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54th Vuelta a Andalucía (Ruta Ciclista del Sol) - 2.1

Spain, February 17-21, 2008

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Stage 1 - February 17: Benahavis - Álora, 123.4km

López's efforts pay dividends

By Gregor Brown

José Antonio López (Andalucía-Cajasur) took victory in the first stage – 123.4 kilometres from Benahavis to Álora – and claimed the overall lead thanks to a daring escape. The 31 year-old Spaniard from Málaga profited from an escape of more than 100 kilometres with Frenchman Clément L'Hottelerie (Skil-Shimano), who was dropped in the closing metres.

López, professional since 2003, will wear the leader's jersey when the five-day race continues tomorrow with a 176.2-kilometre stage from Torrox Costa to La Zubia.

Photography

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Images by Ed Tarwinski

Results

1 José Antonio Lopez Gil (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur                 3.05.55 (39.695 km/h)
2 Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Skil-Shimano                              0.09
3 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                         1.51
4 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quickstep                                   3.31
5 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
6 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                             3.32
7 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Cycle Collstrop
8 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                      3.36
9 Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence - Lotto
10 Marc De Maar (Ned) Rabobank                                        3.38
11 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Quickstep
12 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
13 Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank
14 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
15 José Luis Carrasco Gamiz (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
16 Dionisio Galparsoro Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
17 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
18 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Skil-Shimano
19 Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott
20 Leif Hoste (Bel) Silence - Lotto
21 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto
22 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank
23 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank
24 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Karpin Galicia
25 Iban Mayoz (Spa) Karpin Galicia
26 Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
27 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano
28 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
29 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
30 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Silence - Lotto
31 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil-Shimano
32 Yon Bru Pascal (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
33 Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott
34 Manuel Ortega Ocana (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
35 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
36 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto
37 Igor Astarloa Ascasibar (Spa) Team Milram
38 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
39 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quickstep
40 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo
41 Borut Bozic (Slo) Cycle Collstrop
42 Enrique Salgueiro (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo
43 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cycle Collstrop
44 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram
45 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
46 Jose Ruiz Sanchez (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
47 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Quickstep
48 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quickstep
49 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence - Lotto
50 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano
51 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
52 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
53 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
54 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Skil-Shimano
55 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank
56 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank
57 Lucas Persson (Swe) Cycle Collstrop
58 Sergio Herrero Dominguez (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo
59 Josu Mondelo (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo
60 Steffen Wesemann (Swi) Cycle Collstrop
61 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quickstep
62 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram
63 José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Caisse d'Epargne
64 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram
65 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott
66 David Herrero Llorente (Spa) Karpin Galicia
67 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katyusha
68 Jaime Garcia Latorre (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo
69 Volodymyr Diudia (Ukr) Team Milram
70 Denis Flahaut (Fra) Saunier Duval - Scott
71 Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo
72 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram                                 5.15
73 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Team Milram                                   6.33
74 Andrey Solomennikov (Rus) Katyusha                                 6.47
75 Jesus Cobelo Fojo (Spa) Karpin Galicia                             7.24
76 Josu Agirre Aseginolaza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                  8.24
77 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott
78 Israel Perez Rodriguez (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo           8.29
79 Roman Klimov (Rus) Katyusha                                       15.43
80 Mikhail Antonov (Rus) Katyusha                                    16.04
81 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                  16.22
82 Jesus Del Nero (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott
83 Gustavo Dominguez Lemos (Spa) Karpin Galicia
84 Dmitry Kosyakov (Rus) Katyusha                                    16.31
85 Addy Engels (Ned) Quickstep                                       16.32
86 David Kopp (Ger) Cycle Collstrop                                  17.25
87 Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Cycle Collstrop                      17.36
88 Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katyusha                                  27.12
89 Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katyusha                                   27.16
DNF Carlos Castano Panadero (Spa) Karpin Galicia
DNF David Abal Diego (Spa) Karpin Galicia

Points

1 José Antonio Lopez Gil (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur                       25 pts
2 Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                 20
3 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                            16
4 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quickstep                                      14
5 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                          12
6 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                10
7 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Cycle Collstrop                                    9
8 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                          8
9 Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                       7
10 Marc De Maar (Ned) Rabobank                                            6
11 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Quickstep                                     5
12 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                       4
13 Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank                                    3
14 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur                          2
15 José Luis Carrasco Gamiz (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur                     1

Mountains

Alto de las Nieves

1 Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                  3 pts
2 José Antonio Lopez Gil (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur                        2
3 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                   1

Pto. de Ojén

1 Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                  6 pts
2 José Antonio Lopez Gil (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur                        4
3 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                   2
4 José Luis Carrasco Gamiz (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur                      1

Sprints

Estepona

1 José Antonio Lopez Gil (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur                        3 pts
2 Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                  2
3 Sergio Herrero Dominguez (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo              1

Ojén

1 José Antonio Lopez Gil (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur                        3 pts
2 Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                  2
3 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                   1

Pizarra

1 José Antonio Lopez Gil (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur                        3 pts
2 Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                  2
3 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                             1

Teams

1 Andalucia - Cajasur                                              9.25.01
2 Skil-Shimano                                                        0.09
3 Caisse d'Epargne                                                    1.49
4 Silence-Lotto                                                       3.30
5 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                                 3.31
6 Quick Step                                                          3.31
7 Cycle Collstrop                                                     3.32
8 Rabobank                                                            3.38
9 Karpin Galicia                                                      
10 Saunier Duval-Scott                                               
11 Extremadura-Grupo Gallardo                                        
12 Team Milram                                                        
13 Katyusha                                                          18.52

