By Andrew Hood
Davide Rebellin (Diquigiovanni) might want to reconsider his decision to retire at the end of this season.
The veteran Italian snagged his second stage win of the week at the Ruta del Sol and almost snuck away with the overall in the fourth and final stage, a 168km leg from Torrox Costa to Antequera.
Joost Posthuma (Rabobank) finished nine seconds back of the attacking Rebellin with the rest of the front pack to claim a two-second victory over Xavier Tondo (Andalucía-CajaSur) in the five-day race across Spain’s Andalucía region.
The five-climb stage served up plenty of fireworks as an early four-man move chugged clear on the day’s first climb. They built up a promising three-minute gap, but Diquigiovanni and Rabobank collaborated to reel in the aggression going into the decisive and final first-category climb some 15km from the finish line.
There were more attacks, but Rebellin played the patient hand and slipped away on the final rising finish into Antequera to snag another confidence-boosting victory. Teammate Gilberto Simoni was third in the stage in a promising performance for the two Italian legends.
1. Davide Rebellin (Serramenti), 4:35:45
2. Juan José Oroz (Euskaltel-Euskadi) at 0:09
3. Gilberto Simoni (Serramenti), same time
4. Martin Velits (Milram), s.t.
5. Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel-Euskadi), s.t.
6. Joost Posthuma (Rabobank), s.t.
7. Michele Scarponi (Serramenti), s.t.
8. Beñat Intxausti (Fuji-Servetto), s.t.
9. David López (Caisse d’Epargne), s.t.
10. Xavier Tondo (Andalucía), s.t.
1. Joost Posthuma (Rabobank)
2. Xavier Tondo (Andalucía), at 0:02
3. Davide Rebellin (Serramenti), at 0:03
4. Martin Velits (Milram), at 0:05
5. Michele Scarponi (Serramenti), at 0:18
6. Juan José Oroz (Euskaltel-Euskadi), at 0:21
7. David López (Caisse d’Epargne), s.t.
8. Beñat Intxausti (Fuji-Servetto), at 0:23
9. Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank), at 0:34
10. Gilberto Simoni (Serramenti), at 0:51