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Stage 1 - September 8: Salamanca - Salamanca ITT, 12.3 km
Stage 2 - September 9: Salamanca - Valladolid, 147.2 km
Stage 3 - September 10: Valladolid - León, 140.5 km
Stage 4 - September 11: León - Gijón, 175 km
Stage 5 - September 12: Gijón - Lagos de Covadonga, 160.8 km
Stage 6 - September 13: Cangas de Onís- Torrelavega, 180.6 km
Stage 7 - September 14: Torrelavega - Torrelavega ITT, 44.2 km
Stage 8 - September 15: Reinosa - Alto Cruz de la Demanda, 195 km
Stage 9 - September 16: Logroño - Zaragoza, 179.2 km
Stage 10 - September 18: Sabadell -La Molina, 168.4 km
Stage 11 - September 19: Alp - Andorra, 154.2 km
Stage 12 - September 20: Ordino - Est. d'Esquí Ordino Arcalis ITT, 17.1 km
Stage 13 - September 21: Andorra - Universal Estudios Port Aventura, 206 km
Stage 14 - September 22: Tarragona - Vinaros, 170.5 km
Stage 15 - September 23: Valencia - Alto de Aitana, 207.2 km
Stage 16 - September 25: Alcoy - Murcia, 153.3 km
Stage 17 - September 26: Murcia - Albacete, 159.5 km
Stage 18 - September 27: Albacete - Cuenca, 154.2 km
Stage 19 - September 28: Cuenca - Guadalajara, 168 km
Stage 20 - September 29: Guadalajara - Alto de Abantos, 181 km

Stage 1 - September 8: Salamanca - Salamanca ITT, 12.3 km

Richard Virenque (Domo-Farm Frites) - checks his time trial bike one day before the start
David Millar (Cofidis) - on his way to winning the first stage in Salamanca
Santiago Botero (Kelme) - powers along during stage 1
David Millar (Cofidis) - cool as always, pulls on the gold jersey as the first leader

Stage 2 - September 9: Salamanca - Valladolid, 147.2 km

Erik Zabel (Telekom) - wins the second stage into Valladolid
Erik Zabel - on the podium after his triumph in stage 2
David Millar (Cofidis) - is kissed on the podium as race leader

Stage 3 - September 10: Valladolid - León, 140.5 km

Erik Zabel (Telekom) - too good for Robbie McEwen (Domo-Farm Frites) in Leon
Erik Zabel - smiles on the podium after his second stage win
David Millar (Cofidis) - is handed his trophy by Spanish tennis player Carlos Ferrero

Stage 4 - September 11: León - Gijón, 175 km

A hat-trick for Erik Zabel - smiling after his third successive win in the Vuelta
Santiago Botero (Kelme) - gets the gold leader's jersey after finishing in the front group

Stage 5 - September 12: Gijón - Lagos de Covadonga, 160.8 km

Levi Leipheimer and Chan Mcrae - observe a minute's silence for the victims of the New York disaster
Antonio Cruz and Roberto Heras (US Postal) - catch up with events in New York from the Spanish newspapers
Juan Miguel Mercado (iBanesto) - smiles as he wins the first mountain stage

Stage 6 - September 13: Cangas de Onís- Torrelavega, 180.6 km

David Millar (Cofidis) - punches the air as he beats Kelme's Santiago Botero in the two up sprint
David Millar - smiles on the podium after his second stage win in the Vuelta
Oscar Sevilla - is kissed on the podium after retaining his lead

Stage 7 - September 14: Torrelavega - Torrelavega ITT, 44.2 km

Santiago Botero (Kelme) - rides during the seventh stage, which he won.
Santiago Botero - raises his arms on the podium after becoming the leader
Same team, different rider - US Postal's Levi Leipheimer hammers along

Stage 8 - September 15: Reinosa - Alto Cruz de la Demanda, 195 km

Joseba Beloki (ONCE) - gets the leader's jersey for the first time after stage 8

Stage 9 - September 16: Logroño - Zaragoza, 179.2 km

Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (ONCE) - salutes as he wins the fastest ever stage of the Vuelta
Joseba Beloki (ONCE) - puts the leader's jersey on after retaining it in stage 9

Stage 10 - September 18: Sabadell -La Molina, 168.4 km

Riders from the Maia team - take shelter under hostesses umbrellas
The ONCE team - control the tempo
The peloton - snakes along the road
Richard Virenque (Domo) - shows the strain as he climbs
Santiago Blanco (iBanesto.com) - takes a drink en route to victory
Santiago Blanco - rides on his own on his way to the win
Santiago Blanco - raises his arms in triumph as he wins
Santiago Blanco - raises his arms as he crosses the line.
Joseba Beloki (ONCE) - looking calm on the podium

Stage 11 - September 19: Alp - Andorra, 154.2 km

Marco Pantani (Mercatone Uno) - bids adieu to the Vuelta
Oscar Sevilla (Kelme) - struggles up one of the climbs, which is not as steep as it looks!
Richard Virenque (Domo) - rides in the peloton
Joseba Beloki - shows the suffering on a hard day in the office
The chasers - Juan Miguel Mercado (iBanesto.com), Angel Casero (Festina), Oscar Sevilla (Kelme) & Roberto Heras (USPS)
Jose Maria Jimenez (iBanesto.com) - attacks the peloton for the last time
Jose Maria Jimenez - looks up the road during his winning attack
Jose Maria Jimenez - building up a commanding lead
Jose Maria Jimenez crosses the line looking as much relieved as excited
Jose Maria Jimenez - celebrates his second stage win in this Vuelta
Oscar Sevilla - is kissed on the podium after regaining the gold jersey
Oscar Sevilla - grins on the podium

