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Contador completes third overall win of the year

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Alberto Contador (Astana) celebrates his overall win in the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon.

Alberto Contador (Astana) celebrates his overall win in the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Kiss kiss, bang bang, Contador shoots his way through his third stage race win of the year in the Castilla y Leon

Kiss kiss, bang bang, Contador shoots his way through his third stage race win of the year in the Castilla y Leon (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Igor Antón (2rd overall, Euskaltel-Euskadi), Alberto Contador (1st, Astana) and Eziquiel Mosquera (3rd, Xacobeo Galicia)

Igor Antón (2rd overall, Euskaltel-Euskadi), Alberto Contador (1st, Astana) and Eziquiel Mosquera (3rd, Xacobeo Galicia) (Image credit: Vuelta a Castilla y León)
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Alberto Contador (Astana) signals the third Castilla y Leon victory of his career

Alberto Contador (Astana) signals the third Castilla y Leon victory of his career (Image credit: Vuelta a Castilla y León)
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Sergio Ribeiro (Barbot-Siper) beats Alberto Benitez (Footon-Servetto) and Angel Vicioso (Andalucia-Cajasur) to the line

Sergio Ribeiro (Barbot-Siper) beats Alberto Benitez (Footon-Servetto) and Angel Vicioso (Andalucia-Cajasur) to the line (Image credit: Vuelta a Castilla y León)

Alberto Contador (Astana) sewed up his third general classification victory of the 2010 season after safely negotiating the final stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon in Spain on Sunday.

Contador finished mid-pack in the final stage into Santiago de Compostela, which was won by Portuguese rider Sergio Ribeiro (Barbot-Siper).

Ribeiro triumphed in a sprint finale over Spanish pair Alberto Benitez (Footon-Servetto) and Angel Vicioso (Andalucia-Cajasur).

Contador added the Castilla y Leon title (the third of his career) to his overall wins at Paris-Nice and the Vuelta ao Algarve. He finished the race on Sunday with the same margin that had followed his individual time trial win on Saturday. Igor Antón finished second at 41 seconds and Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo Galicia) took the final podium position, 39 seconds further back.

The peloton gets stuck in on Sunday

Despite a question mark over how foreign riders were going to get home after the race, in light of the disruptions to European air travel, the peloton wasted no time in attacking the 171.6 kilometre course. The high pace meant it took until kilometre 30 for the first break to form.

Once away, however, the eight-man group built itself a rapid advantage, that had extended beyond two minutes after 20 kilometres on the attack. The eight escapees being: Arnold Jeannesson (Caisse d'Epargne), Grischa Niermann (Rabobank), Markel Irizar (RadioShack), Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Andalusia-Cajasur), Gonzalo Rabuñal (Xacobeo Galicia), Ivan Melero (Burgos 2016-Castilla), Jose Herrada (Caja Rural) and Jose Mendes (La-Rota Dos Moveis).

Gomez Marchante led the leaders over the only climb of the day, the Category 3 Montecalvo, as they continued to press their advantage. By kilometre 80 their gap had stretched to 3:40, but this would be prove to be the furthest it would grow.

As the distance passed the 100 kilometre marker, the gap had already begun to dip, primarily under the insistence of Astana and Euskaltel-Euskadi at the front of the peloton behind. The lead settled at the three minute mark until the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela, 25 kilometres from home.

Within 13 kilometres, the leaders' were hanging onto just 60 seconds of their advantage. With the peloton closing fast, Irizar, Jeannesson, Herrada and Mendes launched a last gasp attempt to deny the sprinters their day. Their challenge was a brave one, and with five kilometres to go a gap of 30 seconds appeared to give them hope of staying away until the end.

Alas, the peloton had timed their run to perfection as they swallowed the quartet up inside the final kilometre of the race. Sergio Ribeiro (Barbot-Siper) proved the fastest of the stampeding peloton as he swept through to take his first win of the season, and the first victory by a Continental rider in the race. 

Full Results
1Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot-Siper3:50:06
2Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto
3Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur
4Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur
5Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
6Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack
7Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
8David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
9Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam
10Filipe Cardoso (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis
11Gonzalo Rabuñal. (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
12Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack
13Aketza Peña (Spa) Caja Rural
14Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
15Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
16Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural
17Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla
18Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank
19Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
20David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot-Siper
21Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana
22Edward King (USA) Cervelo TestTeam
23Arturo Mora (Spa) Caja Rural
24Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Astana
25Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne
26Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Orbea
27Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana
28Antonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur
29Raul Santamarta (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla
30Jose Rubiera (Spa) Team RadioShack
31Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
32Andoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea
33Bruno Pires (Por) Barbot-Siper
34Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team RadioShack
35Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack
36Gregory Obando (CRc) Burgos 2016-Castilla
37Rodrigo Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
38Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
39Diego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla
40Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank
41Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
42Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
43Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
44Juan Mauricio Soler (Col) Caisse d'Epargne
45Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
46Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana
47Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana
48Francisco Perez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
49Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
50Hernani Broco (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis
51Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea
52Jose Roldan (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur
53Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam
54Ruben Reig (Spa) Caja Rural
55Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank
56Michael Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural
57Hugo Sabido (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis
58Pedro Merino (Spa) Footon-Servetto
59Helder Oliveira (Por) Barbot-Siper
60Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Orbea
61Jason Mccartney (USA) Team RadioShack
62Mario Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d'Epargne
63Rui Sousa (Por) Barbot-Siper
64Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank
65Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural
66Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:00:14
67Virgilio Santos (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis
68Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto
69Jose Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural0:00:16
70Jose Mendes (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis
71Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:00:22
72Cesar Fonte (Por) Barbot-Siper0:00:26
73Ivan Melero (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:00:41
74David Francisco (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla
75David Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto
76Markel Irizar (Spa) Team RadioShack
77Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank
78Benat Urain (Spa) Orbea
79Edgar Pinto (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis
80Benjamin Noval (Spa) Astana
81Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:00:57
82Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur
83Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana0:01:07
84David De La Fuente (Spa) Astana
85Ruben Calvo (Spa) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:01:12
86Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank0:01:22
87Jose Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:03:10
88Joaquin Ortega (Spa) Barbot-Siper
89Joaquin Novoa (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam
90Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:03:47
91Iban Mayoz (Spa) Footon-Servetto
92Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:03:55
93Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo TestTeam0:04:22
94Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam
95Tomas Faiers (GBr) Footon-Servetto0:05:31
96Marco Corti (Ita) Footon-Servetto
97Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam0:06:42
98Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo TestTeam0:06:48
99Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:07:01
100Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
101Xabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea0:07:03
102Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
103Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea0:08:38
104Mikel Ilundain (Spa) Orbea

Points Classification
1Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot-Siper25pts
2Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto20
3Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur16
4Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur14
5Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi12
6Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack10
7Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne9
8David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia8
9Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam7
10Filipe Cardoso (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis6
11Gonzalo Rabuñal. (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia5
12Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack4
13Aketza Peña (Spa) Caja Rural3
14Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia2
15Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1

Mountain - Alto de Montecalvo (Category 3, 58.7km)
1Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur3pts
2Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne2
3Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank1

1Xacobeo Galicia11:30:18
3Team RadioShack
4Caisse d'Epargne
5Caja Rural
8Burgos 2016-Castilla Y Leon
9Cervelo TestTeam
12La-Rota Dos Moveis

