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Spanish National Championships - CN

Cantabria, Spain, June 24-27, 2004

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Day 4 - June 27: Elite Men's Road Race, 228 km

Mancebo's Tour appetizer

"This is just an appetizer before the Tour de France," Francesco Mancebo said after earning the Spanish national road title on Sunday. The Illes Balears-Banesto rider won ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme) and Francisco Lara (Costa de Almeria) over a 228 kilometre parcours in Santander. Mancebo's success capped a perfect championship year for Illes Balears after Ivan Gutierrez's victory in the time trial on Thursday.

Despite a fast 41 km/h average speed in the opening hours of the race, an early break formed with Mancebo's teammate Antonio Tauler, Ricardo Serrano (Cafés Baqué), Carlos Garcia Quesada (Kelme), and USPRO Championships winner Francisco Ventoso (Saunier Duval-Prodir). This group built a three minute lead over the main field, but could not make the advantage stick over the long distance and with so many favourites still in the group behind.

After reeling in the first serious move of the day, it was next the turn of a solo escapist, Haimar Zubeldia (Euskaltel-Euskadi), who on his own managed to break clear and gain nearly four minutes on the field over the rolling middle portion of the parcours. Zubeldia, fifth in the Tour de France last year, showed himself to be ready for the big show in July with his powerful effort, but he too fell victim to the steady chase by the Illes Balears team before the principal difficulty of the day.

Heading into the Cabárceno national park, and the main climbs of the day, Zubeldia was caught and a number of short-lived counter attacks followed, none producing an effect worthy of final victory. Once more the day became an Illes Balears vs. Kelme battle, as Pablo Lastras and David Latasa rode clear with a handful of seconds over the field, provoking at the same time a 16 man split that would ultimately contest the victory.

It was Lara who launched the last ditch attack to go clear, just under the kilometre to go banner and with five seconds on a group including Mancebo and Valverde. Cofidis' Luis Perez led home another chase group another five seconds back, but there would be no regrouping before the line as the attacks continued.

Knowing the finishing speed of Valverde, Mancebo left nothing to chance and jumped clear with 500m to go, putting in an enormous turn of speed to put several seconds on Valverde and cross the line alone to take the national road title. Lara held on for third place, while the on-form Miguel Martin Perdiguero (Saunier Duval), winner of the recent Volta a Catalunya, finished in fourth, just missing a podium place.


