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44th Vuelta al Pais Vasco - 2.HC

Spain, April 5-9, 2004

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Stage 5a - April 9: Lekunberri - Lazkao, 72 km

Victory for Voigt

Jens Voigt (CSC)
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German Jens Voigt (CSC) has won the first half stage on day 5 of the Vuelta a Pais Vasco, a 72 kilometre leg between Lekunberri and Lazkao. Voigt attacked after 10 km with Unai Etxebarria (Euskaltel), leaving the latter behind after he punctured, and eventually crossed the line 51 seconds clear of David Etxebarria (Euskaltel), Denis Menchov (Illes Balears) and Iban Mayo (Euskaltel). As Voigt was no threat on GC, Menchov retained his leader's jersey going into this afternoon's crucial 8.5 km time trial.

How it unfolded

The morning's stage was short but difficult, containing four Cat. 3 and one Cat. 2 climb, and was held in cold, wet conditions. Voigt, who has been engaged in a battle for the mountains jersey with Unai Etxebarria, applied his usual tactic and attacked near the start. Etxebarria went with him, and the pair rode together until kilometre 24, when Etxebarria punctured. Naturally Voigt didn't wait, and proceeded to gobble up the maximum points on offer on the small Cat. 3 climbs, building an unassailable lead in the mountains competition.

Behind him, Unai Etxebarria hadn't given up, and pursued Voigt at a distance of a minute until kilometre 37, when teammate David Etxebarria bridged up from the peloton and caught him. But Unai couldn't follow David on the Alto de Olaberria, leaving David to try and bridge the gap to Voigt, which was still around a minute.

The peloton wasn't too concerned about Voigt, but Menchov's Illes Balears team didn't want to let David Etxebarria get too far in front. They caught David with 24 km to go, as Voigt still maintained his 1'15 advantage. Once David was back in the fold, the gap went out to an uncatchable 2 minutes, although Jorge Ferrio tried to bridge on his own.

David Etxebarria hadn't given up yet, and attacked on the descent of the second last climb of Alto de Gaintza with 9 km to go, catching and passing Ferrio on the final climb of Alto de Lazkaomendi, with Voigt's lead now starting to drop. But with two kilometres from the top of the climb, racer leader Menchov and Iban Mayo bridged the gap to Etxebarria, and continued to close in on Voigt.

The German maintained a 51 second lead to the finish in Lazkao, with Etxebarria, Menchov and Mayo coming in together. The next group was led by Danilo Di Luca at 1'07, and this also contained Voigt's teammate Bobby Julich (CSC), who will be a threat to Menchov and Mayo for the overall GC.

The Vuelta a Pais Vasco will finish this afternoon with a tough 8.5 kilometre time trial around Lazkao. The stage is not flat, featuring a 2.5 km at 4% climb after 5 km, and Menchov will be a tough man to beat.

Results

1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                         1.53.12
2 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             0.51
3 Denis Menchov (Rus) Illes Balears-Banesto                                
4 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                    0.52
5 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco                                           1.07
6 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                     
7 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                              
8 Jorge Ferrio Luque (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                      
9 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank                                           
10 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Saeco                                              
11 Floyd Landis (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor           
12 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                     
13 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                   
14 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                  
15 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Lampre                                     1.23
16 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                   
17 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                                   
18 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems                         1.33
19 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                      
20 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Saeco                                              
21 Francisco Lara (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                         
22 Manuel Beltran (Spa) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor     1.39
23 Francisco Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre                       1.49
24 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                               
25 Sebastien Chavanel (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                         
26 Michael Barry (Can) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor          
27 Marco Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Liberty Seguros                           
28 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre                                          2.09
29 Mauricio Ardila (Col) Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf                  
30 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          
31 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                              
32 Benjamin Noval (Spa) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor     2.35
33 Gorka Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                  
34 Adolfo Garcia (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                      2.38
35 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                 3.18
36 Jose Luis Arrieta (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                       4.55
37 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                               
38 Frederic Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone               5.59
39 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                 6.20
40 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             6.42
41 José Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                 7.14
42 Jokin Ormaetxea (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                    7.37
43 J.Miguel Elias (Spa) Relax-Bodysol                                      
44 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Liberty Seguros                              7.42
45 Richard Virenque (Fra) Quick.Step-Davitamon                        12.17
46 Jon Odriozola (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                          
47 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Cafes Baque                                       
48 Francisco José Ventoso (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       
49 Massimo Codol (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                       
50 Gianni Faresin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                       
51 Zbigniew Piatek (Pol) Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf                  
52 Gorka Beloki (Spa) Brioches La Boulangere                               
53 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Team CSC                                          
54 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf              
55 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                        
56 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                         
57 Jon Del Rio (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                            
58 Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                          
59 Cadel Evans (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                         
60 Francisco Palacio (Spa) Cafes Baque                                     
61 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Relax-Bodysol                                    
62 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                            
63 Christian Werner (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                    
64 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                 
65 David Lopez (Spa) Cafes Baque                                           
66 Jose Julia (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                             
67 Unai Yus Kerejeta (Spa) Brioches La Boulangere                          
68 Igor Glz. De Galdeano (Spa) Liberty Seguros                             
69 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                     
70 José Azevedo (Por) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor           
71 Niki Aebersold (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                             
72 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Rabobank                                           
73 Efrain Gutierrez (Spa) Cafes Baque                                      
74 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                          
75 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick.Step-Davitamon                               
76 Francisco Gutierrez (Spa) Cafes Baque                                   
77 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                    
78 Dario Cioni (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                         
79 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                               
80 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           
81 Peio Arreitunandia (Spa) Cafes Baque                                    
82 Evgueni Petrov (Rus) Saeco                                              
83 Javier Pascual (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                         
84 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                             
85 Iker Camano (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                     
86 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax-Bodysol                                          
87 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank                                        
88 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Team CSC                                       
89 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                           
90 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick.Step-Davitamon                             
91 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                 
92 Isidro Nozal Vega (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                 
93 Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                         
 
