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Taaramäe wins Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia

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Rein Taaramäe (Astana) enjoys his victory

Rein Taaramäe (Astana) enjoys his victory (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Rein Taaramäe (Astana)

Rein Taaramäe (Astana) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) heads to the sign-on

Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) heads to the sign-on (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The peloton was all together at the foot of the climb

The peloton was all together at the foot of the climb (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The riders head from sea level to the village of Alto Fortaleza del Sol

The riders head from sea level to the village of Alto Fortaleza del Sol (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Davide Frattini (UnitedHealthcare)

Davide Frattini (UnitedHealthcare) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Rein Taaramäe takes centre stage on the Vuelta a Murcia podium

Rein Taaramäe takes centre stage on the Vuelta a Murcia podium (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Bauke Mollema (Trek Factory Racing) dodged a car near the finish line to take second place

Bauke Mollema (Trek Factory Racing) dodged a car near the finish line to take second place (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Rein Taaramäe (Astana)

Rein Taaramäe (Astana) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Rein Taaramäe (Astana) celebrates as he wins the Vuelta a Murcia

Rein Taaramäe (Astana) celebrates as he wins the Vuelta a Murcia (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Michele Scarponi made his season debut with Astana

Michele Scarponi made his season debut with Astana (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)

Rein Taaramäe kicked off his 2015 season and his time with the Astana team with an aggressive solo victory at the one-day Vuelta a Murcia race in Spain.

The Estonian rider won alone on the uphill finish after being going across to a mid-race attack. While his breakaway companions all faded on the hilly race route, he powered clear alone to another attack, opened a two-minute gap and held off the peloton on the climb to the finish at Alto Fortaleza del Sol.

Bauke Mollema (Trek Factory Racing) finished ten seconds behind Taaramäe, with Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep) third in the same time.

Many of the riders in action in the hilly Vuelta a Murcia will also ride Sunday's Clasica de Almeria. However the 186km race ends with a flat run-in to the finish in Almeria and so suits sprinter such as Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) and John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin).

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rein Taaramae (Est) Astana Pro Team5:11:38
2Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:00:10
3Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step
4Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing
5Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Astana Pro Team
6Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
7Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha
8Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr
9Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
10Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
11Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team
12Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team
13José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18
14Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha
15Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo
16Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
17Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
18Daan Olivier (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
19Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:18
20Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:22
21Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
22Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:41
23Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha
24David Belda Garcia (Spa) Burgos BH
25Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
26Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:00:45
27Kamil Gradek (Pol) Activejet Team
28Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk
29Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:52
30Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr0:01:03
31David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step
32Arthur Van Overberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
33David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:12
34Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:14
35Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:01:36
36Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr0:02:31
37Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:02:59
38Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin0:03:13
39José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:22
40Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team
41Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Movistar Team
42Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step
43Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Murias Taldea
44Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:44
45Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) FDJ.fr0:03:47
46Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar0:08:45
47Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:08:48
48Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr0:09:18
49Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:09:34
50Pawel Franczak (Pol) Activejet Team0:10:50
51Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Activejet Team
52Jesus Del Pino Corrochano (Spa) Burgos BH
53Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
54Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
55Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha
56Victor Martin Hernandez (Spa) Burgos BH
57Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
58Alexander Rybakov (Rus) RusVelo
59Eduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
60Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar
61Alex Aranburu (Spa) ESP
62Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Murias Taldea
63Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
64Grega Bole (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
65Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
66Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
67Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr
68John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:11:30
69Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:15:02
70Eneko Lizarralde (Spa) Murias Taldea
71Damien Garcia (Fra) Team Froy Oslo
72Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing
73Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing
74Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos BH
75Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin
76Igor Merino Cortazar (Spa) Burgos BH
77Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
78Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
79Oddbjorn Klomsten Andersen (Nor) Team Froy Oslo
80Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin
81Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar
82Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar
83Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
84Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18
85Michal Podlaski (Pol) Activejet Team
86Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo
87Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
88Mikel Bizkarra (Spa) Murias Taldea
89Aleksandr Komin (Rus) RusVelo0:16:00
90Roman Kustadinchev (Rus) RusVelo
91David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk0:16:02
92Scott Ambrose (NZl) Team Novo Nordisk
93Mario Gonzalez Salas (Spa) Activejet Team
94Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk
95Benat Txoperena Matxikote (Spa) Murias Taldea
96Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
97Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk
98Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) Activejet Team0:16:05
99Aritz Bagües (Spa) Murias Taldea
100Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18
101Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
102Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
103Alexander Foliforov (Rus) RusVelo
104Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar0:16:09
105Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory Racing0:16:31
106Amaury Capiot (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:16:33
107Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar
108Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
109Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos BH
110David Santillana (Spa) Spain
DNFMarc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team
DNFKenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNFGianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step
DNFMark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step
DNFMark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx - Quick-Step
DNFJohannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
DNFMaxat Ayazbayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNFMarc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ.fr
DNFTiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha
DNFRudiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha
DNFAngel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
DNFJosé Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
DNFMiguel Angel Benito Diez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
DNFSander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNFOliver Naesen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNFEdward Theuns (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNFAndrei Solomennikov (Rus) RusVelo
DNFPhil Bauhaus (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
DNFAlessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
DNFRobert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
DNFDaniele Ratto (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
DNFKen Hanson (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
DNFSimon Strobel (Ger) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFHenrik Evensen (Nor) Team Froy Oslo
DNFHalvor Tandrevold (Nor) Team Froy Oslo
DNFNikolai Tefre Lunder (Nor) Team Froy Oslo
DNFAnders Norderhus Roe (Nor) Team Froy Oslo
DNFJon Soeveras Breivold (Nor) Team Froy Oslo
DNFAnder Arranz Alonso (Spa) Burgos BH
DNFPawel Bernas (Pol) Activejet Team
DNFAlvaro Cuadros Morata (Spa) Spain
DNFIvan Garcia Cortina (Spa) Spain
DNFJuan José Martínez (Spa) Spain
DNFGermán Sánchez (Spa) Spain
DNFAntonio Jesus Soto (Spa) Spain
DNFAnder Barrenetxea (Spa) Murias Taldea

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