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Rodriguez locks up the overall, Stetina wins the U23, Menzies takes the sprint competition
Canadian Andrew Pinfold (OUCH-Maxxis) won the final stage of the 2009 Vuelta Mexico Telmex on Sunday, wrapping up the eight-stage race by winning a massive field sprint at the finale of the Hospedaje circuit race.
Venezuelan Jackson Rodriguez of the Italian Serramenti PVC Disquigiovanni team locked up the overall win, retaining the leader’s jersey he took on the fifth stage.
American Peter Stetina, riding for a composite U.S. team, won the U23 GC competition, while OUCH’s Karl Menzies won the sprint competition and Rock Racing, with three riders in the top ten, won the team GC competition. Rock’s Swiss climber David Vitoria won two stages and the mountain competition and finished third overall, behind Mexico’s Carlos Lopez and Rodriguez.
In the final stage, OUCH and Rodriguez’s Serramenti team kept control of the pack, said OUCH director Mike Tamayo.
When a nine-rider break went up the road, OUCH led the chase to bring it back with about 15 km to go.
“With six kilometers to go, we took over,” Tamayo said.
The team sent Floyd Landis, Cameron Evans, Karl Menzies, Roman Kilun and Pinfold to the front.
Going into the final kilometer, Kilun was on the front, with Menzies and Pinfold glued to his wheel. Kilun dropped off the duo at about 450 meters to go. Menzies dialed it up, taking Pinfold through the sweeping turn around the landmark Independence Monument on El Paseo de la Reforma in the heart of the city and giving him a clear shot to the line.
Pinfold easily bested the Burgos Monumental duo of Joaquin Sobrino and Enrique Mata to take the win, while all th GC favorites finished at the same time.
American Taylor Phinney of the Trek-Livestrong team suffered a mechanical and did not finish. Phinney is returning to Colorado to prepare for the track world championships, which begin March 26 in Poland.
1 PINFOLD,Andrew OUCh-Maxxis 01:36:48
2 SOBRINO,Joaquin BURGOS MONUMENTAL s.t.
3 MATA,Enrique BURGOS MONUMENTAL s.t.
4 LACOMBE,Kevin PLANET ENERGY s.t.
5 RIOS,Marco Antonio ORVEN s.t.
6 MENZIES,Karl OUCH PRESENTED BY s.t.
7 MACIAS,Luis Fernando SELECCIÓN NACIONA s.t.
8 TANNER,David ROCKRACING s.t.
9 RIVERA,Francesco AMICA CHIPS – KNA s.t.
10 MAGALLANES,Juan Pabl SELECCIÓN NACIONA s.t.
1 RODRIGUEZ,Jackson SERRAMENTI PVC 32:20:11
2 LOPEZ,Carlos CANEL ?S TURBO at 30
3 VITORIA,David ROCKRACING at 42
4 SARABIA,Ignacio SELECCIÓN NACIO at 47
5 CHADWICK,Glen Alan ROCKRACING at 53
6 GOMEZ,Jose de Jesus CANEL ?S TURBO at 1:02
7 COLEX,Bernardo SELECCIÓN NACIO at 1:02
8 MOSER,Leonardo SERRAMENTI PVC at 1:14
9 SIMONI,Gilberto SERRAMENTI PVC at 2:08
10 GUTIERREZ,Enrique ROCKRACING at 2:18
11 LADINO,Gregorio TECOS DE LA UGA at 2:21
12 GUAMA,Byron BURGOS MONUMENT at 2:23
13 KOBZARENKO,Valery TEAM TYPE 1 at 2:30
14 STETINA ,Peter SELECCIÓN USA at 2:30
15 GABINO,Alfredo REGION 3 ESTADO at 2:30
16 MAGALLANES,Juan Pablo SELECCIÓN NACIO at 2:42
17 VALLS,Rafael BURGOS MONUMENT at 4:15
18 OCHOA,Carlos José SERRAMENTI PVC at 4:18
19 RANGEL,Hector Hugo CANE?S TURBO at 4:53
20 ARGIRO,Alvaro Antonio ARENAS TLAXCALA at 6:29