Points
 
1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                              25 pts
2 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               20
3 Denis Menchov (Rus) Illes Balears-Banesto                              16
4 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                      14
5 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco                                             12
6 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                   10
7 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                             9
8 Jorge Ferrio Luque (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                     8
9 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank                                          7
10 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Saeco                                             6
11 Floyd Landis (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor          5
12 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                    4
13 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                  3
14 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                 2
15 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Lampre                                        1
 
Mountains
 
Alto De Urkillaga - Cat. 3, 48 km
 
1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                               3 pts
2 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                 2
3 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                1
 
Alto De Olaberria - Cat. 3, 59 km
 
1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                               3 pts
2 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                2
3 Francisco Lara (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                         1
 
Alto De Gaintza - Cat. 2,77 km
 
1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                               6 pts
2 Francisco Lara (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                         4
3 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                2
4 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                  1
 
Alto De Lazkaomendi - Cat. 3, 85 km
 
1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                               3 pts
2 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                       2
3 Denis Menchov (Rus) Illes Balears-Banesto                               1
 
Metas Volantes
 
Lakunza, 28 km
 
1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                               3 pts
2 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                 2
3 Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                       1
 
Lazkao, 56km
 
1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                               3 pts
2 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                 2
3 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                1
 
Zaldibia, 82 km
 
1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                               3 pts
2 José Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                     2
3 Jose Luis Arrieta (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                           1
 
Teams
 
1 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                                 5.42.26
2 Team CSC                                                             0.06
3 Saeco                                                                0.57
4 US Postal Service                                                    1.45
5 Lampre                                                               2.31
6 Liberty Seguros                                                      3.24
7 Illes Balears-Banest                                                 4.19
8 Costa De Almeria-Pat                                                 7.27
9 Phonak Hearing Systems                                              13.09
10 Com. Valenciana-Kelme                                              13.12
11 Cofidis                                                            16.49
12 T-Mobile Team                                                      22.51
13 Rabobank                                                                
14 Gerolsteiner                                                       23.17
15 Brioches La Boulangere                                             23.33
16 Chocolade Jacques                                                  23.53
17 Saunier Duval-Prodir                                                    
18 Relax-Bodysol                                                      29.21
19 Cafes Baque                                                        34.01
20 Quick Step-Davitamon                                                    
21 Fassa Bortolo                                                           
 
