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Benitez wins second straight

Javier Benitez (Contentpolis-Ampo) sprinted to his second consecutive stage win on Tuesday, besting Michael Kreder (Rabobank Continental) and Jose A. Carrasco (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur in the 120-kilometre stage to San Juanito. Benitez, the winner of three stages in last year's event, is beginning to think he can duplicate his performance from 2008.

"Today's win was easier than yesterday's, my legs were heavier then," said Benitez. "The key to victory was that Tecos controlled the race very well and after the last mountain pass my team did a great job. I still think it will be hard to win as many stages as last year, but after today I'm going to try".

Denmark's Michael Rasmussen (Teco Trek) remains in the race lead and is tied on time with second-placed Daniel Moreno (Caisse d'Epargne). Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing) holds third place on general classification, one second behind Rasmussen.

The stage was characterized by a seven-man breakaway which included David Vitoria (Rock Racing), Angel Madrazo (Caisse d'Epargne), Florencio Ramos (Tecos), Gonzalo Rabuñal (Xacobeo Galicia), Esteban Plaza (Andalucía-Cajasur), Daniel Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Pedro Merino (Fuji-Servetto). The escape never gained more than two minutes due to Tecos Trek's tempo at the head of the peloton for race leader Rasmussen and the break was neutralized inside of 20 kilometres to the finish line.

Daniel Moreno (Caisse d'Epargne) tried to seize the leader's jersey from Rasmussen with an attack on a category three climb 15 kilometres from the finish, but the chase efforts of Rasmussen and teammate Gregorio Ladino, Rock Racing's Francisco Mancebo and Oscar Sevilla and several riders from Fuji-Servetto brought the Spaniard back.

Once Moreno's attack was absorbed the teams of the sprinters assumed control of the peloton and kept the field together to the finish line.

"I had a quiet day today, controlling the pace up the last climb and then handing things over to the teams of the sprinters," said Rasmussen, race leader since his victory in the opening prologue. "Tomorrow I see many attack because the general classification is pretty even overall. Mancebo, Sevilla, Moreno, Cobo or Mosquera will be very dangerous.

"I do not care if I win by hundredths or five minutes, it is the others who have to attack"

Wednesday's 153-kilometre stage from Creel to Guachochi is expected to be the hardest stage of the race, as the riders tackle four categorised climbs: one category 1, one category 2 and two category 4 ascents.

Results
1Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2:57:36
2Michael Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental
3Jose A. Carrasco (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
4Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing
5Danail Petrov (Bul) Madeinox Boavista
6Cristian Benenati (Ita) ISD
7Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
8Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
9Mikayata Shimizu (Jpn) Meitan Hompo
10David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
11José Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Rock Racing
12Luis Pinheiro (Por) Madeinox Boavista
13David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
14Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD
15Andrew Randell (Can) Planet Energy
16Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek
17Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD
18Hector H. Rangel (Mex) Canels Turbo
19Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
20David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing
21Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
22Guillaume Pont (Fra) Meitan Hompo
23Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
24Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo
25Matthew Busche (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
26Juan Cotumba (Bol) Tecos Trek
27Alvaro Argira (Arg) Arenas-afamado C.T.
28Martijn Keizer (Ned) Rabobank Continental
29Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing
30Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
31Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek
32David Martin (Spa) Rock Racing
33Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
34Dario Cioni (Ita) ISD
35Jesus Grajeda (Mex) Alpura-delicias
36Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
37Joaquim Sampaio (Por) Madeinox Boavista
38Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
39Alfredo Gabino (Mex) Canels Turbo
40Francisco Matamoros (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.
41Gregorio Ladino (Col) Tecos Trek
42Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
43Alberto Morras (Spa) Madeinox Boavista
44Jose L. Roldan (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
45Xabier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
46Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
47Oscar García-Casarrubios (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
48Florencio Ramos (Mex) Tecos Trek
49Eder Arenas (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.
50José I. Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
51José Herrada (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
52Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne
53Glen Chadwick (Aus) Rock Racing
54Andrey Amador (Crc) Caisse d'Epargne
55Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) ISD
56Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental
57Aitor Perez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:00:09
58Fred Rodriguez (USA) Rock Racing
59Gregor Cazvoda (Slo) Meitan Hompo0:00:15
60Ricardo Tapia (Mex) Alpura-delicias
61Ivan Raña (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
62Juan J. Estrada (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
63Jacobe Keough (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
64Cesar Vaquera (Mex) Orven
65Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:00:17
66Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Rabobank Continental
67Jon Pardo (Spa) Madeinox Boavista
68Jose A. Benitez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
69Mauricio Frazer (Arg) Arenas-afamado C.T.
70Ivan Martinez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
71Hector Spaasandin (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
72Sergio Hernandez (USA) Rock Racing
73Guillaume Boivin (Can) Planet Energy
74Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Meitan Hompo
75Joao Benta (Por) Madeinox Boavista
76Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
77Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
78Manuel Hernandez (Mex) Orven
79Ángel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
80Joel Alamillo (Mex) Orven0:00:39
81Bruno Langlois (Can) Planet Energy0:00:46
82Marco A. Ortega (Mex) Canels Turbo
83Arquidemes Lam (Mex) Alpura-delicias
84Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Meitan Hompo0:00:50
85Radames Treviño (Mex) Orven0:00:58
86Jacob Erker (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:01
87Javier Saenz (Spa) Alpura-delicias0:01:13
88Pedro Merino (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
89Cheyne Hoag (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:52
90François Parisien (Can) Planet Energy0:02:03
91Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental
92Niek Van Geffen (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:02:52
93Jorge Pancoatl (Mex) Canels Turbo
94Jose A. Ochoa (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.0:05:20
95Edgar Treviño (Mex) Orven
96Gerardo Soto (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.
97Alejandro Paleo (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
98Luis Macias (Mex) Tecos Trek
99Abundio Guerrero (Mex) Canels Turbo
100Juan C. Hernandez (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.
101Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
102Santiago Vazquez (Mex) Alpura-delicias
103Edgar E. Mendez (Mex) Alpura-delicias
104Jessel Valenzuela (Mex) Alpura-delicias
105Mickael Damien (Fra) Meitan Hompo
106Oscar Gatto (Ita) ISD
107Eric Boily (Can) Planet Energy
108Keir Plaice (Can) Planet Energy
109Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
110Elliot Vazquez (Mex) Alpura-delicias0:09:43
111Ramon Juarez (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.
112Antonio Aldape (Mex) Tecos Trek
113Ángel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:12:16

