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Cardoso wins opening stage at Vuelta a Castilla y Leon

Manuel Cardoso (Caja Rural) won the 159.2km opening stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon today and has earned the three-day stage race's first leader's jersey.

In the field sprint finale in Salamanca, Cardoso outkicked Enrique Sanz (Movistar) and Francisco Pachecho (Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro) to notch his first win of the season. With the time bonuses awarded at the finish Cardoso leads Sanz by four seconds on general classification while Pachecho holds third at six seconds.

The stage was dominated by a four-man break which formed after 57km of racing. The escape was comprised of Sergey Shilov (Lokosphinx), Walter Pedraza (EPM-Une), Alexander Wetterhall (Endura Racing) and Romain Zingle (Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne) and the quartet reached a maximum advantage of seven minutes. Rabobank did the bulk of the work in reeling in the breakaway, which was ultimately neutralised inside of five kilometres remaining to the finish.

Zingle made the most of his stint off the front by being the first to top the day's only categorised climb, the category 3 Alto de Tres Rayas at 98.3km, thus earning the Belgian the mountains classification jersey.

The Vuelta a Castilla y Leon continues on Saturday with a 158.7km stage starting and finishing in Avila, featuring four category two climbs on the parcours.

Full Results
1Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural3:45:05
2Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team
3Francisco Jose Pacheco (Spa) Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro
4Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
5Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive
6Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia
7Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
8Russell Downing (GBr) Endura Racing
9Anibal Borrajo (Arg) Jamis - Sutter Home
10Jon Aberasturi (Spa) Orbea Continental
11Jordi Simon Casulleras (Spa) Andalucia
12Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
13Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx
14Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
15Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla Y Leon
16Michael Reihs (Den) Christina Watches - Onfone
17Sergio Sousa (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive
18Carlos Barbero (Spa) Orbea Continental
19Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan
20Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
21Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team
22Dmitry Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx
23Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
24Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team
25Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Andalucia
26Filipe Cardoso (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive
27Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar Team
28Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
29Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Argentina
30Danail Andonov Petrov (Bul) Caja Rural
31Camilo Suarez (Col) EPM - Une
32Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-Nissan
33Nelson Oliveira (Por) RadioShack-Nissan
34Aitor Perez (Spa) Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro
35Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla Y Leon
36Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis - Sutter Home
37David Blanco (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive
38Iker Camaño (Spa) Endura Racing
39Hernan Fouche (RSA) Team Bonitas
40Cesar Fonte (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive
41Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing
42Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team
43Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team
44Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
45Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
46Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
47Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia
48Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team
49Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
50Robigzon Oyola (Col) EPM - Une
51Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
52Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
53Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural
54Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
55Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
56Rafael Infantino (Col) EPM - Une
57Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan
58Francisco Colorado (Col) EPM - Une
59Ruben Jimenez (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla Y Leon
60Pedro Merino (Spa) Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro
61Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Christina Watches - Onfone
62Rene Joergensen (Den) Christina Watches - Onfone
63Salvador Guardiola (Spa) Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro
64Darren Lill (RSA) Team Bonitas
65Angelo Furlan (Ita) Christina Watches - Onfone
66Linus Gerdemann (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan
67Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
68Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team
69Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
70Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
71Jonathan Gonzalez (Spa) Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro
72Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
73George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan
74Illart Zuazubiskar (Spa) Orbea Continental
75Claudio Corioni (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
76Luis Romero (Cub) Jamis - Sutter Home
77Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
78Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) Andalucia
79Ricardo Vilela (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive
80Sergio Carrasco Garcia (Spa) Andalucia
81David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team
82David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
83Michael Rasmussen (Den) Christina Watches - Onfone
84Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr) Endura Racing
85Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
86Nuno Ribeiro (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive
87Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
88Johann Rabie (RSA) Team Bonitas
89Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan
90Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
91Jaume Rovira (Spa) Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro
92Aritz Bagues (Spa) Orbea Continental
93Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack-Nissan
94Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Endura Racing
95Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
96Alexander Riabkin (Rus) Caja Rural
97Aritz Etxebarria (Spa) Orbea Continental
98Erick Rowsell (GBr) Endura Racing
99Petrus Van Dijk (Ned) Jamis - Sutter Home
100Jose Antonio Carrasco (Spa) Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro
101David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Caja Rural
102Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
103Sergey Belykh (Rus) Lokosphinx
104Carlos Verona (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla Y Leon
105Ivan Parra (Col) EPM - Une
106Damien Branaa (Fra) Burgos BH - Castilla Y Leon
107Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi
108Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural
109Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural
110Ignacio Perez (Arg) Argentina
111Hanco Kachelhoffer (RSA) Team Bonitas
112Jason Bakke (RSA) Team Bonitas
113Mikhail Antonov (Rus) Lokosphinx
114Jimmi Sorensen (Den) Christina Watches - Onfone
115Xabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea Continental
116Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx
117Walter Pedraza (Col) EPM - Une
118Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:00:54
119John Anderson (Aus) Endura Racing
120Mauricio Muller (Arg) Argentina0:02:59
121Carson Miller (USA) Jamis - Sutter Home
122Mariano Rodriguez (Arg) Argentina
123Hendrikian Kruger (RSA) Team Bonitas
124Luthando Kaka (RSA) Team Bonitas
125Igor Merino (Spa) Orbea Continental
126Giovanni Baez (Col) EPM - Une
127Raul Alarcon (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive
128Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
129Maxime Mederel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
130Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Christina Watches - Onfone
131David Belda (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla Y Leon
132Maxim Kozyrev (Rus) Lokosphinx0:04:43
133Nicolas Capdepuy (Fra) Burgos BH - Castilla Y Leon
134Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia
135Joni Silva (Por) Burgos BH - Castilla Y Leon
136Philip Mooney (USA) Jamis - Sutter Home
137Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
138Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
139Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team
140Mikel Bizkarra (Spa) Orbea Continental
141Yelko Gomez (Pan) Caja Rural
142Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
143Ariel Sivori (Arg) Argentina0:11:16
144Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Endura Racing0:14:22
145Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
146Jose Antogna (Arg) Jamis - Sutter Home
147Pavel Karpenkov (Rus) Lokosphinx
148Victor Gomez (Arg) Argentina
149Juan Ignacio Curuchet (Arg) Argentina
150Tyler Day (RSA) Team Bonitas
151Leandro Atencio (Arg) Argentina
152Jose Rafael Martinez (Spa) Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro
DNFMauricio Ortega (Col) EPM - Une
DNSAntonio Cabello Baena (Spa) Andalucia

