Vuelta a Espana

Stage 10 Results and Reports

Intermediate Times

17 km   1. Rominger    0.27.49
        2. Zuelle      0.27.55
        3. Indurain    0.27.59

27 km   1. Rominger    0.46.44
        2. Indurain    0.46.54
        3. Zuelle      0.46.58

37 km   1. Rominger    0.58.35
        2. Zuelle      0.58.52
        3. Indurain    0.58.58

Stage 10, El Tiemblo to Avila ITT, 46 kms:

 1. Tony Rominger (Switzerland) Mapei	     1.10.20
 2. Alex Zuelle (Switzerland) ONCE 		0.02
 3. Miguel Indurain (Spain) Banesto      	0.27
 4. Melchor Mauri (Spain) Banesto     		1.50
 5. Laurent Jalabert (France) ONCE             	1:52
 6. Neil Stephens (Australia) ONCE             	2:02
 7. Michael Andersson (Sweden) Telekom         	3:11
 8. Angel Luis Casero (Spain) Banesto        	3:14
 9. Daniele Nardello (Italy) Mapei             	3:26
10. Andrea Peron (Italy) Motorola              	3:46
11. Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spain) Kelme        	3:50
12. Laurent Dufaux (Switzerland) Lotus         	4:02
13. Roberto Pistore (Italy) MG                	4:05
14. Jose Maria Jimenez (Spain) Banesto         	4:09
15. Fernando Escartin (Spain) Kelme            	4:12
16. Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spain) ONCE             	4:29
17. Inigo Cuesta (Spain) ONCE                  	4:39
18. Axel Merckx (Spain) Motorola             	4:44
19. Ermanno Brignoli (Italy) Gewiss            	4:55
20. David Plaza (Spain) Lotus                 	5:03

Overall standings

 1. Zuelle                                  42.46.07
 2. Indurain                      		1:04
 3. Jalabert                                  	1:15
 4. Mauri                                	1:51
 5. Stephens                              	2:37
 6. Pistore                                 	4:00
 7. Dufaux                                     	4:24
 8. Zarrabeitia                                	5:00
 9. Faustini                                   	5:14
10. Cuesta                                     	5:17
11. Vladislav Bobrik (Russia) Gewiss        	6:00
12. Bobby Julich (USA) Motorola               	6:10
13. Davide Rebellin (Italy) Polti              	6:42
14. Herminio Diaz Zabala (Spain) ONCE       	6:47
15. Georg Tostching (Austria) Polti            	6:56
16. Stefano Zanini (Italy) Gewiss             	7:12
17. Maarten Den Bakker (Netherlands) TVM       	7:26
18. Jurgen Werner (Germany) Telekom            	7:33
19. Alvaro Galdeano (Spain) Euskadi           	7:36
20. Massimo Apollonio (Italy) Scrigno         	7:36
22. Tony Rominger (Sui, MAPEI)            	8.01
23. Fabio Baldato (Ita, MG)               	8.12


Alex Zuelle and Miguel Indurain joined the Tour of Spain victory challengers after finishing second and third respectively behind Tony Rominger in Tuesday's time-trial.

With 12 stages remaining, the outcome seems to be between these two, plus third-placed Laurent Jalabert and 1991 winner Melchor Mauri, fourth.

Rominger's triumph in the 46 km solo test served only as a consolation prize because the Swiss dropped more than seven minutes on the leaders on the fourth stage.

``For me the Vuelta is already lost,'' said Rominger after beating Zuelle by two seconds. Indurain was a further 25 seconds back.

New overall leader Zuelle heads Indurain by one minute four seconds and Jalabert by 1:15.

``Alex is a great rider, it will be difficult to catch him,'' said Indurain. ``It was one of the strangest time-trials of my career. The wind hit from all sides, I didn't like it.''

Jalabert, who ensured his 1995 Tour victory in Avila, was out of luck this time after being slowed by a puncture on the city's cobbled streets.

The Frenchman was fifth, 1:52 behind Rominger, and just two behind Spain's Mauri.

Zuelle, Mauri, Jalabert and fifth-placed Australian Neil Stephen all ride for Spain's ONCE team.

The trial took its toll on Italian sprinters Fabio Baldato and Giovanni Lombardi, first and second overall, and they dropped out of contention.

The Tour continues on Wednesday with the 197 km 11th stage from Avila to Salamanca.


Alex Zulle of Spain took the leader's yellow jersey in the Tour of Spain on Tuesday after Switzerland's Tony Rominger grabbed the 10th stage honours by winning a 46.5km time trial between El Tiemblo and Avila.

Spanish veteran Miguel Indurain moved into second place in the overall standings after a battling performance on a day when the riders were constantly buffeted by icy winds, a far cry from the balmy conditions of previous stages in Andalusia.

"I didn't like that at all, and on arriving at Avila I couldn't even see the road," complained Indurain, referring to the groups of wildly excited fans who lined the route leading up to the finish.

The riders were none too happy at having to battle with a treacherous, bumpy surface, which cost several riders, including Frenchman Laurent Jalabert, vital seconds owing to punctures.

Jalabert eventually recovered enough ground to come in fifth and stay third overall.

Wednesday's 11th stage comprises a 188km stretch through the Sierra de Gredos mountains to Salamanca and includes two third category climbs early on -- the Alto del Parador de Gredos (1620m) and the 1570m Menga ascent.