Vuelta a Espana, Grand Tour

Spain, September 4-26, 1999


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More rain in Spain

In pouring rain which lead authorities to issue flood warnings for towns along part of the route between Gijon and Los Corrales de Buelna, France's Laurent Brochard (Festina) won the 185.8 km ninth stage of the Vuelta on Monday.

There was no real let up after yesterday's brutal stage to Angliru, with the stage including three climbs, however, the bunch did allow a group of 12 riders to go clear.

With only 20 km remaining in the stage, the group still had three minutes on the bunch. Brochard was actually dropped on the climb of the Cat 2 Alto Collado De Cieza with eight km to go, leaving a lead group of four that included current world road race champion Oscar Camenzind.

Sorensen and Brochard caught these four with less than one kilometre remaining and Brochard blasted straight past, and no-one chased until it was too late.

"Winning my first stage on this Tour is very important for me, especially after everything that has happened in the past year. Now I can forget all about it," Brochard said.

"The final stretch was very difficult for me because of the continuing climbs and drops as well as the incessant rain which made the roads and the descents very dangerous," he said.

The stage win is Brochard's first at the Vuelta and a return to the podium after serving a six-month suspension for doping offences uncovered at last year's Tour de France. Indeed, at 7am of this morning's stage, Brochard was one of 39 riders woken by UCI testers for drug testing.

Brochard completed the stage in 4.33.40 at an average speed of 40.76 kmh, with Camenzind (Lampre-Daikin), Nicola Miceliá (Ita) Liquigas, Andrei Zintchenko (Rus) Vitalicio Seguros and Rolf S÷rensen (Den) Rabobank closing to within three seconds at the finish.

In the GC, Spain's Abraham Olano (ONCE-Deutsche Bank) remains in the lead, with Jan Ullrich 2.08 in arrears. These two riders finished the stage just over three minutes behind Brochard, but there was no change to the overall GC.

(Trevor Warwick contributed to this race report.)

Stage 9, Gijˇn - Corrales de Buelna, 185.8 kms:


185.8 kms. AVS 40.736 kmh

1    Laurent Brochard (Fra) Lotus-Festina                             4.33.4
2    Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Lampre-Daikin                                   3
3    Nicola Miceliá (Ita) Liquigas                                         3
4    Andrei Zintchenko (Rus) Vitalicio Seguros                             3
5    Rolf S÷rensen (Den) Rabobank                                          3
6    JosÚ L. Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                        8
7    Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                                54
8    Serguei Outchakov (Ukr) TVM-Farm Frites                            1.10
9    Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                           1.10
10   Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                              1.16
11   Daniele Contrini (Ita) Liquigas                                    2.00
12   Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Cofidis                                  3.11
13   Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mapei-Quick Step                                3.14
14   Davide Rebellin (Ita) Team Polti                                   3.14
15   Igor Gonzalez Galdeano (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros                     3.14
16   Abraham Olano Manzano (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                     3.14
17   Jan Ullrich (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                            3.14
18   Serguei Ivanov (Rus) TVM-Farm Frites                               3.14
19   Andreas Klier (Ger) TVM-Farm Frites                                3.53
20   Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                               3.53
21   Aitor Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) Banesto                                 3.55
22   Manuel Beltran Martinez (Spa) Banesto                              3.55
23   Gianni Faresin (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                              3.55
24   Santiago Blanco (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros                            3.55
25   Marcos A. Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank               3.55
26   Andrea Noe (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                                  3.55
27   JosÚ M. Jimenez Sastre (Spa) Banesto                               3.55
28   Txema Del Olmo Zendegi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                     3.55
29   Roberto Laiseka Jaio (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       3.55
30   Roberto Heras Hernandez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                   3.55
31   Massimo Codol (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                                  4.07
32   Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Liquigas                                       4.07
33   Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) Cofidis                                 4.26
34   Andrei Teteriouk (Kaz) Liquigas                                    4.26
35   Felix Garcia Casas (Spa) Lotus-Festina                             4.26
36   Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Banesto                                     4.26
37   William Chann McRae (USA) Mapei-Quick Step                         4.26
38   Angel Casero (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros                               4.26
39   JosÚ Uria Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                        4.26
40   Ivan Parra (Col) Vitalicio Seguros                                 4.26
41   Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Rabobank                                     4.50
42   Chris Peers (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar                                   4.50
43   Bram de Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                       4.50
44   Michel Lafis (Swe) TVM-Farm Frites                                 4.50
45   Niki Aebersold (Swi) Rabobank                                      4.50
46   Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Lotus-Festina                                 4.50
47   Oscar Lopez Uriarte (Spa) Sport Lisboa Benfica                     4.50
48   Frank Hoj (Den) US Postal Service                                  4.50
49   Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                                 4.50
50   Juan C. Vicario Barbera (Spa) Fuenlabrada                          4.50
51   Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                    4.50
52   Pedro Diaz Lobato (Spa) Fuenlabrada                                4.50
53   Angel Castresana Del Val (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                   4.50
54   Kurt van de Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar                            4.50
55   JosÚ Uriarte Zubero (Spa) Lotus-Festina                            4.50
56   Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                            4.50
57   Alexandre Shefer (Kaz) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                         4.50
58   Andreas Kl÷den (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                         4.50
59   Mikel Zarrabeitia Uranga (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                  4.50
60   Serguei Smetanine (Rus) Vitalicio Seguros                          5.56
61   Toni Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                               6.15
62   JosÚ Joaquim Castelblanco (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca                 6.15
63   Fabio Roscioli (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips                     6.40
64   Carlos Golbano (Spa) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips                     7.10
65   David Garcia Marquina (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros                      7.10
66   Inigo Chaurreau Bernadez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                   7.33
67   Victor Pe˝a (Col) Vitalicio Seguros                                7.33
68   Alvaro Gonzalez Galdeano (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros                   7.33
69   Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites                            7.33
70   Fabian Jeker (Swi) Lotus-Festina                                   7.33
71   Servais Knaven (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites                               7.33
72   Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                              7.55
73   Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre-Daikin                                7.55
74   Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                         7.55
75   Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips                 7.55
76   Paul van Hyfte (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar                                7.55
77   Jaime Hernandez Bertran (Spa) Lotus-Festina                        7.55