Sprint 1 - Casa Colorada, km 9.9
1Jacobe Keough (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies5pts
2Santiago Vazquez (Mex) Alpura-delicias3
3Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD2

Sprint 2 - La Junta, km 42.4
1David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing5pts
2Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia3
3Ángel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2

Sprint 3 - Cebollas, km 92.0
1David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing5pts
2Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia3
3Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2

Mountain 1 - Cat. 4, Km 80.5
1David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing4pts
2Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur3
3Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia2
4Ángel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1

Mountain 2 - Cat. 3, Km 104.8
1Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne6pts
2Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing5
3Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing4
4Gregorio Ladino (Col) Tecos Trek3
5Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek1

Teams
1Rock Racing8:52:48
2ISD
3Fuji-Servetto
4Madeinox Boavista
5Xacobeo Galicia
6Tecos Trek
7Canels Turbo
8Kelly Benefit Strategies
9Rabobank
10Caisse d'Epargne
11Andalucia-Cajasur
12Contentpolis-Ampo
13Arenas-Afamado C.T.
14Meitan Hompo0:00:15
15Alpura-Delicias0:01:01
16Planet Energy0:01:03
17Orven0:01:11

General classification after stage 2
1Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek6:17:13
2Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
3Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing0:00:01
4Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing0:00:03
5Gregorio Ladino (Col) Tecos Trek0:00:04
6Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:00:14
7Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:16
8Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:19
9Matthew Busche (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:21
10Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
11Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:00:25
12Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:33
13Xabier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:00:34
14David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:00:37
15José I. Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
16Dario Cioni (Ita) ISD0:00:38
17Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:39
18Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
19Michael Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental
20Luis Pinheiro (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:00:40
21David Martin (Spa) Rock Racing0:00:43
22David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:44
23Andrew Randell (Can) Planet Energy0:00:45
24Andrey Amador (Crc) Caisse d'Epargne
25Francisco Matamoros (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.0:00:47
26Guillaume Pont (Fra) Meitan Hompo0:00:52
27Jose A. Carrasco (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
28José Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Rock Racing0:00:53
29Gregor Cazvoda (Slo) Meitan Hompo
30José Herrada (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:00:55
31Glen Chadwick (Aus) Rock Racing0:00:57
32Aitor Perez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:00:58
33Cristian Benenati (Ita) ISD
34Martijn Keizer (Ned) Rabobank Continental
35Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:59
36Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD
37Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental
38Joaquim Sampaio (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:01:00
39Danail Petrov (Bul) Madeinox Boavista0:01:02
40Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:01:03
41Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
42Oscar García-Casarrubios (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:01:04
43Alberto Morras (Spa) Madeinox Boavista0:01:09
44Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental
45Hector H. Rangel (Mex) Canels Turbo0:01:14
46Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:01:16
47David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing0:01:19
48Ángel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:01:24
49Alvaro Argira (Arg) Arenas-afamado C.T.0:01:28
50Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:01:38
51Ivan Martinez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:01:42
52Eder Arenas (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.0:01:48
53Ricardo Tapia (Mex) Alpura-delicias0:01:49
54Juan J. Estrada (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:02:01
55Jose A. Benitez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:02:02
56Jon Pardo (Spa) Madeinox Boavista0:02:16
57Pedro Merino (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:02:18
58Mauricio Frazer (Arg) Arenas-afamado C.T.0:02:23
59Jesus Grajeda (Mex) Alpura-delicias0:02:24
60Juan Cotumba (Bol) Tecos Trek0:02:43
61François Parisien (Can) Planet Energy0:02:55
62Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Meitan Hompo0:02:59
63Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD0:03:24
64Alfredo Gabino (Mex) Canels Turbo0:03:26
65Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek0:03:30
66Mikayata Shimizu (Jpn) Meitan Hompo0:03:46
67Florencio Ramos (Mex) Tecos Trek0:03:48
