Iker Camano places 30th in the final stage of the Vuelta a Andalucía

Team News | 20.02.2013

The final stage of this year's Vuelta a Andalucía covered 183 kilometers from Lucena to Rincon de la Victoria. With his win of the day, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) also clenched victory in the general classification. Today he prevailed ahead of Simon Spilak (Katusha) and Davide Rebellin (CCC). Iker Camano and Cesare Benedetti of Team NetApp–Endura crossed the finish line with the first larger chase group in 30th and 31st places respectively. On the final day of the tour, Camano improved as the team's best rider by finishing 34th in the general classification.

Today the riders had to complete six mountain classifications, four of which came in the final third of the race. Three riders were able to break away early on in the race, but were caught before the final climb. At that point there were critical attacks, and a group of nine riders broke away from the field. All of the favorites with hopes of an overall victory were represented in that group. During the descent three more riders were able to join the favorites over the final kilometers, causing the winner of the day and the overall race to be decided in a group sprint.

"Today we tried to join a group, but the favorite teams neutralized many attacks at the start of the race, such that every larger group was caught. This intense start to the race combined with the stage's demanding profile cost us a lot of energy today, which we didn't have when we needed it during the final kilometers. Instead we had to let the favorites go ahead," Alex Sans Vega said, summing up the stage.

"There are two ways for us to look at the outcome of the tour. It's good that the guys were able to get in the season's first kilometers of racing here. The team's morale is good and Jan's prologue and Iker's finish yesterday point in the right direction. Given these conditions, we will certainly be able to celebrate our own good results soon enough," Alex Sans Vega said to conclude the Tour of Andalusia.


Website of Vuelta a Andalucia

1. Stage       San Fernando – San Fernando       6 km (Prologue)
2. Stage       San Fernando – Ubrique                163,9 km
3. Stage       Trebujena – Montilla                193,3 km
4. Stage       Lucena – Rincon de la Victoria       182,7 



Final Overall Classification Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol
Valverde, Alejandro
Van den Brock, Jurgen
Mollema, Bauke
Camano Ortuzar, Iker
Benedetti, Cesare
De la Cruz, David
Huzarski, Bartosz
Barta, Jan
Koenig, Leo
Schorn, Daniel