Vuelta a Murcia Results - Stage 3
Heado wins stage as Perez Arrieta holds onto overall lead.
Juan José Haedo showed great strength in the sprint at the end of the 146-kilometer third stage of Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia from Puerto Lumbreras to San Pedro del Pinatar and the Argentinean won no contest.
"He was tremendous in that finish. He knew exactly where to position himself in relation to Graeme Brown and I actually think he’s the strongest out of all the sprinters down here with both this victory today and the one on Sunday," said sports director Dan Frost after the stage.
"We’d actually hoped to be part of a break today, but six guys escaped early on and we had to do some hard work in the peloton in stead. Things were pretty much under control though and when it came to the sprint the whole team did a great job of lining JJ up," explained Dan Frost.
The overall standings were unchanged ahead of Friday’s time trial. The race finishes on Saturday with a stage, where there is a small but difficult climb towards the end. Will Contador strike again - or is it Valverde time? Stay tuned to Roadcycling.com to find out!
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Stage 3: March 6, 2008: Puerto Lumbreras - San Pedro del Pinatar (145 km):
1 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team CSC 03:31:08
2 Koldo Fernández (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
3 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank
4 Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) Acqua Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
5 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
6 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems
7 Diego Milán Jiménez (Spa) Acqua Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
8 Ricardo Serrano González (Spa) Tinkoff Credit Systems
9 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Tinkoff Credit Systems
10 David Garcia Dapena (Spa) Karpin Galicia
11 Manuel Vazquez Hueso (Spa) Contentpolis - Murcia
12 Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
13 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
14 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
15 Iban Mayoz (Spa) Karpin Galicia
16 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Contentpolis - Murcia
17 César Quiteiro (Por) Liberty Seguros
18 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
19 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems
20 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana
21 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
22 Gustavo Dominguez Lemos (Spa) Karpin Galicia
23 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo
24 Xabat Otxotorena (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo
25 Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Contentpolis - Murcia
26 Ezequiel Mosquera Miguez (Spa) Karpin Galicia
27 José Luis Carrasco Gamiz (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
28 Gonzalo Zambrano Calderon (Spa) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo
29 Isidro Nozal Vega (Spa) Liberty Seguros
30 Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Extremadura-Gruppo Gallardo
31 Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana
32 Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
33 Sergio Domínguez Muñoz (Spa) Contentpolis - Murcia
34 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
35 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
36 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Acqua Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
37 Yon Bru Pascal (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
38 David Herrero Llorente (Spa) Karpin Galicia
39 Javier Etxarri Marin (Spa) Contentpolis - Murcia
40 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems