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2016 Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia (1.1), Spain

Saturday, February 13, 2016

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San Javier - Murcia, 199.3 km

Philippe Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert wins 2016 Vuelta a la Region de Murcia

The Race: Here's the tale of the day from race winner Philippe Gilbert's BMC team.

13, February 2016, Murcia, (SPA): Philippe Gilbert has sprinted to his first victory of the 2016 season at the Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia today, beating Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) to the line.

BMC Racing Team dominated the top ten with Ben Hermans crossing the line in fifth place, and Tejay van Garderen in seventh.

It couldn't have gone any better at the 199.3 kilometer one-day race from San Javier to Murcia, Gilbert said. "Today was just a great day. I won but it was really a win for the whole team. We really raced perfectly together. I've done a lot of races but I've never really seen anything like this in my life. There were 20 guys left at the top of the climb with 20 kilometers to go and I was suffering, but I was still there with the guys. To have all seven of us out of 20 guys was really amazing to see."

"We rode full gas to the last climb and kept a high tempo, almost at max speed. Tejay attacked two kilometers from the top at which point we were only six or seven guys left. We caught him with two kilometers to go and then I took my chance in the sprint. So there was no way we were going to lose the race, either with Tejay winning solo or me in the sprint. I want to thank all of my teammates because we really raced together and it was so nice."

A six-rider breakaway gained a lead of eight minutes over the peloton until the category 1 Alto Collado Bermejo climb put the pressure on the majority of riders at 80 kilometers to go, leaving 20 riders at the front of the race.

With 13 kilometers remaining, Van Garderen attacked on the Cresta del Gallo, the final climb of the day, gaining a 10 second advantage. He was pulled back into the group, putting BMC Racing Team is a strong position going into the final kilometers with three riders.

Hermans delivered a brilliant lead out for Gilbert, who has secured his first win in only his fifth race day this year. "At the Dubai Tour I was already feeling good. I recovered well and trained a lot in between the two races so yeah, I think I'm ready for the season," Gilbert explained.

BMC Racing Team Sports Director Jackson Stewart said it was a fantastic effort by the team to deliver the win. "Today everything we thought would happen, happened. In the end we won with Phil like we thought we could but it was a really strong ride by everyone. The team at one point had to chase and they did a good job of controlling it after the first big climb. They controlled it all the way to the finish."

"Tejay had a go and he really looked incredible for a moment, before he was caught back in the group. Ben and Tejay then protected Phil and delivered him to the line. So it was a really good execution and a great demonstration of our ability as a team."

BMC Racing Team is lining up at Classica de Almeria tomorrow with the same team of seven riders.

Complete Results:

199.3 kilometers raced at an average speed of 39.555 km/hr

1 Philippe Gilbert BMC 5hr 2min 19sec
2 Alejandro Valverde Movistar s.t.
3 Ilnur Zakarin Katusha s.t.
4 Luis León Sánchez Astana s.t.
5 Ben Hermans BMC @ 4sec
6 Tanel Kangert Astana +15''
7 Tejay van Garderen BMC +18''
8 Dario Cataldo Astana @ 1min 5sec
9 Daniel Navarro Cofidis +1' 06''
10 Víctor De la Parte CCC Sprandi Polkowice +1' 09''
11 Jon Izagirre Movistar s.t.
12 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar +2' 06''
13 Rubén Fernández Movistar s.t.
14 Samuel Sánchez BMC s.t.
15 Lukasz Owsian CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
16 Garikoitz Bravo Euskadi s.t.
17 Darwin Atapuma BMC s.t.
18 Brent Bookwalter BMC +4' 23''
19 Damiano Caruso BMC s.t.
20 Pawel Cieslik Verva +5' 06''
21 Sergey Firsanov Rusvelo s.t.
22 Jhonatan Restrepo Katusha +6' 16''
23 Felix Großschartner CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
24 Karel Hník Verva s.t.
25 Julien Simon Cofidis s.t.
26 Paul Voß Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
27 Jesús Herrada Movistar s.t.
28 Hugh Carthy Caja Rural s.t.
29 Paolo Tiralongo Astana s.t.
30 Arman Kamyshev Astana s.t.
31 Alexey Lutsenko Astana s.t.
32 Dries Van Gestel Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
33 Bert Van Lerberghe Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
34 Alexey Kurbatov Rusvelo s.t.
35 Sandro Pinto Louletano s.t.
36 Kleber Ramos Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
37 Francisco Gómez Louletano +6' 21''
38 Cristián Torres Spain +6' 23''
39 Xabier San Sebastián Spain +6' 23''
40 Nicolas Edet Cofidis +7' 37''
41 Silvio Herklotz Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
42 Cristián Rodríguez Spain s.t.
43 Angelo Tulik Europcar s.t.
44 Thomas Sprengers Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
45 Jaime Rosón Caja Rural s.t.
46 João Benta Louletano s.t.
47 Ibai Salas Burgos +8' 54''
48 José Vicente Toribio Matrix s.t.
49 José Manuel Díaz Spain s.t.
50 Etienne van Empel Roompot s.t.
51 Murilo Ferraz Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
52 Mikel Iturria Euskadi s.t.
53 Alexandr Kolobnev Rusvelo s.t.
54 Jonathan Lastra Caja Rural s.t.
55 Imanol Estévez Euskadi s.t.
56 Gijs Van Hoecke Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
57 Mikel Bizkarra Euskadi s.t.
58 Jordi Simón Verva s.t.
59 Cesare Benedetti Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
60 Marcin Mrozek CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
61 Maciej Paterski CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
62 Luis Ángel Maté Cofidis s.t.
63 Reinier Honig Roompot s.t.
64 Jan Bárta Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
65 Romain Hardy Cofidis s.t.
66 Vicente García Louletano s.t.
67 Jérôme Cousin Cofidis s.t.
68 Antonio Piedra Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
69 Jan Hirt CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
70 Johnny Hoogerland Roompot s.t.
71 Sjoerd van Ginneken Roompot s.t.
72 Michel Kreder Roompot s.t.
73 Maurits Lammertink Roompot s.t.
74 Egor Silin Katusha s.t.
75 Sylvain Chavanel Europcar s.t.
76 Fabien Grellier Europcar s.t.
77 Beñat Txoperena Euskadi s.t.
78 Matvei Mamykin Katusha +10' 58''
79 Alexander Foliforov Rusvelo s.t.
80 Alexandre Pichot Europcar s.t.
81 Yohann Gène Europcar s.t.
82 Rory Sutherland Movistar s.t.
83 Michael Schwarzmann Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
84 Magno Nazaret Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
85 Eliot Lietaer Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
86 Pawel Franczak Verva s.t.
87 Airán Fernández Matrix s.t.
88 João Gaspar Funvic Soul Cycles +11' 47''
89 Artur Ershov Rusvelo s.t.
90 Patryk Stosz CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
91 Adam Stachowiak Verva s.t.
92 Arnau Solé Burgos s.t.
93 Pablo Torres Burgos s.t.
94 Alexander Evtushenko Rusvelo s.t.
95 Flávio Cardoso Funvic Soul Cycles +13' 30''
96 Artem Ovechkin Rusvelo +17' 28''
97 Kamil Gradek Verva s.t.
98 Maxim Belkov Katusha s.t.
99 Vladimir Isaichev Katusha s.t.
100 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural s.t.
101 Nick van der Lijke Roompot s.t.
102 Miguel Ángel Ballesteros Spain s.t.
103 Alexey Tsatevich Katusha +28' 22 (OTL)
104 Antonio Jesus Soto Spain +30' 09 (OTL)
105 Ruben Pols Topsport Vlaanderen +35' 20 (OTL)
106 Hayato Yoshida Matrix +35' 20 (OTL)
107 Sander Helven Topsport Vlaanderen +35' 20 (OTL)
108 Gotzon Udondo Euskadi +35' 20 (OTL)
109 Pablo Urtasun Funvic Soul Cycles +37' 25 (OTL)
110 Rubén Montoya López Spain +37' 40 (OTL)
111 Kenji Takubo Matrix +38' 38 (OTL)
112 Junya Sano Matrix DNF
113 Sergio Pardilla Caja Rural DNF
114 Lluís Mas Caja Rural DNF
115 Eloy Teruel Louletano DNF
116 Davide Malacarne Astana DNF
117 Adrien Petit Europcar DNF
118 Carlos Barbero Caja Rural DNF
119 Álvaro Robredo Burgos DNF
120 Víctor Martín Burgos DNF
121 Igor Merino Burgos DNF
122 Julien Morice Europcar DNF
123 Hugo Hofstetter Cofidis DNF
124 Ralf Matzka Bora-Argon 18 DNF
125 José Mendes Bora-Argon 18 DNF
126 Daiki Yasuhara Matrix DNF
127 Ander Barrenetxea Euskadi DNF
128 Juan Carlos Riutort Burgos DNF
129 Jirí Polnický Verva DNF
130 José Antonio De Segovia Louletano DNF
131 Antonio Pedrero Movistar DNF

Vuelta a Murcia map:

2015 Vuelta de murcia map

2016 Vuelta a Murcia map

Vuelta de Murcia profile

2016 Vuelta a Murcia profle


Start list, February 12, 2016:

