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Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol 2010

Date range:
February 21-25, 2010

February 22, Stage 2: Otura - Córdoba 182.2km

Freire flys into Córdoba

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Cycling News
Published:
February 22, 2010, 15:50 GMT,
Updated:
February 22, 2010, 19:19 GMT

Pardilla maintains overall lead on day for the sprinters

Óscar Freire (Rabobank) sprints to a win in the Vuelta a Andalucia.

Óscar Freire (Rabobank) sprints to a win in the Vuelta a Andalucia.

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Óscar Freire (Rabobank) proved the potency of his sprint finish as he snatched victory at the second stage of the Ruta del Sol in Córdoba on Monday.

The former three-time World Champion avoided a crash in sight of the finish line to take his second win of the 2010 season. He also won the second race of the Challenge Ciclista a Mallorca earlier in the month.

Robert Wagner (Skil-Shimano) thought he'd won the stage but began celebrating too early and Freire won it with a perfectly timed throw at the line. World Madison Champion and recent Copenhagen six-day winner Alex Rasmussen (Saxo Bank) was third in an impressive result for the Danish track star.

Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) was fourth in his first race of the 2010 season. Francisco Ventoso (Andalucía-CajaSur) finished fifth in the well attended sprint finale.

Stage one winner Sergio Pardilla (Carmiooro NGC) stayed out of trouble to maintain his overall race lead.

Crash catches Gerdemann and Cunego

On a gusty day in southern Spain, a barrier along the finish straight was blown into the path of the peloton in the final 500 metres. Half a dozen riders were unlucky to be caught up in the crash caused by the wayward infrastructure.

For the second time in as many days, Linus Gerdemann (Milram) found himself lying on the road as he was caught up the late-race pile up. While the German walked away relatively unscathed, Damiano Cunego (Lampre Farnese-Vini), who was also involved in the incident, appeared to be in some discomfort has he nursed his right forearm as he crossed the line.

Two other riders, Jelle Vanendert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank), were taken to hospital immediately after the crash and it appears unlikely that either will return to the race.

Polish riders Tomasz Kiendys and Sylwester Janiszewsky of the CCC Polsat Polkowice squad also came down but were able to remount their bicycles to finish the stage.

Local teams animate stage two

The 182km stage included two early time bonus sprints and a category three climb after 44km. The local Andalucía-CajaSur riders were the first to attack and it was Jesus Rosendo who got away alone after forming part of an initial move with Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) and Garikoitz Bravo (CajaRural).

Rosendo opened a four-minute gap but with Carmiooro leading the chase and the wind blowing hard, he was eventually caught after 100km.

The wind kept the bunch together and deterred any attacks in the second half of the race until Rabobank hit the front with 25km to go. Other teams also began to set up their sprinters, with HTC-Columbia, Milram and Lampre-Farnese Vini taking turns on the front.

HTC-Columbia took over in the final 15km. Michael Rogers was detached from his team train due to a puncture with 7km remaining, but was able to rejoin the back of the bunch in time to avoid any time penalty. In spite of the American squad's efforts to set up Cavendish for the finish, the wind and late crash disrupted the sprint.

