The Giro D’Italia may be starting to-day, but the Spanish season has a full month of May. The Clбsica Alcobendas is the first of many on the calendar, a two day, 3 stage, 2.3 UCI event.
Saturday the 10th. of May the Clбsico Alcobendas starts from Alcobendas and finishes in Collado Villalba, 148 kilometres with two climbs, Cerro de San Pedro and Matalpino, both 3rd cat.
Sunday is in two stages, in the morning 63 kilometres with a summit finish up the Alto de Navacerrada, made for the climbers. The afternoon stage is made for the “cronуmetro” specialists, just under 10 kilometres of a flat circuit of Alcobendas.
17 teams start, including all the Spanish teams, plus Telekom, Coast?, Saeco, Mercatone Uno, Domina Vicanza, Cofidis, Brioches La Boulangere, Barbot-Torrie, LA Pecol and Phonak.
It was a fast stage start with many attacks, ONCE, Cofidis, Barbot and Relax were well to the fore on undulating roads. It was still all to-gether with 7 kilometres to the finish, Relax and LA Pecol were on the front to keep the pace high.
In the last kilometres Saeco were trying to lead out Igor Astarloa for a long one, but Phonak launched the Bellorus champ, Alexander Usov, after him to take two bike lengths at the line.
Difficult to predict what will happen tomorrow, a time trialist that can climb could win, Beloki, Botero, Zulle or possibly Astarloa, mmmmm!
Stage 1 Result and Overall:
1st. A.Usov (PHO) 3:14:04.
2nd. I.Astarloa (SAE) same time.
3rd. G.Fagnini (TEL) same time.
4th. A.Buucciero (SAE) same time.
5th. P.Lopes (LAP) same time.
6th. J.Pineu (BLB) same time.