78   Marco Milesi (Ita) Liquigas                                        7.55
79   Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis                                   8.28
80   Benoit Joachim (Lux) US Postal Service                             8.33
81   Stefano Cattai (Ita) Team Polti                                    8.46
82   Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                                8.46
83   Marty Jemison (USA) US Postal Service                              8.46
84   Eleuterio Anguita Hinojosa (Spa) Fuenlabrada                       8.46
85   Jon Odriozola Mugarza (Spa) Banesto                                8.46
86   Alex ZŘlle (Swi) Banesto                                           8.46
87   Unai Etxebarria Arana (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      8.46
88   Alain Turicchia (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                          8.46
89   Cristian Moreni (Ita) Liquigas                                     8.46
90   Joona Laukka (Fin) Sport Lisboa Benfica                            8.46
91   Geert van Bondt (Bel) TVM-Farm Frites                              8.46
92   Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                             8.46
93   Simone Zucchi (Ita) Team Polti                                     8.46
94   Francisco Cabello Luque (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                   8.46
95   Robert Hunter (RSA) Lampre-Daikin                                  8.46
96   Robbie McEwen (Aus) Rabobank                                       8.46
97   Alessio Bongioni (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                         8.46
98   Melchor Mauri (Spa) Sport Lisboa Benfica                           8.46
99   Rossano Brasi (Ita) Team Polti                                     8.46
100  Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team Deutsche Telekom                      8.46
101  Stefano Verziagi (Ita) Fuenlabrada                                 8.46
102  Oscar Pozzi (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                              8.46
103  Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Polti                                    9.54
104  Marcus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                                       10.13
105  Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                          10.13
106  Giancarlo Raimondi (Ita) Liquigas                                 10.33
107  Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank                                    10.43
108  Rolandá Meier (Swi) Cofidis                                       10.43
109  Pascal HervÚ (Fra) Lotus-Festina                                  10.52
110  Danilo Hondo (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                          10.52
111  Dirk Baldinger (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                        10.52
112  Frankie Andreu (USA) US Postal Service                            10.52
113  Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites                           10.52
114  Quintino Fernandez Rodrigues (Por) Sport Lisboa Benfica           11.37
115  German Nieto Fernandez (Spa) Fuenlabrada                          12.07
116  Cesar Solaun Solana (Spa) Banesto                                 12.07
117  Stefano Casagranda (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips                12.07
118  Matias Cagigas Amedo (Spa) Fuenlabrada                            12.07
119  Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) Team Deutsche Telekom                      12.07
120  Marco Della Vedova (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                            12.07
121  J÷rg Jakscheá (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                         12.07
122  Orlando Gomes Rodrigues (Por) Banesto                             12.07
123  JosÚ V. Garcia Acosta (Spa) Banesto                               12.07
124  Leonardo Guidi (Ita) Team Polti                                   15.31
125  Enrico Cassani (Ita) Team Polti                                   15.31
126  Igor Flores Galarza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       15.31
127  Rafael Diaz Justo (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                        15.31
128  Laurent Jalabert (Fra) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                         15.54
129  Jacky Durand (Fra) Lotto-Mobistar                                 17.15
130  Marcel WŘst (Ger) Lotus-Festina                                   17.15
131  Cristian Salvato (Ita) Team Polti                                 17.15
132  Mario Traversoni (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                           17.15
133  Igor Pugaci (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                                19.27
134  Koen Beeckman (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar                                20.06
135  Anthony Rokia (Fra) Cofidis                                       20.13
136  Alessandro Pozzi (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips                  20.13
137  Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Cofidis                                    20.13
138  Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                         20.13
139  Christophe Rinero (Fra) Cofidis                                   20.13
140  Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                          20.13
141  Wladimir Belli (Ita) Lotus-Festina                                20.13
142  Angel Edo Alsina (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                         20.13
143  JosÚ A. Garrido (Spa) Sport Lisboa Benfica                        20.13
144  David George (RSA) US Postal Service                              20.13
145  Julian Dean (NZl) US Postal Service                               20.13
146  Cesar Perez Padroná (Spa) Fuenlabrada                             22.13
147  Dylan Casey (USA) US Postal Service                               22.13
148  Glenn Magnusson (Swe) US Postal Service                           22.13
149  Ramon Gonzalez Arrieta (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                    22.48
150  Andres Bermejo Siller (Spa) Fuenlabrada                           22.48
151  Arnoldas Saprykinas (Ltu) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                     22.48
152  Alberto Lopez de Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                   22.48
153  Marco Gili (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips                        22.48
154  Daniel Bayes (Spa) Sport Lisboa Benfica                           22.48
155  Miguel A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank              23.25
156  I˝igo Cuesta Lopez (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                       31.13
157  Luis Perez Rodriguez (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                     31.13
158  CÚsar Garcia Calvo (Spa) Fuenlabrada                              31.13


