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Herrada wins Spanish road race championship

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Jesus Herrada (Movistar) shows his red and yellow maillot and his medal.

Jesus Herrada (Movistar) shows his red and yellow maillot and his medal.
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Ion Izagirre leads David Arroyo

Ion Izagirre leads David Arroyo
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Carlos Verona, Jesús del Pino and Amets Txurruka

Carlos Verona, Jesús del Pino and Amets Txurruka
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Iván Gutiérrez, Valverde (Movistar), Mancebo (5hr)

Iván Gutiérrez, Valverde (Movistar), Mancebo (5hr)
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Peloton led by Eloy Teruel (Movistar)

Peloton led by Eloy Teruel (Movistar)
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Départ

Départ
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Youngsters of Burgos BH and Euskadi, the two Continental teams registered in Spain

Youngsters of Burgos BH and Euskadi, the two Continental teams registered in Spain
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Toribio chats and shows his Team Ukyo Columbia-looking maillot to Maté, Pardilla and José Herrada

Toribio chats and shows his Team Ukyo Columbia-looking maillot to Maté, Pardilla and José Herrada
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Ventoso's backnumber

Ventoso's backnumber
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Valverde talks

Valverde talks
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Lobato, Maté and Pardilla during the minute of silence in memory of Rufino Murguía

Lobato, Maté and Pardilla during the minute of silence in memory of Rufino Murguía
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Sergio Carrasco (Tusnad) and Iván Velasco (Caja Rural)

Sergio Carrasco (Tusnad) and Iván Velasco (Caja Rural)
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Herrada gets his prize as Izagirre cries

Herrada gets his prize as Izagirre cries
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Darío Hernández leads the breakaway

Darío Hernández leads the breakaway
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Fran Ventoso, riding to the breakaway

Fran Ventoso, riding to the breakaway
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Herrada gets his maillot, Izagirre cries

Herrada gets his maillot, Izagirre cries
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López Cerrón, president of RFEC, talks

López Cerrón, president of RFEC, talks
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Luis León Sánchez

Luis León Sánchez
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Ion Izagirre cries

Ion Izagirre cries
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Herrada enjoys the victory with his parents

Herrada enjoys the victory with his parents
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Ion Izagirre loses

Ion Izagirre loses
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Jesús Herrada wins!

Jesús Herrada wins!
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Pablo Lastras

Pablo Lastras
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Valverde, Herrada, Intxausti, Arroyo

Valverde, Herrada, Intxausti, Arroyo
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Euskaltel leads the chase

Euskaltel leads the chase
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Peloton in Bemibre's landscape

Peloton in Bemibre's landscape
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Francisco Ventoso's backnumber

Francisco Ventoso's backnumber
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Alejandro Valverde talks

Alejandro Valverde talks
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Départ

Départ
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Toribio chats and shows his Team Ukyo Columbia-looking maillot to Maté, Pardilla and José Herrada

Toribio chats and shows his Team Ukyo Columbia-looking maillot to Maté, Pardilla and José Herrada
(Image credit: Real Federación Española de Ciclismo)
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López Cerrón, president of RFEC, talks

López Cerrón, president of RFEC, talks
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Luis León Sánchez

Luis León Sánchez
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Ion Izagirre cries

Ion Izagirre cries
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Herrada enjoys the victory with his parents

Herrada enjoys the victory with his parents
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Ion Izagirre loses

Ion Izagirre loses
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Jesús Herrada wins!

Jesús Herrada wins!
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Jesus Herrada (Movistar) wins the Spanish road title

Jesus Herrada (Movistar) wins the Spanish road title
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Ion Izagirre, Jesus Herrada and Luis Leon Sanchez made up the podium

Ion Izagirre, Jesus Herrada and Luis Leon Sanchez made up the podium
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Peloton led by Eloy Teruel (Movistar)

Peloton led by Eloy Teruel (Movistar)
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Iván Gutiérrez, Valverde (Movistar), Mancebo (5hr)

Iván Gutiérrez, Valverde (Movistar), Mancebo (5hr)
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Lobato, Maté and Pardilla during the minute of silence in memory of Rufino Murguía

