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27th Vuelta a Murcia - 2.1

Spain, March 7-11, 2007

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Stage 1 - March 7: S. Pedro Pinatar - Las T. De Cotilla, 166.1 km

21 year-old Rojas gets the win in crash-fest finale

Jose Joaquin Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne) lead the peloton
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Caisse d'Epargne has opened the Vuelta Murcia with a sprint win thanks to their young star José Joaquin Rojas. Rojas prevailed in a dangerous, crash-riddled finale ahead of Danilo Napolitano (Lampre) and CSC's new sprinting phenom, Juan José Haedo. "I am immensely happy," said Rojas, still smiling after the finish. "I dreamed of starting my professional palmares with a stage win in the Vuelta a Murcia, and I just made my dream come true." The win was made even better by the fact that it was in Rojas' home region. "To win in my own region feels very special. It is really an extraordinary sensation."

The stage from San Pedro de Pinatar to Las Torres de Cotillas was characterised by strong cross winds throughout the stage. The first successful breakaway of the 166km stage set off at kilometre 15, when Pablo de Pedro (Grupo Nicolás Mateos) attacked, and was joined by Manuel Vazquez (Andalucia-Cayasur) and Gonzalo Rabunal (Karpin-Galicia).

The trio gained a maximum advantage of 9'40 with Vazquez taking the two mountain bonuses and one intermediate sprint before Unibet.com and Caisse d'Epargne got serious about chasing. With about 40km to go, the breakaway was caught, but strong winds had split the peloton into several groups. According to Karpin-Galicia's Rabunal, the winds were so strong that riders were being blown off the road. "I saw a group of about fifteen cyclists, who we were trying to reach, swept off the highway by a gust of wind. In the end, after the energy spent in the breakaway, and fighting the wind, I just barely finished."

From the front group of 50 or so riders, Rabobank's Max Van Heeswijk attacked with five kilometres to go, and was on his way to what looked like a sure victory only to take a tumble while alone off the front of the bunch in the last 500m.

Just a few seconds behind, the chasing peloton took caution through the same spot, but still several more riders crashed on the same oil-slick pavement. Euskaltel's Inaki Isasi and Aitor Galdos, along with Karpin-Galicia's David Herrero were too injured to continue, while CSC's Carlos Sastre rolled across the line last, more than nine minutes down.

Sastre explained, "During the final part of the stage - we were doing 50 km/hr in the strong cross winds that had blown during the entire stage, when two Euskaltel riders crashed and I was not able to avoid them. Soon after I felt others fall on me." Despite the crash, and a deep wound to his elbow and bruises and road rash on his hips, Sastre hopes to be able to continue. "I hope that with the massage and rest, tomorrow, although I will have pains, I will be able to take the start."

