Frenchman Absalon wins Spanish cross country season opener

Villar tops women's field

The Spanish Superprestigio Massi series kicked off with a round in Banyoles, near Girona, this weekend. The race drew many international stars looking for some early season fitness in advance of the upcoming Cape Epic stage race and World Cups.

The track offered demanding conditions, with lots of mud, after last week's snow.

In the men's race, Frenchman Julien Absalon took the top spot ahead of Spaniards Inaki Lejarreta Errasti, Ruben Ruzafa Cueto, Carlos Coloma Nicolas and José Antonio Hermida Ramos. Lejaretta was Absalon's closest competitor - he finished 41 seconds after the Olympic champion.

Hermida lost some time on the opening lap due to a crash. "I couldn't control my bike and I crashed, momentarily losing a shoe," said Hermida. "From then on, I worked to pass back many riders and I felt good." The Spanish start also said he was happy that his knee was doing ok after he's had a case of tendonitis over the winter.

In the elite women's race, Anna Villar won. Former World Champion Marga Fullana withdrew from the race after a problem with her dropout. Villar finished ahead of Belgian Githa Michiels, Spaniard Rocio Gamonal Ferrera, Finland's Carina Ketonen and fellow Spaniard Rocio Martin Rodriguez.

Xavi Carnicer won the Master 30+ race while Jose Luis Morales won the Masters 50+ race.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Absalon (Fra)1:33:52 
2Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa)0:00:41 
3Ruben Ruzafa Cueto (Spa)0:02:16 
4Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa)0:03:31 
5José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa)0:03:32 
6Milan Spesny (Cze)0:04:09 
7Jelmer Jubbega (Ned)0:04:40 
8Marco Minnaard (Ned)0:04:41 
9Kristian Hynek (Cze)0:05:01 
10Milan Spesny (Cze)0:05:04 
11Juan Pedro Trujillo Hernandez (Spa)0:06:03 
12Ruben Scheire (Bel)0:06:06 
13Ismael Ventura Sanchez (Spa)0:06:08 
14Jimmy Tielens (Bel)0:06:11 
15Marc Trayter Alemany (Spa)0:06:15 
16Dries Govaerts (Bel)0:06:16 
17Joan Llordella Prat (Spa)0:07:09 
18Tiago Jorge Oliveira Ferreira (Por)0:07:23 
19Tim Lammers (Ned)0:07:33 
20Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa)0:08:31 
21David Pons (Spa)0:08:39 
22Josep Betalu (Spa)0:08:40 
23Daniel Bernal Enriquez (Spa)0:09:05 
24Rob Vangenechten (Bel)0:09:10 
25Erik Groen (Ned)0:09:28 
26Jose Maria Sanchez (Spa)0:09:57 
27Borja Chivato (Spa)0:10:11 
28Adolfo Garcia Quesada (Spa)0:10:12 
29Francesc Freixer (Spa)0:10:15 
30Jakub Magnusek (Cze)0:10:25 
31Isaka De La Fuente Raistrick (Spa)0:10:31 
32Mario Luis Miranda Costa (Por)0:10:41 
33Patxi Cia Apezteguia (Spa)0:11:27 
34Jonas De Backer (Bel)0:11:49 
35Diego Latasa Abancens (Spa)0:11:53 
36Jose Luis Arce Ballesteros (Spa)0:11:58 
37Israel Nunez Baticon (Spa)0:12:10 
38Alejandro Diaz De La Pena Lopez (Spa)0:12:38 
39Clément Koretzky (Fra)0:12:47 
40Jordi Carnicer (Spa)0:12:55 
41Juan Antonio Ortigosa (Spa)0:13:14 