Lobato, Maté and Pardilla during the minute of silence in memory of Rufino Murguía
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Sergio Carrasco (Tusnad) and Iván Velasco (Caja Rural)

Sergio Carrasco (Tusnad) and Iván Velasco (Caja Rural)
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Jesus Herrada gets his prize as Izagirre cries

Jesus Herrada gets his prize as Izagirre cries
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Pablo Lastras

Pablo Lastras
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Valverde, Herrada, Intxausti, Arroyo

Valverde, Herrada, Intxausti, Arroyo
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Euskaltel leads the chase

Euskaltel leads the chase
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Peloton in Bemibre's landscape

Peloton in Bemibre's landscape
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Fran Ventoso, riding to the breakaway

Fran Ventoso, riding to the breakaway
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Darío Hernández leads the breakaway

Darío Hernández leads the breakaway
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Carlos Verona, Jesús del Pino and Amets Txurruka

Carlos Verona, Jesús del Pino and Amets Txurruka
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Youngsters of Burgos BH and Euskadi, the two Continental teams registered in Spain

Youngsters of Burgos BH and Euskadi, the two Continental teams registered in Spain
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Euskaltel's masseur Rufino Murguía passed away after his traffic accident on Thursday. A minute of silence was held at the start of the race.

Euskaltel's masseur Rufino Murguía passed away after his traffic accident on Thursday. A minute of silence was held at the start of the race.
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Main breakaway of the day was formed by Erviti, Ventoso (Movistar), Astarloza (Euskaltel), Merino (Euskadi), Aramendia (Caja Rural), Darío Hernández (Burgos BH)

Main breakaway of the day was formed by Erviti, Ventoso (Movistar), Astarloza (Euskaltel), Merino (Euskadi), Aramendia (Caja Rural), Darío Hernández (Burgos BH)
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The young gun of Movistar Team Jesús Herrada won today the Spanish road race championships, defeating Jon Izagirre (Euskaltel) by attacking him with one kilometer to go. Both Herrada and Izagirre were part of a group of six that broke away in the final part of the race, and managed to stay away although the peloton chased hard. Bronze medal was earned by Luis León Sánchez (Blanco), who was the fastest in the reduced bunch sprint.

The triumph of Herrada extends Movistar's winning streak at Spanish road race championships, with four victories in the last four editions of the event. That dominance was portrayed in the unfolding of today's race, held in a hilly route around Bembibre.

16 out of the 90 riders who took the start were part of the blue squad. That prominent majority and a proactive approach meant Movistar was the uncontested overlord, deciding which move was given a go and which one not.

"We had a strong majority in the decisive point of the race and we took advantage of it," Herrada said. "If they told me yesterday I would be winning today, I wouldn't believe them, but I can't believe it now either!.

"This gives me confidence for the future, because 2012 wasn't a good season for me - despite the win in Asturias, it turned out badly for me, and I didn't kick off this season well either - the April classics were hard for me and I couldn't bounce back until the Tour de Suisse. It's hard to know which kind of a rider am I, but I do well in one-week stageraces, especially those ones with a TT, and also in hard one-day races. We'll see how I evolve in the future."

The squad from Navarra chased an early breakaway of five after it had built a noticeable 2'30" gap, to later allow a move which featured its rider Imanol Erviti (Movistar), along with Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel), Javier Aramendia (Caja Rural), Darío Hernández (Burgos BH) and Igor Merino (Euskadi). Fran Ventoso (Movistar) added himself later to the mix, jumping from the peloton to bridge to the group despite the five minutes advantage it had in a demonstration of strength.

With two Movistar riders on the front, Euskaltel had to assume the responsibility of taking down the breakaway, which after some attacks was reduced only to Erviti and Astarloza. At this point, thinking Erviti might lose to Astarloza one-on-one, Movistar chased hard and sent Jesús Herrada up the road; and chaos developed to unification.

With 20 kilometers and two climbs to go, the race started from scratch with a reduced bunch of 50 riders, with 7 Movistar and 8 Euskaltel. Despite having lost its majority, Movistar kept controlling. Two of its riders, Ángel Madrazo and Jesús Herrada, went away with Ion Izagirre (Euskaltel), David Arroyo (Caja Rural), Mikel Iturria (Euskadi) and Tino Zaballa (Christina Watches).

