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Colombia Takes Over Rioja, Cбrdenas Wins Stage & GC

Felix Rafael Cбdenas of the Colombian team, 05 Orbitel, to-day took time out of his main rival, Paco Mancebo (ibanesto.com), but will it be enough for him to keep the jersey after tomorrow’s time trial?

After the first hill of the day, 29 kilometres from the start in Albeda de Iregua, all was still together, 3 kilometres later, last years winer Carlos Torrent (Paternina), in company with Ignacio Gutierrez (Kelme) attacked, by 110 kilometres they had reached their maximum of 9 minutes 15 seconds, from then on their gap was eaten into by the bunch.

At 135 kilometres a group of 14 riders had the two escapee’s down to 4 minutes 30 seconds and had them caught by 144 kilometres. By 165 kilometres the 16 had 2:40 on on a chase group of 30.

At the bottom of the summit finish to the Alto de la Cruz de la Demanda, ibanesto.com were doing all the work for Mancebo. With 20 uphill kilometres to go, Felix Cбrdenas (05 Orbitel) attacked, followed by Menchov (ibanesto.com) and Maestre (Reflex). Further up the road and Mancebo (ibanesto.com) had crossed Maestre and Menchov and passed them to chase Cбdenas.

Cбdenas took the stage and the overall, tomorrow’s time trial stage is of 22 kilometres round Logrсo with one small climb, should suit Paco Mancebo to take ibanesto.com’s second stage race of the season.

Stage 2 Result:

1st. F.Cбdenas (05 Orb) 5:11:43.
2nd. F.Mancebo (BAN) at 37 secs.
3rd. J.Maestre (Relax) at 1:08.
4th. J.Jufre (Relax) at 1:19.
5th. J.Odriozola (BAN) at 1:46.
6th. C.Zaballa (KEL) at 2:02.

Overall After Stage 2:

1st. F.Cбdenas (05 Orb) 7:55:20.
2nd. F.Mancebo (BAN) at 37 secs.
3rd. J.Maestre (Relax) at 1:27.
4th. J.Jufre (Relax) at 1:38.
5th. C.Zeballa (KEL) at 2:02.
6th. J.Odriozola (BAN) at 2:05.

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