Points
1Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural25pts
2Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team20
3Francisco Jose Pacheco (Spa) Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro16
4Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone14
5Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive12
6Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia10
7Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone9
8Russell Downing (GBr) Endura Racing8
9Anibal Borrajo (Arg) Jamis - Sutter Home7
10Jon Aberasturi (Spa) Orbea Continental6
11Jordi Simon Casulleras (Spa) Andalucia5
12Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team4
13Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx3
14Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2
15Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla Y Leon1

Mountain 1 - Alto de Tres Rayas (Cat. 3) 98.3km
1Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne3pts
2Walter Pedraza (Col) EPM - Une2
3Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Endura Racing1

Teams
1Andalucia11:15:15
2Efapel - Glassdrive
3Acqua & Sapone
4Rabobank Cycling Team
5Movistar Team
6Caja Rural
7RadioShack-Nissan
8Endura Racing
9Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro
10Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
11Orbea Continental
12Euskaltel - Euskadi
13Burgos BH - Castilla Y Leon
14Jamis - Sutter Home
15Saur - Sojasun
16EPM - Une
17Lokosphinx
18Christina Watches - Onfone
19Team Bonitas
20Argentina0:02:59

General classification after stage 1
1Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural3:44:55
2Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:04
3Francisco Jose Pacheco (Spa) Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro0:00:06
4Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:00:10
5Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive
6Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia
7Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
8Russell Downing (GBr) Endura Racing
9Anibal Borrajo (Arg) Jamis - Sutter Home
10Jon Aberasturi (Spa) Orbea Continental
11Jordi Simon Casulleras (Spa) Andalucia
12Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
13Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx
14Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
15Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla Y Leon
16Michael Reihs (Den) Christina Watches - Onfone
17Sergio Sousa (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive
18Carlos Barbero (Spa) Orbea Continental
19Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan
20Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
21Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team
22Dmitry Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx
23Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
24Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team
25Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Andalucia
26Filipe Cardoso (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive
27Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar Team
28Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
29Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Argentina
30Danail Andonov Petrov (Bul) Caja Rural
31Camilo Suarez (Col) EPM - Une
32Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-Nissan
33Nelson Oliveira (Por) RadioShack-Nissan
34Aitor Perez (Spa) Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro
35Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla Y Leon
36Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis - Sutter Home
37David Blanco (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive
38Iker Camaño (Spa) Endura Racing
39Hernan Fouche (RSA) Team Bonitas
40Cesar Fonte (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive
41Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing
42Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team
43Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team
44Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
45Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
46Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
47Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia
48Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team
49Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
50Robigzon Oyola (Col) EPM - Une
51Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
52Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
53Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural
54Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
55Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
56Rafael Infantino (Col) EPM - Une
57Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan
58Francisco Colorado (Col) EPM - Une
59Ruben Jimenez (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla Y Leon
60Pedro Merino (Spa) Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro
61Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Christina Watches - Onfone
62Rene Joergensen (Den) Christina Watches - Onfone
63Salvador Guardiola (Spa) Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro
64Darren Lill (RSA) Team Bonitas
65Angelo Furlan (Ita) Christina Watches - Onfone
66Linus Gerdemann (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan
67Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
68Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team
69Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
70Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
71Jonathan Gonzalez (Spa) Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro
72Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
73George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan
74Illart Zuazubiskar (Spa) Orbea Continental
75Claudio Corioni (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
76Luis Romero (Cub) Jamis - Sutter Home
77Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
78Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) Andalucia
79Ricardo Vilela (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive
80Sergio Carrasco Garcia (Spa) Andalucia
