Philippe Gilbert wins Vuelta a Murcia

BMC rider out-sprints Valverde

Philippe Gilbert took out the small bunch sprint to win the Vuelta Ciclista a la Región de Murcia, after getting a high-speed lead-out from BMC teammate Ben Hermans in the finale. Gilbert topped Movistar's Alejandro Valverde by a clean set of wheels, with Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) pipping Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) for the final podium spot.

"Today was just a great day. I won but it was really a win for the whole team," Gilbert said. "We really raced perfectly together. I've done a lot of races but I've never really seen anything like this in my life. There were 20 guys left at the top of the climb with 20 kilometers to go and I was suffering, but I was still there with the guys. To have all seven of us out of 20 guys was really amazing to see."

Gilbert had Tejay van Garderen, Ben Hermans, Samuel Sanchez, Darwin Atapuma, Brent Bookwalter and Damiano Caruso in the group with him, but they also faced a strong Movistar and Astana presence. Underterred, they took the initiative to keep the group away.

"We rode full gas to the last climb and kept a high tempo, almost at max speed," Gilbert said. "Tejay attacked two kilometers from the top at which point we were only six or seven guys left. We caught him with two kilometers to go and then I took my chance in the sprint. So there was no way we were going to lose the race, either with Tejay winning solo or me in the sprint. I want to thank all of my teammates because we really raced together and it was so nice."

The Vuelta a Murcia kicked off from San Javier with 129 riders facing the 199.3km course, with the main difficulty, the category 1 Alto Collado Bermejo coming with 80km to go. Early on, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise rider Sander Helven sparked the day-long breakaway that also included Miguel Angel Benito (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Artem Ovechkin (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Kleber Ramos (Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour), Benat Txoperena Matxikote (Euskadi Basque Country), and Kamil Gradek (Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team).

The six riders worked together to build up a lead of nearly eight minutes on the peloton, but after racing 107km, the category 3 Alto de Aledo the peloton had reduced the gap to a more manageable 2:55. The Bermejo wiped out the gap, and under pressure from Movistar the peloton shattered, leaving a group of about 20 riders in the front of the race.

Among them was BMC's Tejay van Garderen, who attacked on the final climb, the category 3 Cresta del Gallo, with 13km to go and gained a 10 second lead. His attack didn't last, but it set up BMC with three riders in a group of nine, giving Gilbert the tactical advantage.

Hermans led the group into the final few hundred meters with Gilbert on his wheel, and when the former world champion jumped, none could follow. Valverde held off the charge for second, with Zararin narrowly taking third.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team5:02:19 
2Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team  
3Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha  
4Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
5Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:04 
6Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:00:15 
7Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:18 
8Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:05 
9Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:06 
10Víctor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:01:09 
11Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team  
12Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:06 
13Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team  
14Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team  
15Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
16Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi-Basque Country  
17Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team  
18Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:04:23 
19Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
20Pawel Cieslik (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team0:05:06 
21Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
22Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Team Katusha0:06:16 
23Felix Grossschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
24Karel Hnik (Cze) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team  
25Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
26Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
27Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team  
28Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
29Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
30Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
31Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
32Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
33Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
34Alexey Kurbatov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
35Sandro Filipe Silva Pinto (Por) Louletano - Hospital De Loule  
36Kleber Ramos (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
37Francisco Gomez (Spa) Louletano - Hospital De Loule0:06:21 
38Cristian Torres Cuenca (Spa) Spain0:06:23 
39Xavier San Sebastian (Spa) Spain  
40Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:07:37 
41Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
42Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Southeast - Venezuela  
43Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
44Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
45Jaime Roson (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
46Joao Benta (Por) Louletano - Hospital De Loule  
47Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos BH0:08:54 
48Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Matrix Powertag  
49José Manuel Díaz (Spa) Spain  
50Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
51Murilo Affonso (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
52Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskadi-Basque Country  
53Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
54Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
55Imanol Estevez (Spa) Euskadi-Basque Country  
56Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
57Mikel Bizkarra (Spa) Euskadi-Basque Country  
58Jordi Simon (Spa) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team  
59Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18  
60Marcin Mrozek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
61Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
62Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
63Reinier Honig (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
64Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18  
65Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
66Vicente Garcia De Mateos Rubio (Spa) Louletano - Hospital De Loule  
67Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
68Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
69Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
70Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
71Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
72Michel Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
73Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
74Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
75Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie  
76Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
77Benat Txoperena Matxikote (Spa) Euskadi-Basque Country  
78Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha0:10:58 
79Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
80Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
81Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
82Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team  
83Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
84Magno Prado Nazaret (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
85Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
86Pawel Franczak (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team  
87Airan Fernandez Casasola (Spa) Matrix Powertag  
88João Gaspar (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:11:47 
89Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
90Patryk Stosz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
91Adam Stachowiak (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team  
92Arnau Soe Vall (Spa) Burgos BH  
93Pablo Torres Muino (Spa) Burgos BH  
94Alexander Evtushenko (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
95Flavio Cardoso (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:13:30 
96Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:17:28 
97Kamil Gradek (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team  
98Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha0:17:38 
99Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha  
100Miguel Angel Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
101Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
102Miguel Angel Ballesteros (Spa) Spain  
OTLAleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Team Katusha0:28:22 
OTLAntonio Jesus Soto (Spa) Spain0:30:09 
OTLRuben Pols (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:35:20 
OTLHayato Yoshida (Jpn) Matrix Powertag  
OTLSander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
OTLGotzon Udondo (Spa) Euskadi-Basque Country  
OTLPablo Urtasun (Spa) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:37:25 
OTLRubén Montoya López (Spa) Spain0:37:40 
OTLKenji Takubo (Jpn) Matrix Powertag0:38:38 
DNFJunya Sano (Jpn) Matrix Powertag  
DNFSergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFLuis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFEloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Louletano - Hospital De Loule  
DNFDavide Malacarne (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFAdrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFCarlos Barbero (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFAlvaro Robredo Crespo (Spa) Burgos BH  
DNFVictor Martin Hernandez (Spa) Burgos BH  
DNFIgor Merino Cortazar (Spa) Burgos BH  
DNFJulien Morice (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFHugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFRalf Matzka (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFJosé Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFDaiki Yasuhara (Jpn) Matrix Powertag  
DNFAnder Barrenetxea (Spa) Euskadi-Basque Country  
DNFJuan Carlos Riutort Martinez (Spa) Burgos BH  
DNFJiri Polnicky (Cze) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team  
DNFJose Antonio De Segovia Botella (Spa) Louletano - Hospital De Loule  
DNFAntonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team  


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