Mountains

Alto De Infanzon    	 3.4 km,  cat 3

1   Laurent Brochard (Fra) Lotus-Festina                                 6
2   JosÚ M. Jimenez Sastre (Spa) Banesto                                 4
3   Andrei Zintchenko (Rus) Vitalicio Seguros                            2
4   Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                                  1

Alto Venta De Ranans	13.8 km   cat 3

1   Laurent Brochard (Fra) Lotus-Festina                                 6
2   Jan Ullrich (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                              4
3   JosÚ L. Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                       2
4   Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                                1

Alto De San Cipriano    156.5 km  cat 2

1   Laurent Brochard (Fra) Lotus-Festina                                 6
2   Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                                4
3   Daniele Contrini (Ita) Liquigas                                      2
4   Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                                1

Alto Collado De Cieza    177.7 km cat 2

1   Laurent Brochard (Fra) Lotus-Festina                                10
2   Rolf S÷rensen (Den) Rabobank                                         7
3   Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                                5
4   Nicola Miceliá (Ita) Liquigas                                        3
5   Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Lampre-Daikin                                  2
6   Andrei Zintchenko (Rus) Vitalicio Seguros                            1


Intermediate sprints

La Esperanza  8.5 km

1   Robert Hunter (RSA) Lampre-Daikin                       4
2   Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                     2
3   Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Polti                         1

Ribadesella    65 km

1   Serguei Outchakov (Ukr) TVM-Farm Frites                 4
2   Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                2
3   Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                   1

San Vicente De La Barquera 127.2 km

1   Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                4
2   JosÚ L. Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca          2
3   Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                   1


Points at finish

1   Laurent Brochard (Fra) Lotus-Festina                   25
2   Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Lampre-Daikin                    20
3   Nicola Miceliá (Ita) Liquigas                          16
4   Andrei Zintchenko (Rus) Vitalicio Seguros              14
5   Rolf S÷rensen (Den) Rabobank                           12
6   JosÚ L. Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca         10
7   Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                   9
8   Serguei Outchakov (Ukr) TVM-Farm Frites                 8
9   Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                7
10  Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                   6
11  Daniele Contrini (Ita) Liquigas                         5
12  Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Cofidis                       4
13  Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mapei-Quick Step                     3
14  Davide Rebellin (Ita) Team Polti                        2

GC after Stage 9:


