Javier Ramírez wins stage of Andalucia into Benalmádena

Local rider survives break to hold off bunch

Local favourite Javier Ramírez (Andalucia) scored the biggest win of his career, winning the first road stage of the Ruta del Sol from Zahara de los Atunes to Benalmádena. The 33-year-old beat breakaway companions Luis Ángel Maté (Cofidis) and William Routley (Spidertech). Oscar Friere (Katusha) led home the peloton and secured fourth on the stage.

Routley, Ramirez, Mate and Daniel Domínguez (Team NSP - Ghost) had broken clear of the field after just 3 kilometres of racing and quickly established a one-minute buffer on the sleepy peloton. After 20 kilometres the move had forged even further ahead, establishing a lead close to 9 minutes.

Overnight race leader Patrick Gretsch (Project 1T4I) summoned his teammates into action after the first climb of the day and the lead, which peaked at 11:30, slowly began to trickle away.

Grischa Niermann (Rabobank Cycling Team) attacked from the bunch and although he gained close to 4 minutes he was never going to catch the quartet ahead. Saur-Sojasun flooded the front of the field inside the last 50 kilometers, assisting Project 1T4I with the chase. RadioShack were the next squad to pile forward but with 15 kilometres remaining the gap was still close to 2 minutes.

But with less than 5 to go the bunch made one last surge, sweeping up Domínguez in the process. Routley bravely hung on for third but Ramirez came home ahead of Mate and the bunch to secure his second win of the year, after taking a stage at the Tour of Chile earlier in the year.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucia5:02:10 
2Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
3Will Routley (Can) Spidertech Powered By C100:00:03 
4Óscar Freire (Spa) Katusha Team  
5Juan J Lobato (Spa) Andalucia  
6Manuel Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural  
7Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
8Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan  
9Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
10Simon Geschke (Ger) Project 1T4I  
11Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
12Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
13Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
14Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
15José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Movistar Team  
16Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
17Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp  
18Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto - Belisol Team  
19Matthias Brandle (Aut) Team Netapp  
20Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan  
21Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
22Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team  
23Stefan Vann Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Verandas  
24Goikan Bille (Bel) Lotto - Belisol Team  
25Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
26Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
27Steffen Radochla (Ger) Team NSP - Ghost  
28Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
29Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
30Markus Fothen (Ger) Team NSP - Ghost  
31Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha Team  
32Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto - Belisol Team  
33Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Andalucia  
34Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team  
35Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
36Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
37Caleb Fairly (USA) Spidertech Powered By C10  
38Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
39Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto - Belisol Team  
40Ryan Roth (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10  
41Adrián Palomares (Spa) Andalucia  
42Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Team Netapp  
43Juan José Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
44Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Project 1T4I  
45Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
46Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
47Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Netapp  
48Markel Irizar (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan  
49Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
50Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
51Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team  
52Thomas Degand (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Verandas  
53Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto - Belisol Team  
54Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team  
55Jacob Fiedler (Ger) Team NSP - Ghost  
56Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
57Ryan Anderson (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10  
58Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team  
59Johahnes Frohlinger (Ger) Project 1T4I  
60Rene Hooghiemster (Ned) Team NSP - Ghost  
61Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech Powered By C10  
62Frank Schleck (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan  
63Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Verandas  
64Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar Team  
65David Lelay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
66Flavio De Luna (Mex) Spidertech Powered By C10  
67Antonio Piedra (Spa) Caja Rural  
68Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan  
69Jens Voigt (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan  
70Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp  
71Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Accent Jobs - Willems Verandas  
72Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
73Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team  
74Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team  
75Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team  
76Raymond Kunzli (Swi) Spidertech Powered By C10  
77Antonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia  
78Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan  
79Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Verandas  
80Nikita Novikon (Rus) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
81Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
82Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
83Leo Menville (Fra) Team NSP - Ghost  
84Javier Aramendia (Spa) Caja Rural  
85Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
86Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
87Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team  
88Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto - Belisol Team  
89Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Andalucia  
90Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Project 1T4I  
91Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto - Belisol Team  
92Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Verandas  
93Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
94Yann Huguet (Fra) Project 1T4I  
95Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Project 1T4I  
96Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp  
97Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Project 1T4I  
98Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp  
99Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team  
100Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
101Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural  
102Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Team NSP - Ghost0:00:20 
103Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia0:00:22 
104Aitor Galdos (Spa) Caja Rural0:00:29 
105Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Verandas0:00:32 
106David De La Fuente (Spa) Caja Rural0:00:36 
107Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:40 
108Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
109Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:46 
110Daniel Domínguez (Spa) Team NSP - Ghost  
111Igor Romero (Spa) Caja Rural0:01:26 
112Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team  
Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucia25 pts
2Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne20 
3Will Routley (Can) Spidertech Powered By C1016 
4Óscar Freire (Spa) Katusha Team14 
5Juan J Lobato (Spa) Andalucia12 
6Manuel Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural10 
7Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team9 
8Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan8 
9Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team7 
10Simon Geschke (Ger) Project 1T4I6 
11Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team5 
12Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team4 
13Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi3 
14Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne2 
15José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Movistar Team1 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andalucia15:06:36 
2Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
3Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:00:03 
4Katusha Team  
5Rabobank Cycling Team  
6Lotto Belisol Team  
7Radioshack-Nissan  
8Team Netapp  
9Spidertech Powered By C10  
10Euskaltel - Euskadi  
11Movistar Team  
12Team NSP - Ghost  
13Project 1T4I  
14Saur - Sojasun  
15Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
16Caja Rural  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Project 1T4I5:09:02 
2Markel Irizar (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan0:00:02 
3Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:03 
4Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:06 
5Goikan Bille (Bel) Lotto - Belisol Team0:00:08 
6Matthias Brandle (Aut) Team Netapp0:00:10 
7Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan  
8Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:11 
9Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Project 1T4I  
10José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:12 
11Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan  
12Jens Voigt (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan  
13Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
14Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan0:00:15 
15Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team  
16Ryan Roth (Can) Spidertech Powered By C100:00:16 
17Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
18Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Team Netapp  
19Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:17 
20Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
21Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:18 
22Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan  
23Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team  
24Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:19 
25Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team  
26Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
27Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team0:00:20 
28Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:00:21 
29Caleb Fairly (USA) Spidertech Powered By C10  
30Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team  
31Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp0:00:22 
32Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Andalucia  
33Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:23 
34Ryan Anderson (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10  
35Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
36Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team  
37Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto - Belisol Team0:00:24 
38Markus Fothen (Ger) Team NSP - Ghost  
39Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar Team  
40Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto - Belisol Team  
41Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
42David Lelay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:25 
43Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team  
44Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp  
45Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto - Belisol Team0:00:26 
46Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Netapp  
47Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Project 1T4I0:00:27 
48Simon Geschke (Ger) Project 1T4I  
49Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
50Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:28 
51Yann Huguet (Fra) Project 1T4I  
52Juan José Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
53Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:00:29 
54Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team  
55Adrián Palomares (Spa) Andalucia  
56Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Andalucia0:00:30 
57Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto - Belisol Team  
58Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
59Frank Schleck (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan0:00:31 
60Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
61Rene Hooghiemster (Ned) Team NSP - Ghost0:00:32 
62Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
63Stefan Vann Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Verandas  
64Antonio Piedra (Spa) Caja Rural  
65Will Routley (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10  
66Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:00:33 
67Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
68Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp  
69Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp  
70Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:34 
71Raymond Kunzli (Swi) Spidertech Powered By C10  
72Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha Team  
73Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:35 
74Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech Powered By C10  
75Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Verandas0:00:36 
76Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Accent Jobs - Willems Verandas  
77Jacob Fiedler (Ger) Team NSP - Ghost  
78Thomas Degand (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Verandas0:00:37 
79Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
80Óscar Freire (Spa) Katusha Team  
81Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:39 
82Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto - Belisol Team  
83Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto - Belisol Team  
84Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:40 
85Juan J Lobato (Spa) Andalucia  
86Flavio De Luna (Mex) Spidertech Powered By C100:00:41 
87Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
88Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Verandas  
89Johahnes Frohlinger (Ger) Project 1T4I  
90Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
91Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucia0:00:42 
92Manuel Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural0:00:43 
93Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Project 1T4I0:00:44 
94Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:48 
95Steffen Radochla (Ger) Team NSP - Ghost  
96Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Verandas  
97Javier Aramendia (Spa) Caja Rural  
98Antonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia0:00:49 
99Nikita Novikon (Rus) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:00:52 
100Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia0:01:03 
101Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural0:01:04 
102Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Team NSP - Ghost0:01:08 
103Aitor Galdos (Spa) Caja Rural0:01:13 
104Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:01:14 
105Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
106Leo Menville (Fra) Team NSP - Ghost0:01:19 
107Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:22 
108David De La Fuente (Spa) Caja Rural0:01:25 
109Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Verandas0:01:28 
110Daniel Domínguez (Spa) Team NSP - Ghost0:01:32 
111Igor Romero (Spa) Caja Rural0:02:07 
112Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team0:02:14 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Project 1T4I25 pts
2Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucia25 
3Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team23 
4Markel Irizar (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan20 
5Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne20 
6Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun16 
7Will Routley (Can) Spidertech Powered By C1016 
8Óscar Freire (Spa) Katusha Team14 
9Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan13 
10Goikan Bille (Bel) Lotto - Belisol Team12 
11Juan J Lobato (Spa) Andalucia12 
12Matthias Brandle (Aut) Team Netapp10 
13Manuel Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural10 
14Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan9 
15Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team8 
16Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Project 1T4I7 
17José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Movistar Team7 
18Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team7 
19Simon Geschke (Ger) Project 1T4I6 
20Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team5 
21Jens Voigt (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan4 
22Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team4 
23Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne3 
24Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi3 
25Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan2 
26Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne2 
27Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne9 pts
2Will Routley (Can) Spidertech Powered By C103 
3Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucia3 
4Daniel Domínguez (Spa) Team NSP - Ghost3 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne3 pts
2Will Routley (Can) Spidertech Powered By C102 
3Daniel Domínguez (Spa) Team NSP - Ghost1 
Combination classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
2Will Routley (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10  
3Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucia  
4Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Project 1T4I  
5Markel Irizar (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan  
6Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
7Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
8Goikan Bille (Bel) Lotto - Belisol Team  
9Matthias Brandle (Aut) Team Netapp  
10Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan  
11Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan  
12Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
13Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Project 1T4I  
14José Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Movistar Team  
15Jens Voigt (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan  
16Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
17Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan  
18Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team  
19Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
20Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
21Simon Geschke (Ger) Project 1T4I  
22Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
23Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
24Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
25Óscar Freire (Spa) Katusha Team  
26Juan J Lobato (Spa) Andalucia  
27Manuel Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural  
Regional rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Andalucia0:07:19 
2Antonio Piedra (Spa) Caja Rural0:07:21 
3Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:07:24 
4Juan J Lobato (Spa) Andalucia0:07:29 
5Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia0:07:33 
6Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucia0:07:34 
7Antonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia0:07:38 
8Daniel Domínguez (Spa) Team NSP - Ghost  
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Radioshack-Nissan15:27:30 
2Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:10 
3Project 1T4I0:00:14 
4Movistar Team0:00:22 
5Team Netapp0:00:24 
6Lotto Belisol Team0:00:32 
7Euskaltel - Euskadi  
8Saur - Sojasun  
9Spidertech Powered By C100:00:36 
10Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:00:43 
11Katusha Team0:00:49 
12Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:50 
13Andalucia0:00:54 
14Team NSP - Ghost0:01:08 
15Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:01:20 
16Caja Rural0:01:35 
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