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Hondo wins in bizarre sprint stage

German Danilo Hondo took his second win of the season for his new PSK Whirlpool team in the seventh stage of the Tour of Portugal on Thursday. The final kilometre was riddled with roundabouts and curves which made for a somewhat dangerous approach to the line, but amazingly, the riders made it through unscathed, albeit with a bit of bumping.

Candido Barbosa, the winner of two stages so far, lost some of his momentum in the melee and had to be content with second place ahead of Lampre's Mauro Santambrogio and stage two winner Manuel Cardoso.

The yellow jersey did not change hands on what many considered to be a sprint stage. Nuno Ribeiro (Liberty Seguros) finished safely in the peloton to hold onto his overall lead.

But what should have been a stage for LPR's ace sprinter Alessandro Petacchi went all wrong with 30km to go when half of the peloton chose the wrong side of a roundabout and would up off-course.

The half including Petacchi came to a screeching halt when they wound up behind the crowds watching the other half of the race go by and were faced with a street full of parked cars. Some riders doubled back, while others scooted through the barricades which lined the circuit and got back on course.

The furious chase back to the peloton spelled the end of Petacchi on the final category three climb of the day, leaving the door open for the scrappy Hondo to claim the win.

Hondo had been part of the day-long 12-man  breakaway, and was one of the last to be caught on the final climb. He was part of a surviving three-man group together with Oleg Chuzhda (Contentpolis-Ampo) and Antonio Piedra (Andalucia - Cajasur). But Piedra took the wrong turn at a roundabout and had to chase back up to the pair, a move which lost the breakaway much of its momentum.

The race came back together on the descent with 6km to go, and while the Palmeiras Resort team looked to set up the win for its man Barbosa, it was Hondo who picked the right line through the technical finish to take the win for the Czech squad.

Full Results
1Danilo Hondo (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author4:07:04
2Candido Barbosa (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira
3Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
4Manuel Cardoso (Por) Liberty Seguros
5Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot - Siper
6César Quiterio (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano
7Tiago Machado (Por) Madeinox Boavista
8Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
9Hector Guerra (Spa) Liberty Seguros
10Hugo Sabido (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis
11Andre Cardoso (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira
12Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis
13Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano
14Juan F. Mouron (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
15David Blanco (Spa) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira
16Pedro Lopes (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano
17Nuno Ribeiro (Por) Liberty Seguros
18Cristiano Salerno (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini
19Virgilio Santos (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis
20Joäo Cabreira (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano
21Filipe Cardoso (Por) Liberty Seguros
22Iban Mayoz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
23Danail Petrov (Bul) Madeinox Boavista
24Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author
25Martin Mares (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
26David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot - Siper
27Ruben Plaza (Spa) Liberty Seguros
28Nelson Vitorino (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira
29Jose L. Roldan (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
30Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) ISD
31Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo
32Bruno Pires (Por) Barbot - Siper
33Joaquin Andrade (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis
34Javier Etxarri (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
35Nelson Rocha (Por) Madeinox Boavista
36Carlos Pinho (Por) Barbot - Siper
37Pedro Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
38David Vaz (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis
39Celio Sousa (Por) Madeinox Boavista
40Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
41Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
42Jure Golcer (Slo) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini
43Vitor Rodrigues (Por) Liberty Seguros
44Sergio Sousa (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:00:17
45Ruben Reig (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
46Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:00:22
47Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
48Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
49Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
50Pablo De Pedro (Spa) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:00:27
51Helder Oliveira (Por) Barbot - Siper0:00:29
52Francesco Tomei (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:00:34
53Tomas Buchacek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:00:44
54Isidro Nozal (Spa) Liberty Seguros0:00:49
55Samuel Caldeira (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira0:01:03
56Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:01:08
57Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:01:12
58Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:01:22
59Joaquim Sampaio (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:01:31
60Jose Toribio (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
61Alesandro Colo (Ita) ISD
62Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:01:45
63Celestino Pinho (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis
64Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:04:05
65Carlos Castaño (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
66Stanislav Kozubek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
67Petr Bencik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
68Martin Hebik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
69Juan J. Estrada (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
70Dario Cioni (Ita) ISD
71Enrico Magazzini (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
72Nuno Marta (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano
73Miguel Candil (Spa) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis
74David Livramento (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira
75Alejandro Marque (Spa) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira
76Sergio Lagana (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini
77Sebastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
78Daniel Silva (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano
79Ricardo Mestre (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira
80Davide Rici Bitti (Ita) ISD
81Bruno Pinto (Por) Barbot - Siper
82Pedro Soeiro M. (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:05:31
83Bruno Saraiva (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano
84Luis Pinheiro (Por) Madeinox Boavista
85Bruno Barbosa (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis0:05:36
86Bruno Sancho (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis
87Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
88Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
89Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD
90Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:07:43
91Frantisek Kloucek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:09:10
92Krassimir Vasilev (Bul) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira0:10:15
93José A. Lopez (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur0:10:30
94Cristian Benenati (Ita) ISD0:10:50
95Damiano Caruso (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini
96Alejandro Paleo (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
97Carlos Nozal (Spa) Liberty Seguros
98Rui Sousa (Por) Liberty Seguros
99Joao Benta (Por) Madeinox Boavista
100Andrea Grendene (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
101Roberto Ferrari (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini
102Ivan Raña (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
103Bruno Castanheira (Por) Barbot - Siper
104Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini
105Giairo Ermetti (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini
106Leopold Konig (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:10:56
107Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
108Eloy Teruel (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:14:51
109Mikel Gaztanaga (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo


1Danilo Hondo (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author25pts
2Candido Barbosa (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira20
3Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.16
4Manuel Cardoso (Por) Liberty Seguros13
5Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot - Siper10
6César Quiterio (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano8
7Tiago Machado (Por) Madeinox Boavista6
8Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago4
9Hector Guerra (Spa) Liberty Seguros2
10Hugo Sabido (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis1

Mountain 1 - Alto Agrela (Cat. 3), km. 37.6
1Helder Oliveira (Por) Barbot - Siper5pts
2Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis3
3Sergio Sousa (Por) Madeinox Boavista2
4Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.1

Mountain 2 - Fagilde (Cat. 3), km. 114.0
1Helder Oliveira (Por) Barbot - Siper5pts
2Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo3
3Nelson Rocha (Por) Madeinox Boavista2
4Frantisek Kloucek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author1

Mountain 3 - Codal (Cat. 3), km. 154.1
1Isidro Nozal (Spa) Liberty Seguros5pts
2Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.3
3Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author2
4Nuno Ribeiro (Por) Liberty Seguros1

Sprint 1 - Rebordosa, km. 51,20
1Nelson Rocha (Por) Madeinox Boavista3pts
2José A. Lopez (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur2
3Giairo Ermetti (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini1

Sprint 2 - Castelo De Paiva, km. 89,80
1Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo3pts
2Frantisek Kloucek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author2
3José A. Lopez (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur1

Sprint 3 - Oliveira De Azemeis, Km. 141,00
1Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo3pts
2José A. Lopez (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur2
3Giairo Ermetti (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini1

1Palmeiras Resort / Tavira12:21:12
2Liberty Seguros
3Centro Cilismo de Loule - Louletano
4Paredes Rota Dos Moveis
5PSK Whirlpool - Author
6Barbot - Siper
7Madeinox Boavista
8Xacobeo Galicia
10Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:00:22
11Andalucia Cajasur
12Lampre - N.G.C0:00:56
13LPR Brakes Farnese Vini0:04:05