General classsification after stage 9

1    Abraham Olano Manzano (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank            38.52.14
2    Jan Ullrich (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                       2.08
3    Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mapei-Quick Step                           2.58
4    Igor Gonzalez Galdeano (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros                3.58
5    Roberto Heras Hernandez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca              5.05
6    Angel Casero (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros                          5.56
7    JosÚ M. Jimenez Sastre (Spa) Banesto                          6.10
8    JosÚ L. Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                6.15
9    Davide Rebellin (Ita) Team Polti                              6.53
10   Manuel Beltran Martinez (Spa) Banesto                         7.06
11   Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Cofidis                             8.18
12   Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Banesto                                8.31
13   Santiago Blanco (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros                       8.36
14   Ivan Parra (Col) Vitalicio Seguros                            8.39
15   Roberto Laiseka Jaio (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  8.58
16   Kurt van de Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar                      10.27
17   Marcos A. Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank         11.00
18   Nicola Miceliá (Ita) Liquigas                                11.13
19   JosÚ Uria Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                  13.27
20   William Chann McRae (USA) Mapei-Quick Step                   13.29
21   Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Lotus-Festina                           14.05
22   Andrei Zintchenko (Rus) Vitalicio Seguros                    14.57
23   Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) Cofidis                           14.58
24   Mikel Zarrabeitia Uranga (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank            15.18
25   Felix Garcia Casas (Spa) Lotus-Festina                       15.20
26   Txema Del Olmo Zendegi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi               15.55
27   Gianni Faresin (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                        16.09
28   Niki Aebersold (Swi) Rabobank                                16.10
29   Aitor Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) Banesto                           17.16
30   Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                      17.23
31   Andrei Teteriouk (Kaz) Liquigas                              18.30
32   Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                              19.13
33   Inigo Chaurreau Bernadez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi             20.36
34   Massimo Codol (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                            20.40
35   Laurent Brochard (Fra) Lotus-Festina                         20.40
36   Alex ZŘlle (Swi) Banesto                                     21.33
37   Serguei Ivanov (Rus) TVM-Farm Frites                         21.50
38   Melchor Mauri (Spa) Sport Lisboa Benfica                     21.58
39   JosÚ Joaquim Castelblanco (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca           23.11
40   Andrea Noe (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                            24.57
41   Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis                             25.16
42   Juan C. Vicario Barbera (Spa) Fuenlabrada                    26.52
43   Angel Castresana Del Val (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi             27.02
44   Victor Pe˝a (Col) Vitalicio Seguros                          28.46
45   Joona Laukka (Fin) Sport Lisboa Benfica                      30.03
46   Marcus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                                  31.21
47   Michel Lafis (Swe) TVM-Farm Frites                           32.06
48   Stefano Cattai (Ita) Team Polti                              33.03
49   Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                           34.09
50   Alexandre Shefer (Kaz) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                   34.44
51   Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                         35.34
52   Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Liquigas                                 35.49
53   Pedro Diaz Lobato (Spa) Fuenlabrada                          35.59
54   Marty Jemison (USA) US Postal Service                        39.49
55   Oscar Lopez Uriarte (Spa) Sport Lisboa Benfica               40.19
56   Jon Odriozola Mugarza (Spa) Banesto                          40.29
57   Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Lampre-Daikin                          40.46
58   Ramon Gonzalez Arrieta (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi               41.51
59   David Garcia Marquina (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros                43.27
60   J÷rg Jakscheá (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                    44.23
61   Cristian Moreni (Ita) Liquigas                               44.55
62   I˝igo Cuesta Lopez (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                  45.27
63   Bram de Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                 45.35
64   Toni Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                         46.00
65   Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                     46.06
66   Rafael Diaz Justo (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                   46.24
67   Arnoldas Saprykinas (Ltu) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                47.07
68   Orlando Gomes Rodrigues (Por) Banesto                        48.10
69   Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                       48.11
70   Alain Turicchia (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                    48.51
71   Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips           49.11
72   Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                        50.28
73   Fabian Jeker (Swi) Lotus-Festina                             51.17
74   Luis Perez Rodriguez (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                51.57
75   Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Polti                              52.02
76   Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Rabobank                               52.16
