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Da Costa caps off quality season

Rock Racing's Oscar Sevilla took the overall lead at the Vuelta a Chihuahua after a testing stage from Creel to Guachochi split the classification and delivered the Spanish climber into the green jersey with three days remaining.

Portuguese rider Rui Costa (Caisse d'Epargne) secured line honours and moved into third overall while Gregorio Ladino (Tecos), Sevilla and Dario Cioni (ISD) rounded out the quartet that finished more than seven minutes ahead of the main bunch.

American rider Matthew Busche is now 'best of the rest' in fifth, 4:42 behind Cioni on general classification, while the chances of overall victory for defending champion Francisco Mancebo and the returning Michael Rasmussen seem very slim, sitting in sixth and seventh overall respectively - each over seven minutes in arrears.

"I am really happy I won my third race this year on an occasion such as this difficult race today," said Rui Costa. "This one was the queen stage of the Mexican race - even if the one of tomorrow will be very difficult too - and the first four riders crossed the finishing line more than seven minutes ahead of the following riders, which says a lot about the race.

"Although I escaped from the beginning, I tried to reserve myself as much as possible," the stage winner explained. "I knew that was a factor and I could win, but Sevilla is fast and was only involved in the race for the general classification," he added.

"I was very tired when I finished the stage but I believe it was the same for everybody. I won rather easily even if you never win a race really easily. A few days before travelling to Mexico I had the flu and I almost decided to stay home. Today I am really happy I changed my mind and came here anyway."

If at first you don't succeed...

The stage began with the traditional breakaway in the opening kilometres, with seven riders among whom was Sevilla's teammate Glen Chadwick, Rui Costa and a combative Xavier Tondo, new leader of the mountain classification; the fate of the break was sealed from the outset by the gruelling profile however, and the gap never reached two minutes.

The moment of truth for this year's race may have come after cresting the summit of the category one climb almost halfway through the stage, when Dani Moreno launched a strong attack that eventually found Sevilla and Ladino amongst the leader at the front, while the large group behind was content to ride a sedate tempo.

Only Costa and Cioni contributed to the progress of the break, with the final advantage due largely to their work. The reward was the stage win for Costa, while Cioni moved into fourth overall.

"The team rode a great stage, sending people such as Chadwick, Martin, and then Mancebo ahead, although I think we benefited a bit from the disorganisation of Tecos," said an ecstatic Sevilla afterwards.

"There is still much more racing and I haven't won it yet because Tecos is a dangerous team, although the number of rivals has been reduced and I've got a very experienced team with a great run of form," he added.


1Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne4:15:14
2Gregorio Ladino (Col) Tecos Trek
3Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing
4Dario Cioni (Ita) ISD0:00:03
5Matthew Busche (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:04:22
6Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing0:07:34
7Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
8Michael Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental
9Danail Petrov (Bul) Madeinox Boavista
10David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
11Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD
12Alvaro Argira (Arg) Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:07:38
13Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo
14Luis Pinheiro (Por) Madeinox Boavista
15Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
16Francisco Matamoros (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.
17Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
18Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
19Juan Cotumba (Bol) Tecos Trek
20Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
21Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek
22José Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Rock Racing
23Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental
24David Martin (Spa) Rock Racing
25Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
26Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek
27Arquidemes Lam (Mex) Alpura-Delicias
28Xabier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
29Jose A. Carrasco (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
30Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
31Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
32Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
33Eder Arenas (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.
34Andrey Amador (Crc) Caisse d'Epargne
35Glen Chadwick (NZl) Rock Racing
36Ivan Martinez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
37José Herrada (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
38Oscar García-Casarrubios (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:07:46
39Florencio Ramos (Mex) Tecos Trek0:07:49
40Aitor Perez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:07:38
41Alfredo Gabino (Mex) Canels Turbo0:15:09
42Hector H. Rangel (Mex) Canels Turbo
43Jose L. Roldan (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
44Manuel Hernandez (Mex) Orven0:19:46
45Ricardo Tapia (Mex) Alpura-Delicias
46Gregor Cazvoda (Slo) Meitan Hompo
47David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing0:24:16
48Ãngel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
49Sergio Hernandez (USA) Rock Racing
50Martijn Keizer (Ned) Rabobank Continental
51Niek Van Geffen (Ned) Rabobank Continental
52Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental
53Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Rabobank Continental
54Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental
55Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Meitan Hompo
56Mikayata Shimizu (Jpn) Meitan Hompo
57Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Meitan Hompo
58Jorge Pancoatl (Mex) Canels Turbo
59Andrew Randell (Can) Planet Energy
60Jacob Erker (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies
61Joao Benta (Por) Madeinox Boavista
62Joaquim Sampaio (Por) Madeinox Boavista
63Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
64Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
65Hector Spaasandin (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
66Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
67José I. Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
68Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD
69Fred Rodriguez (USA) Rock Racing
70Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
71Joel Alamillo (Mex) Orven
72Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
73Cesar Vaquera (Mex) Orven
74Oscar Gatto (Ita) ISD0:24:20
75Cristian Benenati (Ita) ISD
76Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) ISD
77Juan J. Estrada (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
78Jose A. Benitez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
79Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
80Alberto Morras (Spa) Madeinox Boavista
81Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
82Jose A. Ochoa (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:28:22
83Javier Saenz (Spa) Alpura-Delicias0:28:26
84Edgar Treviño (Mex) Orven
85Luis Macias (Mex) Tecos Trek
86Guillaume Boivin (Can) Planet Energy
87Jacobe Keough (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
88Antonio Aldape (Mex) Tecos Trek
89Marco A. Ortega (Mex) Canels Turbo
90Jessel Valenzuela (Mex) Alpura-Delicias
91Mauricio Frazer (Arg) Arenas-Afamado C.T.
92Cheyne Hoag (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
93Mickael Damien (Fra) Meitan Hompo
94Edgar E. Mendez (Mex) Alpura-Delicias
95Pedro Merino (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
96Ivan Raña (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
97Jon Pardo (Spa) Madeinox Boavista
98François Parisien (Can) Planet Energy
99Bruno Langlois (Can) Planet Energy
100Keir Plaice (Can) Planet Energy
101Alejandro Paleo (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
102Eric Boily (Can) Planet Energy
103Gerardo Soto (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:28:40
104Ramon Juarez (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.
105Juan C. Hernandez (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.
106Radames Treviño (Mex) Orven0:28:55