42Ramon Sagues Portabella (Spa)0:13:21 
43Umbert Almenara Verges (Spa)0:13:33 
44Jordi Martorell (Spa)0:13:34 
45Xavier Bosch (Spa)0:13:55 
46Adelino Moll Mut (Spa)0:14:03 
47Llibert Mill Garcia (Spa)0:14:19 
48Jakub Silar (Cze)0:14:35 
49Jose Manuel Benito (Spa)0:14:42 
50Daniel Guasch Tur (Spa)0:15:19 
51Christian Collados (Spa)0:15:28 
52Milton Javier Ramos Gamez (Spa)0:16:13 
53Josep Puigpinos (Spa)0:16:14 
54Jesus Bacaicoa (Spa)0:16:16 
55Yago Sardina Carrillo (Spa)0:16:24 
56Alex Salazar (Spa)0:16:43 
57Lucas Arcos (Spa)0:17:09 
58Joan Marc Perarnau Garcia (Spa)0:17:26 
59Enrique Morcillo (Spa)0:17:36 
60Xavier Vinyas (Spa)0:17:39 
61Carlos Portilla Parrilla (Spa)0:18:05 
62Sergi Boix (Spa)0:18:26 
63Pierre Pous (Fra)0:18:29 
64Pablo Bravo Alonso (Spa)0:18:30 
65Albert Aubet (Spa)0:18:54 
66Jose Anton Rodriguez (Spa)0:19:34 
67Raul Vitoria (Spa)0:19:50 
68Jose Angel Gonzalez (Spa)0:20:04 
69Guillem Marti (Spa)0:20:37 
70Alejandro Olid (Spa)0:20:47 
71Aitor Tur (Spa)0:20:51 
72Albert Codinach (Spa)0:20:54 
73Rafel Sastre (Spa)  
74Juan Antonio Ruiz (Spa)0:21:06 
75Raul Mena (Spa)0:22:09 
76Ever Alejandro Gomez (Bol)0:22:32 
77Oscar Berral (Spa)0:22:33 
78Jofre Prunera (Spa)0:23:17 
79Salvador Moll (Spa)0:23:20 
80Mickael Campourcy (Spa)0:24:01 
81Vicente Solbes (Spa)0:24:06 
82Jose Antonio Lopez (Spa)0:24:47 
83Jose Luis De Abajo (Spa)  
84Joseba Leon Gutierrez (Spa)0:24:48 
85Victor Selles (Spa)0:26:21 
86Jordá Cullell (Spa)0:26:46 
87Raul Cots (Spa)0:28:23 
88Jody Burnett (Spa)  
89David Peñaloza (Spa)  
90Alex Marrase (Spa)  
91Jesus E. Hernandez (Spa)  
92Erik Melon (Spa)  
93Noel Trillo Flores (Spa)  
94Albert Bargallo (Spa)  
95Roger Serrano (Spa)  
96Alvaro Olasolo Don (Spa)  
97Sergi Guell (Spa)  
98Frco Javier Pascual (Spa)  
99Ramon Lozano (Spa)  
100Victor Rodriguez (Spa)  
101Ruben Morcillo (Spa)  
102Albert Oller Piferrer (Spa)  
103Carlos Javier Gaspar (Spa)  
104José Villanueva (Spa)  
105Oscar Sabiote (Spa)  
106Fco. Javier Vargas (Spa)  
107Albert Carreras (Spa)  
108Josep Chavarria (Spa)  
109Daniel Perez (Spa)  
110Borja Murillo Caballero (Spa)  
111Cristian Navarro (Spa)  
112Julio Pintado (And)  
113Eduard Figueras (Spa)  
114Vladimir Loginov (Rus)  
115Matias Adrover (Spa)  
116Jordi Espinar (Spa)  
117José Manuel Blanco (Spa)  
118Marcos Segura (Spa)  
119Albert Mendoza (Spa)  
120Sergi Pujabet (Spa)  
121José Albano Alvarez (Spa)  
122Pau Bosch (Spa)  
123Oriol Domenech (Spa)  
124Marc Coll (Spa)  
125Francisco Lopez (Spa)  
126Florian Prudhomme (Fra)  
127Sergio Muñoz (Spa)  
128Santiago Jurado (Spa)  
129Gerard Colomer (Spa)  
130Oriol Aguilera (Spa)  
131Vincent Thomas (Fra)  
132Xavier Clopes (Spa)  
133Zeuxis Romero (Spa)  
134Galderic Jover (Spa)  
135Alejandro Moral (Spa)  
136Josep Juanola (Spa)  
137Eloi Preckler (Spa)  
138Bernat Costa Pérez (Spa)  
139Ismael Rosillo (Spa)  
140Ricardo Gutierrez (Spa)  
141Joan Ramio (Spa)  
142Marc Donadeu (Spa)  
143Guillaume Guilbaud (Fra)  