77   Alberto Lopez de Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi              52.29
78   JosÚ Uriarte Zubero (Spa) Lotus-Festina                      53.46
79   Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                     53.54
80   Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                     54.49
81   Frank Hoj (Den) US Postal Service                            55.14
82   Serguei Outchakov (Ukr) TVM-Farm Frites                      55.22
83   Rolf S÷rensen (Den) Rabobank                                 55.23
84   Quintino Fernandez Rodrigues (Por) Sport Lisboa Benfica      56.02
85   Christophe Rinero (Fra) Cofidis                              56.49
86   Matias Cagigas Amedo (Spa) Fuenlabrada                       57.25
87   Alvaro Gonzalez Galdeano (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros             57.42
88   Rolandá Meier (Swi) Cofidis                                  57.54
89   Miguel A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank         57.59
90   Paul van Hyfte (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar                          58.20
91   Serguei Smetanine (Rus) Vitalicio Seguros                    58.47
92   Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                 1.00.06
93   Jaime Hernandez Bertran (Spa) Lotus-Festina                1.00.22
94   Rossano Brasi (Ita) Team Polti                             1.00.36
95   Andreas Klier (Ger) TVM-Farm Frites                        1.00.38
96   Oscar Pozzi (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                      1.00.46
97   Benoit Joachim (Lux) US Postal Service                     1.00.45
98   Laurent Jalabert (Fra) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                  1.00.46
99   JosÚ V. Garcia Acosta (Spa) Banesto                        1.01.19
100  Fabio Roscioli (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips             1.01.25
101  Eleuterio Anguita Hinojosa (Spa) Fuenlabrada               1.01.44
102  Carlos Golbano (Spa) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips             1.01.46
103  Glenn Magnusson (Swe) US Postal Service                    1.01.48
104  Chris Peers (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar                           1.02.23
105  Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                      1.02.52
106  Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank                             1.02.57
107  Robert Hunter (RSA) Lampre-Daikin                          1.03.30
108  Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites                    1.03.53
109  Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                        1.04.14
110  Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                      1.04.26
111  Geert van Bondt (Bel) TVM-Farm Frites                      1.04.38
112  Andreas Kl÷den (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                 1.05.25
113  Francisco Cabello Luque (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca           1.06.04
114  Alessio Bongioni (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                 1.06.33
115  Cesar Solaun Solana (Spa) Banesto                          1.07.02
116  Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre-Daikin                        1.07.07
117  Danilo Hondo (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                   1.07.15
118  Marco Milesi (Ita) Liquigas                                1.07.22
119  Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team Deutsche Telekom              1.07.28
120  Simone Zucchi (Ita) Team Polti                             1.07.27
121  Frankie Andreu (USA) US Postal Service                     1.08.06
122  Robbie McEwen (Aus) Rabobank                               1.08.35
123  Stefano Verziagi (Ita) Fuenlabrada                         1.08.34
124  Giancarlo Raimondi (Ita) Liquigas                          1.08.53
125  Pascal HervÚ (Fra) Lotus-Festina                           1.09.09
126  Wladimir Belli (Ita) Lotus-Festina                         1.09.35
127  Unai Etxebarria Arana (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi              1.09.34
128  Dirk Baldinger (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                 1.09.52
129  Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                  1.10.06
130  Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Cofidis                             1.10.39
131  Enrico Cassani (Ita) Team Polti                            1.12.28
132  Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) Team Deutsche Telekom               1.13.19
133  Cristian Salvato (Ita) Team Polti                          1.13.46
134  Marco Della Vedova (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                     1.13.43
135  Servais Knaven (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites                       1.15.47
136  Koen Beeckman (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar                         1.16.15
137  Marcel WŘst (Ger) Lotus-Festina                            1.16.26
138  Angel Edo Alsina (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                  1.17.18
139  Igor Flores Galarza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                1.17.25
140  Mario Traversoni (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                    1.17.44
141  Leonardo Guidi (Ita) Team Polti                            1.18.15
142  German Nieto Fernandez (Spa) Fuenlabrada                   1.18.53
143  Andres Bermejo Siller (Spa) Fuenlabrada                    1.20.06
144  Anthony Rokia (Fra) Cofidis                                1.20.47
145  JosÚ A. Garrido (Spa) Sport Lisboa Benfica                 1.20.58
146  Julian Dean (NZl) US Postal Service                        1.20.58
147  Stefano Casagranda (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips         1.23.09
148  Cesar Perez Padroná (Spa) Fuenlabrada                      1.24.05
149  Alessandro Pozzi (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips           1.25.24
150  Marco Gili (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips                 1.26.12
151  Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites                    1.26.52
152  CÚsar Garcia Calvo (Spa) Fuenlabrada                       1.26.52
153  David George (RSA) US Postal Service                       1.27.44
154  Igor Pugaci (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                         1.33.46
155  Dylan Casey (USA) US Postal Service                        1.35.07
156  Daniele Contrini (Ita) Liquigas                            1.44.06
157  Jacky Durand (Fra) Lotto-Mobistar                          1.44.46
158  Daniel Bayes (Spa) Sport Lisboa Benfica                    1.49.27