Cat 4, 29.1km
1Xabier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur4pts
2Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies3
3Glen Chadwick (NZl) Rock Racing2
4José Herrada (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo1

Cat 2, 44.4km
1Xabier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur8pts
2Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne7
3Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies6
4Glen Chadwick (NZl) Rock Racing5
5Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek3

Cat 1, 64.8km
1Xabier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur10pts
2Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne9
3Glen Chadwick (NZl) Rock Racing7
4Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek6
5Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing5
6Gregorio Ladino (Col) Tecos Trek3
7Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies2
8José Herrada (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo1

Cat 4, 129.6km
1Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne4pts
2Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing3
3Gregorio Ladino (Col) Tecos Trek2
4Dario Cioni (Ita) ISD1

Metas Volante 1 - Laguna De Aboreachi, 107km
1Dario Cioni (Ita) ISD5pts
2Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing3
3Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne2

Metas Volante 2 - Rocheachi 121.9km
1Dario Cioni (Ita) ISD5pts
2Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing3
3Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne2

1Rock Racing13:00:54
2Tecos Trek13:00:58
3Caisse D'Epargne
4Kelly Benefit Strategies13:05:20
7Arenas-Afamado C.T.13:08:36
10Canels Turbo13:23:38
11Rabobank Continental13:25:10
12Madeinox Boavista
14Xacobeo Galicia13:41:52
15Meitan Hompo13:54:00
17Planet Energy14:06:50

