Vuelta a Espana, Grand Tour

Spain, September 4-26, 1999


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Triumph for Wust, tragedy for Julich

In a bunch sprint finish Marcel Wust (Festina) edged out Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen (Rabobank) to take his fourth stage win of this year's Tour of Spain. The flat 217-km seventh stage between Salamanca and Leon saw overall leader Spain's Abraham Olano (ONCE-Deutsche Bank) team retain the race leader's golden jersey, while American Bobby Julich's miserable year continued, with another bad fall only 17km into the stage causing enough injuries for him to pull out of the race. The Cofidis rider was the worst affected of several riders when there was a fall within the peloton. Earlier this year, Julich crashed during the time trial on the eighth stage of the Tour de France, and retired. Just outside of Salamance Julich was taken by ambulance to a hospital suffering from concussion and minor head injuries. Race doctor Fernando Astorqui said "It was fortunate he was wearing a helmet, otherwise the consequences could have been a lot worse,". Tomorrow riders face the 175.6-kms eighth stage which will be finishing in the feared-by-all Angliru pass, a first category climb, that will prove the toughest test for all riders.

Stage 7, Salamanca - Leˇn, 205 kms:

                                                                       
1    Marcel WŘst (Ger) Lotus-Festina                                   4:39:35
2    Robbie McEwen (Aus) Rabobank                                           st
3    Mario Traversoni (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                                st
4    Glenn Magnusson (Swe) US Postal Service                                st
5    Danilo Hondo (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                               st
6    Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Rabobank                                         st
7    Pedro Diaz Lobato (Spa) Fuenlabrada                                    st
8    Giancarlo Raimondi (Ita) Liquigas                                      st
9    Alain Turicchia (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                              st
10   Koen Beeckman (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar                                     st
11   Cristian Moreni (Ita) Liquigas                                         st
12   Stefano Verziagi (Ita) Fuenlabrada                                     st
13   Angel Edo Alsina (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                              st
14   Marcus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                                            st
15   Bram de Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                           st
16   Robert Hunter (RSA) Lampre-Daikin                                      st
17   Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Polti                                        st
18   Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                            st
19   Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Lotus-Festina                                     st
20   Stefano Casagranda (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips                     st
21   Serguei Smetanine (Rus) Vitalicio Seguros                              st
22   Simone Zucchi (Ita) Team Polti                                         st
23   Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                                     st
24   Laurent Brochard (Fra) Lotus-Festina                                   st
25   Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                               st
26   Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team Deutsche Telekom                          st
27   Daniele Galli (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips                          st
28   Abraham Olano Manzano (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                         st
29   Fernando Escartin (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                             st
30   Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mapei-Quick Step                                    st
31   Roberto Heras Hernandez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                       st
32   Angel Casero (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros                                   st
33   Marco Gili (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips                             st
34   Andrea Noe (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                                      st
35   Leonardo Guidi (Ita) Team Polti                                        st
36   Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                                   st
37   JosÚ M. Jimenez Sastre (Spa) Banesto                                   st
38   Jon Odriozola Mugarza (Spa) Banesto                                    st
39   Igor Gonzalez Galdeano (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros                         st
40   I˝igo Cuesta Lopez (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                            st
41   Mikel Zarrabeitia Uranga (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                      st
42   Inigo Chaurreau Bernadez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       st
43   Alessio Bongioni (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                             st
44   Jan Ullrich (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                                st
45   Alexandre Shefer (Kaz) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                             st