General classification after stage 1

1 José Antonio Lopez Gil (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur                 3.05.55
2 Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Skil-Shimano                              0.09
3 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                         1.51
4 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quickstep                                   3.31
5 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
6 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                             3.32
7 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Cycle Collstrop
8 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                      3.36
9 Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence - Lotto
10 Marc De Maar (Ned) Rabobank                                        3.38
11 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Quickstep
12 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
13 Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank
14 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
15 José Luis Carrasco Gamiz (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
16 Dionisio Galparsoro Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
17 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
18 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Skil-Shimano
19 Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott
20 Leif Hoste (Bel) Silence - Lotto
21 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto
22 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank
23 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank
24 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Karpin Galicia
25 Iban Mayoz (Spa) Karpin Galicia
26 Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
27 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano
28 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
29 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
30 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Silence - Lotto
31 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil-Shimano
32 Yon Bru Pascal (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
33 Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott
34 Manuel Ortega Ocana (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
35 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
36 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto
37 Igor Astarloa Ascasibar (Spa) Team Milram
38 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
39 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quickstep
40 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo
41 Borut Bozic (Slo) Cycle Collstrop
42 Enrique Salgueiro (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo
43 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cycle Collstrop
44 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram
45 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
46 Jose Ruiz Sanchez (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
47 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Quickstep
48 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quickstep
49 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence - Lotto
50 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano
51 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
52 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
53 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
54 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Skil-Shimano
55 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank
56 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank
57 Lucas Persson (Swe) Cycle Collstrop
58 Sergio Herrero Dominguez (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo
59 Josu Mondelo (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo
60 Steffen Wesemann (Swi) Cycle Collstrop
61 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quickstep
62 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram
63 José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Caisse d'Epargne
64 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram
65 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott
66 David Herrero Llorente (Spa) Karpin Galicia
67 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katyusha
68 Jaime Garcia Latorre (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo
69 Volodymyr Diudia (Ukr) Team Milram
70 Denis Flahaut (Fra) Saunier Duval - Scott
71 Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo
72 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram                                 5.15
73 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Team Milram                                   6.33
74 Andrey Solomennikov (Rus) Katyusha                                 6.47
75 Jesus Cobelo Fojo (Spa) Karpin Galicia                             7.24
76 Josu Agirre Aseginolaza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                  8.24
77 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott
78 Israel Perez Rodriguez (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo           8.29
79 Roman Klimov (Rus) Katyusha                                       15.43
80 Mikhail Antonov (Rus) Katyusha                                    16.04
81 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                  16.22
82 Jesus Del Nero (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott
83 Gustavo Dominguez Lemos (Spa) Karpin Galicia
84 Dmitry Kosyakov (Rus) Katyusha                                    16.31
85 Addy Engels (Ned) Quickstep                                       16.32
86 David Kopp (Ger) Cycle Collstrop                                  17.25
87 Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Cycle Collstrop                      17.36
88 Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katyusha                                  27.12
89 Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katyusha                                   27.16

Stage points classification

1 José Antonio Lopez Gil (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur                       25 pts
2 Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                 20
3 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                            16
4 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quickstep                                      14
5 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                          12
6 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                10
7 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Cycle Collstrop                                    9
8 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                          8
9 Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                       7
10 Marc De Maar (Ned) Rabobank                                            6
11 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Quickstep                                     5
12 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                       4
13 Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank                                    3
14 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur                          2
15 José Luis Carrasco Gamiz (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur                     1

Mountains classification

1 Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                  9 pts
2 José Antonio Lopez Gil (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur                        6
3 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                   3
4 José Luis Carrasco Gamiz (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur                      1

Sprints classification

1 José Antonio Lopez Gil (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur                        9 pts
2 Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                  6
3 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                             1
4 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                   1
5 Sergio Herrero Dominguez (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo              1

Spanish riders classification

1 José Antonio Lopez Gil (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur                  3.05.55
2 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                          1.51
3 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                        3.31
4 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                       3.36
5 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Quickstep                                   3.38
6 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
7 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
8 José Luis Carrasco Gamiz (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
9 Dionisio Galparsoro Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
10 Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott
11 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank
12 Iban Mayoz (Spa) Karpin Galicia
13 Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
14 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
15 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
16 Yon Bru Pascal (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
17 Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott
18 Manuel Ortega Ocana (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
19 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
20 Igor Astarloa Ascasibar (Spa) Team Milram
21 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
22 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quickstep
23 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo
24 Enrique Salgueiro (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo
25 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
26 Jose Ruiz Sanchez (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
27 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
28 Sergio Herrero Dominguez (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo
29 Josu Mondelo (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo
30 David Herrero Llorente (Spa) Karpin Galicia
31 Jaime Garcia Latorre (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo
32 Jesus Cobelo Fojo (Spa) Karpin Galicia                              7.24
33 Josu Agirre Aseginolaza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                   8.24
34 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott
35 Israel Perez Rodriguez (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo            8.29
36 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                   16.22
37 Jesus Del Nero (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott
38 Gustavo Dominguez Lemos (Spa) Karpin Galicia

Andalusian riders classification

1 José Antonio Lopez Gil (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur                  3.05.55
2 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur                        3.38
3 José Luis Carrasco Gamiz (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
4 Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott
5 Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
6 Manuel Ortega Ocana (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
7 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
8 Jose Ruiz Sanchez (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur

Teams classification

1 Andalucia - Cajasur                                              9.25.01
2 Skil-Shimano                                                        0.09
3 Caisse d'Epargne                                                    1.49
4 Silence-Lotto                                                       3.30
5 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                                 3.31
6 Quick Step                                                          
7 Cycle Collstrop                                                     3.32
8 Rabobank                                                            3.38
9 Karpin Galicia                                                      
10 Saunier Duval-Scott                                               
11 Extremadura-Grupo Gallardo                                         
12 Team Milram                                                        
13 Katyusha                                                          18.52