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47th Vuelta Ciclista a la Rioja - 2.1

Spain, April 27-29, 2007

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Stage 1 - April 27: Lardero-Calahorra, 150.4 km

Loddo opens his account

By Monika Prell

Alberto Loddo (Selle Italia)
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Italian Alberto Loddo (Selle Italia) has won the first stage of the Vuelta a la Rioja from Lardero to Calahorra. In a mass sprint, he got the better of Portuguese rider Candido Barbosa (Liberty Seguros) and the Russian Alexei Markov (Caisse d'Epargne).

Ninety-three riders signed on for stage one, starting at the sports centre in Lardero. In front of the presentation stage, a large queue formed as the riders relaxed, drank coffee, read newspapers and teased each other. Today's parcours was not overly difficult, 150km with just the third category Alto de Montaña de Galilea coming after 23.7 km. The only non-starter was Gustav Larsson (Unibet.com).

Attacks began at kilometre six, Luis Pérez (Andalucía-Cajasur) going away solo and reaching a maximum advantage of 1'10 over the peloton. His escape was short-lived, however, and after 14 kilometres it was all back together.

At the summit of Alto de Montaña de Galilea, Pablo Urtasun (Liberty Seguros) crossed first followed by Vladimir Karpets (Caisse d'Epargne) and Manuel Ortega (Andalucía - Cajasur).

Caisse d'Epargne and Selle Italia
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Next to attack, at 34 kilometres covered, was Pablo de Pedro (Grupo Nicolas Mateos) - his only reason surely being to see the fantastic landscape earlier than his team-mates. At the first intermediate sprint in Pradejon, de Pedro had an advantage of 6'05 to the peloton and 3'30 to lone pursuer Steven Cozza (Slipstream).

With de Pedro's advantage sky-rocketing to a maximum of 12 minutes, the peloton decided enough was enough and that stage one would be decided with a bunch sprint in Calahorra. Orbea, Selle Italia and the three ProTour teams - Euskaltel-Euskadi, Unibet and Caisse d'Epargne - all joined forces, working hard to reach the two escapees.

By kilometre 76 Cozza had been captured but it was not until three kilometres from the finish that de Pedro was finally swept up, a bunch sprint the only possibility from here. Selle Italia then sent their train into overdrive giving Loddo a perfect leadout for the stage and overall leader's jersey.

And despite crossing the line in 91st and last position, some 30 seconds after the winner, de Pedro was rewarded with the intermediate sprints jersey after his exhausting 130km breakaway.

Photography

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Results

1 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni    3.37.02 (41.579 km/h)
2 Candido Barbosa (Por) Liberty Seguros                               
3 Alexei Markov (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                                
4 Simon Edgarco (Arg) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni           
5 David Herrero (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                                  
6 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Unibet.com                                      
7 Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Relax-GAM                                     
8 Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                               
9 Joaquin Ortega (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                         
10 Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                              
11 Diego Milan (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                             
12 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            
13 Xabat Otxotorena (Spa) Orbea-Oreka SDA                             
14 Dionisio Galparsoro (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        
15 Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Orbea-Oreka SDA                               
16 David Bernabeu (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                        
17 Iker Leonet (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                           
18 Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                               
19 Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                             
20 Javier Cherro (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                         
21 Benjamin Johnson (Aus) Team Slipstream                             
22 Enrique Salgueiro (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                             
23 Carlos Nozal (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                 
24 Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                                 
25 Nacor Burgos (Spa) Relax-GAM                                       
26 Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                
27 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                 
28 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             
29 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Unibet.com                                    
30 Miguel Ochoa (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                            
31 Luis Perez Romero (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                          
32 Denis Kudashev (Rus) Relax-GAM                                     
33 Jorge Perez (Spa) Relax-GAM                                        
34 Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                              
35 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                               
36 David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                
37 Dailos Manuel Diaz (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                    
38 Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                
39 Jorge Garcia (Spa) Relax-GAM                                       
40 Eloy Teruel (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                             
41 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                                
42 Steven Cozza (USA) Team Slipstream                                 
43 Manuel Lloret (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                         
44 Francisco José Lara (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                        
45 William Frischkorn (USA) Team Slipstream                           
46 Julen Zubero (Spa) Orbea-Oreka SDA                                 
47 Oscar Garcia (Spa) Relax-GAM                                       
48 José Antonio Lopez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                         
49 Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                 
50 Sergi Escobar (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                           
51 Aaron Villegas (Spa) Orbea-Oreka SDA                               
52 Marcos A. Serrano (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                             
53 Antonio Piedra (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                        
54 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Unibet.com                                     
55 Filipe Cardoso (Por) Liberty Seguros                               
56 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                            
57 Serafin Martinez (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                              
58 Jason Donald (USA) Team Slipstream                                 
59 Michal Golas (Pol) Unibet.com                                      
60 Fco. Jose Martinez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                         
61 Javier Echarri (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                          
62 Sébastien Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                            
63 Jonathan P. Mc Carty (USA) Team Slipstream                         
64 Fco. José Terciado (Spa) Relax-GAM                                 
65 Juan C. Carinena (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                           
66 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                              
67 David Garcia (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                                  
68 Jose Rafael Martinez (Spa) Relax-GAM                               
69 Huub Duyn (Ned) Team Slipstream                                    
70 Ivan Melero (Spa) Orbea-Oreka SDA                                  
71 Josu Agirre (Spa) Orbea-Oreka SDA                                  
72 Jordi Grau (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                   
73 Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                         
74 Philippe Schnyder (Swi) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni      
75 Gil Suray (Bel) Unibet.com                                         
76 David Belda (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                           
77 Joseba Zumeta (Spa) Orbea-Oreka SDA                                
78 Tyler Butterfield (Ber) Team Slipstream                            
79 Ivan Degasperi (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni         
80 Mattia Turrina (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni         
81 Luis Pinheiro (Por) Liberty Seguros                                
82 Fabio Borghesi (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni         
83 Victor Hugo Peña (Col) Unibet.com                                  
84 Markus Eichler (Ger) Unibet.com                                    
85 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             
86 Andoni Lafuente (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        0.18
87 José Antonio Baños (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                  0.22
88 César Quiterio (Por) Liberty Seguros                           0.25
89 Denis Bertolini (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni    0.27
90 Bruno Bertolini (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni        
91 Pablo De Pedro (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                      0.36
 
