11th Challenge Internacional Vuelta a Mallorca - 1.3 (x5)

Spain, February 3-7, 2002

Stage 5 - February 7: Magaluf - Palmanova, 155.6 km

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Rabobank's Dekker finishes last stage number one

Kelme's Cabello captures overall Mallorca win for third time

By Julie Walsh in Palmanova
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Dekker wins finale
Photo ©: Jaime Reina

Team Kelme-Costa Blanca's ten young riders worked the peloton over today to ensure the overall GC win for their 32 year old captain, Francisco (Paco) Cabello. Rabobank's Erik Dekker, led out by teammate Matthé Pronk won the sprint finish in downtown Palma Nova. Pronk finished seconds with David Muñoz (Kelme) rounding out the top three finishers in today's stage.

Today's course was one of the hardest of the tour. It was constantly up and down and wound through narrow villages, making it hard for the peloton to maintain high speeds during several sections. It included two category 2 climbs and two category 3 climbs on the dramatic mountain coastline. It started and finished in Palma Nova, a mostly British tourist area where you can eat fish and chips, drink beer in pubs or have tea.

At 27 km into the race, Juan Antonio Flecha (iBanesto), Karsten Kroon (Rabobank), Michael Rasmussen (CSC) Dave Bruylandts (Domo) and Mikel Pradera (ONCE) attacked. The five remained in front of the peloton, gaining over 5'00 on the field at 100 km into the race. Rasmussen eventually fell off the pace with 50km from the finish.

On the third climb of the day, the Coll de sa Gramola, Karsten Kroon (Rabobank) was dropped as Flecha pushed the pace to the top of the climb. As the peloton started the climb, several minutes back, local rider and mountain leader Toni Colom (Relax-Fuenlabrada) launched an attack to close the gap to the leaders.

Dario David Cioni (Mapei), Iker Castano (Phonak), David Arroyo (ONCE) and Ruben Plaza (iBanesto) were in a chase group that eventually was absorbed as Team Kelme and Relax pushed the pace at the front of the peloton to try to get the overall win for Cabello (Kelme) or Toni Colom (Relax). At the beginning of the last climb, Toni Colom launched an attack in an effort to make up the 24 seconds Cabello had on him for the GC.

The peloton closed the time gap to the original breakaways to just 1'27 with 10 km left in the race. Colom, along with David Arroyo (ONCE) were absorbed a few kilometres later. At 5 km from the finish, Kelme reduced the time gap to under 25 seconds, but Bruylandts (Domo) continued to ride like a man possessed, driving the break even harder. However, Bruylandts, at the front of the break, took a wrong turn at a roundabout and was absorbed by the field; the three others in the break continued to the finish, but were caught in the last two kilometres of the race. Rabobank's Pronk provided Dekker with the perfect wheel for a 1-2 stage win.

"I was surprised to win here," commented Dekker. "We didn't think we would catch the break, but when we realized we had, we decided to go for the win."

"The Mallorca Challenge used to be thought of as just a training race, but in the past few years, it's become a real race, they ride really fast," added Dekker.


  • Erik Dekker (Rabobank) - helps his team a 1-2 win in the final stage, with Matthe Pronk in second place
  • Francisco Cabello - gets the attention of the podium girls after winning the overall classification