46   Marco Milesi (Ita) Liquigas                                            st
47   Peter Luttenberger (Aut) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                            st
48   Manuel Beltran Martinez (Spa) Banesto                                  st
49   Paul van Hyfte (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar                                    st
50   Roberto Laiseka Jaio (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           st
51   Andrei Zintchenko (Rus) Vitalicio Seguros                              st
52   Gianni Faresin (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                                  st
53   Serguei Outchakov (Ukr) TVM-Farm Frites                                st
54   William Chann McRae (USA) Mapei-Quick Step                             st
55   JosÚ V. Garcia Acosta (Spa) Banesto                                    st
56   Miguel A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                   st
57   Angel Castresana Del Val (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       st
58   Igor Flores Galarza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            st
59   Aitor Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) Banesto                                     st
60   Serguei Ivanov (Rus) TVM-Farm Frites                                   st
61   Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                                st
62   JosÚ L. Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                         st
63   Felix Garcia Casas (Spa) Lotus-Festina                                 st
64   Santiago Blanco (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros                                st
65   Melchor Mauri (Spa) Sport Lisboa Benfica                               st
66   Chris Peers (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar                                       st
67   Kurt van de Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar                                st
68   Marcos A. Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                   st
69   Andrei Teteriouk (Kaz) Liquigas                                        st
70   JosÚ Uriarte Zubero (Spa) Lotus-Festina                                st
71   Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                                  st
72   Cesar Perez Padroná (Spa) Fuenlabrada                                  st
73   Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites                                st
74   Carlos Golbano (Spa) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips                         st
75   Jaime Hernandez Bertran (Spa) Lotus-Festina                            st
76   Davide Rebellin (Ita) Team Polti                                       st
77   JosÚ Uria Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                            st
78   Alex ZŘlle (Swi) Banesto                                               st
79   Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) Cofidis                                     st
80   Eleuterio Anguita Hinojosa (Spa) Fuenlabrada                           st
81   Stefano Cattai (Ita) Team Polti                                        st
82   Juan C. Vicario Barbera (Spa) Fuenlabrada                              st
83   David Garcia Marquina (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros                          st
84   Ivan Parra (Col) Vitalicio Seguros                                     st
85   J÷rg Jakscheá (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                              st
86   Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                               st
87   Orlando Gomes Rodrigues (Por) Banesto                                  st
88   Marty Jemison (USA) US Postal Service                                  st
89   Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                        st
90   Anthony Rokia (Fra) Cofidis                                            st
91   Rossano Brasi (Ita) Team Polti                                         st
92   Txema Del Olmo Zendegi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         st
93   Nicola Miceliá (Ita) Liquigas                                          st
94   Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Liquigas                                           st
95   Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Banesto                                         st
96   Samuele Schiavina (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                            st
97   Massimo Codol (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                                      st
98   Victor Pe˝a (Col) Vitalicio Seguros                                    st
99   Alessandro Pozzi (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips                       st
100  Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank                                         st
101  JosÚ A. Garrido (Spa) Sport Lisboa Benfica                             st
102  Francisco Cabello Luque (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                       st
103  Unai Etxebarria Arana (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          st
104  Quintino Fernandez Rodrigues (Por) Sport Lisboa Benfica                st
105  Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites                                st
106  Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                                 st
107  Arnoldas Saprykinas (Ltu) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                          st
