Pelucchi takes Clasica de Almeria victory

Neo-pro Matteo Pelucchi (Geox-TMC) was the surprise winner of the Clasica de Almeria on Sunday. The 22-year-old Italian bested Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) and Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM) in the field sprint finale to earn the first victory of his career, as well as the first win for his Spanish Pro Continental squad.

Early in the 179.5km Spanish one-day race a strong breakaway went clear including such riders as Jens Voigt (Leopard Trek), Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Cervelo), Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Michael Matthews (Rabobank) and Ruslan Pydgornyy (Vacansoleil-DCM).

This move was eventually neutralised and a trio containing Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM), Francisco Ventoso (Movistar) and Victor Cabedo (Orbea Continental) made their bid for victory. The trio worked well together late into the race, but the peloton brought them back inside of five kilometres to go.

The peloton stayed together through to the finish where Pelucchi notched the first win of his professional career.

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Full Results
1Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Geox-TMC4:22:56
2Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Christophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 3 - Cell 2
5Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 4 - Cell 2
6Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Caja RuralRow 5 - Cell 2
7Diego Milan Jimenez (Spa) Caja RuralRow 6 - Cell 2
8Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 11 - Cell 2
13Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 12 - Cell 2
14Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 13 - Cell 2
15Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea ContinentalRow 14 - Cell 2
16Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 15 - Cell 2
17Marko Kump (Slo) Geox-TMCRow 16 - Cell 2
18Christian Meier (Can) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 18 - Cell 2
20Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 19 - Cell 2
21Benat Urain Epelde (Spa) Orbea ContinentalRow 20 - Cell 2
22David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Orbea ContinentalRow 22 - Cell 2
24Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 23 - Cell 2
25David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 24 - Cell 2
26Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 25 - Cell 2
27Gert Dockx (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 26 - Cell 2
28Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 27 - Cell 2
29Peio Bilbao (Spa) Orbea ContinentalRow 28 - Cell 2
30Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Orbea ContinentalRow 29 - Cell 2
31Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 31 - Cell 2
33Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 33 - Cell 2
35Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 34 - Cell 2
36Jens Voigt (Ger) Leopard TrekRow 35 - Cell 2
37Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 36 - Cell 2
38Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 37 - Cell 2
39Stefan Denifl (Aut) Leopard TrekRow 38 - Cell 2
40Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja RuralRow 39 - Cell 2
41Manuel Ortega Ocana (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 40 - Cell 2
42Carlos Oyarzun (Chi) Movistar TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 42 - Cell 2
44Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 43 - Cell 2
45Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 44 - Cell 2
46Ruben Martinez (Spa) Caja RuralRow 45 - Cell 2
47Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 46 - Cell 2
48Jose Luis Cano (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 47 - Cell 2
49Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Eloy Ruiz Pinto (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 49 - Cell 2
51Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 50 - Cell 2
52Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 51 - Cell 2
53Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 53 - Cell 2
55Anders Lund (Den) Leopard TrekRow 54 - Cell 2
56Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 55 - Cell 2
57Frank Schleck (Lux) Leopard TrekRow 56 - Cell 2
58Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 57 - Cell 2
59Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 58 - Cell 2
60Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Caja RuralRow 61 - Cell 2
63Xabier Zabalo Imaz (Spa) Orbea ContinentalRow 62 - Cell 2
64Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 63 - Cell 2
65Ruslan Pydgornyy (Ukr) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:12
67Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:18
68Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:24
69Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:00:25
70Sébastien Joly (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:29
71Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team0:00:31
72Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:39
73Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 73 - Cell 2
75Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 74 - Cell 2
76Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 75 - Cell 2
77Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:48
78Victor Cabedo (Spa) Orbea Continental0:00:54
79Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team0:01:07
80Aritz Etxebarria (Spa) Orbea Continental0:01:18
81Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:54
82Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 81 - Cell 2
83Peter Stetina (USA) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 82 - Cell 2
84Julian Sanchez Pimienta (Spa) Caja RuralRow 83 - Cell 2
85Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada0:02:51
86Jose Luis Roldan Carmona (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 85 - Cell 2
87Juan Javier Estrada Ruiz (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 86 - Cell 2
88Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 87 - Cell 2
89Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Caja RuralRow 89 - Cell 2
91Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 91 - Cell 2

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