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55th Vuelta a España - Grand Tour

Spain, August 26 - September 17, 2000

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Stage 1 - August 26: Málaga-Málaga ITT, 13.3 km

Zülle shines, Ullrich falters

By Gabriella Ekström, correspondent
Alex Zulle
Photo: © AFP

Welcome to Spain and Malaga, the city that hosts the first stage of this year's Tour of Spain, or Vuelta a Espańa as most of us know it. The three week tour is starting a little earlier this year because of the Olympics. In fact, the peloton will still be racing in Spain when the track competition starts in Sydney, but as the Olympic Time trial and road race are contested later, a lot of riders use this Grand Tour as a preparation.

The temperature in Malaga today is 35 degrees, and Andrei Teteriouk has just taken over the lead from Vitalicio Seguros' Alvaro Gonzalez de Galdeano The big favourites for the general classification as well as the first stage are still to head off. A novel idea this year is to make a few riders wear a pulse monitor that will let the public TV viewers see the riders heart rate on their screen. Who would be better suited for this than our big hearted friend Andrea Tafi? He measures 188 bpm right now. If you are among those who would like to see what Jan Ullrich's pulse is like, don't count on it. None of the top riders would wear the monitor during a stage they would like to win. It would give other teams and especially other team managers an unnecessary advantage.

World Champion Oscar Freire rides off the podium, but not in his rainbow jersey since this isn't the discipline he won at the World's last year. Right behind him follows a fella from the good old days, Gabriele Colombo. Another hero from the past is present as a street name. The riders pass along the Calle Miguel Indurain for part of the race.

Czech rider Jan Hruska is on his way to finish, and he comes in with a good time, 11 seconds ahead of his teammate Pena, who punished the time of Teteriouk just minutes ago. Jose Maria Jimenez, El Chabacano is the next rider to roll of the podium. He is always an interesting rider to watch when the road goes up, and believe me, in this Vuelta it does. However, time trials like this will keep him from winning it. Behind him comes another famous face, Mario Cipollini. He looks pale and a bit thinner than usual, but of the 30 stitches in his face, little can be seen.
Jan Ullrich
Photo: © AFP

The short stage has one climb, the Alto de Rodeo, and although it isn't very long or steep it will prevent most of the sprinters to wear the leaders jersey because of bonus seconds during the next days. Abraham Olano appears on the podium, with a new hair cut, and according to Spanish press, bad morale. Olano does not like the short stages in this year's Vuelta, odd as it may seem. However, it's the riders and not the route that is important in a good race, and short stages at least provide a lot more recovery that 260 kilometer days.

Behind Olano follows Virenque, and the GP Zürich winner, Dufaux, and then comes Ullrich, wearing his World Champion jersey. He is not allowed to wear the leader's jersey even though he won this race last year, because this stage at over 12 kilometres is counted as a real stage and not a prologue.

Alex Zülle has the fastest time over the Alto de Rodeo, and meanwhile, Olano has finished with the best time of the day. Maybe there is nothing wrong with his morale after all. Tonkov, who started as the captain of Mapei has failed to perform again, and more amazingly, so has Jan Ullrich. Someone who keeps his pace is Alex Zülle, and it looks like it is going to be a narrow race between him and Olano. Zülle pushes it and manages to cross the line 1.7 seconds ahead of the Spaniard. Zülle is in great form, and because it is him, that might be of concern. If he peaks in the first week, I doubt that he will last the whole race, but we'll have to wait and see.


