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16th Challenge Volta a Mallorca - 1.1 (x5) - 1.1

Spain, February 11-15, 2007

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Stage 4 - February 14: Sóller - Port de Sóller, 150.6 km

Success for Colom and León Sánchez

By Shane Stokes in Majorca

Antonio (Toni) Colom sprints in
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Two days after Vincente Reynés (Caisse d'Epargne) won a stage, another Majorcan rider has triumphed in the Challenge Volta a Mallorca.

Antonio Colom (Astana) was one of four riders who broke away on the final climb of a very up and down day, the second category Puig Major, and he, Alberto Contador (Discovery Channel) and Luis León Sánchez (Caisse d'Epargne) stayed clear until the finish. Colom proved quickest in the sprint for the line, repeating his 2005 win in the early-season tour.

León Sánchez placed second in the gallop to the line but rolled in with a big smile on his face, knowing that he had done enough to move from fourth to first in the general classification. Overnight leader Ezequiel Mosquera (Karpin-Galicia) finished in a chase group led in by Reynés and Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas), the latter having been dropped by the leaders en route to the finish.

Mosquera came in 13 seconds down on León Sánchez. The latter had started the stage five seconds in arrears and consequently the Caisse d'Epargne rider moved eight seconds clear of his rival in the overall.

Ivan Mayo, now riding in the colours of Saunier Duval.
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The Murcian was very happy with the result. "On the final climb, I attacked together with Colom, Contador and Nibali," he stated. "Then in the last kilometres, I had to choose between the stage win and the first place in the general classification. I went for the overall ranking and rode very hard in front of that small group. As a consequence I was not able to fight for the stage win. But tomorrow we will try to win the stage too, with Valverde, Rojas or Reynes, and if we are also able to win the general classification, all the better!"

Colom was pleased to take the stage win, having won a stage in 2005 and taken the general classification one year earlier. "We worked well today and things were aggressive on the last climb," he said. "I am very happy with this victory."

Discovery Channel's Vladimir Gusev and Alberto Fernández De La Puebla (Saunier Duval-Prodir) are also on the same time as second-placed Mosquera, with a total of six riders 18 seconds or less off the race lead. That set things up nicely for an exciting final stage tomorrow. The riders face two third cat climbs and three seconds category ascents along the tough 147.6 kilometres between Magaluf and Palmanova and with things so tight at the top, it should be fireworks all the way to the finish.

How it unfolded

Camera's eye: Colom in focus.
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Unlike yesterday's sunny conditions, 199 riders lined out in Sóller under slightly overcast skies and cooler temperatures. Numerous attacks were launched en route to the day's first climb, the second category Can Costa (17.7 km), but the bunch was largely together when Davide Vigano (Quickstep) led Jorge Ferrio (Andalucía-Cajasur) and Josu Mondelo (Extremadura-Spiuk) across the prime line.

Fifteen kilometres later the elastic finally snapped with 16 riders going clear. Those on the offensive were Alan Perez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Francisco Jose Martínez and Jesus Rosendo (Andalucía-Cajasur), Ralf Grabsch and Bjorn Schröder (Team Milram), Francisco José Terciado (Relax-Gam), Juan José Abril (Viña Magna-Cropu), Iban Mayoz (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Steve Morabito (Astana), Manuel Lloret (Fuerteventura-Canarias), Angel Gómez (Saunier Duval-Prodir), Vigano (Quickstep), Eric Baumann and Andreas Klier (T-Mobile), Guido Trenti (Liguigas) plus Pavel Padrnos (Discovery Channel).

Like many climbing specialists before him,
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A total of 43 kilometres were covered in the first hour of racing. Caisse d'Epargne missed the move and so they set about pulling at the front of the peloton but, by the time Rosendo beat Baumann and Trenti for the Meta Volantes sprint in Inca (km 56), the gap had gone out to 1'24. This continued to hold on the first ascent of the category two Coll de sa Batalla, the prime going to Baumann ahead of Schröder and Martínez.

