Sunday, September 30, 2012

Durán grabs Cantabria as Naturgas' season ends

Naturgas Energía sent seven of their strongest men to this weekend's two-day Vuelta a Cantabria season finale, but there was no denying Arkaitz Durán and his Azysa-Telco'm-Conor WRC team in taking the spoils.

Durán's veteran team-mate Kepa Vallejo took out the opening 133,8km stage to Meruelo, crossing the line just ahead of the former professional as the pair came in five seconds ahead of nearest chaser Quentin Pacher, the budding French rider, of Entente Sud Gascogne. GSport - Valencia Terra i Mar's 35-year-old Josep Betalu, still going strong apparently, took out Sunday's finale, but seeing as Durán came in ninth on the same time, he easily claimed the overall race win.

Karl Baudron's 11th on the last stage was the team's top finish of the weekend, while man-of-the-moment Imanol Estévez (who's featured in today's Deia) came in 17th on day one. On GC, the aforementioned Frenchman ended up a solid 25th overall.

Results stage 1 (full results here):
  • 1, Kepa Vallejo (Azysa-Telco'm-Conor WRC), 3:21:37
  • 2, Arkaitz Durán (Azysa-Telco'm-Conor WRC), s.t.
  • 3, Quentin Pacher (Entente Sud Gascogne), 0:05
  • 17, Imanol Estévez (Naturgas Energía), 0:43
  • 26, Jon Larrinaga (Naturgas Energía), s.t.
  • 34, Karl Baudron (Naturgas Energía), 1:16
  • 37, Mikel Iturria (Naturgas Energía), s.t.
  • 64, Pablo Comins (Naturgas Energía), 13:19
  • DNF: Francisco Javier Martín and Alain González
Results stage 2 (full results here):
  • 1, Josep Betalu (GSport), 3:21:19
  • 2, Jesús Herrero (Gomur-Cantabria), s.t.
  • 3, Mario Gutiérrez (CAI), s.t.
  • 11, Karl Baudron (Naturgas Energía), s.t.
  • 32, Mikel Iturria (Naturgas Energía), 0:12
  • 50, Jon Larrinaga (Naturgas Energía), 17:18
  • 51, Pablo Comins (Naturgas Energía), s.t.
  • DNF: Imanol Estévez
Final general classification:
  • 1, Arkaitz Durán (Azysa-Telco'm-Conor WRC), 6:42:56
  • 2, Josep Betalu (GSport), 0:05
  • 3, Quentin Pacher (Entente Sud Gascogne), s.t.
  • 25, Karl Baudron (Naturgas Energía), 1:16
  • 27, Mikel Iturria (Naturgas Energía), 1:28
  • 38, Jon Larrinaga (Naturgas Energía), 18:01
  • 59, Pablo Comins (Naturgas Energía), 30:37
Photo: Pascal Baudron

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