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Results

1 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne          4.30.50
2 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                   
3 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team CSC                            
4 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                              
5 Giuseppe Palumbro (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo      
6 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                               
7 Lars Bak (Den) Team CSC                                   
8 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                 
9 Michal Golas (Pol) Unibet.com                             
10 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                  
11 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne               
12 Jose Alberto Benitez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir          
13 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                
14 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                             
15 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  
16 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Relax-Gam                            
17 Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Relax-Gam                          
18 Manuel Lloret (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias               
19 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Unibet.com                          
20 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Astana                              
21 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Relax-Gam                            
22 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo      
23 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo    
24 David Bernabeu (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias              
25 Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                   
26 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank                         
27 Carlos Castaño (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                      
28 Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo         
29 Pablo de Pedro (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos                
30 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                     
31 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo      
32 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                      
33 Dario Andriotto (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo       
34 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank                       
35 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Unibet.com                             
36 Koldo Gil (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                     
37 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                          
38 Rodriguez Luis Perez (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur             
39 Isidro Nozal (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                        
40 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank                             
41 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Rabobank                          
42 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team CSC                            
43 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Unibet.com                     3.03
44 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Unibet.com                     
45 Julian Sanchez (Spa) Relax-Gam                       3.05
46 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                    
47 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                   
48 Iker Flores (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                 
49 Evgeniy Sladkov (Kaz) Astana                             
50 Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo     
51 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                  
52 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Rabobank                          3.10
53 Diego Milan (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos               6.19
54 Claudio José Casas (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur               
55 Gorka Amuriza (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos                 
56 Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos               
57 Unai Uribarri (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                    
58 Antonio Olmo (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                     
59 Jose Ruiz (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                        
60 Jose Luis Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur               
61 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir               
62 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                  
63 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Astana                            
64 Stefano Cavallari (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo     
65 José Rujano (Ven) Unibet.com                             
66 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                    
67 Sébastien Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                  
68 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana                           
69 Victor Hugo Peña (Col) Unibet.com                        
70 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Fondital                    
71 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC                            
72 Jorge Perez (Spa) Relax-Gam                              
73 David Abal (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                          
74 José Antonio Baños (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos            
75 Marcos A. Serrano (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                   
76 Santiago Perez (Spa) Relax-Gam                           
77 Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                    
78 Jorge Ferrio (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                     
79 Luis Fernandez (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                      
80 Inigo Landaluze (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  
81 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana                              
82 José Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir              
83 Joan Horrach (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                      
84 Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Team CSC                              
85 Arkaitz Duran (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                 
86 Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                     
87 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                              
88 Rodrigo Garcia (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias              
89 Oscar Garcia (Spa) Relax-Gam                             
90 Mario De Sarraga (Spa) Relax-Gam                         
91 Miguel Ochoa (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos                  
92 José Adrian Bonilla (CRc) Fuerteventura-Canarias     6.52
93 David De la Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir        7.01
94 Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 9.16
95 Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       
96 Alexey Kolessov (Kaz) Astana                             
97 Lander Aperribay (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 
98 David Muñoz (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                 
99 Vicente Peiro (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos                 
100 Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                    
101 Mauricio A. Ardila (Col) Rabobank                       
102 Enrique Salgueiro (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                  
103 Vicente Ballester (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias          
104 Michael Schär (Swi) Astana                              
105 Javier Cherro (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias              
106 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                            
 
Mountains
 
Alto Fuente Blanca - Cat 3 (Km 60)
1 Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                   3 pts
2 Pablo de Pedro (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos                2
3 Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                     1
 
Alto De Peña Zafra - Cat 3 (Km 83.50)
1 Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                   3 pts
2 Pablo de Pedro (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos                2
3 Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                     1
 
Intermediate sprints
 
Fortuna (Km 16.20)
1 Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                   3 pts
2 Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                     2
3 Pablo de Pedro (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos                1
 
Alguazas (Km 136.10)
1 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Rabobank                          3 pts
2 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Relax-Gam                            2
3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                1
 
Points
 
1 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne               25 pts
2 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                 20
3 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team CSC                          16
4 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                            14
5 Giuseppe Palumbro (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo    12
6 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                             10
7 Lars Bak (Den) Team CSC                                  9
8 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                8
9 Michal Golas (Pol) Unibet.com                            7
10 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                 6
11 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne              5
12 Jose Alberto Benitez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir         4
13 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                               3
14 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                            2
15 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 1
 
Teams
 
1 Caisse d'Epargne                                  13.32.30
2 Team CSC                                                  
3 Unibet.com (Continental)                                  
4 Rabobank                                                  
5 Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                              
6 Relax-Gam                                                 
7 Lampre-Fondital                                           
8 Fuerteventura-Canarias                            13.35.35
9 Saunier Duval-Prodir                              13.38.49
10 Andalucia-Cayasur                                        
11 Karpin-Galacia                                           
12 Astana                                           13.41.54
13 Grupo Nicolás Mateos                             13.45.08
14 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                        
 
