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11th GP Miguel Indurain - 1.HC

Spain, April 4, 2009

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De La Fuente upsets favourites in GP Indurain

By Gregor Brown

David De La Fuente (Fuji-Servetto) celebrates
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Spaniard David De La Fuente surprised the favourites to win the GP Miguel Indurain Saturday in Spain's Basque country. The Fuji-Servetto rider surged ahead in the final kilometre, up the climb of El Puy. Russian Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank), German Champion Fabian Wegmann (Milram) and Austrian Champion Christian Pfannberger (Katusha) finished in second through fourth.

"This win was a great one, a surprising one. These kind of up-and-down races suit me really well, and I have always dreamt of winning this one," said De La Fuente.

The win was his first since the Deutschland Tour's stage two and came one week after his second place in GP Llodio. It was Fuji's second win of the year.

Caisse d'Epargne worked throughout the 191.4-kilometre race to deliver its leader Alejandro Valverde to victory. He missed out in the final kilometre.

An escape of four men dominated the first half of the race. Alexandre Botcharov (Katusha), Vladimir Efimkin (AG2R La Mondiale), Gorka Verdugo (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) kept an advantage of two minutes over the Caisse-led group. Iñaki Isasi (Euskaltel-Euskadi) maintained a slight advantage over the group for some time.

Andy Schleck
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The four held an advantage of 2:09 over the Alto Guirguillano pass (first category). It left 55.8 kilometres to race and four categorised climbs – too much.

Caisse had the gap down to 1:26 by 23 kilometres remaining. It nullified it before the top of the category two Alto Eraul at 9.5 kilometres to go. Attacks by Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) and Vladimir Karpets (Katusha) further blew the peloton to pieces.

Luis León Sánchez, winner of Paris-Nice, drove at the front to maintain a consistent pace for Valverde. He prepared for the run to the finish, up the third category El Puy.

Valverde disappeared from the head of the race as De La Fuente, Kolobnev, Wegmann and Pfannberger surged. "In the very last 500 metres, I was not able to hold the pace," said Valverde. "It is a pity I was not able to win today after my team did a great job."

Wegmann was pleased with his third place, even if he did not defend his win from the previous year.

"I crashed about 80 kilometers before the finish, and slightly injured my hips and both underarms," said Wegmann. " Christian Knees, Peter Velits and Linus Gerdemann then brought me back up to the front and we went on to control the race well.  In the last climb about 400 meters before the finish, a TV motorcycle crashed and that brought out of my rhythm.  As a team, we rode really well again.  It is only a matter of time before we bring in a victory."


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1 David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto         5.09.05 (37.l55km/h)
2 Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Team Saxo Bank                
3 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram                      
4 Christian Pfannberger (Aut) Team Katusha              
5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                    0.06
6 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervelo Test Team              
7 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank         0.10
8 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale              0.12
9 Xavier Tondo (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur              0.13
10 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                 
11 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne        0.15
12 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha                     
13 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R-La Mondiale                 
14 Andres Avelino Antuña (Spa) Burgos Monumental        
15 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis Credit En Ligne      0.19
16 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia              
17 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank                  
18 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi            0.23
19 Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Contentpolis-AMPO               
20 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Credit En Ligne    0.31
21 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram                0.32
22 Aitor Perez (Spa) Contentpolis-AMPO              0.34
23 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank              0.38
24 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto                0.44
25 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne         0.55
26 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team            1.04
27 Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team               
28 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank                1.06
29 Linus Jalma Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram              
30 Antonio Colom (Spa) Team Katusha                     
31 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank                   
32 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas                        
33 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R-La Mondiale          1.27
34 Alberto Benitez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto              1.41
35 Jose L. Arrieta (Spa) AG2R-La Mondiale           1.42
36 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas                        
37 Frederik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto              
38 Jose Herrada (Spa) Contentpolis-AMPO             1.46
39 Aitor Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi              
40 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha                     
41 Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo Test Team              1.51
42 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne         1.54
43 Andrea Noe (Ita) Liquigas                        2.18
44 Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                
45 Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur               
46 Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Team Milram                
47 Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 
48 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha           3.28
49 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha                  
50 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas                  4.43
51 Vasil Kiryenka (Blr) Caisse D'Epargne            4.45
52 Javier Etxarri (Spa) Contentpolis-AMPO           7.15
53 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                
54 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas                          
55 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas                       
56 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas                    
57 Alan Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi               7.40
58 Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 
59 Dionisio Galparsoro (Spa) Contentpolis-AMPO          
60 Byron Guama (Ecu) Burgos Monumental                  
61 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank                  
62 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis Credit En Ligne       
63 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis Credit En Ligne        
64 Adrian Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-AMPO         8.13
65 Julian Sanchez (Spa) Contentpolis-AMPO               
66 Oscar Garcia-C. (Spa) Contentpolis-AMPO              
67 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Team Saxo Bank               
68 Jose A. Redondo (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur              
69 Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis Credit En Ligne            
70 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Team Milram                   8.19
71 Miguel Minguez (Spa) Orbea                           
72 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R-La Mondiale             
73 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Fuji-Servetto             10.56
74 David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                  
75 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi          9.02
76 Romain Sicard (Fra) Orbea                       12.48
77 Aitor Olano (Spa) Orbea                              
78 Joseba Larralde (Spa) Orbea                          
DNF Eriz Ruiz (Spa) Orbea                               
DNF Daniel Sesma (Spa) Orbea                            
DNF Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Orbea                          
DNF Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Orbea                    
DNF Mikel Ilundain (Spa) Orbea                          
DNF Benat Urain (Spa) Orbea                             
DNF Fco. David Delgado (Spa) Burgos Monumental          
DNF Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Burgos Monumental             
DNF Enrique Mata (Spa) Burgos Monumental                
DNF Jose A. Valdez (Mex) Burgos Monumental              
DNF Iban Mayoz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                    
DNF Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia             
DNF David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                 
DNF Alberto Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia             
DNF Hector Espasandin (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia             
DNF Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-AMPO             
DNF Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-AMPO                
DNF Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team                 
DNF Joaquin Novoa (Spa) Cervelo Test Team               
DNF Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team            
DNF Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervelo Test Team              
DNF José A. Lopez Gil (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur           
DNF Fco. José Martinez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur          
DNF Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur             
DNF Jose A. Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur            
DNF Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha                        
DNF Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha                     
DNF Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis Credit En Ligne         
DNF Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis Credit En Ligne          
DNF Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale            
DNF Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R-La Mondiale            
DNF Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale                
DNF Javier Meijas (Spa) Fuji-Servetto                   
DNF Alberto Fdez De La Puebla (Spa) Fuji-Servetto       
DNF Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 
DNF Ruben Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 
DNF Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi              
DNF Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                
DNF Francisco Perez (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne              
DNF Angel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                
DNF Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne              
DNF Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram                      
DNF Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram                    


Mountain 1 - Alto De Lezaun - Cat. 2, 57.30km
1 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi               6 pts
2 Julian Sanchez (Spa) Contentpolis-AMPO                4
3 Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha                       3
4 Romain Sicard (Fra) Orbea                             2
5 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R-La Mondiale              1

Mountain 2 - Alto Arradia - Cat. 2, 82.80km
1 Julian Sanchez (Spa) Contentpolis-AMPO                6 pts
2 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi               4
3 Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha                       3
4 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R-La Mondiale              2
5 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia               1

Mountain 3 - Alto Eraul - Cat. 2, 105.70km
1 Julian Sanchez (Spa) Contentpolis-AMPO                6 pts
2 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi               4
3 Alan Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                  3
4 Christian Pfannberger (Aut) Team Katusha              2
5 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank                   1

Mountain 4 - Alto Guirguillano - Cat. 1, 135.60km
1 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R-La Mondiale              10 pts
2 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi               8
3 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Liquigas                   6
4 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha                4
5 Julian Sanchez (Spa) Contentpolis-AMPO                3
6 David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                   2
7 Francisco Perez (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                1

Mountain 5 - Alto De Lezaun - Cat. 2, 154.30km
1 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R-La Mondiale               6 pts
2 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Liquigas                   4
3 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha                3
4 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi               2
5 David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                   1

Mountain 6 - Alto Eraul - Cat. 2, 181.90km
1 Xavier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur                  6 pts
2 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne              4
3 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                  3
4 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne             2
5 Antonio Colom (Spa) Team Katusha                      1

Mountain 7 - Estella-Basilica Puy - Cat. 3, 191.40km
1 David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto                3 pts
2 Alexander Kolbnev (Rus) Team Saxo Bank                2
3 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram                      1


Sprint 1 - Estella-1, 42,60km
1 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia               3 pts
2 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi               2
3 Romain Sicard (Fra) Orbea                             1

Sprint 2 - Estella-2, 97,20km
1 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia               3 pts
2 Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha                       2
3 Romain Sicard (Fra) Orbea                             1

Sprint 3 - Estella-3, 116,60km
1 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi               3 pts
2 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R-La Mondiale               2
3 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne              1
Sprint 4 - Estella-4, 175,40km

1 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Liquigas                   3 pts
2 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha                2
3 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi               1