Stage 12 - September 20: Ordino - Est. d'Esquí Ordino Arcalis ITT, 17.1 km

Images by Fotoreporter Sirotti

Levi Leipheimer (US Postal) - rode a strong TT to finish fifth, and best foreigner
Oscar Sevilla (Kelme) - eventually placed seventh
Oscar Sevilla - shows the effort
Roberto Heras (USPS) could only manage 15th, over a minute behind
Angel Casero (Festina) - kept in contention with a powerful ride
Juan Miguel Mercado (iBanesto.com) retained third but slipped a few seconds
Jose Maria Jimenez (iBanesto.com) powered his way to a second consecutive stage
Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) - highest-placed Italian on GC

Images by AFP

Jose Maria Jimenez (iBanesto) - out of the saddle on his way to his third stage win
Jose Maria Jimenez - powers along in the mountain TT
Jose Maria Jimenez - guides the bike up to Arcalis by magic, taking Bernard Hinault's advice
Oscar Sevilla (Kelme) - struggled during stage 12 but managed to increase his GC lead
Jose Maria Jimenez - pulls on the orange mountains jersey
Oscar Sevilla - attempts to recover after his effort

Stage 13 - September 21: Andorra - Universal Estudios Port Aventura, 206 km

Oscar Sevilla (Kelme) - rides at the head of the bunch in stage 13.
Oscar Sevilla - head and shoulders above.
Angel Casero (Festina) - second overall, and leader Oscar Sevilla ride in the bunch.
Levi Leipheimer (US Postal) - rides in the bunch as the peloton crosses a bridge.
The peloton - rides through picture-postcard Spanish scenery.
The Kelme team - surrounding the gold jersey of Oscar Sevilla
Richard Virenque (Domo) - rides in the break during stage 13.
Beat Zberg (Rabobank) - working hard in the break on the way to the stage win
Richard Virenque and Igor Flores (Euskaltel) - power the break
Richard Virenque and Beat Zberg - lead the break.
Beat Zberg - punches the air as he outsprints Richard Virenque for the win.

Stage 14 - September 22: Tarragona - Vinarós, 170.5 km

The peloton - rides past a palm tree during a moment of less-grotty weather.
The peloton - vanishes into the gloom on a good day for indoor sports.
Oscar Sevilla (Kelme) - rides at thehead of the bunch while his team-mates get their instructions
Juan Manuel Garate (Lampre) - leads Juan Carlos Dominguez (iBanesto.com) in the last few kilometres
Juan Manuel Garate - raises his arms as he takes the soggy victory.
Juan Manuel Garate - looks stunned at his win as he crosses the line
Juan Manuel Garate - grins from the podium

Stage 15 - September 23: Valencia - Alto de Aitana, 207.2 km

The peloton - snakes up a climb during the 15th stage
Oscar Sevilla (Kelme) - tries to camouflage himself in the bunch
The breakaways - with Sastre at the rear, ride through the spectators on the Alto de Aitana
Oscar Sevilla (Kelme) - accompanied by his rival Angel Casero (Festina) on the final climb.
Klaus Möller (Milaneza-MSS) - during his winning attack
Klaus Möller - wins the 15th stage
Oscar Sevilla - puts on the gold jersey, which he has by just 25 seconds.  

Stage 16 - September 25: Alcoy - Murcia, 153.3 km

Oscar Sevilla (Kelme) during the 16th stage - He managed to retain his overall lead
Oscar Sevilla and Angel Caseo - between Alcoi and Murcie.
Richard Virenque - attempting to breakaway from the peloton.
Tomas Konecny - absolutely loving his win

Stage 17 - September 26: Murcia - Albacete, 159.5 km

Robert Hunter - and you wonder if South Africans like winning!
South African Robert Hunter from Lampre-Daikin team - celebrates as he crosses the finish line
The pack enjoying the 17th stage - Looks very pleasant doesn't it!
Overall leader, Oscar Sévilla - and fellow countryman Angel Casero, second in the overall
Erik Zabel - and the Telekom team dominate the peloton
Oscar Sévilla - wearing gold for his hometown
Oscar Sévilla - collecting the traditional podium smooch

Stage 18 - September 27: Albacete - Cuenca, 154.2 km

Angel Casero looking back over his shoulder - to Oscar Sévilla and Roberto Heras
Filippo Simeoni - holds his bike aloft as he crosses the finish line
Roberto Heras and teammate US Levi Leipheimer - with Colombian Gai Mattioli
Filippo Simeoni - on his own as he climbs
Filippo Simeoni - casually walks across the line

Stage 19 - September 28: Cuenca - Guadalajara, 168 km

Guido Trenti - makes the pace in the break-away
Guido Trenti - becomes the first American to win a stage in the Vuelta
Guido Trenti - makes it two in a row for Cantina Tollo Acqua & Sapone
Oscar Sévilla gets rid of his rain jacket - as the clouds, momentarily move away
Guido Trenti - washes away the sweat from his win

Stage 20 - September 29: Guadalajara - Alto de Abantos, 176.3 km

Oscar Sevilla - doing his best to shake Angel Casero
Oscar Sevilla - gets a birthday present
Sevilla trys to make the break - And he looks pretty happy about things too!
Roberto Heras - with Jose-Maria Jimenez, Klaus Moller and Gilberto Simoni to the side.
Gilberto Simoni - powers up Alto de Abantos and gets lots of support along the way.
Gilberto Simoni - knows how to celerbrate a win!

 

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