General classification after stage 5a
 
1 Denis Menchov (Rus) Illes Balears-Banesto                        19.13.42
2 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             0.13
3 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                    0.14
4 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco                                           0.29
5 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                      
6 Jorge Ferrio Luque (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                      
7 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                   
8 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank                                           
9 Floyd Landis (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor            
10 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                   
11 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                         0.37
12 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                               0.45
13 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Lampre                                     0.53
14 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Saeco                                          0.54
15 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                  0.55
16 Manuel Beltran (Spa) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor     1.01
17 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                1.10
18 Marco Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Liberty Seguros                       1.11
19 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                               
20 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems                         1.15
21 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone               1.18
22 Francisco Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre                       1.44
23 Mauricio Ardila (Col) Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf              1.51
24 Francisco Lara (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                     2.00
25 Sebastien Chavanel (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                     3.19
26 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                 3.21
27 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                          3.25
28 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre                                          3.34
29 Michael Barry (Can) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor      5.03
30 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                           8.00
31 Frederic Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone               8.52
32 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                     10.10
33 J.Miguel Elias (Spa) Relax-Bodysol                                 11.20
34 Benjamin Noval (Spa) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor    11.53
35 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick.Step-Davitamon                        11.59
36 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Team CSC                                       
37 Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     12.28
38 José Azevedo (Por) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor      12.36
39 Javier Pascual (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                    12.42
40 David Lopez (Spa) Cafes Baque                                      12.46
41 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone            13.15
42 Massimo Codol (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                  13.45
43 Peio Arreitunandia (Spa) Cafes Baque                               13.47
44 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                14.27
45 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Team CSC                                     14.28
46 Gianni Faresin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                  15.40
47 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                          16.05
48 Zbigniew Piatek (Pol) Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf             16.57
49 José Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                17.03
50 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Cafes Baque                                  17.07
51 Richard Virenque (Fra) Quick.Step-Davitamon                        17.16
52 Christian Werner (Ger) T-Mobile Team                               18.18
53 Unai Yus Kerejeta (Spa) Brioches La Boulangere                     18.48
54 Jose Luis Arrieta (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                      19.16
55 Jokin Ormaetxea (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                   19.18
56 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                       19.19
57 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                      20.21
58 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf         21.50
59 Cadel Evans (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                    22.03
60 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank                                   23.01
61 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                               24.11
62 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Saeco                                         24.53
63 Dario Cioni (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                    25.40
64 Niki Aebersold (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                             
65 Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                    25.43
66 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                    26.21
67 Evgueni Petrov (Rus) Saeco                                         27.00
68 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Liberty Seguros                             28.01
69 Francisco Palacio (Spa) Cafes Baque                                28.22
70 Francisco Gutierrez (Spa) Cafes Baque                              29.43
71 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Rabobank                                      30.51
72 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                      31.02
73 Iker Camano (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                31.35
74 Jon Odriozola (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                     32.05
75 Jose Julia (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                        32.13
76 Igor Glz. De Galdeano (Spa) Liberty Seguros                        32.36
77 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                          32.52
78 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Relax-Bodysol                               33.36
79 Gorka Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             33.43
80 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                     33.53
81 Efrain Gutierrez (Spa) Cafes Baque                                 34.41
82 Adolfo Garcia (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                     35.22
83 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            35.56
84 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick.Step-Davitamon                               
85 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                36.31
86 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                   37.03
87 Isidro Nozal Vega (Spa) Liberty Seguros                            38.29
88 Francisco José Ventoso (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                  40.39
89 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            40.57
90 Gorka Beloki (Spa) Brioches La Boulangere                          45.16
91 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                        48.02
92 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax-Bodysol                                     51.27
93 Jon Del Rio (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                       53.07
 
Points classification
 
1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                    66 pts
2 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco                                             57
3 Denis Menchov (Rus) Illes Balears-Banesto                              47
4 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                 47
5 Jorge Ferrio Luque (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                    42
6 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                          37
7 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                     33
8 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               31
9 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                    28
10 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                             25
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                              60 pts
2 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                49
3 Denis Menchov (Rus) Illes Balears-Banesto                              17
4 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               15
5 Gorka Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                  9
6 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                               8
7 Floyd Landis (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor           6
8 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          6
9 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Saeco                                              6
10 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                  5
 
Metas volantes classification
 
1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                              23 pts
2 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                15
3 Jose Luis Arrieta (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                           5
4 Gorka Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                  4
5 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                          4
6 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          4
7 José Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                     3
8 Francisco Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre                           2
9 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                1
10 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Relax-Bodysol                                   1
 
Teams classification
 
1 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                                57.42.02
2 Team CSC                                                             0.34
3 US Postal Service                                                    2.42
4 Liberty Seguros                                                      4.05
5 Lampre                                                               5.15
6 Saeco                                                                5.31
7 Illes Balears-Banesto                                                7.47
8 Costa De Almeria-Paternina                                          12.06
9 Cofidis                                                             18.19
10 Phonak Hearing Systems                                             19.32
11 T-Mobile Team                                                      24.38
12 Gerolsteiner                                                       25.42
13 Com. Valenciana-Kelme                                              29.27
14 Chocolade Jacques                                                  38.31
15 Quick Step-Davitamon                                               39.36
16 Rabobank                                                           43.09
17 Brioches La Boulangere                                             43.31
18 Cafes Baque                                                        43.55
19 Saunier Duval-Prodir                                               45.32
20 Fassa Bortolo                                                      48.32
21 Relax-Bodysol                                                    1.02.27