108  Rafael Diaz Justo (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                             st
109  Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis                                       st
110  Fabio Roscioli (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips                         st
111  Matias Cagigas Amedo (Spa) Fuenlabrada                                 st
112  Daniele De Paoli (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips                       st
113  Tyler Hamilton (USA) US Postal Service                                 st
114  Andres Bermejo Siller (Spa) Fuenlabrada                                st
115  Michel Lafis (Swe) TVM-Farm Frites                                     st
116  Fabian Jeker (Swi) Lotus-Festina                                       st
117  Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                               st
118  Joona Laukka (Fin) Sport Lisboa Benfica                                st
119  Frank Hoj (Den) US Postal Service                                      st
120  Luis M. Sarreira (Por) Sport Lisboa Benfica                            st
121  Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                                  st
122  Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Cofidis                                      st
123  Ramon Gonzalez Arrieta (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         st
124  CÚsar Garcia Calvo (Spa) Fuenlabrada                                   st
125  Cristian Salvato (Ita) Team Polti                                      st
126  Marco Della Vedova (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                                 st
127  JosÚ Joaquim Castelblanco (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca                     st
128  Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre-Daikin                                    st
129  Alberto Lopez de Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        st
130  Niki Aebersold (Swi) Rabobank                                          st
131  Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Lampre-Daikin                                    st
132  Daniel Atienza Urendeze (Spa) Team Polti                               st
133  Oscar Lopez Uriarte (Spa) Sport Lisboa Benfica                         st
134  German Nieto Fernandez (Spa) Fuenlabrada                               st
135  Toni Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                                   st
136  Christophe Rinero (Fra) Cofidis                                        st
137  Pascal HervÚ (Fra) Lotus-Festina                                       st
138  Luis Perez Rodriguez (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                          st
139  Wladimir Belli (Ita) Lotus-Festina                                     st
140  Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips                     st
141  Cesar Solaun Solana (Spa) Banesto                                      st
142  Laurent Jalabert (Fra) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                              st
143  Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Cofidis                                         st
144  Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                             st
145  Oscar Pozzi (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                                  st
146  Filippo Simeoni (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                              st
147  Daniele Contrini (Ita) Liquigas                                        st
148  Julian Dean (NZl) US Postal Service                                    25
149  Jorge M. Santos Silva (Por) Sport Lisboa Benfica                       28
150  Rolf S÷rensen (Den) Rabobank                                           28
151  Andreas Klier (Ger) TVM-Farm Frites                                    35
152  Geert van Bondt (Bel) TVM-Farm Frites                                  48
153  Alvaro Gonzalez Galdeano (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros                       57
154  Frankie Andreu (USA) US Postal Service                                 57
155  Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) Team Deutsche Telekom                           57
156  Dylan Casey (USA) US Postal Service                                    57
157  David George (RSA) US Postal Service                                   57
158  Andreas Kl÷den (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                             57
159  Servais Knaven (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites                                   57
160  Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                                  57
161  Benoit Joachim (Lux) US Postal Service                                 57
162  Enrico Cassani (Ita) Team Polti                                        57
163  Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                                    57
164  Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis                                              57
165  Rolandá Meier (Swi) Cofidis                                            57
166  Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                            1:08
167  Jacky Durand (Fra) Lotto-Mobistar                                    1:34
168  Igor Pugaci (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                                   1:34
169  Dirk Baldinger (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                           1:57
170  Peter van Petegem (Bel) TVM-Farm Frites                              1:57
171  Daniel Bayes (Spa) Sport Lisboa Benfica                             15:32

