02:00 
82Guillaume Boivin (Can) Planet Energy1:02:03 
83Marco A. Ortega (Mex) Canels Turbo1:02:20 
84Bruno Langlois (Can) Planet Energy1:02:24 
85Javier Saenz (Spa) Alpura-Delicias1:02:32 
86Luis Macias (Mex) Tecos Trek1:03:55 
87Jessel Valenzuela (Mex) Alpura-Delicias1:05:12 
88Juan C. Hernandez (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.1:06:50 
89Mickael Damien (Fra) Meitan Hompo1:07:02 
90Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Meitan Hompo1:08:03 
91Edgar E. Mendez (Mex) Alpura-Delicias1:08:21 
92Joel Alamillo (Mex) Orven  
93Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Rabobank Continental1:09:19 
94Ramon Juarez (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.1:12:09 
95Cheyne Hoag (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies1:13:41 
96Jose A. Ochoa (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.1:17:15 
97Keir Plaice (Can) Planet Energy1:17:18 
98Alejandro Paleo (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:17:45 
99Gerardo Soto (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.1:17:48 
100Edgar Treviño (Mex) Orven1:18:28 
Mountains classification

1Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne24 pts
2Xabier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur22 
3Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing20 
4Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek19 
5Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing17 
6Glen Chadwick (NZl) Rock Racing14 
7Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne13 
8Gregorio Ladino (Col) Tecos Trek11 
9Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies11 
10David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing10 
11Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek10 
Metas Volante classification

1David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing21 pts
2Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek15 
3Andrey Amador (Crc) Caisse d'Epargne13 
4Dario Cioni (Ita) ISD10 
5Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo8 
6Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing6 
7Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia6 
8Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne4 
9Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing3 
10Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto2 
11Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD2 
Best Young Rider

1Michael Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
2Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
3Martijn Keizer (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
4Cesar Vaquera (Mex) Orven  
5Jon Pardo (Spa) Madeinox Boavista  
6Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
7Alberto Morras (Spa) Madeinox Boavista  
8Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
9Pedro Merino (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
10Niek Van Geffen (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
11Guillaume Boivin (Can) Planet Energy  
Best Mexican Rider

1Francisco Matamoros (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.  
2Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo  
3Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek  
4Arquidemes Lam (Mex) Alpura-Delicias  
5Hector H. Rangel (Mex) Canels Turbo  
6Ricardo Tapia (Mex) Alpura-Delicias  
7Eder Arenas (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.  
8Florencio Ramos (Mex) Tecos Trek  
9Cesar Vaquera (Mex) Orven  
10Alfredo Gabino (Mex) Canels Turbo  
11Manuel Hernandez (Mex) Orven  
Teams classification

1Caisse D'Epargne44:46:57 
2Tecos Trek0:02:06 
3Rock Racing0:04:32 
6Rabobank Continental0:38:12 
7Kelly Benefit Strategies0:42:38 
9Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:59:25 
10Xacobeo Galicia1:01:39 
12Madeinox Boavista1:18:19 
13Canels Turbo1:26:48 
15Meitan Hompo1:50:30 
17Planet Energy2:37:46 


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