The lead grew considerably after the descent, with the 16-man group a full 4'07 ahead of the Karpin-Galicia-led peloton at kilometre 104. Eleven kilometres later Martínez took the second Meta Volantes sprint from Morabito and Rosendo in Inca, following which the riders began the second ascent of the Coll de Sa Batalla. Martínez was also first at the KOM prime, with Schröder and Grabsch second and third. The peloton was 1'46 back and continued to close as they moved onto the second category climb of Puig Major.

The junction was finally made at kilometre 143, 21 from the end, and very soon after this four riders attacked on the slopes. León, Contador, Colom and Vincenzo Nibali went across the top in that order, some 20" clear of what was left of the bunch, and they raced on down towards the finish in Port de Sóller. Nibali was dropped along the way and with León Sanchez working hard to ensure he would jump from fourth to first in the general classification, Colom really only had to worry about Contador. The Majorcan proved quickest in the final gallop, ensuring the second victory in three days for a home rider.


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1 Antonio Colom (Spa) Astana                              4.06.13
2 Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                       
3 Alberto Contador (Spa) Discovery Channel                       
4 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                      0.13
5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                 
6 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) T-Mobile                                
7 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel                         
8 Jorge Ferrío (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                           
9 José Bonilla (Crc) Fuerteventura-Canarias                      
10 Iker Camaño (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        
11 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Relax-GAM                             
12 Alberto Fernández De La Puebla (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir     
13 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                        
14 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                 
15 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Relax-GAM                                 
16 Ángel Gómez Gómez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir              0.48
17 Murilo Fischer (Bra) Liquigas                             1.13
18 Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                     
19 Beñat Albizuri (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        
20 Javier Moreno (Spa) Extremadura-Spiuk                         
21 Xabat Ochotorena (Spa) Orbea-Laukiz F.T.                      
22 Vicente Ballester (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                
23 Serge Baguet (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic                       
24 José Luis Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                    
25 Michael Schär (Swi) Astana                                    
26 Thomas Frei (Swi) Astana                                      
27 Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          
28 Erik Zabel (Ger) Milram                                       
29 Juan Carlos Fernández (Spa) Extremadura-Spiuk                 
30 Sergio Escobar (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos                     
31 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                   
32 Ivan Santaromita (Swi) Quickstep-Innergetic                   
33 Fernando Torres (Spa) Extremadura-Spiuk                       
34 Tim Klinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                
35 Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       
36 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Orbea-Laukiz F.T.                 
37 Diego Gallego Arnaiz (Spa) Viña Magna-Cropu                   
38 Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                        
39 Thomas Ziegler (Ger) T-Mobile                                 
40 Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                         
41 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) T-Mobile                                
42 Javier Etxarri (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos                     
43 Pedro Romero Ocampo (Spa) Extremadura-Spiuk                   
44 Alberto Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Viña Magna-Cropu               
45 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel                        
46 Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                         
47 Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana                                   
48 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas                               
49 Anton Luengo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          
50 Ángel Vallejo (Spa) Relax-GAM                                 
51 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                 
52 Juan Olmo (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                             
53 Jesus Ramirez Torres (Spa) Extremadura-Spiuk                  
54 David Bernabeu (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                   
55 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank                                
56 Marc De Maar (Ned) Rabobank                                   
57 Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                        
58 Toni Tauler (Spa) Selección Española De Pista                 
59 Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Quickstep-Innergetic                 
60 Guido Trenti (USA) Liquigas                                   
61 José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                             
62 Joan Llaneras (Spa) Selección Española De Pista               
63 Ángel Vicioso (Spa) Relax-GAM                                 
64 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Saunier Duval-Prodir                 
65 David Martin Peribanes (Spa) Viña Magna-Cropu                 
66 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile                                  
67 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                  
68 Oscar García-Casarrubios (Spa) Relax-GAM                      
69 Jesús Hernández (Spa) Relax-GAM                               
70 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Rabobank                            
71 Remmert Wielinga (Ned) Saunier Duval-Prodir                   
72 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank                                   
73 David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                     
74 Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Extremadura-Spiuk                  
75 Juan José Cobo (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                     
76 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Viña Magna-Cropu                     
77 Iban Mayo (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          
78 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) T-Mobile                               
79 Josu Mondelo (Spa) Extremadura-Spiuk                          
80 Manuel Lloret (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                3.51
81 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Milram                                 4.12
82 Davide Viganò (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic                      
