Plaza solos to overall Castilla y Leon victory

Mancebo puts US domestic team 5 Hour Energy on the map

Ruben Plaza (Movistar) confirmed he has at last returned to top form by jumping away to win the final stage and overall victory of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon. It was Plaza's first win since the 2009 Volta a Portugal, and a good sign he has recovered from a lingering injury.

"It's been almost four years and, after everything I went through, it's a massive victory for me. I knew my condition was good because I spent ten days at home after the Volta a Cataluyna, training well and taking some rest - all feelings were good, but getting from that to winning a race... it's a really different thing," Plaza said.

The Spaniard broke his tibia and fibula in a crash in the 2011 Vuelta a Murcia when he went off the road on a descent, and without race radios had to try and shout to the race caravan for help. The injury also included ligament damage, and took longer than expected to rehabilitate.

"It's been a huge pain in the ass, this injury - I almost had to start from zero, because I lost all muscle tone, and even today I think the leg is still recovering," Plaza said. "This victory is kind of a light at the end of the tunnel, a massive boost of confidence for me. I want to dedicate this to the surgeon that operated on me, Ignacio Ginebreda, and physio Jordi Reig, who controlled my rehab. Without them, it would have been impossible to overcome that injury."

Plaza attacked on the final climb, leaving behind an elite group at the 2km to go banner, and soloing in just ahead of Francisco Mancebo (5 Hour Energy/Kenda), with Carlos Barbero (Euskadi) holding off a large group behind for third on the stage. Plaza and Mancebo claimed the top two spots overall, while previous leader Francisco Lasca (Caja Rural) dropped to third.

