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Bos breaks through for first win with Cervelo

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February 28, 17:15,
February 28, 19:41

Dutch fastman outpaces Cavendish in Spain

Theo Bos broke his 2010 duck to claim the Clásica de Almería on Sunday. The Dutchman, who joined Cervélo TestTeam at the start of this year, finished ahead of Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) and former-Rabobank teammate Graeme Brown.

The pedigree sprint finale came only after strong work from the teams of the fastmen. Bos admitted afterwards it was an atypical finish and that he had been fortunate to regain contact with the peloton at one point during the race.

"It was a pretty hard course today," said Bos. "At the beginning of the race I was in the second group along with Mark Cavendish. In the downhill I was too far behind and the group split. But fortunately Iñigo Cuesta, Philip Deignan and Marcel Wyss set the tempo on the front and we were able to come back into the peloton and prepare for the sprint.

"It was a strange situation in the final as no team was able to control the bunch. I was too far behind and nobody went and I was in pretty good position in the last 300 metres. When we got close to the finish nobody started to sprint so I decided to go full
gas. Cavendish waited too long and he was not able to pass me in the last few metres."

Bos also benefited from the assistance of talented Italian Davide Apollonio, who secured fourth after helping to guide Bos in the uphill finish.

Four to the floor

The break of the day included four riders who were able to escape the clutches of the peloton after 20 kilometres of racing. Sergio Carrasco (Andalucia-Cajasur), Gonzalo Rabuñal (Xacobeo), Michal Golas (Vacansoleil) and Xabier Zabalo (Orbea).

The quartet managed to build up a maximum advantage of seven minutes as they forged a path over the first of the day's three Category 3 climbs.

By the time the race had reached the second ascent, the Lucainena, the break's advantage had been annulled. As the peloton made its way up the slope it quickly became apparent that the pace would be too much for some. The main group split into two factions, Bos caught up in the second.

While HTC had managed to keep their man Cavendish in contact with the front group, a determined chase-back saw the peloton reform at the final climb of the day, La Serrata.

Early attacker Golas and Ivan Gutierrez (Caisse d'Epargne) put in efforts enough to secure minor prizes for the day, but the teams of the sprinters weren't likely to pay any favours as they began to set-up for the finish.

A two-man move two kilometres from the finish was met with the expected response and although no team was able to take sole control of the lead-out Bos proved strong enough to hold off his rivals from 300 metres out.

1 Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo Test Team 4:22:53  
2 Mark Cavendish (Gbr) Team Htc-Columbia    
3 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank    
4 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse D"Epargne    
5 Davide Apollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team    
6 Michal Golas (Pol) Vascansoleil Pro.C.T    
7 Jorge M. Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur    
8 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
9 Ruben Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
10 Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
11 Rodrigo Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia    
12 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vascansoleil Pro.C.T    
13 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice    
14 Alerses Saramotins (Lat) Team Htc-Columbia    
15 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vascansoleil Pro.C.T    
16 Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank    
17 Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea    
18 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vascansoleil Pro.C.T    
19 Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia    
20 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
21 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
22 Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur    
23 Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia    
24 Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
25 Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo Test Team    
26 Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Orbea    
27 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur    
28 Gustavo Rodriguez (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia    
29 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse D"Epargne    
30 Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Orbea    
31 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram    
32 José Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse D"Epargne    
33 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram 0:00:08  
34 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia 0:00:12  
35 Xabier Tondo (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
36 Dimitry Kozantchouk (Rus) Rabobank 0:00:16  
37 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank    
38 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank    
39 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank    
40 Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:21  
41 Javier Armendia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
42 Jurgen V.Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:25  
43 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram 0:00:27  
44 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram    
45 Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 0:00:33  
46 Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram    
47 Kamil Zielinski (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice 0:00:36  
48 Dariusz Batek (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice 0:00:41  
49 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vascansoleil Pro.C.T    
50 Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
51 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse D"Epargne    
52 Jose Vte. Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur    
53 Juan Jose Cobo (Spa) Caisse D"Epargne    
54 Stephane Rossetto (Fra) Vascansoleil Pro.C.T    
55 Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Sky Professional C.T    
56 Fernande Z Deüo (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia    
57 Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
58 Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
59 José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse D"Epargne    
60 David Lopez (Spa) Caisse D"Epargne    
61 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse D"Epargne    
62 Gonzalo Rabunal Rios (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia    
63 Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram    
64 Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Team Htc-Columbia    
65 Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
66 Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team    
67 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Htc-Columbia    
68 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo-Galicia    
69 Stephen Cummings (Gbr) Sky Professional C.T    
70 Adrian Honkisz (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice    
71 Brice Feillu (Fra) Vascansoleil Pro.C.T    
72 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank    
73 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervelo Test Team    
74 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
75 Xabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea 0:00:51  
76 Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur    
77 Franhsek Rabon (Cze) Team Htc-Columbia 0:01:25  
78 Juan Javier Estrada Ruiz (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur 0:01:29  
79 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
80 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Htc-Columbia    
81 Patrik Gretsch (Ger) Team Htc-Columbia    
82 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:18  
83 Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo Test Team 0:08:34  
84 Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur    
85 Jaroslaw Rebiewski (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice    
86 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank    
87 Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice    
88 Andoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea    
89 Tomasz Lisowicz (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice    
90 Noel Martin (Spa) Orbea    
91 Benat Urain (Spa) Orbea