81David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team
82David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
83Michael Rasmussen (Den) Christina Watches - Onfone
84Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr) Endura Racing
85Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
86Nuno Ribeiro (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive
87Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
88Johann Rabie (RSA) Team Bonitas
89Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan
90Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
91Jaume Rovira (Spa) Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro
92Aritz Bagues (Spa) Orbea Continental
93Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack-Nissan
94Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Endura Racing
95Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
96Alexander Riabkin (Rus) Caja Rural
97Aritz Etxebarria (Spa) Orbea Continental
98Erick Rowsell (GBr) Endura Racing
99Petrus Van Dijk (Ned) Jamis - Sutter Home
100Jose Antonio Carrasco (Spa) Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro
101David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Caja Rural
102Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
103Sergey Belykh (Rus) Lokosphinx
104Carlos Verona (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla Y Leon
105Ivan Parra (Col) EPM - Une
106Damien Branaa (Fra) Burgos BH - Castilla Y Leon
107Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi
108Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural
109Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural
110Ignacio Perez (Arg) Argentina
111Hanco Kachelhoffer (RSA) Team Bonitas
112Jason Bakke (RSA) Team Bonitas
113Mikhail Antonov (Rus) Lokosphinx
114Jimmi Sorensen (Den) Christina Watches - Onfone
115Xabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea Continental
116Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx
117Walter Pedraza (Col) EPM - Une
118Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:01:04
119John Anderson (Aus) Endura Racing
120Mauricio Muller (Arg) Argentina0:03:09
121Carson Miller (USA) Jamis - Sutter Home
122Mariano Rodriguez (Arg) Argentina
123Hendrikian Kruger (RSA) Team Bonitas
124Luthando Kaka (RSA) Team Bonitas
125Igor Merino (Spa) Orbea Continental
126Giovanni Baez (Col) EPM - Une
127Raul Alarcon (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive
128Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
129Maxime Mederel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
130Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Christina Watches - Onfone
131David Belda (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla Y Leon
132Maxim Kozyrev (Rus) Lokosphinx0:04:53
133Nicolas Capdepuy (Fra) Burgos BH - Castilla Y Leon
134Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia
135Joni Silva (Por) Burgos BH - Castilla Y Leon
136Philip Mooney (USA) Jamis - Sutter Home
137Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
138Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
139Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team
140Mikel Bizkarra (Spa) Orbea Continental
141Yelko Gomez (Pan) Caja Rural
142Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
143Ariel Sivori (Arg) Argentina0:11:26
144Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Endura Racing0:14:32
145Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
146Jose Antogna (Arg) Jamis - Sutter Home
147Pavel Karpenkov (Rus) Lokosphinx
148Victor Gomez (Arg) Argentina
149Juan Ignacio Curuchet (Arg) Argentina
150Tyler Day (RSA) Team Bonitas
151Leandro Atencio (Arg) Argentina
152Jose Rafael Martinez (Spa) Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro

Points classification
1Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural25pts
2Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team20
3Francisco Jose Pacheco (Spa) Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro16
4Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone14
5Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive12
6Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia10
7Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone9
8Russell Downing (GBr) Endura Racing8
9Anibal Borrajo (Arg) Jamis - Sutter Home7
10Jon Aberasturi (Spa) Orbea Continental6
11Jordi Simon Casulleras (Spa) Andalucia5
12Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team4
13Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx3
14Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2
15Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla Y Leon1

Mountains classification
1Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne3pts
2Walter Pedraza (Col) EPM - Une2
3Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Endura Racing1

Combination classification
1Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural2pts
2Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team4
3Francisco Jose Pacheco (Spa) Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro6
4Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone8
5Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive10
6Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia12
7Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone14
8Russell Downing (GBr) Endura Racing16
9Anibal Borrajo (Arg) Jamis - Sutter Home18
10Jon Aberasturi (Spa) Orbea Continental20
11Jordi Simon Casulleras (Spa) Andalucia22

Local rider classification
1Carlos Barbero (Spa) Orbea Continental
2Ruben Jimenez (Spa) Burgos BH - Castilla Y Leon
3Jonathan Gonzalez (Spa) Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro

Teams classification
1Andalucia11:15:15
2Efapel - Glassdrive
3Acqua & Sapone
4Rabobank Cycling Team
5Movistar Team
6Caja Rural
7RadioShack-Nissan
8Endura Racing
9Gios Deyser - Leon Kastro
10Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
11Orbea Continental
12Euskaltel - Euskadi
13Burgos BH - Castilla Y Leon
14Jamis - Sutter Home
15Saur - Sojasun
16EPM - Une
17Lokosphinx
18Christina Watches - Onfone
19Team Bonitas
20Argentina0:02:59

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