1 Alex Zülle (Swi) Banesto                                 17.08 (46.57 km/h)
2 Abraham Olano Manzano (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank            0.02
3 Jan Hruska (Cze) Vitalicio Seguros                        0.04
4 Victor Hugo Peńa (Col) Vitalicio Seguros                  0.15
5 Inigo Cuesta Lopez (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank               0.21
6 Igor González de Galdeano (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros         0.28
7 Andrei Teteriouk (Kaz) Liquigas-Pata                      0.30
8 Felix Garcia Casas (Spa) Festina Watches                  0.32
9 Angel Casero Moreno (Spa) Festina Watches                 0.33
10 Alvaro González de Galdeano (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros      0.34
11 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank
12 Martin Garrido Mayorca (Arg) Relax-Fuenlabrada           0.36
13 Ivan Parra Pinto (Col) Vitalicio Seguros                 0.38
14 Eladio Jimenez Sanchez (Spa) Banesto
15 Francisco Cabello Luque (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca         0.40
16 Santos Gonzalez Capilla (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank
17 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Festina Watches                       0.41
18 Gianni Faresin (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
19 Dario Cioni (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                       0.43
20 Jan Ullrich (Ger) Deutsche Telekom
21 Roberto Heras Hernandez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca         0.47
22 Alberto Martinez Trinidad (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
23 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour
24 Raimundas Rumsas (Ltu) Fassa Bortolo                     0.49
25 Giuseppe Di Grande (Ita) Festina Watches
26 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) ONCE-Deutsche Bank              0.51
27 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mapei-Quick Step                      0.52
28 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Saeco-Valli & Valli
29 Andrea Peron (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
30 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                       0.53
31 Unai Etxebarria Arana (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi
32 David Etxebarria Alkorta (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank
33 Mikel Zarrabeitia Uranga (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank
34 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) Liquigas-Pata                       0.54
35 Rafael Diaz Justo (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank               0.55
36 Jon Odriozola Mugarza (Spa) Banesto
37 Pedro Diaz Lobato (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                0.57
38 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Deutsche Telekom                    0.59
39 Juan Vicario Barbera (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros
40 Martin Hvastija (Slo) Alessio                            1.00
41 Tomas Brozyna (Pol) Banesto
42 Francisco Garcia Rodriguez (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros       1.02
43 José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa)  Kelme-Costa Blanca        1.03
44 Ellis Rastelli (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                       1.04
45 Gilles Bouvard (Fra) Jean Delatour
46 Manuel Beltran Martinez (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
47 Richard Virenque (Fra) Team Polti                        1.05
48 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada              1.06
49 José Enrique Gutiérrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca          1.07
50 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi          1.08
51 Ińigo Chaurreau Bernadez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi         1.09
52 Ginés Salmerón Martinez (Spa) Jazztel-Costa Almeria
53 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca                 1.10
54 Jaime Hernandez Bertran (Spa) Festina Watches
55 Óscar Sevilla Ribera (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
56 Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre Daikin                    1.15
57 Andrei Zintchenko (Rus) LA-Pecol
58 Felix Cardenas Ravalo (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca           1.16
59 Bruno Castanheira (Por) LA-Pecol                         1.17
60 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) Banesto                 1.18
61 Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                    1.19
62 Marco Della Vedova (Ita) Lampre Daikin                   1.20
63 Roberto Laiseka Jaio (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
64 Fernando Escartín (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
65 German Nieto Fernandez (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada           1.22
66 José Vazquez Palomo (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
67 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Jean Delatour
68 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                     1.23
69 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Jean Delatour                         1.24
70 Txema Del Olmo Zendegi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
71 Andreas Bermejo Siller (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada           1.25
72 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Deutsche Telekom
73 Ivan Gotti (Ita) Team Polti                              1.26
74 Paolo Lanfranchi (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                  1.27
75 Ramon Gonzalez Arrieta (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
76 Christophe Bassons (Fra) Jean Delatour                   1.28
77 Alexandre Sheffer (Kaz) Alessio
78 Massimo Codol (Ita) Lampre Daikin                        1.29
79 Youri Sourkov (Mda) LA-Pecol
80 Juan Garate Cepa (Spa) Lampre Daikin
81 Rafael Mateos Perez (Spa) Team Polti                     1.30
82 Gilberto Simoni  (Ita) Lampre Daikin                     1.31
83 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Lampre Daikin
84 Kai Hundertmark (Ger) Deutsche Telekom                   1.32
85 Santiago Blanco Gil (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros
86 Marcelino Garcia Alonso  (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank
87 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step                1.33
88 Francisco Cerezo Perales (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros
89 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Deutsche Telekom                      1.34
90 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo
91 Jörg Ludewig (Ger) Saeco-Valli & Valli
92 Unai Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) Banesto
93 Pascal Hervé (Fra) Team Polti                            1.35
94 Eduardo Hernandez Bailo (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada          1.36
95 Marco Magnani (Ita) Alessio                              1.37
96 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Jean Delatour
97 Jans Koerts Ned) Farm Frites
98 Alberto Lopez de Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi          1.38
99 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Cantina Tollo
100 Gorka Gerrikagoitia Arrien (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi      1.39
101 Aitor Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) Banesto
102 Rafael Casero Moreno (Spa) Festina Watches              1.40
103 Remco van der Ven (Ned) Farm Frites                     1.41
104 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
105 Miquel van Kessel (Ned) Farm Frites                     1.42
106 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Cantina Tollo
107 Jose Uría Gonzalez (Spa) Team Polti                     1.43
108 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Farm Frites                    1.44
109 José Maira Jimenez (Spa) Banesto
110 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
111 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Liquigas-Pata              1.45
112 Rodolfo Massi (Ita) Cantina Tollo
113 José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Banesto                1.46
114 José Ángel Vidal Martinez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
115 Paolo Fornaciari  (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
116 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour                     1.47
117 Roberto Sgambelluri (Ita) Cantina Tollo                 1.48
118 Nicola Miceli (Ita) Alessio
119 Alessio Galletti (Ita) Saeco-Valli & Valli
120 Bruno Thibout (Fra) Jean Delatour                       1.49
121 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Deutsche Telekom                     1.50
122 Mario Cipollini (Ita) Saeco-Valli & Valli               1.51
123 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
124 Giancarlo Raimondi (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
125 Eleuterio Anguita Hinojosa (Spa) Jazztel-Costa Almeria  1.52
126 Endrio Leoni (Ita) Alessio
127 Glenn Magnusson (Swe) Farm Frites                       1.53
128 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Alessio                      1.54
129 Giuseppe Calcaterra (Ita) Saeco-Valli & Valli           1.55
130 Stefano Casagranda (Ita) Alessio
131 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
132 Armin Meier (Swi) Saeco-Valli & Valli                   1.56
133 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Cantina Tollo
134 Fabio Roscioli (Ita) Jazztel-Costa Almeria
135 Dirk Ronellenfitsch Ger) Farm Frites                    1.58
136 Oscar Pellicioli (Ita) Team Polti
137 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Farm Frites
138 Saulius Sarkauskas (Ltu) LA-Pecol                       1.59
139 Igor Pugaci (Mda) Saeco-Valli & Valli
140 Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Saeco-Valli & Valli
141 César Garcia Calvo (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada              2.01
142 Eddy Seigneur (Fra) Jean Delatour
143 Florent Brard (Fra) Festina Watches
144 Nacor Burgos Rojo (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada               2.06
145 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
146 Pablo Soler Siles (Spa) Jazztel-Costa Almeria
147 José Rosa Ribeiro (Por) LA-Pecol                        2.08
148 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
149 Matteo Frutti (Ita) Lampre Daikin
150 Daniel Clavero Sebastian (Spa) Team Polti               2.09
151 Mirko Marini (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
152 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Deutsche Telekom
153 Federico Giabbecucci (Ita) Cantina Tollo
154 Biagio Conte (Ita) Saeco-Valli & Valli                  2.12
155 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
156 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Deutsche Telekom                2.14
157 David Clinger (USA) Festina Watches                     2.15
158 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre Daikin
159 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Deutsche Telekom
160 Michele Colleoni (Ita) Team Polti                       2.16
161 Pedro Lopes Goncalves (Por) LA-Pecol                    2.17
162 Fernando Mota Dos Santos (Por) LA-Pecol                 2.18
163 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre Daikin                     2.19
164 Mirco Crepaldi (Ita) Team Polti                         2.22
165 Carlos Golbano Garcia (Spa) Jazztel-Costa Almeria       2.23
166 Gerben Löwik (Ned) Farm Frites                          2.26
167 Rolf Huser (Swi) Festina Watches                        2.28
168 Ruben Ispizua Oarbeskoa (Spa) LA-Pecol                  2.30
169 Guido Trenti (USA)  Cantina Tollo                       2.32
170 Geert van Bondt (Bel) Farm Frites                       2.33
171 Mario Traversoni (Ita) Jazztel-Costa Almeria            2.35
172 César Perez Padron (Spa) Jazztel-Costa Almeria          2.36
173 Gabriele Colombo (Ita) Cantina Tollo                    2.41
174 Diego Prior Jimenez (Spa) Jazztel-Costa Almeria         2.46
175 Carlo Finco (Ita) Alessio                               2.49
176 Ricardo Valdes Prieto (Spa) Jazztel-Costa Almeria       2.51
177 Federico Colonna (Ita) Cantina Tollo                    3.04
178 Sérgio De La Torre (Spa) LA-Pecol                       3.19
179 Leonardo Guidi (Ita) Alessio                            4.19