"For me, this victory means really a lot. It was almost a matter of honour, and I can't deny I had lost confidence on winning again at some point - being the rider I had been again seemed impossible. I'm the only one who knows how hard these two years have been."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team4:30:36 
2Francisco Mancebo (Spa) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda0:00:02 
3Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi0:00:07 
4Jose Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:11 
5Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi  
6Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun  
7Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Rusvelo  
8Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural  
9Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
10Robinson Eduard Chalapud (Col) Colombia  
11Mikhail Antonov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
12Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Sojasun  
13Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural  
14Juan Villegas (Col) 472 - Colombia  
15Edson Calderon (Col) 472 - Colombia0:00:15 
16Aritz Bagues (Spa) Euskadi0:00:20 
17Sergio Ferreira Sousa (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive  
18Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
19Juan Pablo Suarez (Col) Colombia  
20Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi  
21Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun0:00:27 
22Dalivier Ospina (Col) Colombia  
23Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team  
24Moises Dueñas (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon  
25David Belda (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon  
26Juan Chamorro (Col) 472 - Colombia  
27César Fonte (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive  
28Wilson Alexander Marentes (Col) Colombia0:00:37 
29Mikel Bizcarra (Spa) Euskadi0:00:45 
30Nuno Ribeiro (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive  
31Sergei Pomoshnikov (Rus) Rusvelo  
32Hugo Sebastian Salazar (Col) 472 - Colombia0:00:54 
33Roy Sentjens (Bel) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks0:00:56 
34Aleksey Rybalkin (Rus) Lokosphinx0:01:01 
35Juan Esteban Arango (Col) Colombia  
36Javier Megias (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
37Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun  
38Marsh Cooper (Can) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies  
39Arkimedes Arguelyes (Rus) Lokosphinx  
40Huub Duyn (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
41David Lozano (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk0:01:05 
42Max Jenkins (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda0:01:11 
43Taylor Sheldon (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda  
44Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi  
45Sjoerd Kouwenhoven (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks0:01:21 
46Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural0:01:24 
47Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx0:01:29 
48Igor Merino (Spa) Euskadi0:01:36 
49Sergey Klimov (Rus) Rusvelo0:01:50 
50Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Rusvelo0:02:08 
51Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
52Adrian Palomares (Spa) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
53Haritz Orbe (Spa) Euskadi0:02:10 
54Gennadiy Tatarinov (Rus) Rusvelo  
55Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun0:02:16 
56Andre Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural0:02:30 
57Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team0:02:36 
58José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:50 
59Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team  
60Julio Alexis Camacho (Col) Colombia0:02:57 
61Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon0:03:09 
62Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Lokosphinx0:03:34 
63Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Rusvelo0:03:41 
64Robert Sweeting (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda0:03:50 
65Hernani Broco (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive  
66Camilo Andres Suarez (Col) 472 - Colombia0:03:53 
67Sebastian Salas (Can) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:04:36 
68Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
69Filipe Duarte Cardoso (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive  
70Robert Vrecer (Slo) Euskaltel Euskadi  
71Ever Alexander Rivera (Col) 472 - Colombia0:04:39 
72Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon0:05:13 
73David Le Lay (Fra) Sojasun0:05:26 
74Antonio Piedra (Spa) Caja Rural0:05:45 
75Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi  
76Neofytos Sakellaridis (Gre) SP Tableware0:05:58 
77Eloy Teruel (Spa) Movistar Team  
78Dmitry Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx0:07:19 
79Nathaniel English (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda0:08:08 
80Ricardo Mestre (Por) Euskaltel Euskadi  
81Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
82Victor De La Parte (Spa) SP Tableware0:08:26 
83Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) SP Tableware  
84Juan Carlos Larrinaga (Spa) Euskadi  
85Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun0:08:33 
86Mikel Iturria (Spa) Euskadi  
87Michael Friedman (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:08:36 
88Alexander Candelario (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies  
89James Stemper (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda0:14:15 
90Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies  
91Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural  
92Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon  
93Yelko Gomez (Pan) Caja Rural  
94Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Rusvelo  
95Paul Poux (Fra) Sojasun0:16:51 
96Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
97Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
98Duber Armando Quintero (Col) Colombia  
99Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
100Ken Hanson (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies  
101Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi  
102Darío Hernández (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon  
103Igor Boev (Rus) Rusvelo  
104Jon Aberasturi (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi  
105David Williams (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda  
106Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) Lokosphinx  
107Petrus Van Dijk (Ned) SP Tableware0:18:38 
108Georgios Karatzios (Gre) SP Tableware  
109Panagiotis Chatzakis (Gre) SP Tableware  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team25 pts
2Francisco Mancebo (Spa) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda20 
3Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi16 
4Jose Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team14 
5Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi12 
6Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun10 
7Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Rusvelo9 
8Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural8 
9Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx7 
10Robinson Eduard Chalapud (Col) Colombia6 
11Mikhail Antonov (Rus) Lokosphinx5 
12Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Sojasun4 
13Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural3 
14Juan Villegas (Col) 472 - Colombia2 
15Edson Calderon (Col) 472 - Colombia1 
Alto De Las Portillas (Cat. 3), km. 70.3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon3 pts
2Mikel Iturria (Spa) Euskadi2 
3Eloy Teruel (Spa) Movistar Team1 
Alto De Monteviejo (Cat. 3), km. 77.9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon3 pts
2Mikel Iturria (Spa) Euskadi2 
3Eloy Teruel (Spa) Movistar Team1 
Alto De Pando (Cat. 2), km. 91.6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon6 pts
2Eloy Teruel (Spa) Movistar Team4 
3Mikel Iturria (Spa) Euskadi2 
4Victor De La Parte (Spa) SP Tableware1 
Alto De La Varga (Cat. 2), km. 164.3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun6 pts
2Eloy Teruel (Spa) Movistar Team4 
3Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team2 
4Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Movistar Team13:32:26 
3472 - Colombia0:00:15 
9Caja Rural0:01:08 
10Cyclingteam De Rijke0:01:39 
115 Hour Energy/Kenda0:01:46 
13Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon0:03:25 
14Team Novo Nordisk0:09:36 
15Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:13:35 
16SP Tableware0:22:12 
Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team12:35:03 
2Francisco Mancebo (Spa) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda0:00:06 
3Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural0:00:09 
4Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi0:00:11 
5Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi0:00:13 
6Jose Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:21 
7Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
8Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Sojasun  
9Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural  
10Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Rusvelo  
11Mikhail Antonov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
12Robinson Eduard Chalapud (Col) Colombia  
13Edson Calderon (Col) 472 - Colombia0:00:25 