Final General Classification
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana16:56:01
2Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:41
3Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:20
4Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack0:01:30
5David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot-Siper0:02:30
6Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:02:51
7Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack
8Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam0:02:58
9Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank0:03:06
10Jose Rubiera (Spa) Team RadioShack0:03:17
11Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank0:03:23
12Raul Santamarta (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:03:28
13Bruno Pires (Por) Barbot-Siper0:03:58
14Aketza Peña (Spa) Caja Rural0:04:02
15Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:04:20
16Juan Mauricio Soler (Col) Caisse d'Epargne0:04:44
17Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank0:05:03
18Jose Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural0:05:10
19Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank0:05:11
20Mario Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d'Epargne0:05:15
21Jose Mendes (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:05:33
22Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural0:05:37
23Diego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:07:33
24Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:07:54
25Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:08:08
26Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne0:08:17
27Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam0:08:18
28Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:08:22
29Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana0:08:34
30Gregory Obando (CRc) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:09:08
31Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:09:53
32Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea0:10:41
33Edgar Pinto (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:11:22
34Francisco Perez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:11:26
35Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:11:36
36David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:12:17
37Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur
38Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana0:12:54
39Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Orbea0:13:26
40Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana0:13:57
41Pedro Merino (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:14:19
42Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Astana0:16:45
43Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:16:48
44Rodrigo Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:17:55
45Arturo Mora (Spa) Caja Rural0:18:16
46Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack0:18:17
47Markel Irizar (Spa) Team RadioShack0:18:21
48Jose Roldan (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:18:41
49Hugo Sabido (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:18:45
50Virgilio Santos (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:19:26
51Edward King (USA) Cervelo TestTeam0:19:54
52Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot-Siper0:20:48
53Michael Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural0:21:13
54Andoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea0:22:04
55Ivan Melero (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:22:17
56Gonzalo Rabuñal. (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:23:04
57Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Orbea0:23:44
58Hernani Broco (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:23:49
59Rui Sousa (Por) Barbot-Siper0:24:42
60Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank0:25:01
61Antonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:25:07
62Cesar Fonte (Por) Barbot-Siper0:25:13
63Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:25:31
64Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank0:26:12
65Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:26:48
66Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:27:23
67Helder Oliveira (Por) Barbot-Siper0:27:29
68Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank0:28:08
69Filipe Cardoso (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:28:13
70Ruben Reig (Spa) Caja Rural0:28:18
71Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:28:25
72Benjamin Noval (Spa) Astana0:29:05
73Marco Corti (Ita) Footon-Servetto
74Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team RadioShack0:29:25
75Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank0:29:36
76Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:30:11
77Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana0:30:13
78Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural0:30:21
79Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:30:53
80David De La Fuente (Spa) Astana0:31:35
81Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:31:39
82David Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:31:41
83Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:32:19
84Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:32:31
85Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:32:50
86Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:32:54
87Ruben Calvo (Spa) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:32:59
88Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:33:47
89Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam0:33:50
90Joaquin Ortega (Spa) Barbot-Siper0:34:36
91Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo TestTeam0:35:39
92David Francisco (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:36:13
93Benat Urain (Spa) Orbea0:36:43
94Xabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea0:37:07
95Jose Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:37:47
96Jason Mccartney (USA) Team RadioShack0:39:31
97Iban Mayoz (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:39:56
98Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:40:42
99Mikel Ilundain (Spa) Orbea0:41:22
100Tomas Faiers (GBr) Footon-Servetto0:41:28
101Joaquin Novoa (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam0:42:18
102Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea0:42:39
103Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam0:44:39
104Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo TestTeam0:47:56

Points Classification
1Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam50pts
2Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana50
3Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi42
4Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi42
5Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank40
6Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack38
7Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack38
8Filipe Cardoso (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis28
9Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia26
10Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot-Siper25
11Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur25
12Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam25
13Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne23
14David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot-Siper21
15Juan Mauricio Soler (Col) Caisse d'Epargne20
16Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto20
17Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur16
18Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla16
19Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia14
20Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank13
21Jose Mendes (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis13
22Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto12
23Jose Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural9
24David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia9
25Michael Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural9

Mountains Classification
1Iban Mayoz (Spa) Footon-Servetto19pts
2Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur11
3Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi10
4Juan Mauricio Soler (Col) Caisse d'Epargne8
5Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana6
6Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam6
7Jose Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur6
8Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia4
9David De La Fuente (Spa) Astana4
10Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur3
11Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi3

Combination Classification
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana8pts
2Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi8
3Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia20
4Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack22
5Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam26
6Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack30
7Juan Mauricio Soler (Col) Caisse d'Epargne35
8Jose Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural59
9Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur62
10Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne77
11Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur17

Local Riders Classification
1Diego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla
2Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam
3Ivan Melero (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla
4Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto
5Ruben Calvo (Spa) La-Rota Dos Moveis
6David Francisco (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla
7Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam

Spanish Riders Classification
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana
2Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
3Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
4David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot-Siper
5Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur
6Jose Rubiera (Spa) Team RadioShack
7Raul Santamarta (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla
8Aketza Peña (Spa) Caja Rural
9Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
10Jose Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural
11Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank

1Team RadioShack50:55:41
3Caisse d'Epargne0:04:43
4Caja Rural0:05:03
5Burgos 2016-Castilla Y Leon0:07:49
6Xacobeo Galicia0:08:27
9Cervelo TestTeam0:20:02
11La-Rota Dos Moveis0:25:13


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