Mountains competition - overall after stage 9

1  Laurent Brochard (Fra) Lotus-Festina                             59
2  JosÚ M. Jimenez Sastre (Spa) Banesto                             46
3  Roberto Heras Hernandez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                 32
4  Inigo Chaurreau Bernadez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 31
5  Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mapei-Quick Step                              31
6  Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Liquigas                                     30
7  Abraham Olano Manzano (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                   30
8  Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Cofidis                                24
9  Orlando Gomes Rodrigues (Por) Banesto                            23
10 Pascal HervÚ (Fra) Lotus-Festina                                 23
11 Manuel Beltran Martinez (Spa) Banesto                            23
12 Rafael Diaz Justo (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                       19
13 Jan Ullrich (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                          17
14 Aitor Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) Banesto                               17
15 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank                                   16
16 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Banesto                                   16
17 Marcos A. Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank             12
18 Alberto Lopez de Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  11
19 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                             10
20 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                          10
21 JosÚ L. Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                    8
22 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis                                  8
23 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                             7
24 Rolf S÷rensen (Den) Rabobank                                      7
25 Serguei Outchakov (Ukr) TVM-Farm Frites                           6
26 German Nieto Fernandez (Spa) Fuenlabrada                          6
27 Mikel Zarrabeitia Uranga (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                 6
28 Victor Pe˝a (Col) Vitalicio Seguros                               6
29 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Polti                                   6
30 Igor Gonzalez Galdeano (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros                    5
31 Angel Castresana Del Val (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  5
32 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Team Polti                                  4
33 Roberto Laiseka Jaio (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      4
34 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                             4
35 Mario Traversoni (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                           4
36 Santiago Blanco (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros                           3
37 Nicola Miceliá (Ita) Liquigas                                     3
38 Andrei Zintchenko (Rus) Vitalicio Seguros                         3
39 Igor Flores Galarza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       3
40 JosÚ Joaquim Castelblanco (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca                2
41 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Lampre-Daikin                               2
42 Alain Turicchia (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                         2
43 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Liquigas                                   2
44 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                   1
45 Andrea Noe (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                                 1
46 J÷rg Jakscheá (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                         1
47 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                               1
48 Marcel WŘst (Ger) Lotus-Festina                                   1



Points competition - after stage 9


1  Marcel WŘst (Ger) Lotus-Festina                             106
2  Abraham Olano Manzano (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank               82
3  Robbie McEwen (Aus) Rabobank                                 63
4  Robert Hunter (RSA) Lampre-Daikin                            62
5  Igor Gonzalez Galdeano (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros               57
6  Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team Deutsche Telekom                57
7  Jan Ullrich (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                      54
8  Mario Traversoni (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                      45
9  Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                        44
10 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Polti                              41
11 Miguel A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank         41
12 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Lotus-Festina                         37
13 Serguei Outchakov (Ukr) TVM-Farm Frites                      32
14 Angel Casero (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros                         31
15 Glenn Magnusson (Swe) US Postal Service                      30
16 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mapei-Quick Step                          27
17 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Cofidis                            27
18 Giancarlo Raimondi (Ita) Liquigas                            26
19 Roberto Heras Hernandez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca             26
20 JosÚ M. Jimenez Sastre (Spa) Banesto                         25
21 I˝igo Cuesta Lopez (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                  23
22 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Team Polti                             23
23 Alain Turicchia (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                    22
24 JosÚ L. Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca               20
25 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Lampre-Daikin                          20
26 Manuel Beltran Martinez (Spa) Banesto                        20
27 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Rabobank                               19
28 Rolf S÷rensen (Den) Rabobank                                 18
29 Nicola Miceliá (Ita) Liquigas                                18
30 William Chann McRae (USA) Mapei-Quick Step                   18
31 Serguei Smetanine (Rus) Vitalicio Seguros                    17
32 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) TVM-Farm Frites                         16
33 German Nieto Fernandez (Spa) Fuenlabrada                     15
34 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                     15
35 Julian Dean (NZl) US Postal Service                          15
36 Andrei Zintchenko (Rus) Vitalicio Seguros                    14
37 Frank Hoj (Den) US Postal Service                            14
38 Servais Knaven (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites                         14
39 CÚsar Garcia Calvo (Spa) Fuenlabrada                         13
40 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                              13
41 Jacky Durand (Fra) Lotto-Mobistar                            12
42 Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites                      12
43 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Liquigas                               12
44 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Banesto                               10
45 Melchor Mauri (Spa) Sport Lisboa Benfica                     10
46 Michel Lafis (Swe) TVM-Farm Frites                            9
47 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                      9
48 Pedro Diaz Lobato (Spa) Fuenlabrada                           9
49 Toni Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                          9
50 Andreas Kl÷den (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                    9
51 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Lotus-Festina                            9
52 Angel Edo Alsina (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                     9
53 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank                                8
54 Kurt van de Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar                       8
55 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                         7
56 Ivan Parra (Col) Vitalicio Seguros                            7
57 Victor Pe˝a (Col) Vitalicio Seguros                           7
58 Koen Beeckman (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar                            7
59 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                      6
60 Mikel Zarrabeitia Uranga (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank             6
61 Dylan Casey (USA) US Postal Service                           6
62 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                           5
63 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Liquigas                               5
64 Roberto Laiseka Jaio (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  5
65 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips            5
66 Eleuterio Anguita Hinojosa (Spa) Fuenlabrada                  5
67 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                          4
68 Fabio Roscioli (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips                4
69 Rafael Diaz Justo (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                    4
70 Santiago Blanco (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros                       4
71 Stefano Verziagi (Ita) Fuenlabrada                            4
72 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                     4
73 Alvaro Gonzalez Galdeano (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros              3
74 Matias Cagigas Amedo (Spa) Fuenlabrada                        2
75 Anthony Rokia (Fra) Cofidis                                   2
76 Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) Cofidis                            2
77 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                       2
78 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                                   2
79 Arnoldas Saprykinas (Ltu) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                 2
80 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis                              1
81 Orlando Gomes Rodrigues (Por) Banesto                         1
82 Andreas Klier (Ger) TVM-Farm Frites                           1
83 Aitor Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) Banesto                            1
84 Bram de Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                  1
85 Inigo Chaurreau Bernadez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi              1



