Cavendish wins the Clasica de Almeria

Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) continued his run of early season success by winning the Clasica de Almeria one-day race in Spain.

The Manxman yet again got excellent support from his teammates, who chased down the break of the day and controlled the attacks in the hilly first half of the race and the wind-affected flatter finale.

After a late crash took out some of their rivals, Mark Renshaw gave Cavendish a perfect lead out, allowing him to beat Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar), with Renshaw finishing third. Cavendish crossed the line with his arms open in celebration. It was the 124th victory of his professional career.

Only 58 riders finished in the front group, with many of the other sprinters unable to make the selection, yet further proof of Cavendish's excellent early-season form.

"Yesterday I didn't really feel good during the race at Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia, but today the team was really motivated," Cavendish said. "We started riding from kilometer zero. We were always in front, in the first 10 positions of the group the entire race. We also rode strong in the wind, and made the decision to break up the bunch in the crosswind after the last climb.

"With 30 kilometers to go Katusha and Movistar moved up to help us out, so the front group went full gas until the finish line," Cavendish added. "In the sprint Zdenek Stybar began the leadout into the final 450 meters. Then Mark Renshaw led me out, and I was in his slipstream until 150 meters to go. By the time I went it was just a matter of finishing off the race for the win. It was perfect. I am super happy and proud about the way the team controlled the race the entire day."

A day in the hills before the fast chase

The 183km Clasica de Almeria is known as a race for the sprinters but the hilly profile in the first part of the race means the fast men and their teams always have to work hard for success.

This year Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Romain Sicard (Europcar), Migel Angel Benito (Caja Rural-RGA), Arthur Van Overberghe (Topsport Vlaanderen) and Unai Intziarte (Murias) formed the breakaway of the day for the peloton to chase.

They went away after just seven kilometres and quickly opened a gap, that touched a maximum of 5:30. Sicard topped the El Chive climb first after 77km of racing as Van Overberghe and Intziarte suffered. The remaining trio then reached the Lucainena climb with a lead of 3:15, with 60km left to race but lack real unity.

The final 60km was largely downhill or flat and the cat and mouse chase began in earnest. However not every rider made it through the hills and survived the echelons that formed in the finale -a testament to Cavendish's form and the determination of his teammates to set him up.

Etixx-QuickStep lead the chase with Katusha and Movistar also helping with the work as the riders powered back to Almeria.
The late crash, just two kilometres from the finish, wrecked the hopes of several teams, including MTN-Qhubeka, who was hoping Tyler Farrar could contest the sprint, and Trek Factory Racing, who had Fábio Silvestre for the finish.

Etixx-QuickStep was well placed near the front and avoided the crash, with Renshaw again using his experience and expertise to lead out Cavendish in Almeria.

