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Rock Racing’s David Vitoria wins his second stage in Mexico, while Jackson Rodriguez displaces teammate Simoni atop the GC.

Rock Racing’s David Vitoria rode to his second straight stage win and donned the King of the Mountains jersey Thursday following the fifth stage of the Vuelta Mexico Telmex. Meanwhile Jackson Rodriguez (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni) took over the overall leadership of the race, displacing his teammate Gilberto Simoni. 2009 Vuelta Mexico Telmex

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2009 Vuelta Mexico, stage 5: Vitoria wins the stage ahead of Rodriguez.

2009 Vuelta Mexico, stage 5: Vitoria wins the stage ahead of Rodriguez.

Photo: Luis Barbosa

Rock Racing’s David Vitoria rode to his second straight stage win and donned the King of the Mountains jersey Thursday following the fifth stage of the Vuelta Mexico Telmex. Meanwhile Jackson Rodriguez (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni) took over the overall leadership of the race, displacing his teammate Gilberto Simoni.

2009 Vuelta Mexico Telmex
Stage 5: Cuernavaca to Toluca, 215km (133.6 miles)

Stage winner: David Vitoria (Rock Racing) in 6:06:57
Winner’s average speed: 34.66 kmh. (21.54 mph)
Overall leader: Jackson Rodriguez (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni)
Sprint leader: Karl Menzies (OUCH)
Mountains leader: Vitoria
Best Young rider (Under 23): Peter Stetina (USA U25)
Team GC leader: Rock Racing
Peloton: 115 riders finished stage 5
Up Next: Stage 6 is 177 km (110 miles) from San Miguel Allende to León, Guanajuato. The route includes four categorized climbs.


Complete Results (.pdf)

Rodriguez and Vitoria broke away from a small group following the eighth categorized climb of the 133-mile (215 km) race.

“I’m very satisfied,” Vitoria said. “When I made the breakaway, our director (Rudy Pevenage) changed the strategy of the race to go after the yellow jersey. We were very close today.”

Vitoria shot from 18th to third overall, 42 seconds back of Rodriguez, while teammate and defending Vuelta Mexico champion Glen Chadwick climbed two spots to fifth, 53 seconds back.

On the longest stage of the eight-day race, Rock Racing slipped Vitoria and U.S. road race champion Tyler Hamilton into a seven-man breakaway that gained eight minutes on a rapidly diminishing peloton that shattered as it approached the summit finish at 11,000 feet.

2009 Vuelta Mexico, stage 5: The podium, l to r: Rodriguez, Vitoria and Carlos Lopez.

2009 Vuelta Mexico, stage 5: The podium, l to r: Rodriguez, Vitoria and Carlos Lopez.

Photo: Luis Barbosa

Joining the pair in the move was Chris Jones (Team Type 1), Eddy Ratti (Amica Chips-Knauf), Karl Menzies (OUCH – Maxxis), Hector Rangel (Canel’s Turbo), and former yellow jersey wearer Juan Pablo Magallanes (Mexican National Team).

Simoni finished in the second group, 2:15 behind Rodriguez, and fell to ninth overall.

Peter Stetina of a composite U.S. team, was the top American in the stage, in ninth, 2:15 behind Rodriguez. Stetina also leads the U23 category and is in 14th overall.Hamilton eventually finished 55th, about a half hour behind the winner. OUCH’s Floyd Landis was 32 minutes back, in 70th place.

Friday’s 109-mile (177 km) route begins in León and features two sprints and two categorized climbs before a flat run-in to the finish in Guanajuato.

Stage Results:
1 VITORIA,David (ROCK RACING) in 06:06:57
2 RODRIGUEZ,Jackson (SERRAMENTI PVC) s.t.
3 LOPEZ,Carlos (CANEL’S TURBO) at 32
4 GOMEZ,Jose de Jesus (CANEL’S TURBO) at 47
5 MOSER,Leonardo (SERRAMENTI PVC) at 47
6 CHADWICK,Glen Alan (ROCK RACING) at 47
7 SARABIA,Ignacio (SELECCIO?N MEXICO) at 47
8 COLEX,Bernardo (SELECCIO?N MEXICO) at 47
9 STETINA ,Peter (SELECCIO?N USA) at 2:15
10 KOBZARENKO,Valery (TEAM TYPE 1) at 2:15

GC after stage 5:

1 RODRIGUEZ,Jackson (SERRAMENTI PVC) 22:28:26
2 LOPEZ,Carlos (CANEL’S TURBO) at 30
3 VITORIA,David (ROCK RACING) at 42
4 SARABIA,Ignacio (SELECCIO?N MEXICO) at 47
5 CHADWICK,Glen Alan (ROCK RACING) at 53
6 COLEX,Bernardo (SELECCIO?N MEXICO) at 1:02
7 GOMEZ,Jose de Jesus (CANEL’S TURBO) at 1:02
8 MOSER,Leonardo (SERRAMENTI PVC) at 1:14
9 SIMONI,Gilberto (SERRAMENTI PVC) at 2:08
10 GUTIERREZ,Enrique (ROCK RACING) at 2:18

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Results

Complete Results (.pdf)
Stage Results:

1 VITORIA,David (ROCK RACING) in 06:06:57

2 RODRIGUEZ,Jackson (SERRAMENTI PVC) s.t.

3 LOPEZ,Carlos (CANEL’S TURBO) at 32

4 GOMEZ,Jose de Jesus (CANEL’S TURBO) at 47

5 MOSER,Leonardo (SERRAMENTI PVC) at 47

6 CHADWICK,Glen Alan (ROCK RACING) at 47

7 SARABIA,Ignacio (SELECCIO?N MEXICO) at 47

8 COLEX,Bernardo (SELECCIO?N MEXICO) at 47

9 STETINA ,Peter (SELECCIO?N USA) at 2:15

10 KOBZARENKO,Valery (TEAM TYPE 1) at 2:15

GC after stage 5:

1 RODRIGUEZ,Jackson (SERRAMENTI PVC) 22:28:26

2 LOPEZ,Carlos (CANEL’S TURBO) at 30

3 VITORIA,David (ROCK RACING) at 42

4 SARABIA,Ignacio (SELECCIO?N MEXICO) at 47

5 CHADWICK,Glen Alan (ROCK RACING) at 53

6 COLEX,Bernardo (SELECCIO?N MEXICO) at 1:02

7 GOMEZ,Jose de Jesus (CANEL’S TURBO) at 1:02

8 MOSER,Leonardo (SERRAMENTI PVC) at 1:14

9 SIMONI,Gilberto (SERRAMENTI PVC) at 2:08

10 GUTIERREZ,Enrique (ROCK RACING) at 2:18