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81st Volta a Catalunya - 2.HC

Spain, June 21- 28, 2001

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Stage 8 - June 28: St Julia Loria - Alt de la Rabassa ITT, 13.9 km

Beloki snatches final victory with top TT

By Gabriella Ekström, cyclingnews.com correspondent

Joseba Beloki (ONCE) has won the mountain time trial up to Alt de la Rabessa by 15 seconds over Fernando Escartin (Team Coast). A pleasing victory, but more importantly was the fact that Igor Gonzales de Galdeano (ONCE) was 55 seconds behind him.

Before today's stage, Beloki was second overall, only 22 seconds behind Gonzales de Galdeano, so his fine performance over the 13.9 kilomtre uphill TT course means that he won the overall GC by 33 seconds over Gonzales de Galdeano. Fernando Escartin moved up to third in the final GC thanks to an awesome performance today, a performance based more on great form and a strong mind, than technique and elegance.

ONCE capped off a near perfect Volta a Catalunya. After winning the first stage team time trial they passed the leader's jersey around between four team members, with it finally finishing on Joseba Beloki's shoulders. No other team wore it during the entire eight stages.

Beloki also won the points classification and Rafael Felix Cardenas (Kelme) won the mountains classification. He earned half of his 105 points during the fifth stage where he rode in a long breakaway. The metas volantes and special sprints classifications were taken by Carlos Ramon Golbano (Jazztel) and Jose Enrique Gutierrez (Kelme) respectively. Surprisingly, iBanesto.com just beat ONCE in the teams classification.

Results

1 Joseba Beloki (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                   33.47
2 Fernando Escartin (Spa) Team Coast                     0.15
3 Igor Gonzalez (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                    0.55
4 Aitor Garmendia (Spa) Team Coast                       1.15
5 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                1.34
6 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) iBanesto.com                    1.37
7 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                1.42
8 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                 2.05
9 Daniele De Paoli (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV         2.10
10 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada       2.17
11 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) iBanesto.com                     2.26
12 Roberto Heras (Spa) U.S. Postal Service               2.26
13 Alber Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi         2.29
14 Jorg Jaksche (Ger) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                    2.35
15 Aitor Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com                          2.42
16 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit-Agricole              2.45
17 Felix Rafael Cardenas (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca        2.54
18 Unai Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com                           3.02
19 David Vazquez (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada             3.07
20 Jose Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca       3.18
21 Felix M. Garcia (Spa) Festina                         3.29
22 Ivan Ramiro Parra (Col) O.N.C.E.-Eroski               3.39
23 Marcos A. Serrano (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski               3.42
24 Victor Hugo Peña (Col) U.S. Postal Service            3.42
25 Aitor Kintana (Spa) Jazztel-Costa Almeria             3.45
26 Roberto Conti (Ita) Cantina Tollo                     3.52
27 Angel Luis Casero (Spa) Festina                       4.05
28 Levi Leipheimer (USA) U.S. Postal Service             4.05
29 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Cantina Tollo                    4.21
30 Luis Perez (Spa) Festina                              4.25
31 Daniel Clavero (Spa) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV          4.26
32 Jens Heppner (Ger) Telekom                            4.30
33 Maurizio Caravaggio (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV     4.42
34 Iban Sastre (Spa) Festina                             4.48
35 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com                    4.55
36 Raphael Schweda (Ger) Team Coast                      5.07
37 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit-Agricole                    5.27
38 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                     5.39
39 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio                       5.41
40 Jose Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada       5.45
41 Cesar Garcia (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada              5.47
42 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit-Agricole                  5.54
43 Oscar Laguna (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada              6.00
44 Stephan Schreck (Ger) Telekom                         6.09
45 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Cantina Tollo              6.26
46 Marco Velo (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV              6.27
47 Jose Maria Jimenez (Spa) iBanesto.com                 6.38
48 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca              6.44
49 Angel Castresana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi              6.47
50 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Alessio                       6.50
51 Benjamin Noval (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada            6.55
52 Julian Dean (NZl) U.S. Postal Service                 7.02
53 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Credit-Agricole                7.32
54 Ivan Gotti (Ita) Alessio                              7.39
55 Ruben Diaz De Cerio (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi           7.47
56 Igor Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                   7.48
57 Enrico Cassani (Ita) Domo-Farm Frites                 7.50
58 Carlos Ramon Golbano (Spa) Jazztel-Costa Almeria      8.15
59 German Nieto (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada              8.19
60 Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) Cantina Tollo                8.20
61 Alessandr Spezialetti (Ita) Cantina Tollo             8.35
62 Chann McRae (USA) Mercury-Viatel                      8.55
63 Eleuterio Anguita (Spa) Jazztel-Costa Almeria         9.01
64 Juan Carlos Vicario (Spa) Festina                     9.03
65 Fabrice Gougot (Fra) Credit-Agricole                  9.58
66 Marco Milesi (Ita) Domo-Farm Frites                  10.06
67 Juan Carlos Guillamon (Spa) Jazztel-Costa Almeria    11.19
68 Thorsten Rund (Ger) Team Coast                       12.31
69 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Alessio                   15.39
 