83 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel                     5.10
84 Manuel Váquez (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                     5.47
85 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            
86 Joan Horrach (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                           
87 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                              
88 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner                               
89 Matej Jurco (Svk) Milram                                      
90 Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Fuerteventura-Canarias                     
91 David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       
92 Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         
93 Rodrigo García (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias               6.51
94 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) T-Mobile                               
95 Benoît Joachim (Lux) Astana                                   
96 Juan José Abril (Spa) Viña Magna-Cropu                        
97 Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa) Agritubel                               
98 Aketza Peña (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           
99 Jorge García (Spa) Relax-GAM                                  
100 Francisco José Terciado (Spa) Relax-GAM                      
101 Francisco Jose Martinez (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur              
102 Iker Mezo Askargorta (Spa) Orbea-Laukiz F.T.                 
103 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Liquigas                    6.57
104 Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram                                  
105 Claudio Casas (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                    8.58
106 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                           10.09
107 Pablo De Pedro Garcia (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos             
108 Jan Hruska (Cze) Relax-GAM                                   
109 Egoitz Murgoitio (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos                  
110 Trent Lowe (Aus) Discovery Channel                           
111 Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile                                  
112 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner                            
113 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel                     
114 Andrey Mizourov (Kaz) Astana                                 
115 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Discovery Channel                      
116 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Discovery Channel                        
117 Carlos Castaño (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                          
118 Julián Sánchez (Spa) Relax-GAM                               
119 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Agritubel                              
120 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                        
121 David Garcia (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                            
122 Jose Antonio Arroyo Ramirez (Spa) Extremadura-Spiuk          
123 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      
124 Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           
125 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel               13.20
126 Steve Cummings (GBr) Discovery Channel                       
127 Sebastian Schwager (Ger) Milram                         18.14
128 Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner                       
129 David Muñoz (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                     
130 Dailos Diaz Armas (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias               
131 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Astana                                  
132 Jesús Tendero (Spa) Viña Magna-Cropu                         
133 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Rabobank                                
134 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank                                      
135 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Milram                               
136 André Korff (Ger) T-Mobile                                   
137 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) T-Mobile                              
138 Brad Armstrong (USA) Orbea-Laukiz F.T.                       
139 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                              
140 Bert Grabsch (Ger) T-Mobile                                  
141 William Walker (Aus) Rabobank                                
142 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana                                
143 Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana                                    
144 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Milram                             23.01
145 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram                                 
146 Alessandro Proni (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic                  
Binissalem (Km 60)
1 Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                         3 pts
2 Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile                                   2
3 Guido Trenti (USA) Liquigas                                   1
Llença (Km 115.9)
1 Francisco Jose Martinez (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur               3 pts
2 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                   2
3 Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                         1
Ca'n Costa - Cat 2
1 Davide Viganò (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic                     10 pts
2 Jorge Ferrío (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                          7
3 Josu Mondelo (Spa) Extremadura-Spiuk                          5
4 Fernando Torres (Spa) Extremadura-Spiuk                       3
5 Manuel Váquez (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                         2
6 José Luis Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                    1
Coll De Sa Batalla - Cat 2
1 Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile                                  10 pts
2 Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram                                   7
3 Francisco Jose Martinez (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur               5
4 Davide Viganò (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic                      3
5 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel                         2
6 Ángel Gómez Gómez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                  1
Coll E Sa Batalla - Cat 2
1 Francisco Jose Martinez (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur              10 pts
2 Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram                                   7
3 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Milram                                     5
4 Davide Viganò (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic                      3
5 Manuel Lloret (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                    2
6 Guido Trenti (USA) Liquigas                                   1
Coll de Igmajor (km 148)
1 Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                     10 pts
2 Alberto Contador (Spa) Discovery Channel                      7