1 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                         4.10.51 (37.217 km/h)
2 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Rabobank
3 David Munoz (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                  0.01
4 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) iBanesto.com
5 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak
6 Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) iBanesto.com
7 Francisco Cabello (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
8 Jose Luis Rebollo (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada
9 JaviePascual Llorente (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
10 Gerhard Trampusch (Aut) Mapei-Quick-Step
11 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank
12 Torsten Schmidt (Ger) Gerolsteiner
13 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC Tiscali
14 Christian Charriere (Swi) Phonak
15 Antonio Colon (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada
16 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com
17 Jorge Ferrio (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
18 Luis Perez (Spa) Team Coast
19 Claus Michael Moller (Den) Milaneza MSS
20 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo Farm-Frites
21 Cadel Evans (Aus) Mapei-Quick-Step
22 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
23 Ivan Ramiro Parra (Col) ONCE-Eroski
24 Alex Zuelle (Swi) Team Coast
25 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
26 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) iBanesto.com
27 Denis Menchov (Rus) iBanesto.com
28 Marcel Duijn (Ned) Rabobank
29 Mikel Pradera (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
30 Joaquim Lopez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca               0.11
31 Jose Manuel Maestre (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabra    0.18
32 Gianpaolo Caruso (Ita) ONCE-Eroski                   0.20
33 Ruben Plaza (Spa) iBanesto.com                       1.14
34 David Arroyo (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                       1.21
35 Andrea Noe (Ita) Mapei-Quick-Step                    1.35
36 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick-Step
37 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak                          3.21
38 Ellis Rastelli (Ita) Gerolsteiner                    3.59
39 Francisco Jose Lara (Spa) Team Coast
40 Konstantin Sivtsov (Blr) Itera                       5.08
41 Richard Virenque (Fra) Domo Farm-Frites
42 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Team CSC Tiscali
43 Gian Matteo Fagnini (Ita) Team Telekom               7.32
44 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Itera                           9.43
45 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Itera
46 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Telekom
47 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) Team Telekom
48 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom
49 Kai Hundertmarck (Ger) Team Telekom
50 Vladimir Autko (Blr) Itera
51 Pablo Fernandez (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada
52 Sergio Perez (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada
53 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo Farm-Frites
54 Bart Voskamp (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus
55 Bram Schmitz (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus
56 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus
57 Jan Van Velzen (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus
58 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner
59 Bert Hiemstra (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus
60 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Phonak
61 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank
62 Gerben Lowik (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus
63 Stefan Kupfernagel (Ger) Phonak
64 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner
65 Steffen Weigold (Ger) Gerolsteiner
66 Rene Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner
67 Robert Bartko (Ger) Team Telekom
68 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC Tiscali
69 Jan Schaffrath (Ger) Team Telekom
70 Lukas Zumsteg (Swi) Phonak
71 Michael Reihs (Den) Phonak
72 Fernando Escartin (Spa) Team Coast
73 Rafael Diaz (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
74 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Domo Farm-Frites
75 Joao Silva (Por) Milaneza MSS
76 Rene Andrle (Cze) ONCE-Eroski
77 Martin Rittsel (Swe) Team CSC Tiscali
78 Nicolaj Bo Larsen (Den) Gerolsteiner
79 Fabrice Gougot (Fra) Phonak
80 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
81 Goncalo Amorim (Por) Milaneza MSS
82 Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
83 Alvaro Gonzalez (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
84 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank
85 Gorka Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
86 Igor Gonzalez (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
87 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank
88 Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Rabobank
89 Txema Del Olmo (Spa) Milaneza MSS
90 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank
91 Harald Morscher (Aut) Team Nurnberger
92 Gonzalo Bayarri (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
93 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
94 Angel Luis Casero (Spa) Team Coast
95 Tobias Steinhauser (Ger) Gerolsteiner
96 Ignacio Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
97 Inigo Landaluze (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
98 Iker Camano (Spa) Phonak
99 Tomasz Brozyna (Pol) iBanesto.com
100 Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa) iBanesto.com
101 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
102 Aitor Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com
103 Melchior Mauri (Spa) Milaneza MSS
104 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Mapei-Quick-Step            9.56
105 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Mapei-Quick-Step
106 Reto Bergmann (Swi) Phonak
107 Roger Beuchat (Swi) Phonak
108 Rui Lavarinhas (Por) Milaneza MSS
109 Joan Horrach (Spa) Milaneza MSS
110 Andreas Kloeden (Ger) Team Telekom
111 David Kopp (Ger) Team Telekom
112 Gilberto Martins (Por) Milaneza MSS                14.17
113 Rafael Casero (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria       15.15
114 Jose Cayetano Julia (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
115 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Rabobank
116 Thijs Al (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus             22.24
117 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi            22.26
118 Sergio Villamil (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada    22.36
119 Nacor Burgos (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada
120 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                  22.39
121 Christian Pfannberger (Aut) Team Nurnberger        22.51
122 Christian Werner (Ger) Team Nurnberger
Metas Volantes
Soller - km 72.5
1 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Team CSC Tiscali                 3 pts
2 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Mapei-Quick-Step                 2
3 Mikel Pradera (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                          1
Es Capdella - km 146.2
1 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo Farm-Frites                   3 pts
2 Mikel Pradera (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                          2
3 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com                   1
Special Sprints
Calvia - km 7.2
1 Leandro Navarrette (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca              3 pts
2 Juan Manuel Cuenca (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca              2
3 Jose Cayetano Julia (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca             1
Andratx - km 132.5