Points
 
1 Joseba Beloki (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                      25 pts
2 Fernando Escartin (Spa) Team Coast                       20
3 Igor Gonzalez (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                      16
4 Aitor Garmendia (Spa) Team Coast                         14
5 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  12
6 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) iBanesto.com                      10
7 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                   9
8 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                    8
9 Daniele De Paoli (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV            7
10 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada          6
11 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) iBanesto.com                        5
12 Roberto Heras (Spa) U.S. Postal Service                  4
13 Alber Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi            3
14 Jorg Jaksche (Ger) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                       2
15 Aitor Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com                             1
 
Mountains
 
La Rabassa - Cat. 1
 
1 Joseba Beloki (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                      16 pts
2 Fernando Escartin (Spa) Team Coast                       12
3 Igor Gonzalez (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                      10
4 Aitor Garmendia (Spa) Team Coast                          8
5 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                   6
6 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) iBanesto.com                       4
7 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                   3
8 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                    2
9 Daniele De Paoli (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV            1
 
Teams
 
1 O.N.C.E.-Eroski                                     1.44.51
2 Team Coast                                             3.07
3 Kelme-Costa Blanca                                     3.11
4 iBanesto.com                                           3.15
5 US Postal Service                                      6.43
6 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                      7.20
7 Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada                              7.39
8 Mercatone Uno-Stream TV                                7.48
9 Festina                                                8.29
10 Credit Agricole                                      10.36
11 Cantina Tollo                                        11.09
12 Alessio                                              16.40
 
Final general classification
 
1 Joseba Beloki (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                26.40.14 (37.843 km/h)
2 Igor Gonzalez (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                    0.33
3 Fernando Escartin (Spa) Team Coast                     0.41
4 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                1.44
5 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                 3.03
6 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) iBanesto.com                      3.04
7 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                3.40
8 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) iBanesto.com                    3.57
9 Unai Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com                            5.11
10 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada       5.28
11 Aitor Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com                          5.51
12 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit-Agricole              6.10
13 Felix M. Garcia (Spa) Festina                         6.23
14 Luis Perez (Spa) Festina                              6.25
15 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com                    7.20
16 Aitor Garmendia (Spa) Team Coast                      8.30
17 Marcos A. Serrano (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski               8.45
18 Jorg Jaksche (Ger) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                    8.56
19 Alber Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi         9.11
20 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Cantina Tollo                    9.41
21 Aitor Kintana (Spa) Jazztel-Costa Almeria            10.16
22 Roberto Heras (Spa) U.S. Postal Service              11.13
23 David Vazquez (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada            13.51
24 Daniele De Paoli (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV       13.58
25 Ivan Gotti (Ita) Alessio                             14.15
26 Marco Velo (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV             15.12
27 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Cantina Tollo             15.53
28 Angel Luis Casero (Spa) Festina                      17.21
29 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                    17.56
30 Jose Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca      19.40
31 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit-Agricole                   20.11
32 Victor Hugo Peña (Col) U.S. Postal Service           20.48
33 Daniel Clavero (Spa) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV         21.03
34 Raphael Schweda (Ger) Team Coast                     22.34
35 Ivan Ramiro Parra (Col) O.N.C.E.-Eroski              22.37
36 Jens Heppner (Ger) Telekom                           23.53
37 Benjamin Noval (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada           24.08
38 Jose Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada      26.32
39 Igor Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  26.56
40 Roberto Conti (Ita) Cantina Tollo                    27.09
41 Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) Cantina Tollo               32.08
42 Cesar Garcia (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada             32.13
43 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca             33.01
44 Levi Leipheimer (USA) U.S. Postal Service            33.49
45 Angel Castresana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi             34.06
46 Oscar Laguna (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada             34.37
47 Felix Rafael Cardenas (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca       38.34
48 Stephan Schreck (Ger) Telekom                        39.01
49 Jose Maria Jimenez (Spa) iBanesto.com                39.41
50 Julian Dean (NZl) U.S. Postal Service                43.35
51 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio                      46.35
52 Ruben Diaz De Cerio (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi          46.55
53 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit-Agricole                 49.40
54 Iban Sastre (Spa) Festina                            50.18
55 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Alessio                      54.40
56 Enrico Cassani (Ita) Domo-Farm Frites                55.42
57 Carlos Ramon Golbano (Spa) Jazztel-Costa Almeria   1.05.33
58 German Nieto (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada           1.06.25
59 Maurizio Caravaggio (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV  1.14.22
60 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Credit-Agricole             1.18.54
 