Sprints - after stage 9


1  Robert Hunter (RSA) Lampre-Daikin                            18
2  Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Polti                              17
3  German Nieto Fernandez (Spa) Fuenlabrada                     15
4  Jacky Durand (Fra) Lotto-Mobistar                            12
5  CÚsar Garcia Calvo (Spa) Fuenlabrada                         10
6  Michel Lafis (Swe) TVM-Farm Frites                            9
7  Laurent Brochard (Fra) Lotus-Festina                          8
8  Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank                                8
9  Robbie McEwen (Aus) Rabobank                                  8
10 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                      6
11 Abraham Olano Manzano (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                5
12 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                           5
13 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                          4
14 Serguei Outchakov (Ukr) TVM-Farm Frites                       4
15 Fabio Roscioli (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips                4
16 Giancarlo Raimondi (Ita) Liquigas                             4
17 Rafael Diaz Justo (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                    4
18 I˝igo Cuesta Lopez (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                   3
19 Igor Gonzalez Galdeano (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros                2
20 JosÚ L. Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                2
21 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                      2
22 Matias Cagigas Amedo (Spa) Fuenlabrada                        2
23 Marcel WŘst (Ger) Lotus-Festina                               2
24 Anthony Rokia (Fra) Cofidis                                   2
25 Mikel Zarrabeitia Uranga (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank             1
26 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                               1
27 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis                              1
28 Orlando Gomes Rodrigues (Por) Banesto                         1
29 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                         1
30 Rolf S÷rensen (Den) Rabobank                                  1
31 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                         1
32 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team Deutsche Telekom                 1


Stage Preview:

The sheerness of the Thursday gives way to an undulating route for the 180 kms between Gijˇn and Corrales de Buelna. There are 3 Cat 3 and one Cat 2 climbs to negotiate with the last Cat 2 ascent only 15 kms before the finish. It is thus unlikely to be a mass sprint and breakaways are to be expected.