Race Distance - 186 km:
1. Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) Once 4.58.50
2. Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Euskadi
3. David Etxebarria (Spa) Once all s.t.
4. Abraham Olano (Spa) Banesto + 0.20
5. Aitor Bugallo (Spa) Euskadi
6. Inigo Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi
7. Aitor Garmendia (Spa) Once
8. Claus Michael Mvller (Den) Toscaf
9. Andrei Zintchenko (Rus) Toscaf
10. Fernando Escartin (Spa) Kelme
11. Javier Maulesn (Spa) Once
12. Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Once all s.t.
Mikel Zarrabeitia (Once) won the XXIX
Trofeo Comunidad Foral de Navarra, which was contested
over a distance of 186 kilometers and becomes one of
the riders that will fight for the overall at la
Vuelta al Pais Vasco, even though his team counts with
Zulle and Jalabert as leaders. Zarrabeitia attacked,
together with his teammate David Etxebarria and Bingen
Fernandez (Euskadi), on the ascent to the puerto de
Echauri, located at 44 kms. from the finish. The two
ONCE riders, first and the Euskadi riders behind
rolled very fast, while behind, Abraham Nedno and
Santi Blanco (Banesto) punished themselves to try to
neutralize the escape, but weren't able to do it.
Zarrabeitia won the race in the sprint, when he beat
his escape companions, David Etxeberria (Once) and
Bingen Fernandez (Euskadi).