Menchov wins second Tour of Spain title

24th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 September 2007, MADRID - Russia's Denis Menchov put the smiles back on the faces of his Rabobank team when he claimed the Tour of Spain crown in Madrid on Sunday following the 21st and final stage.

24 September 2007

MADRID - Russia's Denis Menchov put the smiles back on the faces of his Rabobank team when he claimed the Tour of Spain crown in Madrid on Sunday following the 21st and final stage.

It is the second Vuelta crown for 29-year-old who lives in the northern Spanish town of Pamplona, after he took the 2005 title when Spaniard Roberto Heras was disqualified for doping.

"It's the most important victory of my life," said the Russian cyclist. "It's nothing like the win in 2005." Spaniards Carlos Sastre and Samuel Sanchez completed the podium.

Italian Daniele Bennati of the Lampre team won a sprint finish ahead of Italian sprint king Alessandro Petacchi to claim the victory in the final stage.

With last year's top three finishers out of the race, former runner-up Sastre was a big favourite along with Tour de France runner-up Cadel Evans of Australia.

(Copyright AFP with Expatica)

Subject: Spanish news

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