Theo Bos (Cervélo) kicked to victory in the opening stage of the 25th Vuelta a Castilla y León in a windy, cool stage across the meseta of northern Spain.
A breakaway was neutralized in the closing kilometers to set up the bunch sprint into Burgos, the first leg of the five-day march across northern Spain that traces the Camino de Santiago pilgrim’s route.
Bos made easy work of Graeme Brown (Rabobank), and stopped pedaling 50m short of the line to coast to his third victory of the 2010 season. Pablo Urtasun (Euskaltel-Euskadi) came through third.
“We decided today that we would work for me in the sprint,” said Bos. “The plan was that we rode the last 25 kilometers full gas to hold everything together.
“Actually I didn’t feel super well today, as I was pretty tired from Paris Roubaix last weekend,” he added. “But when the final started I came into a good position at the front, then my teammates brought me in the last kilometer to the front position but I didn’t want to come early. I waited until I saw the sprinters coming up then I started my sprint as well. Brown who was in my wheel was not able to pass me and came second. Tomorrow is another change, probably it will be a sprint as well, we will again give our best. Hopefully we can do it again, why not?”
Alberto Contador (Astana) finished safely in the bunch and avoided trouble in his quest to his third Castilla y León title in four years. Astana did most of the work to keep the day’s main breakaway from riding away with the leader’s jersey.
“We did what we had to do today. It was windy and a little nervous, but what we don’t want to do is let the race slip away from us in a breakaway,” said Astana’s Oscar Pereiro. “Our plan is to keep it together until Friday’s climbing stage up Morredero and then we’ll see how Alberto can do.”
Bos will carry the leader’s jersey into Thursday’s 209.9km second stage from Burgos to Carrion de los Condes. More wind and cooler temperatures are expected in rolling stage pushing west in the longest stage of this year’s race.
Vuelta a Castilla y León – Stage 1
1. Theo Bos (Ned), Cervélo TestTeam, in 3:52:08
2. Graeme Brown (Aus), Rabobank, s.t.
3. Pablo Urtasun Perez (Esp), Euskaltel – Euskadi, s.t.
4. Pablo Lastras Garcia (Esp), Caisse D’epargne, s.t.
5. Filipe Duarte Sousa Cardoso (Por), s.t.
6. Tiago Machado (Por), Team Radioshack, s.t.
7. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol), s.t.
8. Edgar Miguel Lemos Pinto (Por), s.t.
9. Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Esp), Euskaltel – Euskadi, s.t.
10. Ted King (USA), Cervélo TestTeam, s.t.