1 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo Farm-Frites                   3 pts
2 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com                   2
3 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank                             1
Coll De Suprema - Cat. 2
1 Leif Hoste (Bel) Domo Farm-Frites                       10 pts
2 Mikel Pradera (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                          7
3 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo Farm-Frites                   5
4 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank                             3
5 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Mapei-Quick-Step                 2
6 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Team CSC Tiscali                 1
Coll De Soller - Cat. 2
1 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Team CSC Tiscali                10 pts
2 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Mapei-Quick-Step                 7
3 Mikel Pradera (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                          5
4 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo Farm-Frites                   3
5 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com                   2
6 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank                             1
Coll De Sa Pedrisa - Cat. 3
1 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo Farm-Frites                   6 pts
2 Mikel Pradera (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                          4
3 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Team CSC Tiscali                 2
4 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com                   1
Coll De Sa Gramola - Cat. 3
1 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo Farm-Frites                   6 pts
2 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com                   4
3 Mikel Pradera (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                          2
4 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank                             1
1 Rabobank                                          12.32.34
2 iBanesto.com                                          0.02
3 ONCE-Eroski
4 Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada                             0.19
5 Itera                                                24.33
6 Team Telekom                                         26.57
7 Bankgiroloterij-Batabus                              29.08
Final general classification
1 Francisco Cabello (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca        17.28.12
2 Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) iBanesto.com
3 Jose Luis Rebollo (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada
4 Antonio Colon (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada         0.04
5 Alex Zuelle (Swi) Team Coast                          0.05
6 Luis Perez (Spa) Team Coast
7 Ivan Ramiro Parra (Col) ONCE-Eroski                   0.18
8 Jorge Ferrio (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
9 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) iBanesto.com
10 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Rabobank                          7.36
11 Ruben Plaza (Spa) iBanesto.com                       8.50
12 David Arroyo (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                       8.57
13 Pablo Fernandez (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada      9.53
14 Richard Virenque (Fra) Domo Farm-Frites             12.52
15 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom                       16.57
16 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank                        17.04
17 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca        17.13
18 Harald Morscher (Aut) Team Nurnberger               17.19
19 Sergio Perez (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada        17.27
20 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                        20.28
21 Konstantin Sivtsov (Blr) Itera                      20.53
22 Jose Manuel Maestre (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada 21.17
23 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo Farm-Frites                26.46
24 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Telekom
25 Jan Schaffrath (Ger) Team Telekom
26 Kai Hundertmarck (Ger) Team Telekom
27 Bram Schmitz (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus          26.54
28 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Itera                          26.55
29 Robert Bartko (Ger) Team Telekom                    27.15
30 Rene Andrle (Cze) ONCE-Eroski                       27.27
31 Gerben Lowik (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus          29.10
32 Bert Hiemstra (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus         29.47
33 Sergio Villamil (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada     29.54
34 Christian Werner (Ger) Team Nurnberger              30.35
35 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Rabobank                      32.18
36 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus     36.13
37 Vladimir Autko (Blr) Itera
38 Gonzalo Bayarri (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria      39.32
39 Nacor Burgos (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada        39.48
40 Thijs Al (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus              48.54
41 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Itera                        50.50
Metas volantes classification
1 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus         12 pts
2 Thijs Al (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus                   5
3 Gerben Lowik (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus               4
4 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) iBanesto.com              3
5 Antonio Colon (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada            2
6 Konstantin Sivtsov (Blr) Itera                           1
7 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo Farm-Frites                     1
Special sprints classification
1 Konstantin Sivtsov (Blr) Itera                           4 pts
2 Bram Schmitz (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus               2
3 Nacor Burgos (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada             2
4 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank                             1
5 Vladimir Autko (Blr) Itera                               1
6 Thijs Al (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus                   1
Mountains classification
1 Antonio Colon (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada           28 pts
2 Francisco Cabello (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca              10
3 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) iBanesto.com              8
4 Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) iBanesto.com                   7
5 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank                             5
6 Ivan Ramiro Parra (Col) ONCE-Eroski                      3
7 Bram Schmitz (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus               2
8 Alex Zuelle (Swi) Team Coast                             1
9 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                             1
10 Jan Schaffrath (Ger) Team Telekom                       1
Teams classification
1 Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada                         52.24.57
2 iBanesto.com                                          0.15
3 ONCE-Eroski                                           7.52
4 Rabobank                                             22.42
5 Team Telekom                                         49.40
6 Bankgiroloterij-Batabus                            1.10.02
7 Itera                                              1.16.59

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