1 Alex Zülle (Swi) Banesto                                      25 pts
2 Abraham Olano Manzano (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                20
3 Jan Hruska (Cze) Vitalicio Seguros                            16
4 Victor Hugo Peńa (Col) Vitalicio Seguros                      14
5 Inigo Cuesta Lopez (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                   12
6 Igor González de Galdeano (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros             10
7 Andrei Teteriouk (Kaz) Liquigas-Pata                           9
8 Felix Garcia Casas (Spa) Festina Watches                       8
9 Angel Casero Moreno (Spa) Festina Watches                      7
10 Alvaro González de Galdeano (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros           6
11 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                 5
12 Martin Garrido Mayorca (Arg) Relax-Fuenlabrada                4
13 Ivan Parra Pinto (Col) Vitalicio Seguros                      3
14 Eladio Jimenez Sanchez (Spa) Banesto                          2
15 Francisco Cabello Luque (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca              1


Alto del Rodeo - Cat. 3, km 5

1 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                  6 pts
2 Eladio Jimenez Sanchez (Spa) Banesto                           4
3 Felix Cardenas Ravalo (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca                 2
4 Alex Zülle (Swi) Banesto                                       1


1 Vitalicio Seguros                                       52.11.00
2 O.N.C.E.-Deutsche Bank                                      0.10
3 Banesto                                                     0.46
4 Festina                                                     0.59
5 Mapei-Quick Step                                            1.29
6 Liquigas-Pata                                               1.41
7 Kelme-Costa Blanca                                          1.43
8 Fassa Bortolo                                               1.47
9 Fuenlabrada                                                 1.52
10 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                          2.01
11 Team Deutsche Telekom                                      2.20
12 Jean Delatour                                              2.26
13 LA-Pecol                                                   3.14
14 Team Polti                                                 3.14
15 Lampre-Daikin                                              3.17
16 Alessio                                                    3.18
17 Saeco-Valli & Valli                                        3.27
18 Costa de Almeria                                           4.10
19 Farm Frites                                                4.13
20 Cantina Tollo                                              4.18

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