General classification after stage 7
1Nuno Ribeiro (Por) Liberty Seguros31:50:43
2Joäo Cabreira (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:00:07
3David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot - Siper0:00:57
4Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:01:32
5Andre Cardoso (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira0:01:38
6David Blanco (Spa) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira0:01:47
7Nelson Vitorino (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira0:01:49
8Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:01:53
9Ruben Plaza (Spa) Liberty Seguros0:01:54
10Virgilio Santos (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis0:02:06
11Tiago Machado (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:02:09
12Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) ISD0:02:27
13Hugo Sabido (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis0:02:34
14Hector Guerra (Spa) Liberty Seguros0:03:25
15Candido Barbosa (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira0:03:30
16Bruno Pires (Por) Barbot - Siper0:03:38
17Carlos Pinho (Por) Barbot - Siper0:04:07
18Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:04:09
19Pedro Lopes (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:05:43
20Nelson Rocha (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:06:06
21Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:06:14
22Martin Mares (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:06:22
23Helder Oliveira (Por) Barbot - Siper0:06:42
24Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo0:06:45
25Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis0:06:58
26Jure Golcer (Slo) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini0:07:34
27Vitor Rodrigues (Por) Liberty Seguros0:09:01
28Danail Petrov (Bul) Madeinox Boavista0:09:32
29David Vaz (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis0:10:15
30Filipe Cardoso (Por) Liberty Seguros0:11:39
31Pedro Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:14:31
32Sergio Sousa (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:15:06
33Celio Sousa (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:15:36
34Bruno Barbosa (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis0:16:08
35Jose L. Roldan (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur0:16:41
36Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:16:50
37Cristiano Salerno (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini0:17:40
38Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:19:11
39Joaquin Andrade (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis0:20:21
40Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot - Siper0:21:43
41Luis Pinheiro (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:21:52
42Celestino Pinho (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis0:21:58
43David Livramento (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira0:22:08
44Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:22:50
45Dario Cioni (Ita) ISD0:22:59
46Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur0:23:55
47Joaquim Sampaio (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:24:02
48Daniel Silva (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:24:39
49Damiano Caruso (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini0:24:58
50Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur0:25:25
51Ruben Reig (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:25:28
52Isidro Nozal (Spa) Liberty Seguros0:25:55
53Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur0:26:12
54Miguel Candil (Spa) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis0:27:27
55Pablo De Pedro (Spa) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:28:06
56Rui Sousa (Por) Liberty Seguros0:31:16
57Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:32:15
58Danilo Hondo (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:32:30
59Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:33:06
60Tomas Buchacek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:33:41
61Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD0:34:15
62Sergio Lagana (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini0:34:53
63Ricardo Mestre (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira0:34:55
64Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:35:25
65Bruno Castanheira (Por) Barbot - Siper0:35:32
66Juan J. Estrada (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur0:35:43
67Bruno Pinto (Por) Barbot - Siper0:36:17
68Juan F. Mouron (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:36:41
69Iban Mayoz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:37:15
70Enrico Magazzini (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:38:09
71Jose Toribio (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur0:38:45
72Manuel Cardoso (Por) Liberty Seguros0:39:03
73Joao Benta (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:39:15
74Carlos Castaño (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:39:39
75Carlos Nozal (Spa) Liberty Seguros0:40:30
76César Quiterio (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:41:48
77Alejandro Marque (Spa) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira
78Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur0:42:33
79Davide Rici Bitti (Ita) ISD0:42:48
80Pedro Soeiro M. (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:43:09
81Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:47:04
82Stanislav Kozubek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:48:39
83Bruno Saraiva (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:48:48
84Sebastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:49:01
85Nuno Marta (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:49:22
86Petr Bencik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:51:03
87Javier Etxarri (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:51:52
88Frantisek Kloucek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:54:13
89Samuel Caldeira (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira0:55:12
90José A. Lopez (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur0:56:23
91Krassimir Vasilev (Bul) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira0:58:43
92Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini0:59:39
93Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.1:02:38
94Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago1:02:50
95Martin Hebik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author1:02:52
96Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago1:04:20
97Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.1:06:21
98Giairo Ermetti (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini1:06:45
99Leopold Konig (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author1:09:23
100Francesco Tomei (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.1:12:46
101Bruno Sancho (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis1:14:31
102Alesandro Colo (Ita) ISD1:16:47
103Andrea Grendene (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.1:17:34
104Alejandro Paleo (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:21:44
105Ivan Raña (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:22:58
106Cristian Benenati (Ita) ISD1:26:41
107Mikel Gaztanaga (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo1:27:39
108Eloy Teruel (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo1:35:29
109Roberto Ferrari (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini1:40:55

Points classification
1Candido Barbosa (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira81pts
2Danilo Hondo (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author62
3Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.54
4Manuel Cardoso (Por) Liberty Seguros50
5Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author36
6Pedro Lopes (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano34
7Nuno Ribeiro (Por) Liberty Seguros33
8Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano32
9Ruben Plaza (Spa) Liberty Seguros31
10Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur28
11Hector Guerra (Spa) Liberty Seguros28
12José A. Lopez (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur28
13Joäo Cabreira (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano27
14Tiago Machado (Por) Madeinox Boavista26
15Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) ISD26
16Hugo Sabido (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis25
17David Blanco (Spa) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira22
18Bruno Pires (Por) Barbot - Siper22
19Danail Petrov (Bul) Madeinox Boavista21
20David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot - Siper16
21Andre Cardoso (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira16
22Filipe Cardoso (Por) Liberty Seguros14
23Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo13
24Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis13
25Nelson Vitorino (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira13

Mountains classification
1Sergio Sousa (Por) Madeinox Boavista34pts
2Helder Oliveira (Por) Barbot - Siper31
3Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo27
4Pedro Lopes (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano18
5Cristiano Salerno (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini18
6Joäo Cabreira (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano17
7Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis17
8Nuno Ribeiro (Por) Liberty Seguros16
9Martin Mares (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author15
10Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author14
11Celestino Pinho (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis14

Young rider classification
1Tiago Machado (Por) Madeinox Boavista
2Nelson Rocha (Por) Madeinox Boavista
3Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo
4Vitor Rodrigues (Por) Liberty Seguros
5Jose L. Roldan (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
6Cristiano Salerno (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini
7Daniel Silva (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano
8Damiano Caruso (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini
9Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
10Ruben Reig (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
11Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD

Teams classification
1Palmeiras Resort / Tavira95:36:10
2Liberty Seguros0:01:22
3Centro Cilismo de Loule - Louletano0:02:06
4Barbot - Siper0:04:14
5Paredes Rota Dos Moveis0:05:06
6Madeinox Boavista0:09:17
7Lampre - N.G.C0:11:15
8PSK Whirlpool - Author0:17:04
9Andalucia Cajasur0:25:38
10LPR Brakes Farnese Vini0:35:33
11Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:42:37
14Xacobeo Galicia0:55:51

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