General Classification
1Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing10:32:28
2Gregorio Ladino (Col) Tecos Trek
3Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne
4Dario Cioni (Ita) ISD
5Matthew Busche (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:04:42
6Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing0:07:36
7Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek0:07:37
8Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
9Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:07:51
10Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:07:53
11Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:07:56
12Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:08:02
13David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:08:10
14Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
15Xabier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:08:11
16Michael Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:08:12
17Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:08:16
18Luis Pinheiro (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:08:17
19David Martin (Spa) Rock Racing0:08:20
20Andrey Amador (Crc) Caisse d'Epargne0:08:22
21Francisco Matamoros (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:08:24
22Jose A. Carrasco (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:08:29
23José Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Rock Racing0:08:30
24José Herrada (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:08:32
25Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD
26Glen Chadwick (NZl) Rock Racing0:08:34
27Aitor Perez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:08:35
28Danail Petrov (Bul) Madeinox Boavista
29Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:08:36
30Oscar García-Casarrubios (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:08:49
31Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:08:53
32Alvaro Argira (Arg) Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:09:05
33Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:09:11
34Ivan Martinez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:09:19
35Eder Arenas (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:09:25
36Juan Cotumba (Bol) Tecos Trek0:10:20
37Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek0:11:07
38Florencio Ramos (Mex) Tecos Trek0:11:36
39Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo0:12:15
40Arquidemes Lam (Mex) Alpura-Delicias0:13:41
41Hector H. Rangel (Mex) Canels Turbo0:16:22
42Alfredo Gabino (Mex) Canels Turbo0:18:34
43Jose L. Roldan (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:18:56
44Gregor Cazvoda (Slo) Meitan Hompo0:20:38
45Ricardo Tapia (Mex) Alpura-Delicias0:21:34
46Manuel Hernandez (Mex) Orven0:24:08
47Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:24:36
48José I. Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:24:52
49Andrew Randell (Can) Planet Energy0:25:00
50Martijn Keizer (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:25:13
51Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:25:14
52Joaquim Sampaio (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:25:15
53Cristian Benenati (Ita) ISD0:25:17
54Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:25:18
55Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
56Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:25:24
57Alberto Morras (Spa) Madeinox Boavista0:25:28
58David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing0:25:34
59Ãngel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:25:39
60Juan J. Estrada (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:26:20
61Jose A. Benitez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:26:21
62Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Meitan Hompo0:27:14
63Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD0:27:39
64Mikayata Shimizu (Jpn) Meitan Hompo0:28:01
65Joao Benta (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:28:17
66Cesar Vaquera (Mex) Orven0:28:32
67Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:28:36
68Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) ISD
69Hector Spaasandin (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:28:49
70Sergio Hernandez (USA) Rock Racing0:28:50
71Fred Rodriguez (USA) Rock Racing0:29:09
72Jacob Erker (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:29:31
73Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:30:03
74Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:30:31
75Jon Pardo (Spa) Madeinox Boavista0:30:41
76Pedro Merino (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:30:43
77Mauricio Frazer (Arg) Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:30:48
78François Parisien (Can) Planet Energy0:31:20
79Niek Van Geffen (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:32:22
80Jorge Pancoatl (Mex) Canels Turbo0:32:48
81Ivan Raña (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:32:59
82Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:33:28
83Guillaume Boivin (Can) Planet Energy0:33:31
84Marco A. Ortega (Mex) Canels Turbo0:33:48
85Jacobe Keough (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:33:49
86Bruno Langlois (Can) Planet Energy0:33:52
87Javier Saenz (Spa) Alpura-Delicias0:34:00
88Radames Treviño (Mex) Orven0:35:22
89Jessel Valenzuela (Mex) Alpura-Delicias0:36:40
90Juan C. Hernandez (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:38:18
91Mickael Damien (Fra) Meitan Hompo0:38:30
92Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Meitan Hompo0:39:31
93Edgar E. Mendez (Mex) Alpura-Delicias0:39:49
94Joel Alamillo (Mex) Orven
95Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Rabobank Continental0:40:47
96Ramon Juarez (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:43:37
97Oscar Gatto (Ita) ISD0:44:32
98Cheyne Hoag (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:45:09
99Eric Boily (Can) Planet Energy0:47:55
100Luis Macias (Mex) Tecos Trek0:48:29
101Jose A. Ochoa (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:48:43
102Keir Plaice (Can) Planet Energy0:48:46
103Alejandro Paleo (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:49:13
104Gerardo Soto (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:49:16
105Edgar Treviño (Mex) Orven0:49:56
106Antonio Aldape (Mex) Tecos Trek0:52:39

Mountains classification
1Xabier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur22pts
2Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne20
3Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing15
4Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing14
5Glen Chadwick (NZl) Rock Racing14
6Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne13
7Gregorio Ladino (Col) Tecos Trek11
8Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies11
9David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing10
10Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek9
11Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek9

Metas Volantes Classification
1David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing15pts
2Andrey Amador (Crc) Caisse d'Epargne13
3Dario Cioni (Ita) ISD10
4Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo8
5Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing6
6Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia6
7Jacobe Keough (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies5
8Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne4
9Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD2
10Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2
11Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2

Best Young Rider
1Michael Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental
2Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental
3Martijn Keizer (Ned) Rabobank Continental
4Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental
5Alberto Morras (Spa) Madeinox Boavista
6Cesar Vaquera (Mex) Orven
7Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
8Jon Pardo (Spa) Madeinox Boavista
9Pedro Merino (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
10Niek Van Geffen (Ned) Rabobank Continental
11Guillaume Boivin (Can) Planet Energy

Best Mexican Rider
1Francisco Matamoros (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.
2Eder Arenas (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.
3Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek
4Florencio Ramos (Mex) Tecos Trek
5Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo
6Arquidemes Lam (Mex) Alpura-Delicias
7Hector H. Rangel (Mex) Canels Turbo
8Alfredo Gabino (Mex) Canels Turbo
9Ricardo Tapia (Mex) Alpura-Delicias
10Manuel Hernandez (Mex) Orven
11Cesar Vaquera (Mex) Orven

1Rock Racing31:53:20
2Caisse D'Epargne31:53:33
3Tecos Trek31:55:22
4Kelly Benefit Strategies31:58:32
8Arenas-Afamado C.T.32:04:18
10Madeinox Boavista32:19:09
11Rabobank Continental32:19:18
12Canels Turbo32:24:34
13Xacobeo Galicia32:34:59
15Meitan Hompo32:48:05
17Planet Energy33:05:34


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