ASTANA
1 SANCHEZ Luis
2 CATALDO Dario
3 KAMYSHEV Arman
4 KANGERT Tanel
5 LUTSENKO Alexey
6 MALACARNE Davide
7 TIRALONGO Paolo
MOVISTAR
11 VALVERDE Alejandro
12 ROJAS Jose Joaquin
13 FERNANDEZ Rubén
14 HERRADA Jesús
15 IZAGUIRRE Jon
16 PEDRERO Antonio
17 SUTHERLAND Rory
BMC
21 ATAPUMA Jhon
22 BOOKWALTER Brent
23 CARUSO Damiano
24 GILBERT Philippe
25 HERMANS Ben
26 SANCHEZ Samuel
27 VAN GARDEREN Tejay
KATUSHA
31 ISAYCHEV Vladimir
32 MAMYKIN Matvei
33 BELKOV Maxim
34 RESTREPO Jhonatan
35 SILIN Egor
36 TSATEVITCH Alexey
37 ZAKARIN Ilnur
DIRECT ENERGIE
41 CHAVANEL Sylvain
42 GENE Yohann
43 GRELLIER Fabien
44 MORICE Julien
45 PETIT Adrien
46 PICHOT Alexandre
47 TULIK Angelo
COFIDIS
51 HOFSTETTER Hugo
52 COUSIN Jerome
53 EDET Nicolas
54 MATE Luis Angel
55 NAVARRO Daniel
56 HARDY Romain
57 SIMON Julien
CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE
61 DE LA PARTE Victor
62 GROSSSCHARTNER Felix
63 HIRT Jan
64 PATERSKI Maciej
65 STOSZ Patryk
66 OWSIAN Lukasz
67 MROZEK Marcin
BORA-ARGON 18
71 BARTA Jan
72 VOSS Paul
73 BENEDETTI Cesare
74 HERKLOTZ Silvio
75 MATZKA Ralf
76 PIMENTA José Joao
77 SCHWARZMANN Michael
CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA
81 PARDILLA Sergio
82 BARBERO Carlos
83 BENITO Miguel Angel
84 LASTRA Jonathan
85 CARTHY Hugh
86 ROSON GARCIA Jaime
87 MAS Luis
TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN - BALOISE
91 VAN GESTEL Dries
92 HELVEN Sander
93 VAN HOECKE Gijs
94 VAN LERBERGHE Bert
95 SPRENGERS Thomas
96 LIETAER Eliot
97 POLS Ruben
RUSVELO
101 KOLOBNEV Alexandr
102 FIRSANOV Serguei
103 OVECHKIN Artem
104 FOLIFOROV Alexander
105 ERSHOV Artur
106 EVTUSHENKO Alexander
107 KURBATOV Alexey
FUNVIC SOUL CYCLES
111 PIEDRAAntonio
112 URTASUN Pablo
113 NAZARET Magno Prado
114 CARDOSO Flavio
115 FERRAZ Murilo
116 DA SILVA Kleber
117 GASPAR João
MATRIX POWERTAG
121 TORIBIO Jose Vicente
122 SANO Junya
124 FERNANDEZ Airan
125 YOSHIDA Hayato
126 YASUHARA Daiki
127 TAKUBO Kenji
EUSKADI BASQUE COUNTRY
131 BRAVO Garikoitz
132 TXOPERENA Beñat
133 ITURRIA Mikel
134 BIZKARRA Mikel
135 ESTEVEZ Imanol
136 BARRENETXEA Ander
137 UDONDO Gotzon
SPAIN
141 BALLESTEROS Miguel Angel
142 DÍAZ José Manuel
143 MONTOYA Rubén
144 RODRÍGUEZ Cristian
145 SAN SEBASTIAN Xabier
146 SOTO Antonio Jesús
147 TORRES Cristian
BURGOS-BH
151 TORRES Pablo
152 SOLE Arnau
153 SALAS Ibai
154 MERINO Igor
155 RIUTORT Juan Carlos
156 MARTÍN Víctor
157 ROBREDO Alvaro
VERVA ACTIVEJET
161 FRANCZAK Pawel
162 GRADEK Kamil
163 CIESLIK Pawel
164 POLNICKY Jiri
165 HNIK Karel
166 STACHOWIAK Adam
167 SIMON Jordi
LOULETANO
171 TERUEL Eloy
172 GARCIA Vicente
173 BENTA Joao
174 CANTERO Francisco Javier
175 SILVA Sandro Filipe
176 DE SEGOVIA Jose Antonio
ROOMPOT ORANJE PELOTON
181 HONIG Reinier
182 HOOGERLAND Johnny
183 KREDER Michel
184 LAMMERTINK Maurits
185 VAN DER LIJKE Nick
186 VAN EMPEL Etienne
187 VAN GINNEKEN Sjoerd