Points
 
1 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni         25 pts
2 Candido Barbosa (Por) Liberty Seguros                             20
3 Alexei Markov (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                              16
4 Simon Edgarco (Arg) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni         14
5 David Herrero (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                                12
6 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Unibet.com                                    10
7 Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Relax-GAM                                    9
8 Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                              8
9 Joaquin Ortega (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                        7
10 Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                             6
11 Diego Milan (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                            5
12 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           4
13 Xabat Otxotorena (Spa) Orbea-Oreka SDA                            3
14 Dionisio Galparsoro (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       2
15 Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Orbea-Oreka SDA                              1
 
Mountains
 
Alto de Galilea (cat. 3), km 23.7
 1 Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                3 pts
2 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                            2
3 Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                              1
 
Sprints
 
Pradejon, km 51.4
1 Pablo De Pedro (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                          3 pts
2 Steven Cozza (USA) Team Slipstream                                 2
3 César Quiterio (Por) Liberty Seguros                               1
 
Alfaro, km 122.1
1 Pablo De Pedro (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                          3 pts
2 César Quiterio (Por) Liberty Seguros                               2
3 Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                              1
 
Teams
 
1 Andalucia-Cajasur                                           10.51.06
2 Fuerteventura-Canarias                                              
3 Karpin-Galicia                                                      
4 Liberty Seguros                                                     
5 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                                   
6 Caisse d'Epargne                                                    
7 Relax-GAM                                                           
8 Orbea-Oreka SFA                                                     
9 Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni                               
10 Grupo Nicolas Mateos                                               
11 Unibet.com                                                         
12 Team Slipstream                                                    
 