Córdoba is proving fruitful territory for Rabobank. Freire's win emulated the success of his teammate, Lars Boom, who claimed a breakaway victory into the southern Spanish city at last year's Vuelta a España.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Óscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank 4:53:06  
2 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
3 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
4 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia    
5 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Carmiooro NGC    
6 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
7 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
8 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank    
9 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank    
10 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram    
11 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
12 Mirko Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
13 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
14 Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram    
15 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
16 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
17 Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
18 Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
19 Egoitz García (Spa) Caja Rural    
20 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
21 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
22 Greca Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
23 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
24 Sylwester Janiszewsky (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
25 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia    
26 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram    
27 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
28 Aketza Peña (Spa) Caja Rural    
29 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank    
30 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
31 Sergio Pardilla Bellón (Spa) Carmiooro NGC    
32 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank    
33 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
34 Eric Berthou (Fra) Carmiooro NGC    
35 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
36 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram    
37 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
38 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
39 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia    
40 Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank    
41 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank    
42 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
43 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
44 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:10  
45 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
46 Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural 0:00:16  
47 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
48 Jose A G. Marchante (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur 0:00:19  
49 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
50 Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:00:21  
51 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:00:23  
52 Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
53 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
54 Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
55 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:00:33  
56 Guillermo Lana (Spa) Caja Rural 0:00:40  
57 Kanstantsin Siutsov (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia    
58 André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
59 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
60 Diego A Tamayo Martínez (Col) Carmiooro NGC    
61 Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
62 Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur 0:00:43  
63 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:44  
64 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano 0:00:49  
65 Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia    
66 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
67 Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
68 Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia    
69 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano 0:01:03  
70 Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Caja Rural    
71 David De La Cruz (Spa) Caja Rural    
72 Stephane Rossetto (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
73 Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
74 Jan Bakelandsts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:01:09  
75 Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
76 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:01:20  
77 Adan Snitko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:01:23  
78 Rubén García (Spa) Caja Rural 0:01:25  
79 Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
80 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank 0:01:31  
81 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Carmiooro NGC 0:01:43  
82 Laurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro NGC 0:01:44  
83 Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram    
84 Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
85 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank    
86 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
87 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram    
88 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
DNS Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
General classification after stage 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sergio Pardilla Bellón (Spa) Carmiooro NGC 9:05:01  
2 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:09  
3 Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur 0:00:13  
4 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
5 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank 0:00:21  
6 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia    
7 Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur 0:00:28  
8 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:29  
9 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
10 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:00:31  
11 Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 0:00:32  
12 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:37  
13 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:41  
14 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
15 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
16 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram    
17 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:49  
18 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:01:14  
19 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram 0:01:19  
20 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:01:20  
21 Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank 0:01:24  
22 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur 0:01:26  
23 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank 0:01:35  
24 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram 0:02:00  
25 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano 0:02:08  
26 Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia 0:02:24  
27 Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia    
28 Eric Berthou (Fra) Carmiooro NGC 0:02:27  
29 Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:02:33  
30 Kanstantsin Siutsov (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia 0:02:43  
31 Jan Bakelandsts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:02:58  
32 Greca Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:03:27  
33 Jose A G. Marchante (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur 0:03:34  
34 Aketza Peña (Spa) Caja Rural 0:03:35  
35 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano 0:03:38  
36 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:03:41  
37 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:04:00  
38 Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:04:02  
39 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
40 Rubén García (Spa) Caja Rural 0:04:13  
41 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 0:04:24  
42 Diego A Tamayo Martínez (Col) Carmiooro NGC 0:04:35  
43 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:04:36  
44 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
45 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
46 Sylwester Janiszewsky (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:04:43  
47 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Carmiooro NGC 0:05:03  
48 David De La Cruz (Spa) Caja Rural 0:05:08  
49 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram 0:05:09  
50 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:05:28  
51 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank 0:05:29  
52 Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
53 Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:05:43  
54 Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur 0:05:59  
55 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:06:02  
56 André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:06:08  
57 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:06:09  
58 Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
59 Óscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank 0:06:17  
60 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Carmiooro NGC    
61 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:06:22  
62 Mirko Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:06:24  
63 Adan Snitko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:06:37  
64 Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural 0:06:40  
65 Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
66 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano 0:06:57  
67 Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur 0:07:00  
68 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:07:04  
69 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:07:19  
70 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC - Columbia    
71 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:07:21  
72 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
73 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
74 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank 0:07:30  
75 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank 0:07:39  
76 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:07:54  
77 Egoitz García (Spa) Caja Rural 0:07:57  
78 Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:08:01  
79 Guillermo Lana (Spa) Caja Rural 0:08:06  
80 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:08:10  
81 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia 0:08:26  
82 Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:08:35  
83 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil - Shimano 0:08:57  
84 Stephane Rossetto (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:09:08  
85 Laurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro NGC 0:09:34  
86 Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Caja Rural 0:13:06  
87 Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram 0:13:27