144Gerard Arenos (Spa)  
145Raül Gallego (Spa)  
DNFFco. Javier Macias (Spa)  
DNFDavid Lozano Riba (Spa)  
DNFMarti Gispert Labarta (Spa)  
DNFHugo Drechou (Fra)  
DNFFrederic Balaguer (Fra)  
DNFLuis Alberto Costa Leao Pinto (Por)  
DNFDavid Escolar Ballesteros (Spa)  
DNFJosé Carlos Macias Bonano (Spa)  
DNFOriol Morata Abril (Spa)  
DNFArnau Planas (Spa)  
DNFCristofer Bosque (Spa)  
DNFJuan Jose Martinez (Spa)  
DNFXavier Jornet (Spa)  
DNFJordi Sanmartin (Spa)  
DNFEnric Martorell (Spa)  
DNFRuben Trillo (Spa)  
DNFPablo Carrera (Spa)  
DNFAdrià Valls (Spa)  
DNFDiego Fernandez (Spa)  
DNFIvan Segarra (Spa)  
DNFAlejandro Castrillo (Spa)  
DNFFco. Daniel Gonzalez (Spa)  
DNFEusebio Lopez (Spa)  
DNFAlberto Perez (Spa)  
DNFHugo Vazquez (Spa)  
DNFMiguel Saez (Spa)  
DNFBernat Canellas (Spa)  
DNFMarc Plans Beltran (Spa)  
DNFYohan Trimoulet (Fra)  
DNFXavier Clua (Spa)  
DNFAlvaro Herrera (Spa)  
DNFEnric Vidal (Spa)  
DNFMarc Casellas (Spa)  
DNFSebastien Moya (Fra)  
DNFAlejandro Gonzalez (Spa)  
DNFMiguel Angel Rubio (Spa)  
DNFSamuel Ruiz (Spa)  
DNFJose Manuel Padilla (Spa)  
DNFAntonio Moreno (Spa)  
DNFPablo Franco (Spa)  
DNFGerardo Martinez (Spa)  
DNFMarc Soler (Spa)  
DNFDavid Garcia (Spa)  
DNFTomas Muñoz (Spa)  
DNFMarcos Vasquez (Spa)  
DNFAntonio Guerrero Sanchez (Spa)  
DNFOscar Ruiz (Spa)  
DNFDamia Purti (Spa)  
DNFBoris Ivan Campos (Chi)  
DNFJordi Cunill (Spa)  
DNFXavier Torres (Spa)  
DNFEnric Costas (Spa)  
DNFSergio Borjabad (Spa)  
DNFJosé Raul Hernandez (Spa)  
DNFDaniel Lopez (Spa)  
DNFDavid Barroso (Spa)  
DNFJavier Vazquez (Spa)  
DNFThomas Janin (Fra)  
DNFMatous Ulman (Cze)  
DNFMarti Samper (Spa)  
DNFMarc Caro (Spa)  
DNFJavier Garcia (Spa)  
DNFDavid Caceres (Spa)  
DNFJudith Sanchez (Spa)  
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna Villar Argente (Spa)1:37:14 
2Githa Michiels (Bel)0:02:15 
3Rocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spa)0:04:09 
4Carina Ketonen (Fin)0:04:48 
5Rocio Martin Rodriguez (Spa)0:07:19 
6Kristien Nelen (Bel)0:08:32 
7Joana Barbosa (Por)0:08:55 
8Cristina Mascarreras Sabria (Spa)0:09:45 
9Olatz Odriozola Mujika (Spa)  
10Mercedes Pacios Pujalo (Spa)0:10:13 
11Mercé Tusell Quevedo (Spa)0:10:46 
12Maroa Calleja (Spa)0:11:46 
13Muriel Bouhet (Fra)0:12:46 
14Lourdes Torrescasana (Spa)  
15Lucia Vazquez (Spa)0:14:34 
16Beatriz Gallego Carbajo (Spa)0:15:20 
17Mariana Catedra Fernando (Spa)0:18:31 
18Valentine Segrestan (Fra)  
19Nuria Espinosa (Spa)  
20Maria Elena Amoros (Spa)  
21Marta Antolino De Celis (Spa)  
22Maria Del Mar Sancho Bauza (Spa)  
23Rosa Maria Riera Trtias (Spa)  
24Clara Soms (Spa)  
25Vanesa Fernandez Vidueira (Spa)  
26Ingrid Carbones (Spa)  
DNFAudrey Lanouziere (Fra)  
DNFMargarita Fullana Riera (Spa)  
DNFMerce Petit (Spa)  
DNFRaquel Serra (Spa)  
DNFNoemia Lopes (Spa)  
DNFMarta Viladoms (Spa)  
DNFEsther Hernandez (Spa)  
DNFMaria Jorda (Spa)  
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