68Jose L. Roldan (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
69Joao Benta (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:04:02
70Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:04:17
71Cesar Vaquera (Mex) Orven
72Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) ISD
73Manuel Hernandez (Mex) Orven0:04:23
74Hector Spaasandin (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:04:34
75Ivan Raña (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
76Sergio Hernandez (USA) Rock Racing0:04:35
77Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo0:04:38
78Fred Rodriguez (USA) Rock Racing0:04:54
79Guillaume Boivin (Can) Planet Energy0:05:06
80Jacob Erker (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:05:16
81Marco A. Ortega (Mex) Canels Turbo0:05:23
82Jacobe Keough (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:05:24
83Bruno Langlois (Can) Planet Energy0:05:27
84Javier Saenz (Spa) Alpura-delicias0:05:35
85Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:05:48
86Arquidemes Lam (Mex) Alpura-delicias0:06:04
87Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:06:12
88Radames Treviño (Mex) Orven0:06:28
89Niek Van Geffen (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:08:07
90Jessel Valenzuela (Mex) Alpura-delicias0:08:15
91Jorge Pancoatl (Mex) Canels Turbo0:08:33
92Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:09:13
93Juan C. Hernandez (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.0:09:39
94Mickael Damien (Fra) Meitan Hompo0:10:05
95Abundio Guerrero (Mex) Canels Turbo
96Edgar E. Mendez (Mex) Alpura-delicias0:11:24
97Ángel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:13:00
98Ramon Juarez (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.0:14:58
99Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Meitan Hompo0:15:16
100Joel Alamillo (Mex) Orven0:15:34
101Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Rabobank Continental0:16:32
102Cheyne Hoag (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:16:44
103Eric Boily (Can) Planet Energy0:19:30
104Luis Macias (Mex) Tecos Trek0:20:04
105Oscar Gatto (Ita) ISD0:20:13
106Keir Plaice (Can) Planet Energy0:20:21
107Jose A. Ochoa (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.0:20:22
108Gerardo Soto (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.0:20:37
109Alejandro Paleo (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:20:48
110Santiago Vazquez (Mex) Alpura-delicias0:21:19
111Edgar Treviño (Mex) Orven0:21:31
112Antonio Aldape (Mex) Tecos Trek0:24:14
113Elliot Vazquez (Mex) Alpura-delicias0:25:15

Sprints classification
1David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing15pts
2Andrey Amador (Crc) Caisse d'Epargne13
3Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo8
4Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia6
5Jacobe Keough (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies5
6Santiago Vazquez (Mex) Alpura-delicias3
7Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD2
8Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2
9Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2
10Ángel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2
11Eric Boily (Can) Planet Energy2

Mountains classification
1Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne13pts
2Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing11
3David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing10
4Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing10
5Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek9
6Gregorio Ladino (Col) Tecos Trek6
7Andrey Amador (Crc) Caisse d'Epargne5
8Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo4
9Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur3
10Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo3
11Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia2

U23 classification
1Michael Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental
2Martijn Keizer (Ned) Rabobank Continental
3Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental
4Alberto Morras (Spa) Madeinox Boavista
5Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental
6Jon Pardo (Spa) Madeinox Boavista
7Pedro Merino (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
8Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
9Cesar Vaquera (Mex) Orven
10Guillaume Boivin (Can) Planet Energy
11Jacobe Keough (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies

Mexican rider classification
1Francisco Matamoros (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.
2Hector H. Rangel (Mex) Canels Turbo
3Eder Arenas (Mex) Arenas-afamado C.T.
4Ricardo Tapia (Mex) Alpura-delicias
5Jesus Grajeda (Mex) Alpura-delicias
6Alfredo Gabino (Mex) Canels Turbo
7Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek
8Florencio Ramos (Mex) Tecos Trek
9Cesar Vaquera (Mex) Orven
10Manuel Hernandez (Mex) Orven
11Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo

Teams classification
1Rock Racing18:52:26
2Caisse d'Epargne0:00:09
3Fuji-Servetto0:00:13
4Xacobeo Galicia0:00:41
5Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:46
6Andalucia-Cajasur0:01:22
7Madeinox Boavista0:01:33
8Meitan Hompo0:01:39
9Rabobank Continental0:01:42
10ISD0:01:48
11Contentpolis-Ampo0:01:52
12Tecos Trek0:01:58
13Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:03:16
14Alpura-Delicias0:05:18
15Planet Energy0:06:18
16Canels Turbo0:08:30
17Orven0:12:05

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