Results

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Result
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick Step4:36:19
2Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Esp) Movistar TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx - Quick StepRow 2 - Cell 2
4Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Edward Theuns (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 4 - Cell 2
6Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 5 - Cell 2
7Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 6 - Cell 2
8Grega Bole (Slo) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 7 - Cell 2
9Oscar Gatto (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 8 - Cell 2
10Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Team KatushaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 10 - Cell 2
12Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 11 - Cell 2
13Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJRow 12 - Cell 2
14Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 13 - Cell 2
15Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 14 - Cell 2
16Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 15 - Cell 2
17Patrick Schelling (Sui) IAM CyclingRow 16 - Cell 2
18Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CréditsRow 17 - Cell 2
19Fabio Taborre (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 18 - Cell 2
20Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 19 - Cell 2
21Beñat Txoperena Matxikote (Esp) Murias TaldeaRow 20 - Cell 2
22David Arroyo Duran (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 21 - Cell 2
23Matthew Brammeier (Irl) MTN - QhubekaRow 22 - Cell 2
24Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory RacingRow 23 - Cell 2
25Johan Vansummeren (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 24 - Cell 2
26Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team EuropcarRow 25 - Cell 2
27Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 26 - Cell 2
28Oliver Naesen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:05
29Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick Step0:00:07
30Fränk Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:00:08
31Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 30 - Cell 2
32Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Esp) Astana Pro TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Marc Soler Gimenez (Esp) Movistar Team0:00:20
34Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:27
35Ken Hanson (USA) UnitedHealthcare0:00:35
36Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:36
37Fabio Silvestre (Pol) Trek Factory RacingRow 36 - Cell 2
38Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Esp) Movistar Team0:00:55
39Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:00:58
40Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:08
41Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 40 - Cell 2
42Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 41 - Cell 2
43Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:12
44Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 43 - Cell 2
45Alberto Losada Alguacil (Esp) Team KatushaRow 44 - Cell 2
46Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:14
47Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN - Qhubeka0:01:34
48Daniele Ratto (Ita) UnitedHealthcare0:01:40
49Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Daniel Navarro Garcia (Esp) Cofidis, Solutions CréditsRow 49 - Cell 2
51Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Esp) Etixx - Quick StepRow 50 - Cell 2
52Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CréditsRow 51 - Cell 2
53Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 52 - Cell 2
54Davide Appollonio (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:43
55Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 54 - Cell 2
56Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing0:01:58
57Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory RacingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:00
59Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 58 - Cell 2
60Rubén Fernandez Andujar (Esp) Movistar TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits0:02:57
62José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 180:05:15
63Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 62 - Cell 2
64Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 63 - Cell 2
65David Belda Garcia (Esp) Burgos-BHRow 64 - Cell 2
66Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 65 - Cell 2
67Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJRow 68 - Cell 2
70Jonathan Fumeaux (Sui) IAM CyclingRow 69 - Cell 2
71Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 70 - Cell 2
72Andrey Solomennikov (Rus) RusVeloRow 71 - Cell 2
73Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 72 - Cell 2
74Amaury Capiot (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 73 - Cell 2
75Ibai Salas (Esp) Burgos-BHRow 74 - Cell 2
76Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 75 - Cell 2
77Imanol Estevez Salas (Esp) Murias TaldeaRow 76 - Cell 2
78Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 77 - Cell 2
79Egoitz Garcia Etxegibel (Esp) Murias TaldeaRow 78 - Cell 2
80Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 79 - Cell 2
81David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Esp) Etixx - Quick StepRow 80 - Cell 2
82Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 81 - Cell 2
83Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcareRow 82 - Cell 2
84Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcareRow 83 - Cell 2
85Roman Kustadinchev (Rus) RusVeloRow 84 - Cell 2
86Serghei Tvetcov (Rou) Androni GiocattoliRow 85 - Cell 2
87Nick Dougall (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 86 - Cell 2
88Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJRow 87 - Cell 2
89Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM CyclingRow 88 - Cell 2
90Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18Row 89 - Cell 2
91Igor Anton Hernandez (Esp) Movistar TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Esp) Cofidis, Solutions CréditsRow 91 - Cell 2
93Dario Hernandez Illana (Esp) Burgos-BHRow 92 - Cell 2
94Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory RacingRow 93 - Cell 2
95Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CréditsRow 94 - Cell 2
96Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJRow 95 - Cell 2
97Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 96 - Cell 2
98Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 97 - Cell 2
99Tiago Machado (Por) Team KatushaRow 98 - Cell 2
100Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJRow 99 - Cell 2
101Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CréditsRow 100 - Cell 2
102Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory RacingRow 101 - Cell 2
103Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcareRow 102 - Cell 2
104Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcareRow 103 - Cell 2
105Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcareRow 104 - Cell 2
106Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - QhubekaRow 105 - Cell 2
107Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 180:09:35
108Eneko Lizarralde (Esp) Murias TaldeaRow 107 - Cell 2
109Ander Barrenetxea (Esp) Murias TaldeaRow 108 - Cell 2
110Jon Ander Insausti Irastorza (Esp) Murias TaldeaRow 109 - Cell 2
111Aleksandr Komin (Rus) RusVeloRow 110 - Cell 2
112Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 111 - Cell 2
113Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 112 - Cell 2
114Unai Intziarte (Esp) Murias TaldeaRow 113 - Cell 2
115Alexander Foliforov (Rus) RusVeloRow 114 - Cell 2
116Josef Cerny (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 115 - Cell 2
117Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVeloRow 116 - Cell 2
118Alexander Rybakov (Rus) RusVeloRow 117 - Cell 2
119Serguei Firsanov (Rus) RusVeloRow 118 - Cell 2
120Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) FDJRow 119 - Cell 2
121Arthur Vanoverberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 120 - Cell 2
122Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJRow 121 - Cell 2
123Simon Pellaud (Sui) IAM CyclingRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFBjorn Thurau (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 123 - Cell 2
DNFFloris De Tier (Esp) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFJuan Carlos Riutort Martinez (Esp) Burgos-BHRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFSebastian Mascaro Rigo (Esp) Burgos-BHRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFÁlvaro Robredo Crespo (Esp) Burgos-BHRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFUnai Arranz Alonso (Esp) Burgos-BHRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFRein Taaramäe (Esp) Astana Pro TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFGianluca Brambilla (Est) Etixx - Quick StepRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFJulian Alaphilippe (Esp) Etixx - Quick StepRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFJosé Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 132 - Cell 2
DNFEduard Prades (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 133 - Cell 2
DNFJavier Moreno (Esp) Movistar TeamRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFBeñat Intxausti (Esp) Movistar TeamRow 135 - Cell 2
DNSSander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 136 - Cell 2

 

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