3 Antonio Colom (Spa) Astana                                    5
4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                3
5 Jorge Ferrío (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                          2
6 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                         1
General classification after stage 4
1 Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne               13.51.39
2 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                     0.08
3 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel                         
4 Alberto Fernández De La Puebla (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir      
5 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir              0.16
6 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                      0.18
7 José Bonilla (Crc) Fuerteventura-Canarias                      
8 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel                     1.18
9 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                  
10 Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                    1.22
11 Sergio Escobar (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos                 1.45
12 Diego Gallego Arnaiz (Spa) Viña Magna-Cropu                   
13 Xabat Ochotorena (Spa) Orbea-Laukiz F.T.                  2.03
14 Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                        
15 Juan Olmo (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                         2.28
16 Jorge Ferrío (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                      3.06
17 Anton Luengo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      4.10
18 Juan Carlos Fernández (Spa) Extremadura-Spiuk             4.33
19 Joan Llaneras (Spa) Selección Española De Pista               
20 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) T-Mobile                                
21 Remmert Wielinga (Ned) Saunier Duval-Prodir                   
22 Fernando Torres (Spa) Extremadura-Spiuk                   4.54
23 Josu Mondelo (Spa) Extremadura-Spiuk                      5.00
24 Oscar García-Casarrubios (Spa) Relax-GAM                  5.02
25 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Orbea-Laukiz F.T.             5.23
26 Erik Zabel (Ger) Milram                                   5.37
27 Jesus Ramirez Torres (Spa) Extremadura-Spiuk                  
28 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank                            6.12
29 David Bernabeu (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias               6.20
30 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) T-Mobile                           7.23
31 David Martin Peribanes (Spa) Viña Magna-Cropu             8.17
32 Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Quickstep-Innergetic             9.20
33 Beñat Albizuri (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                   14.55
34 Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Extremadura-Spiuk                  
35 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile                                  
36 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel                    15.58
37 Steve Cummings (GBr) Discovery Channel                   16.05
38 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel                16.06
39 Toni Tauler (Spa) Selección Española De Pista            17.00
40 Alberto Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Viña Magna-Cropu          17.43
41 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Viña Magna-Cropu                     
42 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                         19.29
43 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) T-Mobile                          19.50
44 Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa) Agritubel                          20.33
45 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  21.35
46 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Agritubel                          23.45
47 David Garcia (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                        23.51
48 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram                             25.52
49 Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                26.37
50 Jan Hruska (Cze) Relax-GAM                               29.32
51 Pablo De Pedro Garcia (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos         34.41
52 Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner                   34.44
53 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Discovery Channel                    35.21
54 Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       38.21
55 Bert Grabsch (Ger) T-Mobile                              43.38
56 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Milram                                
57 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Rabobank                            46.26
58 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Milram                              48.25
Sprint classification
1 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Discovery Channel                         8 pts
2 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Milram                                   6
3 David Garcia (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                             3
4 Bert Grabsch (Ger) T-Mobile                                   1
Mountains classification
1 Jorge Ferrío (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                         25 pts
2 Josu Mondelo (Spa) Extremadura-Spiuk                         15
3 Alberto Fernández De La Puebla (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir    13
4 Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                     12
5 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel                       12
6 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel                        7
7 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Orbea-Laukiz F.T.                 7
8 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram                                  5
9 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                        3
10 Fernando Torres (Spa) Extremadura-Spiuk                      3
11 Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Quickstep-Innergetic                3
Team classification

1 Saunier Duval-Prodir                                   41.36.06
2 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                         0.26
3 Illes Balears-C.D'epargne                                  1.12
4 T-Mobile Team                                              2.39
5 Andalucia-Cayasur                                          6.53
6 Quicksteinnergetic                                         7.03
7 Rabobank                                                   7.27
8 Astana                                                     8.39
9 Liquigas                                                   9.37
10 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                        10.03
11 Extremadura-Spiuk                                        10.30
12 Relax-Gam                                                10.33
13 Viña Magna-Cropu                                         12.00
14 Orbea-Oreka Sda                                          14.56
15 Fuerteventura-Canarias                                   15.04
16 Karn-Galicia                                             24.12
17 Team Milram                                              25.18
18 Gerolsteiner                                             26.01
19 Gru Nicolas Mateos                                       29.19