Intermediate sprints

Morales Del Vino 53Km 1 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Polti 4 2 Robert Hunter (RSA) Lampre-Daikin 2 3 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team Deutsche Telekom 1 Zamora 64Km 1 Giancarlo Raimondi (Ita) Liquigas 4 2 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Polti 2 3 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 1 Mayorga 158.3Km 1 Fabio Roscioli (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips 4 2 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 2 3 Rolf S÷rensen (Den) Rabobank 1

GC after Stage 7:

General classification to come

Points competition

1 Marcel WŘst (Ger) Lotus-Festina 106 2 Abraham Olano Manzano (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank 70 3 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Rabobank 63 4 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team Deutsche Telekom 57 5 Robert Hunter (RSA) Lampre-Daikin 50 6 Igor Gonzalez Galdeano (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros 50 7 Jan Ullrich (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom 45 8 Mario Traversoni (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale 45 9 Miguel A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank 41 10 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 34 11 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Polti 33 12 Glenn Magnusson (Swe) US Postal Service 30 13 Angel Casero (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros 28 14 Giancarlo Raimondi (Ita) Liquigas 26 15 I˝igo Cuesta Lopez (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank 23 16 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Cofidis 23 17 Alain Turicchia (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil 22 18 Serguei Outchakov (Ukr) TVM-Farm Frites 20 19 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Rabobank 19 20 William Chann McRae (USA) Mapei-Quick Step 18 21 Serguei Smetanine (Rus) Vitalicio Seguros 17 22 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) TVM-Farm Frites 16 23 German Nieto Fernandez (Spa) Fuenlabrada 15 24 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom 15 25 Julian Dean (NZl) US Postal Service 15 26 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Team Polti 14 27 Frank Hoj (Den) US Postal Service 14 28 Servais Knaven (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites 14 29 CÚsar Garcia Calvo (Spa) Fuenlabrada 13 30 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 13 31 Jacky Durand (Fra) Lotto-Mobistar 12 32 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Lotus-Festina 12 33 Daniele Galli (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips 12 34 Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites 12 35 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Liquigas 12 36 Roberto Heras Hernandez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 10 37 Melchor Mauri (Spa) Sport Lisboa Benfica 10 38 Jorge M. Santos Silva (Por) Sport Lisboa Benfica 10 39 Michel Lafis (Swe) TVM-Farm Frites 9 40 Pedro Diaz Lobato (Spa) Fuenlabrada 9 41 Toni Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 9 42 Andreas Kl÷den (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom 9 43 Angel Edo Alsina (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 9 44 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Lotus-Festina 9 45 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank 8 46 Kurt van de Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar 8 47 Tyler Hamilton (USA) US Postal Service 8 48 Fernando Escartin (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 7 49 Ivan Parra (Col) Vitalicio Seguros 7 50 Victor Pe˝a (Col) Vitalicio Seguros 7 51 Koen Beeckman (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar 7 52 Mikel Zarrabeitia Uranga (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank 6 53 Rolf S÷rensen (Den) Rabobank 6 54 Manuel Beltran Martinez (Spa) Banesto 6 55 Dylan Casey (USA) US Postal Service 6 56 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips 5 57 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis 5 58 Eleuterio Anguita Hinojosa (Spa) Fuenlabrada 5 59 Samuele Schiavina (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil 4 60 Fabio Roscioli (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips 4 61 Rafael Diaz Justo (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank 4 62 Stefano Verziagi (Ita) Fuenlabrada 4 63 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mapei-Quick Step 4 64 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) ONCE-Deutsche Bank 4 65 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 3 66 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Riso Scotti-Vinavil 3 67 Alvaro Gonzalez Galdeano (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros 3 68 Anthony Rokia (Fra) Cofidis 2 69 Matias Cagigas Amedo (Spa) Fuenlabrada 2 70 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank 2 71 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank 2 72 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 2 73 Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) Cofidis 2 74 Arnoldas Saprykinas (Ltu) Riso Scotti-Vinavil 2 75 Bram de Groot (Ned) Rabobank 1 76 Inigo Chaurreau Bernadez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1 77 Andreas Klier (Ger) TVM-Farm Frites 1

Mountains competition

1 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Lotus-Festina 31 2 Inigo Chaurreau Bernadez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 27 3 Pascal HervÚ (Fra) Lotus-Festina 23 4 Rafael Diaz Justo (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank 19 5 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Cofidis 18 6 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank 16 7 Marcos A. Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank 12 8 Roberto Heras Hernandez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 11 9 Alberto Lopez de Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 11 10 Abraham Olano Manzano (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank 9 11 Manuel Beltran Martinez (Spa) Banesto 7 12 Serguei Outchakov (Ukr) TVM-Farm Frites 6 13 German Nieto Fernandez (Spa) Fuenlabrada 6 14 Victor Pe˝a (Col) Vitalicio Seguros 6 15 Aitor Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) Banesto 5 16 Angel Castresana Del Val (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 5 17 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mapei-Quick Step 4 18 Mario Traversoni (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale 4 19 Igor Gonzalez Galdeano (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros 2 20 Santiago Blanco (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros 2 21 Roberto Laiseka Jaio (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2 22 JosÚ Joaquim Castelblanco (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca 2 23 Alain Turicchia (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil 2 24 Jan Ullrich (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom 1 25 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 1 26 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Polti 1 27 J÷rg Jakscheá (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom 1 28 Marcel WŘst (Ger) Lotus-Festina 1

Stage Preview:

Long and flat with a rise at the end. Again a mass sprint finish is the most likely outcome.