Special Sprints

Special Sprint 1 - Murieta, 32.30km
1 Joseba Larralde (Spa) Orbea                           3 pts
2 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis Credit En Ligne           2
3 Alan Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                  1

Special Sprint 2 - Arizala, 68.30km
1 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia               3 pts
2 Romain Sicard (Fra) Orbea                             2
3 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi               1

Special Sprint 3 - Villatuerta, 94.10km
1 Romain Sicard (Fra) Orbea                             3 pts
2 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia               2
3 Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha                       1


1 Julian Sanchez (Spa) Contentpolis-AMPO               19 pts
2 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R-La Mondiale              16
3 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi              14
4 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                10
5 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas                       10
6 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha                7
7 Xavier Tondo (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur                  6
8 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne              4
9 David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto                3
10 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                 3
11 Alan Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                   3


1 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 4 pts
2 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas                        3
3 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R-La Mondiale               2
4 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha                2
5 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi               2
6 Romain Sicard (Fra) Orbea                             2
7 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne              1

Special Sprints

1 Romain Sicard (Fra) Orbea                             5 pts
2 Joseba Larralde (Spa) Orbea                           3
3 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis Credit En Ligne           2
4 Alan Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                    1
5 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi               1


1 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  
2 Jose L. Arrieta (Spa) AG2R-La Mondiale                 
3 Javier Etxarri (Spa) Contentpolis-AMPO                 
4 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  
5 Alan Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                     


1 Team Saxo Bank                                 15.27.44
2 Team Katusha                                       0.52
3 Caisse D'Epargne                                   0.54
4 Team Milram                                        1.09
5 AG2R-La Mondiale                                   1.25
6 Cervelo Test Team                                  1.45
7 Fuji-Servetto                                      1.56
8 Contentpolis-Ampo                                  2.14
9 Liquigas                                           2.25
10 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                 3.58
11 Andalucia-Cajasur                                 4.20
12 Cofidis Credit En Ligne                           8.01
13 Orbea                                            33.26

Past winners

Gran Premio Miguel Indurain (international)
2008 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner 
2007 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r Prévoyance
2006 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner
2005 Javier Pascual-Rodriguez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana
2004 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile
2003 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Telekom
2002 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
2001 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
2000 Miguel Ángel Martín Perdiguero (Spa) Vitalicio-Seguros
1999 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Mercatone Uno
Trofeo Comunidad Foral de Navarra (international)
1998 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Banesto
Trofeo Comunidad Foral de Navarra
1997 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE
1996 Alex Zulle (Swi) ONCE
1995 Félix García Casas (Spa) Artiach
1994 Marino Alonso (Spa) Banesto
1993 Johnny Weltz (Den) ONCE
1992 Julián Gorospe (Col) Banesto
1991 Roland Leclerc (Bel) Amaya
1990 Pedro Delgado (Spa) Banesto
1989 Mariano Sánchez (Spa) Teka
Gran Premio Navarra
1988 Pedro Delgado (Spa) Reynolds
1987 Miguel Indurain (Spa) Reynolds
1985 Celestino Prieto (Spa) Reynolds
1983 Juan Fernández (Spa) Zor
1982 Pedro Muñoz (Spa) Zor
1981 Eulalio García (Spa) Teka
1980 Juan Fernández (Spa) Zor
1979 Juan Fernández (Spa) Kas
1978 Miguel María Lasa (Spa) Teka
1977 Vicente López Carril (Spa) Kas
1976 José Nazábal (Spa) Kas
1975 Agustín Tamames (Spa) Super Ser
1974 Miguel María Lasa (Spa) Kas
1973 Domingo Perurena (Spa) Kas
1972 Vicente López Carril (Spa) Kas
1970 Antonio Gómez del Moral (Spa) Kas
1969 Gregorio San Miguel (Spa) Kas
1968 José López Rodríguez (Spa) Fagor
Campeonato Vasco Navarrro de Montaña
1966 Carlos Echeverría (Spa) Kas
1965 Eusebio Vélez (Spa) Kas
1964 Francisco Gabica (Spa) Kas
1963 José Pérez Francés (Spa) Ferrys
1962 Juan Belmonte (Spa) P.Ega
1961 José Pérez Francés (Spa) Ferrys
1959 Miguel Pacheco (Spa) Faema
1957 Miguel Chacón (Spa) Faema
1956 Antonio Ferraz (Spa)
1955 Jesús Galdeano Gamma (Spa)
1954 Miguel Vidaurreta (Spa)
1953 Hortensio Vidaurreta (Spa)
1952 Hortensio Vidaurreta (Spa)
1951 Hortensio Vidaurreta (Spa)
Past winners by Mario Stiehl,