In the last climb, with five kilometers to go, Herrada and Izagirre went clear and managed to not be chased by a disorganized peloton. Under the banner of one kilometer to go, fearing Izagirre's power in the sprint, 22-year-old Herrada launched the attack which allowed him to win the title comfortably. Winning the sprint of the bunch had the bronze medal as prize, and it was Luis León Sánchez who achieved it, collecting his second badge of the week after the silver one he obtained in Friday's time trial.

"When Erviti and Astarloza went away, we decided to chase on full steam and play our cards in the finale by making things as hard as possible into the climbs," Herrada said. "I attacked with Madrazo in one of those, and at the final slope, with 3k to go, I moved again with Izagirre. We cooperated well until the last kilometer when I attacked - I knew it was hard to beat him into a sprint - and it went well."

The main race of the Spanish National Championships, as the whole event, was overshadowed by the tragedy of Rufino Murguía. Euskaltel's masseur had a traffic accident on Thursday, while driving the team's bus to Bembibre. He was hospitalized for three days and finally passed away tonight. Both Herrada and Izagirre dedicated their achievements to Murguía's memory, while the Basque rider admitted this have been "very, very tough days" in the Euskaltel camp.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jesús Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team5:27:16
2Jon Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:02
3Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:00:05
4José Joaquín Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team
5Eduard Prades (Spa) OFM-Quinta Da Lixa
6Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team
7Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
8Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Efapel Glassdrive
9Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
10Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
11Francisco Javier Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural Rga
12Luis Ángel Maté (Spa) Cofidis
13Aritz Bagues (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
14Delio Fernández (Spa) OFM-Quinta Da Lixa
15Alejandro Marque (Spa) OFM-Quinta Da Lixa
16Egoitz García (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
17Rubén Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team
18Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural Rga
19Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Christina Watches
20Marcos García (Spa) Caja Rural Rga
21Sergio Pardilla (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka
22Moisés Dueñas (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon
23Haritz Orbe (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
24Víctor De La Parte (Spa) Sp Tableware
25Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
26Iván Velasco (Spa) Caja Rural Rga
27Carlos Verona (Spa) Omega Pharma Q. Step
28Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
29Ángel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar Team
30Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
31Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team
32Francisco Mancebo (Spa) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda
33Juan José Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
34Omar Fraile (Spa) Caja Rural Rga
35Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
36David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural Rga
37Mikel Bizkarra (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
38Antonio Piedra (Spa) Caja Rural Rga
39Óscar Pujol (Spa) Polygon Sweet Nice
40Mikel Iturria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:13
41José Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team
42Salvador Guardiola (Spa) Differdange Losch0:01:00
43Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Tusnad Cycling Team
44Jesús Del Pino (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon
45Adrián López (Spa) Radio Popular Onda
46Ramón Domené (Spa) Caja Rural Rga
47David Belda (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon
48Jesús Ezquerra (Spa) Leopard Trek Cont.
49Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin-Sharp0:02:57
50Javier Ramírez (Spa) Radio Popular Onda0:04:29
51Daniel Domínguez (Spa) Doltcini-Flanders
52Jon Larrinaga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
53Pablo Lastras (Spa) Movistar Team
54Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team0:07:10
55David De La Fuente (Spa) Torku Sekersport0:10:24
56Joaquín Sobrino (Spa) Sp Tableware
57Fco.Javier Aramendia (Spa) Caja Rural Rga
58Juan José Lobato (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
59Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon
60David Gutiérrez (Spa) Radio Popular Onda
61José Vicente Toribio (Spa) Team UK Youth0:13:05
62Adrián Palomares (Spa) De Rijke Shanks
63Efrén Carazo (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon
64Unai Iparragirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:16:48
65Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
66Román Osuna (Spa) Etcetera World
67Adrián Sáez De Arregi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
68Igor Merino (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
69Illart Zuazubiskar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
70Eloy Teruel (Spa) Movistar Team
71Darío Hernández (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon

 

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