1 Francisco Mancebo Pérez (Illes Balears-Banesto)          5.18.13
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme)    0.06
3 Francisco Lara Ruiz (Costa De Almeria-Paternina)                
4 Miguel Angel Martín Perdiguero (Saunier Duval-Prodir)           
5 David Etxebarria Alkorta (Euskaltel-Euskadi)                    
6 Samuel Sánchez González (Euskaltel-Euskadi)                     
7 Joaquín Rodríguez Oliver (Saunier Duval-Prodir)                 
8 David Herrero Llorente (Costa De Almeria-Paternina)             
9 José Iván Gutiérrez Palacios (Illes Balears-Banesto)            
10 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Liberty Seguros)                          
11 Mikel Elguezabal Fernandez (Costa De Almeria-Paternina)        
12 Txema Del Olmo Zendegi (Milaneza Maia)                         
13 Unai Yus Kerejeta (Brioches La Boulangere)                     
14 Ignacio Gutierrez Cataluña (Caja C. La Mancha)                 
15 Roberto Heras Hernández (Liberty Seguros)                      
16 Luis Pérez Rodríguez (Cofidis-Le Credit Par Telephone)         
17 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi)                    
18 Jon Del Río Arteaga (Costa De Almeria-Paternina)           0.16
19 Jorge Ferrío Luque (Costa De Almeria-Paternina)            0.21
20 Carlos Golbano Garcia (Costa De Almeria-Paternina)             
21 José E. Gutiérrez Cataluña (Phonak)                            
22 Jon Bru Pascal (L.A.-Pecol)                                0.28
23 Rubén Plaza Molina (Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme)            0.31
24 Aitor Hernández Gutiérrez (Team Lpr)                       0.33
25 Alberto Benítez Román (Saunier Duval)                      0.38
26 Rubén Oarbeaskoa Izpuzua (L.A.-Pecol)                          
27 Moisés Dueñas Nevado (Relax-Bodysol)                           
28 Iñigo Cuesta López (Cofidis-Le Credit Par Telephone)           
29 Juan Fuentes Angullo (Saeco)                                   
30 Pedro Luis Marichalar Fernández (Saunier Duval)                
31 Pedro Arreitunandia Quintero (Café Baqué)                      
32 Óscar Sevilla Ribera (Phonak)                                  
33 Gorka González Larrañaga (Euskaltel-Euskadi)                   
34 Aitor Osa Eizaguirre (Illes Balears-Banesto)                   
35 Rafael Casero Moreno (Saunier Duval-Prodir)                    
36 Aitor González Jiménez (Fassa Bortolo)                         
37 Eladio Jiménez Sánchez (Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme)            
38 Santiago Pérez Férnandez (Phonak)                              
39 Aarón Villegas Trapaga (Enypesa-Gsc-El Mundo)              0.45
40 Andoni Aranaga Azkune (Chocolade Jacques Wincor N.)        0.51
41 Jose Miguel Elías Galindo (Relax-Bodysol)                  0.53
42 Óscar Romero Moya (Beppi-Ovarense)                         0.56
43 Luis Pérez Romero (Relax-Bodysol)                              
44 Dioni Galparsoro Martínez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)                  
45 Alberto Martínez Trinidad (Relax-Bodysol)                      
46 Mario Sánchez Fernández (Enypesa-Gsc-El Mundo)             0.59
47 Angel Edo Alsina (Milaneza Maia)                               
48 Marcos A. Serrano Rodríguez (Liberty Seguros)                  
49 Markel Irizar Aramburu (Euskaltel-Euskadi)                     
50 David Gutiérrez Cataluña (Caja C. La Mancha)               1.04
51 Vicente Reynés Nimo (Illes Balears-Banesto)                    
52 Alberto Hierro Seco (Café Baqué)                               
53 José C. Juliá Cegarra (Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme)             
54 David Fernández Domingo (Costa De Almeria-Paternina)           
55 Samuel Soto Vidal (Micalet Kelme)                          1.22
56 Angel Castresana Del Val (Mr. Bookmaker.Com-Pal.)          1.24
57 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Illes Balears-Banesto)                  
58 Pablo Lastras García (Illes Balears-Banesto)                   
59 Mikel Pradera Rodríguez (Illes Balears-Banesto)                
60 David Cañada Garcia (Saunier Duval-Prodir)                 1.31
61 Fernando Jiménez Rodríguez (Imoholding-Loul Jard.)             
62 José Luis Rebollo Aguado (Relax-Bodysol)                       
63 Dailos Diaz Armas (Saunier Duval)                              
64 Alberto López De Munain (Euskaltel-Euskadi)                    
65 Mikel Artetxe Gezuraga (Euskaltel-Euskadi)                     
66 Mariano Santiago González (Saunier Duval)                      
67 Iñaki Isasi Flores (Euskaltel-Euskadi)                     1.35
68 Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Café Baqué)                               
69 David Arroyo Duran (L.A.-Pecol)                            1.46
70 Mikel Gaztañaga Etxeberría (Café Baqué)                    2.11
71 Julen Urbano Aretxabala (Café Baqué)                           
72 Gustavo Domínguez Lemos (Relax-Bodysol)                        
73 Ramón Troncoso Sobrino (Imoholding-Loul J.)                2.14
74 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Euskaltel-Euskadi)                   
75 Gorka Arrizabalaga Agirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi)              2.28
76 Joseba Zubeldia Agirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi)                 2.38
77 Carlos García Quesada (Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme)         2.45
78 Xavier Pérez Pereira (Costa De Almeria-Paternina)          2.53
79 José Vicente García Acosta (Illes Balears-Banesto)         2.58
80 Carlos Torrent Tarres (Costa De Almeria-Paternina)         3.20
81 Francisco García Rodríguez (Antarte / Rota Dos M.)         3.56
82 Constantino Zaballa Gutiérrez (Saunier Duval-P.)           4.11
83 Julián Sánchez Pimienta (Fassa Bortolo)                    4.25
84 Igor Glez. De Galdeano (Liberty Seguros)                   4.27
85 Josep Jufré Pou (Relax-Bodysol)                            4.56
86 Lander Euba Ziarrusta (Costa De Almeria-Paternina)         4.58
87 Isidro Nozal Vega (Liberty Seguros)                            
88 David Latasa Lasa (Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme)             7.42
89 Efraín Gutiérrez Sánchez (Café Baqué)                     11.09
90 Francisco Andujar Sánchez (Saunier Duval)                 12.45
91 Óscar Serrano Alonso (Asc-Vila Do Conde)                       
92 Israel Núñez Baticón (Asc-Vila Do Conde)                       
93 Daniel Atienza Urendeze (Cofidis-Le Credit Par Telephone)      
94 Aitor Galdós Alonso (Team Nippo)                               
95 Luis Pasamontes Rodríguez (Relax-Bodysol)                      
96 Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur (Café Baqué)                            
97 Javier Ramírez Abeja (Liberty Seguros)                    13.03
98 Pedro Fernández Hermida (Beppi-Ovarense)                  13.12
99 Miguel Tabanera Martínez (Beppi-Ovarense)                      
100 Rafael Rodríguez Segarra (Micalet Kelme)                 13.16
101 Joaquin Ortega Gascon (Micalet Kelme)                         
102 Javier Pascual Rodríguez (Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme)    13.19
103 Jose A. Gomez Marchante (Costa De Almeria-Paternina)          
104 Enrique Salguero Alonso (Beppi-Ovarense)                 13.57