Points classification
 
1 Joseba Beloki (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                      74 pts
2 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                  61
3 Fernando Escartin (Spa) Team Coast                       54
4 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                   49
5 Daniele De Paoli (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV           42
6 Igor Gonzalez (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                      37
7 Julian Dean (NZl) U.S. Postal Service                    28
8 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  27
9 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) iBanesto.com                        26
10 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) iBanesto.com                     26
11 Oscar Laguna (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada                25
12 Ivan Gotti (Ita) Alessio                                25
13 Aitor Kintana (Spa) Jazztel-Costa Almeria               20
14 Igor Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                     19
15 Aitor Garmendia (Spa) Team Coast                        14
16 Jens Heppner (Ger) Telekom                              14
17 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio                         14
18 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada         14
19 Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) Cantina Tollo                  12
20 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit-Agricole                    12
21 Unai Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com                             11
22 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com                      11
23 Felix Rafael Cardenas (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca          10
24 Luis Perez (Spa) Festina                                 9
25 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                        8
26 Carlos Ramon Golbano (Spa) Jazztel-Costa Almeria         8
27 Felix M. Garcia (Spa) Festina                            7
28 Aitor Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com                             6
29 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit-Agricole                 5
30 Roberto Heras (Spa) U.S. Postal Service                  4
31 Alber Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi            3
32 Jorg Jaksche (Ger) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                       2
33 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Cantina Tollo                       2
34 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca                 2
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Felix Rafael Cardenas (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca          105 pts
2 Daniele De Paoli (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV           80
3 Joseba Beloki (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                      46
4 Oscar Laguna (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada                 46
5 Fernando Escartin (Spa) Team Coast                       45
6 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                   39
7 Aitor Kintana (Spa) Jazztel-Costa Almeria                31
8 Ivan Gotti (Ita) Alessio                                 29
9 Jose Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca          29
10 Daniel Clavero (Spa) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV            28
11 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio                         27
12 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                 26
13 Igor Gonzalez (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                     22
14 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 17
15 Carlos Ramon Golbano (Spa) Jazztel-Costa Almeria        17
16 German Nieto (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada                15
17 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) iBanesto.com                       14
18 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit-Agricole                      13
19 Cesar Garcia (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada                13
20 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca                12
21 David Vazquez (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada               11
22 Ivan Ramiro Parra (Col) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                 11
23 Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) Cantina Tollo                  11
24 Alber Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi           10
25 Aitor Garmendia (Spa) Team Coast                         8
26 Julian Dean (NZl) U.S. Postal Service                    8
27 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) iBanesto.com                      7
28 Unai Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com                              7
29 Aitor Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com                             6
30 Jens Heppner (Ger) Telekom                               6
31 Marcos A. Serrano (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                  4
32 Jorg Jaksche (Ger) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                       4
33 Luis Perez (Spa) Festina                                 3
34 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com                       3
35 Roberto Conti (Ita) Cantina Tollo                        3
36 Angel Luis Casero (Spa) Festina                          2
37 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit-Agricole                 1
38 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                        1
 
Metas volantes classification
 
1 Carlos Ramon Golbano (Spa) Jazztel-Costa Almeria          8 pts
2 Cesar Garcia (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada                  7
3 Ivan Gotti (Ita) Alessio                                  4
4 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio                           4
5 Aitor Kintana (Spa) Jazztel-Costa Almeria                 4
6 Daniele De Paoli (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV            3
7 Oscar Laguna (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada                  3
8 Victor Hugo Peña (Col) U.S. Postal Service                3
9 Jens Heppner (Ger) Telekom                                2
10 Marco Velo (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV                 2
11 German Nieto (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada                 2
12 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca                 1
13 Jose Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca          1
 
Special sprints classification
 
1 Jose Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca           9 pts
2 German Nieto (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada                  8
3 Daniele De Paoli (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV            6
4 Oscar Laguna (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada                  3
5 Cesar Garcia (Spa) Col.Relax-Fuenlabrada                  3
6 Julian Dean (NZl) U.S. Postal Service                     3
7 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca                  2
8 Aitor Kintana (Spa) Jazztel-Costa Almeria                 2
9 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio                           2
10 Jens Heppner (Ger) Telekom                               2
11 Daniel Clavero (Spa) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV             1
12 Felix Rafael Cardenas (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca           1
 
Teams classification
 
1 iBanesto.com                                       80.06.44
2 O.N.C.E.-Eroski                                        0.21
3 Kelme-Costa Blanca                                     3.59
4 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                     22.14
5 Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada                             22.16
6 Festina                                               23.46
7 Team Coast                                            25.43
8 Cantina Tollo                                         28.17
9 Mercatone Uno-Stream TV                               42.17
10 US Postal Service                                    50.22
11 Credit Agricole                                    1.09.43
12 Alessio                                            1.41.15