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Ion Izaguirre wins Spanish national road race

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Edgar Nohales (7-Eleven)

Edgar Nohales (7-Eleven)
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High five, Ion

High five, Ion
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Movistar riders pacing the peloton

Movistar riders pacing the peloton
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) shows his silver medal

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) shows his silver medal
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Gari Bravo (Efapel) leads the breakaway

Gari Bravo (Efapel) leads the breakaway
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Today, Caja Rural had three riders on the breakaway. It was a good show, but it wasn’t a happy race for the team from Navarra since they didn’t have much impact on the outcome of the race.

Today, Caja Rural had three riders on the breakaway. It was a good show, but it wasn’t a happy race for the team from Navarra since they didn’t have much impact on the outcome of the race.
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Lluis Mas (Caja Rural)

Lluis Mas (Caja Rural)
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Fran Ventoso and Iván Gutiérrez (Movistar Team)

Fran Ventoso and Iván Gutiérrez (Movistar Team)
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Álvaro Cuadros (Ettix) drives the breakaway

Álvaro Cuadros (Ettix) drives the breakaway
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Juan José Oroz (Burgos BH)

Juan José Oroz (Burgos BH)
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Fran Ventoso guides 16 fellow Movistar riders contending the race and the rest of the peloton.

Fran Ventoso guides 16 fellow Movistar riders contending the race and the rest of the peloton.
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Víctor de la Parte (Efapel)

Víctor de la Parte (Efapel)
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Luis Ángel Maté (Cofidis)

Luis Ángel Maté (Cofidis)
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David Belda (Burgos BH) didn’t deliver a good performance today. He has the Volta a Portugal as the main target for the second part of the season.

David Belda (Burgos BH) didn’t deliver a good performance today. He has the Volta a Portugal as the main target for the second part of the season.
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Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural) was one of the most agressive riders today

Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural) was one of the most agressive riders today
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José Joaquín Rojas (Movistar Team)

José Joaquín Rojas (Movistar Team)
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David de la Fuente showcases Torku jersey. His teammate and best friend Juan José Cobo didn’t participate today, as he is preparing for the Tour of Qinghai Lake.

David de la Fuente showcases Torku jersey. His teammate and best friend Juan José Cobo didn’t participate today, as he is preparing for the Tour of Qinghai Lake.
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Juan José Oroz (Burgos BH) and Mikel Bizkarra (Gomur – an amateur team) were both part of PinoRoad, a Chilean Continental outfit set to race in 2014 that ended up being a scam.

Juan José Oroz (Burgos BH) and Mikel Bizkarra (Gomur – an amateur team) were both part of PinoRoad, a Chilean Continental outfit set to race in 2014 that ended up being a scam.
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Paco Mancebo (Sky Dive Dubai) leads the breakaway. It is not unusual to see him fight until exhaustion in the Spanish National Championship.

Paco Mancebo (Sky Dive Dubai) leads the breakaway. It is not unusual to see him fight until exhaustion in the Spanish National Championship.
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Alejandro Valverde rides along with teammate Juanjo Lobato. A bus full of people from Lobato’s village, Trebujena, travelled overnight for ten hours to see him racing in Ponferrada, expecting he may claim the Championship.

Alejandro Valverde rides along with teammate Juanjo Lobato. A bus full of people from Lobato’s village, Trebujena, travelled overnight for ten hours to see him racing in Ponferrada, expecting he may claim the Championship.
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Javier Aramendia and Fernando Grijalba (Caja Rural)

Javier Aramendia and Fernando Grijalba (Caja Rural)
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Unai Arranz (Burgos BH)

Unai Arranz (Burgos BH)
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The breakaway, riding at ease. They were allowed to build a good gap that was tightly controlled by Movistar Team

The breakaway, riding at ease. They were allowed to build a good gap that was tightly controlled by Movistar Team
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Track specialist Illart Zuazubiskar (Euskadi) was part of the breakaway today.