14Sergio Ferreira Sousa (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive0:00:30 
15Juan Pablo Suarez (Col) Colombia  
16Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks  
17Aritz Bagues (Spa) Euskadi  
18Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi  
19Juan Villegas (Col) 472 - Colombia0:00:36 
20Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:37 
21Juan Chamorro (Col) 472 - Colombia  
22César Fonte (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive  
23David Belda (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon  
24Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun  
25Wilson Alexander Marentes (Col) Colombia0:00:47 
26Dalivier Ospina (Col) Colombia0:00:52 
27Moises Dueñas (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon  
28Sergei Pomoshnikov (Rus) Rusvelo0:00:55 
29Hugo Sebastian Salazar (Col) 472 - Colombia0:01:04 
30Roy Sentjens (Bel) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks0:01:06 
31Nuno Ribeiro (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive0:01:10 
32Huub Duyn (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks0:01:11 
33Taylor Sheldon (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda0:01:21 
34Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi  
35Sjoerd Kouwenhoven (Ned) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks0:01:46 
36Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks0:02:18 
37Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun0:02:26 
38Andre Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural0:02:40 
39Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Rusvelo0:02:41 
40Arkimedes Arguelyes (Rus) Lokosphinx0:02:57 
41José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:00 
42Gennadiy Tatarinov (Rus) Rusvelo0:03:03 
43Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun0:03:10 
44Julio Alexis Camacho (Col) Colombia0:03:22 
45Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon0:03:34 
46Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team0:03:55 
47Robert Sweeting (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda0:04:21 
48Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural0:04:23 
49Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Lokosphinx0:04:29 
50Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:42 
51Filipe Duarte Cardoso (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive0:04:46 
52Camilo Andres Suarez (Col) 472 - Colombia0:04:50 
53Juan Esteban Arango (Col) Colombia0:05:18 
54Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team0:05:30 
55Max Jenkins (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda0:05:43 
56Ever Alexander Rivera (Col) 472 - Colombia0:05:45 
57Hernani Broco (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive0:05:46 
58Marsh Cooper (Can) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:06:03 
59Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi0:06:10 
60Eloy Teruel (Spa) Movistar Team0:06:48 
61Robert Vrecer (Slo) Euskaltel Euskadi0:07:15 
62David Lozano (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk0:07:21 
63Dmitry Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx0:07:29 
64Aleksey Rybalkin (Rus) Lokosphinx0:07:32 
65Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun  
66Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx0:07:45 
67Javier Megias (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk0:08:02 
68Sergey Klimov (Rus) Rusvelo0:08:06 
69Haritz Orbe (Spa) Euskadi0:08:10 
70Igor Merino (Spa) Euskadi0:08:18 
71Adrian Palomares (Spa) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks0:08:39 
72Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun0:08:43 
73Victor De La Parte (Spa) SP Tableware0:08:51 
74Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) SP Tableware0:09:05 
75Alexander Candelario (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:09:26 
76Mikel Iturria (Spa) Euskadi  
77Antonio Piedra (Spa) Caja Rural0:09:36 
78Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon0:12:03 
79Neofytos Sakellaridis (Gre) SP Tableware0:12:14 
80David Le Lay (Fra) Sojasun0:13:08 
81Sebastian Salas (Can) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:14:04 
82Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk0:14:24 
83Mikel Bizcarra (Spa) Euskadi0:14:48 
84Nathaniel English (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda0:14:56 
85James Stemper (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda0:14:59 
86Ricardo Mestre (Por) Euskaltel Euskadi0:15:11 
87Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon0:15:16 
88Michael Friedman (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:15:37 
89Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi0:16:51 
90Ken Hanson (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:16:57 
91Igor Boev (Rus) Rusvelo0:17:27 
92Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk0:17:30 
93Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Rusvelo0:17:33 
94Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk0:19:50 
95Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural0:20:31 
96Petrus Van Dijk (Ned) SP Tableware0:20:49 
97Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:21:16 
98Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Rusvelo0:21:18 
99Juan Carlos Larrinaga (Spa) Euskadi0:22:18 
100Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) Lokosphinx0:23:07 
101Paul Poux (Fra) Sojasun0:23:22 
102Darío Hernández (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon0:24:16 
103David Williams (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda0:24:27 
104Georgios Karatzios (Gre) SP Tableware0:24:54 
105Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia0:24:57 
106Panagiotis Chatzakis (Gre) SP Tableware0:28:06 
107Yelko Gomez (Pan) Caja Rural0:28:37 
108Duber Armando Quintero (Col) Colombia0:34:32 
109Jon Aberasturi (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi  
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural43 pts
2Jose Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team42 
3Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi38 
4Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi37 
5Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi35 
6Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team28 
7Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team25 
8Francisco Mancebo (Spa) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda24 
9Ken Hanson (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies21 
10Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun10 
11Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx9 
12Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Rusvelo9 
13Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun9 
14Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk9 
15Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural8 
16Wilson Alexander Marentes (Col) Colombia8 
17Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) SP Tableware8 
18Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team7 
19Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk7 
20Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Sojasun6 
21Robinson Eduard Chalapud (Col) Colombia6 
22Andre Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural6 
23Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) Lokosphinx6 
24Mikhail Antonov (Rus) Lokosphinx5 
25Igor Boev (Rus) Rusvelo5 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon14 pts
2Eloy Teruel (Spa) Movistar Team10 
3Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun7 
4César Fonte (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive6 
5Mikel Iturria (Spa) Euskadi6 
6Dmitry Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx4 
7Robinson Eduard Chalapud (Col) Colombia3 
8Moises Dueñas (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon3 
9Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Rusvelo2 
10Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team2 
11Camilo Andres Suarez (Col) 472 - Colombia2 
Combination classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robinson Eduard Chalapud (Col) Colombia40 pts
2Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team65 
3Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon73 
4Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural4 
5Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team8 
6Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi8 
7Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi8 
8Jose Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team8 
9Francisco Mancebo (Spa) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda10 
10Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx18 
11Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Rusvelo22 
Regional rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Francisco Mancebo (Spa) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda  
2Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi  
3Moises Dueñas (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon  
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Movistar Team37:46:17 
9Caja Rural0:01:08 
10Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks0:01:39 
115 Hour Energy p/b Kenda0:02:07 
13Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon0:03:25 
14Team Novo Nordisk0:17:05 
15Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:18:22 
16SP Tableware0:24:27 


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