General classification after stage 1
 
1 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni    3.37.02
2 Candido Barbosa (Por) Liberty Seguros                               
3 Alexei Markov (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                                
4 Simon Edgarco (Arg) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni           
5 David Herrero (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                                  
6 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Unibet.com                                      
7 Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Relax-GAM                                     
8 Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                               
9 Joaquin Ortega (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                         
10 Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                              
11 Diego Milan (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                             
12 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            
13 Xabat Otxotorena (Spa) Orbea-Oreka SDA                             
14 Dionisio Galparsoro (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        
15 Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Orbea-Oreka SDA                               
16 David Bernabeu (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                        
17 Iker Leonet (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                           
18 Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                               
19 Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                             
20 Javier Cherro (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                         
21 Benjamin Johnson (Aus) Team Slipstream                             
22 Enrique Salgueiro (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                             
23 Carlos Nozal (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                 
24 Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                                 
25 Nacor Burgos (Spa) Relax-GAM                                       
26 Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                
27 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                 
28 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             
29 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Unibet.com                                    
30 Miguel Ochoa (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                            
31 Luis Perez Romero (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                          
32 Denis Kudashev (Rus) Relax-GAM                                     
33 Jorge Perez (Spa) Relax-GAM                                        
34 Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                              
35 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                               
36 David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                
37 Dailos Manuel Diaz (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                    
38 Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                
39 Jorge Garcia (Spa) Relax-GAM                                       
40 Eloy Teruel (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                             
41 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                                
42 Steven Cozza (USA) Team Slipstream                                 
43 Manuel Lloret (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                         
44 Francisco José Lara (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                        
45 William Frischkorn (USA) Team Slipstream                           
46 Julen Zubero (Spa) Orbea-Oreka SDA                                 
47 Oscar Garcia (Spa) Relax-GAM                                       
48 José Antonio Lopez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                         
49 Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                 
50 Sergi Escobar (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                           
51 Aaron Villegas (Spa) Orbea-Oreka SDA                               
52 Marcos A. Serrano (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                             
53 Antonio Piedra (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                        
54 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Unibet.com                                     
55 Filipe Cardoso (Por) Liberty Seguros                               
56 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                            
57 Serafin Martinez (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                              
58 Jason Donald (USA) Team Slipstream                                 
59 Michal Golas (Pol) Unibet.com                                      
60 Fco. Jose Martinez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                         
61 Javier Echarri (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                          
62 Sébastien Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                            
63 Jonathan P. Mc Carty (USA) Team Slipstream                         
64 Fco. José Terciado (Spa) Relax-GAM                                 
65 Juan C. Carinena (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                           
66 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                              
67 David Garcia (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                                  
68 Jose Rafael Martinez (Spa) Relax-GAM                               
69 Huub Duyn (Ned) Team Slipstream                                    
70 Ivan Melero (Spa) Orbea-Oreka SDA                                  
71 Josu Agirre (Spa) Orbea-Oreka SDA                                  
72 Jordi Grau (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                   
73 Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                         
74 Philippe Schnyder (Swi) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni      
75 Gil Suray (Bel) Unibet.com                                         
76 David Belda (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                           
77 Joseba Zumeta (Spa) Orbea-Oreka SDA                                
78 Tyler Butterfield (Ber) Team Slipstream                            
79 Ivan Degasperi (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni         
80 Mattia Turrina (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni         
81 Luis Pinheiro (Por) Liberty Seguros                                
82 Fabio Borghesi (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni         
83 Victor Hugo Peña (Col) Unibet.com                                  
84 Markus Eichler (Ger) Unibet.com                                    
85 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             
86 Andoni Lafuente (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        0.18
87 José Antonio Baños (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                  0.22
88 César Quiterio (Por) Liberty Seguros                           0.25
89 Denis Bertolini (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni    0.27
90 Bruno Bertolini (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni        
91 Pablo De Pedro (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                      0.36
 
Points classification
 
1 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni         25 pts
2 Candido Barbosa (Por) Liberty Seguros                             20
3 Alexei Markov (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                              16
4 Simon Edgarco (Arg) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni         14
5 David Herrero (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                                12
6 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Unibet.com                                    10
7 Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Relax-GAM                                    9
8 Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                              8
9 Joaquin Ortega (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                        7
10 Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                             6
11 Diego Milan (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                            5
12 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           4
13 Xabat Otxotorena (Spa) Orbea-Oreka SDA                            3
14 Dionisio Galparsoro (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       2
15 Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Orbea-Oreka SDA                              1
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                3 pts
2 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                            2
3 Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                              1
 
Sprints classification
 
1 Pablo De Pedro (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                          6 pts
2 César Quiterio (Por) Liberty Seguros                               3
3 Steven Cozza (USA) Team Slipstream                                 2
4 Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                              1
 
Under 23 classification
 
1 Diego Milan (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                              
2 Miguel Ochoa (Spa) Grupo Nicolas Mateos                             
3 Steven Cozza (USA) Team Slipstream                                  
4 Antonio Piedra (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                         
5 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Unibet.com                                      
 
Teams classification
 
1 Andalucia-Cajasur                                           10.51.06
2 Fuerteventura-Canarias                                              
3 Karpin-Galicia                                                      
4 Liberty Seguros                                                     
5 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                                   
6 Caisse d'Epargne                                                    
7 Relax-GAM                                                           
8 Orbea-Oreka SDA                                                     
9 Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni                               
10 Grupo Nicolas Mateos                                               
11 Unibet.com                                                         
12 Team Slipstream