Track specialist Illart Zuazubiskar (Euskadi) was part of the breakaway today.
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 Unai Intziarte (Gipuzkoa amateur), who won the Copa de España, most prestigious challenge for amateur riders of Spain, leads Bizkarra and Aramendia

Unai Intziarte (Gipuzkoa amateur), who won the Copa de España, most prestigious challenge for amateur riders of Spain, leads Bizkarra and Aramendia
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Eduard Prades (OFM) leads a group on the final lap. He came 5th on the finish line.

Eduard Prades (OFM) leads a group on the final lap. He came 5th on the finish line.
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Carlos Barbero (Euskadi) wasn’t happy on the podium. He comfortably won the sprint for the bronze medal and thought he may could have netted the Championship had the sprint being for gold.

Carlos Barbero (Euskadi) wasn’t happy on the podium. He comfortably won the sprint for the bronze medal and thought he may could have netted the Championship had the sprint being for gold.
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A hundred of amateur riders over 23 years old raced along with the Elite Pro riders. This is the podium of the category, l-to-r: Aritz Bagües (Guipuzcoa, ex Euskadi, silver); Cristian Cañada (Mutua Levante, gold) and Pedro Merino (Super Froiz, ex Saunier Duval, bronze)

A hundred of amateur riders over 23 years old raced along with the Elite Pro riders. This is the podium of the category, l-to-r: Aritz Bagües (Guipuzcoa, ex Euskadi, silver); Cristian Cañada (Mutua Levante, gold) and Pedro Merino (Super Froiz, ex Saunier Duval, bronze)
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Óscar Pujol (Sky Dive Dubai)

Óscar Pujol (Sky Dive Dubai)
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Imanol Erviti (Movistar Team) was given a go by his team and tried to seize the Championship. Despite his will, his legs weren’t enough to cope with the climbs.

Imanol Erviti (Movistar Team) was given a go by his team and tried to seize the Championship. Despite his will, his legs weren’t enough to cope with the climbs.
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Get use to this landscape, as Ponferrada’s castle will be omnipresent on the Ponferrada’s Worlds TV coverage.

Get use to this landscape, as Ponferrada’s castle will be omnipresent on the Ponferrada’s Worlds TV coverage.
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Young Álvaro Cuadros (Ettix) was one of the top performers today. Being only 19 years old, he was part of the breakaway and lasted long on the head of the race.

Young Álvaro Cuadros (Ettix) was one of the top performers today. Being only 19 years old, he was part of the breakaway and lasted long on the head of the race.
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Diego Rubio (Efapel)

Diego Rubio (Efapel)
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Imanol Erviti (Movistar Team) before Alejandro Valverde

Imanol Erviti (Movistar Team) before Alejandro Valverde
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Alejandro Valverde and Jon Izagirre (Movistar), showcasing their medals

Alejandro Valverde and Jon Izagirre (Movistar), showcasing their medals
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Breakaway of the day was formed by Gari Bravo (Efapel), Juan José Oroz, Pablo Torres (Burgos BH), Antonio Molina, Lluis Mas, Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural), Carlos Verona (OPQS), Álvaro Cuadros (Ettix), Illart Zuazubiskar (Euskadi) and Paco Mancebo (Sky Dive Dubai)

Breakaway of the day was formed by Gari Bravo (Efapel), Juan José Oroz, Pablo Torres (Burgos BH), Antonio Molina, Lluis Mas, Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural), Carlos Verona (OPQS), Álvaro Cuadros (Ettix), Illart Zuazubiskar (Euskadi) and Paco Mancebo (Sky Dive Dubai)
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Ion Izagirre and Alejandro Valverde certified Movistar's dominance with a one-two

Ion Izagirre and Alejandro Valverde certified Movistar's dominance with a one-two
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Ion Izagirre (Movistar Team)

Ion Izagirre (Movistar Team)
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Final podium. l-to-r: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar - silver), Ion Izagirre (Movistar - gold), Carlos Barbero (Euskadi - bronze)

Final podium. l-to-r: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar - silver), Ion Izagirre (Movistar - gold), Carlos Barbero (Euskadi - bronze)
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Carlos Barbero (Euskadi) defeated Luis León Sánchez (Caja Rural) on the sprint for the bronze medal.

