Vuelta a España - Stage 12 Bettini charges to victory
Posted Sep 13 2008 11:50pm
Paolo Bettini of Team Quick Step charged out of the leading group on the difficult curving uphill finish in Suances to take the win one second ahead of Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) and Lampre's Damiano Cunego. The loser of this rainy day was Alejandro Valverde, who fell back on a climb with some 50 km to go, and despite his team's best efforts, ended up losing over three minutes on the day, falling from fourth to 11th place and knocking him out of contention for the overall win.
1 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step 2 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner 3 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre 4 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre 5 Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana 6 Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 7 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Gerolsteiner 8 Carlos Sastre (Spa) CSC-Saxo Bank 9 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 10 Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi