Clerc Wins Final Stage of Burgos Tour; Valverde Wins Overall
Aurelien Clerc (Quick Step) has won the fourth and final stage of the Vuelta a Burgos.
Aurelien Clerc (Quick Step) has won the fourth and final stage of the Vuelta a Burgos. The Swiss rider took a bunch sprint from Alexandre Usov (Phonak) and Roger Hammond (Mr. Bookmaker.com) to win the 171-km run from Miranda de Ebro to Burgos in 3:54:16. Alejandro Valverde (Comunidad Valenciana), the winner of the previous three stages, is the overall winner.
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From the start, the racing was aggressive. After numerous abortive sallies, 16 riders rolled off of the front after 39 km. The bunch reeled in that escape by 68 km, but six riders?Moises Duenas (Relax), Jose Antonio Pecharroman (Quick Step), Jose Garcia Acosta (Illes Balears), Joseba Albizu (Euskaltel), Gonzalo Bayarri (Phonak), and Rafael Casero (Saunier Duval)?then attacked. At 147 km, the sextet?s lead maxed out at 3:20.
The peloton?s pursuit reeled in everyone except Duenas and Garcia Acosta. These two stayed in front until the Liberty Seguros-led bunch reeled them at the one-km banner. With 800 m left, Pedro Horrillo (Quick Step) attacked, but he was reeled in with 200 m left. Clerc then took the stage for Quick Step.
Valverde beat Denis Menchov (Illes Balears) by 0:03 and Leonardo Piepoli (Saunier Duval) by 0:06. Valverde is ready for the Clasica San Sebastian on August 7 and for the Olympic road race on August 14. How will the Spaniard fare? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!
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