Barloworld-Valsir’s Antonio Salomone came 8th in a bunch sprint to the finish yesterday in  stage one of the 25th Vuelta a Murcia in Spain.
“I was so close today after a strong ride for most of the stage, but just did not quite have the legs to finish it off. I hope to make up for it in tomorrow’s time trial,” Salomone commented.

Gerolsteiner’s Danilo Hondo placed first in the stage that took place between Murcia and Molina de Segura. Hondo beat Australian Allan Davis (Liberty Seguros) and Eric Baumann (T-Mobile). The German benefited from the work of his team, with Levi Leipheimer, Peter Wrolich and René Haselbacher making up the lead-out train.

The main breakaway of the stage came from Andrea Tafi (Saunier Duval) and Peter Wuyts (, who stayed away until 10 km to go thanks to the controlling work of the Liberty Seguros team.

However, Liberty couldn’t quite finish it off for sprinter Davis, as Hondo had the quicker legs at the finish.

Today’s second stage is a largely flat 22km time trial, starting and finishing in Alhama de Murcia.


1 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Gerolsteiner                      
2 Allan Davis (Aus) Liberty Seguros                           
3 Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile                                 
4 Wesley Van Der Linden (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - T Interim   
5 Stefan Van Dijck (Ned) - SportsTech         
6 Crescenzo D’Amore (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Adria Mobil        
7 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Kaiku                                 
8 Antonio Salomone (Ita) Barloworld - Valsir                  
9 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada           
10 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Illes Balears