Oaxaca, Mexico - The opening stage of the Vuelta Mexico in Oaxaca Sunday began in what OUCH Presented by Maxxis team director Mike Tamayo termed "typical Latin American racing fashion: lots of crashes, plenty of mechanicals and a bunch of attacks."

So it came as no surprise that the ever aggressive Bradley White of OUCH Presented by Maxxis made the stage's main break of three riders. Unfortunately, a mechanical forced White out of the break and the remaining duo - Juan Pablo Magallanes (Mexican National Team) and Francesco Rivera (Amica Chips) - saw their lead grow to over four minutes, in part due to some improperly reported time gaps, according to Tamayo.

With the general classification competition looking to be in danger of ending on Stage 1, Tamayo said, "We had to take control of the front."

With the help of Rock Racing, OUCH Presented by Maxxis helped bring the gap down into the final lap of the 9 km circuit, which featured a 1 km stretch of cobbles coming through the start/finish area, and a 2 km climb on the backside.

But the duo was able to hold off the peloton, with Magallanes taking the two-up sprint. John Murphy led out Karl Menzies in the bunch sprint by the peloton, helping Menzies to second in the sprint and fourth on the stage, a little over a minute behind the winning duo.


Monday's Stage 2 should see the general classification battle begin to shake out, with three rated climbs, including a 3,000-foot climb to the mountain town of Puebla.

Notes

A massive crowd turned out to watch the opening stage of the Vuelta Mexico, in part attracted by the strong field, as well as the presence of Lance Armstrong, who was there to send off his Trek-Livestrong development team.