Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana Results - Stage 2

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02/27/2008| 0 comments
by Thomas Valentinsen
Erik Zabel takes win for Team Milram.
Erik Zabel takes win for Team Milram.

Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana Results - Stage 2

Veteran Zabel takes win.

Erik Zabel, captain of the German ProTour team Milram won the second stage of the Volta a Valenciana. The 177 km stage from Alzir to Xativa ended in a mass sprint, giving the 37 year-old his first victory of the young season.

Mirco Lorenzetto (Lampre) and Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) took second and third places. MILRAM's Albert Ongarato finished in eighth place, to top off the team's good results.

"That was a very challenging final sprint, since it went uphill to the finish line and was pretty narrow,“ Erik Zabel told Roadcycling.com. „So I am very happy with my first season victory. As a team we worked very well today, especially in the last 20 km, when we forced the tempo and set up the mass sprint.“

A three-man escape group of Juan Oroz (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Gustavo Cesar (Karpin Ga) and Timothy Duggan (Slipstream-Chipotle) stayed away for much of the second stage of the Volta a Valenciana, which featured five Category 3 ranked climbs. They held an advantage of up to 3:30 minutes before MILRAM took the initiative some 25 km before the finish and picked up the tempo on the final climb up the Alt de Beniganim. The peloton followed, absorbed the escapees about 12 km before the finish, and then it came down to the mass sprint.

Stage 2: February 27, 2008: Alzira - Xativa (177 km):
1 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram       04:31:22
2 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre                                        
3 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis                                        
4 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Liquigas                                       
5 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre                                       
6 Javier Benitez (Spa) Benfica                                         
7 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Scott                               
8 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram                                   
9 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                
10 Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                               
11 Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                 
12 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre                                      
13 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                
14 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Cofidis                                        
15 Rubén Plaza (Spa) Benfica                                           
16 Chris Sutton (Aus) Slipstream Chipotle - H30                        
17 Theo Eltink (Ned) Rabobank                                          
18 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Bouygues Telecom                             
19 Edgar Pinto (Por) Benfica                                           
20 Juan Francisco Mourón Doldan (Spa) Karpin Galicia                   
21 Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana                                       
22 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                
23 Stef Clement (Ned) Bouygues Telecom                                 
24 Xabat Ochotorena (Spa) Extremadura-Ciclismo Solidario               
25 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Slipstream Chipotle - H30                      
26 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              
27 Trent Lowe (Aus) Slipstream Chipotle - H30                          
28 Antonio Colom (Spa) Astana                                          
29 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis                                         
30 Daniel Petrov (Bul) Benfica                                         
31 David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                           
32 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana                                         
33 Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur                               
34 Patxi Vila (Spa) Lampre                                             
35 Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana                                         
36 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram                                   
37 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Bouygues Telecom                               
38 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                      
39 Julian Dean (NZl) Slipstream Chipotle - H30                         
40 Jaume Rovira (Spa) Extremadura-Ciclismo Solidario                   
41 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             
42 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram                               
43 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram                                        
44 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                     0.08
45 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre                                        
46 Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis                                      
47 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas                                      
48 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre                                         
49 Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               
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