Sunday, February 24, 2013

Estévez grabs podium in Copa de España opener

Imanol Estévez and Loïc Chetout made sure Naturgas Energía got a spectacular start to their Copa de España-campaign by finishing third and fifth respectively in Sunday's Circuito Guadiana in Don Benito, Extramadura.

Like last year, the Russians of Lokomotiv showed they'll be hard to beat this time around as well, Vadim Zhuravlev taking the spoils with a strong finishing kick. Local rider Daniel Sánchez nabbed the runner-up spot ahead of Naturgas prodigy Estévez, while Chetout also showed promise by taking fifth. In addition, the Frenchman won the mountains prize.

Eki Sport-Gipuzkoa's Ion Odriozola also showed himself in the sprint finish by taking 13th, with former Naturgas rider Fernando Grijalba, now donning the green of Caja Rural, taking 16th.

Results (full results here):
  • (1, Vadim Zhuravlev (Lokomotiv), 3:02:57)
  • 3, Imanol Estévez, s.t.
  • 5, Loïc Chetout, s.t.
  • 57, Noel Gil, s.t.
  • 99, Pablo Comins, 2:25
  • 101, Álvaro Trueba, s.t.
  • 102, Francisco Javier Martín, s.t.
  • 135, Víctor Etxeberria, 3:27
Photo: Pascal Baudron

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