General classification after stage 1
 
1 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne          4.30.50
2 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                   
3 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team CSC                            
4 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                              
5 Giuseppe Palumbro (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo      
6 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                               
7 Lars Bak (Den) Team CSC                                   
8 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                 
9 Michal Golas (Pol) Unibet.com                             
10 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                  
11 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne               
12 Jose Alberto Benitez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir          
13 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                
14 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                             
15 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  
16 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Relax-Gam                            
17 Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Relax-Gam                          
18 Manuel Lloret (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias               
19 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Unibet.com                          
20 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Astana                              
21 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Relax-Gam                            
22 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo      
23 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo    
24 David Bernabeu (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias              
25 Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                   
26 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank                         
27 Carlos Castaño (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                      
28 Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo         
29 Pablo de Pedro (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos                
30 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                     
31 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo      
32 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                      
33 Dario Andriotto (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo       
34 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank                       
35 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Unibet.com                             
36 Koldo Gil (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                     
37 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                          
38 Rodriguez Luis Perez (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur             
39 Isidro Nozal (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                        
40 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank                             
41 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Rabobank                          
42 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team CSC                            
43 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Unibet.com                     3.03
44 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Unibet.com                     
45 Julian Sanchez (Spa) Relax-Gam                       3.05
46 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                    
47 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                   
48 Iker Flores (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                 
49 Evgeniy Sladkov (Kaz) Astana                             
50 Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo     
51 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                  
52 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Rabobank                          3.10
53 Diego Milan (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos               6.19
54 Claudio José Casas (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur               
55 Gorka Amuriza (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos                 
56 Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos               
57 Unai Uribarri (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                    
58 Antonio Olmo (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                     
59 Jose Ruiz (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                        
60 Jose Luis Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur               
61 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir               
62 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                  
63 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Astana                            
64 Stefano Cavallari (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo     
65 José Rujano (Ven) Unibet.com                             
66 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                    
67 Sébastien Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                  
68 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana                           
69 Victor Hugo Peña (Col) Unibet.com                        
70 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Fondital                    
71 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC                            
72 Jorge Perez (Spa) Relax-Gam                              
73 David Abal (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                          
74 José Antonio Baños (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos            
75 Marcos A. Serrano (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                   
76 Santiago Perez (Spa) Relax-Gam                           
77 Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                    
78 Jorge Ferrio (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                     
79 Luis Fernandez (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                      
80 Inigo Landaluze (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  
81 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana                              
82 José Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir              
83 Joan Horrach (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                      
84 Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Team CSC                              
85 Arkaitz Duran (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                 
86 Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                     
87 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                              
88 Rodrigo Garcia (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias              
89 Oscar Garcia (Spa) Relax-Gam                             
90 Mario De Sarraga (Spa) Relax-Gam                         
91 Miguel Ochoa (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos                  
92 José Adrian Bonilla (CRc) Fuerteventura-Canarias     6.52
93 David De la Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir        7.01
94 Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 9.16
95 Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       
96 Alexey Kolessov (Kaz) Astana                             
97 Lander Aperribay (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 
98 David Muñoz (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                 
99 Vicente Peiro (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos                 
100 Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                    
101 Mauricio A. Ardila (Col) Rabobank                       
102 Enrique Salgueiro (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                  
103 Vicente Ballester (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias          
104 Michael Schär (Swi) Astana                              
105 Javier Cherro (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias              
106 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                            
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                   6 pts
2 Pablo de Pedro (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos                4
3 Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                     2
 
Points classification
 
1 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne               25 pts
2 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                 20
3 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team CSC                          16
4 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                            14
5 Giuseppe Palumbro (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo    12
6 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                             10
7 Lars Bak (Den) Team CSC                                  9
8 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                9
9 Michal Golas (Pol) Unibet.com                            7
10 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                 6
11 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne              5
12 Jose Alberto Benitez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir         4
13 Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                  3
14 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Rabobank                         3
15 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                               3
16 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                            2
17 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Relax-Gam                           2
18 Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                    2
19 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 1
20 Pablo de Pedro (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos               1
 
Combination classification
 
1 Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia-Cayasur                  39 pts
2 Pablo de Pedro (Spa) Grupo Nicolás Mateos               51
3 Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                   121
4 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                2
5 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                  4
6 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team CSC                           6
7 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                             8
8 Giuseppe Palumbro (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo    10
9 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                             12
10 Lars Bak (Den) Team CSC                                14
11 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne              16
 
Teams
 
1 Caisse d'Epargne                                  13.32.30
2 Team CSC                                                  
3 Unibet.com (Continental)                                  
4 Rabobank                                                  
5 Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                              
6 Relax-Gam                                                 
7 Lampre-Fondital                                           
8 Fuerteventura-Canarias                            13.35.35
9 Saunier Duval-Prodir                              13.38.49
10 Andalucia-Cayasur                                        
11 Karpin-Galacia                                           
12 Astana                                           13.41.54
13 Grupo Nicolás Mateos                             13.45.08
14 Euskaltel-Euskadi