Cбrdenas holds On To Vuelta La Rioja
On the last stage of the Vuelta La Rioja, a time trial of 22.2 kilometres round Logroсo, Felix Rafael Cбrdenas of the Colombian team, 05 Orbitel, managed to hold off Paco Mancebo of ibanesto.com.
It was down to a two man race, as the next rider on G.C. in third place was Jose Manuel Maestre of Relax, who was 1 minute 27 seconds back. Cбrdenas had to finish within 37 seconds of Mancebo, in the end he only lost 24 seconds, to take the overall. The Spanish teams should have had it all to themselves, now they will be passing the hat round to send the Colombians back home.
Surprize of the day was the second place on the time trial of Benjamin Day of the Portuguese team, Carvalhelhos-Boavista.
Stage 3 Result:
1st. J.Hruska (ONCE) 0:26:25.
2nd. B.Day (CAR) at 17 secs.
3rd. J.Maestre (Relax) at 23 secs.
4th. D.Menchov (BAN) at 28 secs.
5th. R.Andrle (ONCE) at 28 secs.
6th. V.Karpets (BAN) at 42 secs.
7th. F.Mancebo (BAN) at 47 secs.
16th. F.Cбrdenas (05 Orb) at 1:11.
1st. F.Cбrdenas (05 Orb) 8:22:56.
2nd. F.Mancebo (BAN) at 13 secs.
3rd. J.Maestre (Relax) at 39 secs.
4th. J.Jufre (Relax) at 1:53.
5th. C.Zaballa (KEL) at 2:01.
6th. V.Karpets (BAN) at 2:08.