Carlos Barbero (Euskadi) defeated Luis León Sánchez (Caja Rural) on the sprint for the bronze medal.
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Ion Izaguirre won the Spanish national road race championship, finishing ahead of his Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde. Third after 200.8 kilometers was Carlos Barbero (Euskadi).

Izaguirre finished second in the Spanish national time trial and was second in the national road title in 2013.

The only Spanish WorldTour team once again proved its dominance in the race, in what they hope will be a preview of this year’s World championships, to be held on the same course.

A large break group got away early, but was never allowed more than about a three-minute lead, before all being pulled back with 25 km to go.

That was the cue for Movistar to step in authoritatively. The first to go was Imanol Erviti, and when he was caught with 8 km left, Izaguirre took off.

Euskadi and Caja Rural led the chase, and when they got too close, Valverde bridged up to help his teammate, allowing the Basque rider to claim his first national title.  

Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ion Izagirre (Movistar Team)4:53:51
2Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team)
3Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Euskadi)0:00:10
4Luis Leon Sanchez (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA)
5Eduard Prades (OFM - Quinta da Lixa)
6Egoitz García Etxegibel (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits)
7Jordi Simón Casulleras (Team Ecuador)
8Joaquín Rojas José (Movistar Team)
9Jesús Herrada (Movistar Team)
10Carlos Verona (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)
11Jesus del Pino Corrochano (Burgos-BH)
12Arkaitz Duran Aroca (OFM - Quinta da Lixa)
13Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits)
14Omar Fraile Matarranz (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA)
15Ángel Madrazo Ruiz (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA)
16Sergio Pardilla Bellon (MTN - Qhubeka)
17Víctor De La Parte Gonzalez (Efapel - Glassdrive)
18Beñat Intxausti (Movistar Team)
19Javier Moreno (Movistar Team)
20Cristian CaÑada
21Rubén Plaza (Movistar Team)
22Mikel Iturria Segurola (Euskadi)
23Marcos Garcia Fernandez (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA)0:00:17
24David Arroyo Duran (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA)0:00:30
25Beñat Txoperena (Euskadi)
26Aritz Bagües Kalparsoro
27Ruben Fernandez (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA)0:02:18
28Diego Rubio Hernandez (Efapel - Glassdrive)0:02:23
29Pedro Merino Criado
30Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA)0:02:26
31Imanol Erviti (Movistar Team)
32Higinio Fernandez Suarez (Team Ecuador)
33Anttón Ibarguren Telletxea
34Andrés Vigil Vidal (Keith Mobel - Partisan)0:04:16
35Ivan Martinez Jimenez0:04:20
36Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Euskadi)
37Juan José Lobato (Movistar Team)
38José Herrada (Movistar Team)
39Jon Larrinaga Muguruza (Euskadi)0:05:33
40Francisco Mancebo Perez (Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team)0:07:42
41Jose Antonio De Segovia Botella
42Noel Martín Infante0:08:05
43Igor Merino Cortazar (Burgos-BH)
44David Belda Garcia (Burgos-BH)
45Juan Miguel Perez Garcia
46Kepa Vallejo Ugarte
47Manuel Sola (Keith Mobel - Partisan)
48Aser Estevez
49Adolfo Vicente
50Antonio Molina Canet (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA)
51Javier Cantero Gomez Francisco
52Julen Mitxelena
53Rafael Marquez Raigon
54Cristóbal Sánchez
55Daniel Dominguez Barragan
56Moises Duenas Nevado
57Esteban Plaza Mira (Keith Mobel - Partisan)
58Alberto Gallego (Rádio Popular)
59Adria Moreno
60Víctor Martín Hernandez (Burgos-BH)
61Haritz Orbe Urrutia (Euskadi)
62Unai Intziarte
63Víctor Etxeberria (Euskadi)
64David Francisco Delgado
65Mikel Bizkarra
66Ibai Salas (Burgos-BH)
67David Muntaner Martinez (ActiveJet Team)
68Pello Bilbao (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA)
69Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Burgos-BH)
70Juan Javier Estrada Ruiz
71Javier Aramendia (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA)
72David De La Fuente Rasilla (Torku Sekerspor)
73Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Team UKYO)
74Oscar Pujol Munoz (Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team)
75Miguel Gomez Crespo
76Raul MartÍnez0:10:40

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