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24th Trofeo Luis Puig - 1.2

Spain, February 24, 2004

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Freire wins...solo

Oscar Freire (Rabobank) has won the 24th edition of the Trofeo Luis Puig, surprisingly the first Spanish rider to do so since Peio Ruiz-Cabestany in 1987. It was an unusual win for the sprinter from Torrelavega, as Freire attacked a five man breakaway in the final kilometres to hold off the charging peloton for the victory. Alejandro Valverde (Com. Valenciana-Kelme) won the bunch sprint for second ahead of Josu Silloniz (Euskaltel).

The 185 km race started in Valencia this year, which meant that the crucial Cat. 1 climb of the Coll de Rates came towards the end of the race. The first 160 km saw numerous attacks, none of which were successful for long enough to make it interesting in the lead up to the climb. But once the peloton hit the 630m ascent, things changed with Oscar Freire surprising everyone in making the first attack, later joined by Antonio Colom (Illes Balears-Banesto), Koldo Gil (Liberty Seguros), Ruben Plaza (Com.Valenciana-Kelme) and Bingen Fernandez (Cofidis).

Aided by a tailwind and a lack of organisation by Erik Zabel's T-Mobile team, the five riders worked hard together to maintain an advantage of nearly a minute on the downhill run into Benidorm. However Freire, sensing the peloton was getting closer, was not content to leave it to a sprint and attacked his companions in the final few kilometres in Benidorm. The move was successful and Freire crossed the line alone to win, while the rest of the break was caught.

Results - 185.3 km (Valencia - Benidorm)

1 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank                                   4.26.04 (41.787 km/h)
2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                      0.04
3 Josu Silloniz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                
4 Erik Zabel (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                       
5 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Relax-Bodysol                                  
6 Jorge Ferrio (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                        
7 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                   
8 Francisco Gutierrez (Spa) Cafes Baque                                
9 Matthew White (Aus) Cofidis, le credit par telephone                 
10 Pablo Lastras (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                           
11 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                       
12 Antonio Colom (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                           
13 Jorge Garcia (Spa) Cafes Baque                                      
14 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                      
15 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank                                   
16 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                                
17 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                 
18 Javier Ramirez (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                
19 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                            
20 David Blanco (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                               
21 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par telephone                 
22 Rolf Aldag (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                      
23 Rafael Casero (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            
24 José Alberto Martinez (Spa) Relax-Bodysol                           
25 Xavier Zandio (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                           
26 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Liberty Seguros                             
27 David Lopez (Spa) Cafes Baque                                       
28 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par telephone             
29 Johan Van Summerren (Bel) Relax-Bodysol                             
30 Francisco Palacio (Spa) Cafes Baque                                 
31 Joseba Albizu (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               
32 Denis Menchov (Rus) Illes Balears-Banesto                           
33 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                         
34 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             
35 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems                         
36 Axel Merckx (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                        
37 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par telephone               
38 Koldo Gil (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                     
39 Adolfo Garcia (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                              
40 Cadel Evans (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                     
41 Alex Zuelle (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                            
42 Juan Gomis (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                               
43 Mario Aerts (Bel) T-Mobile Team                                     
44 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Liberty Seguros                          
45 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2R Prevoyance                              8.20
46 Alberto Hierro (Spa) Cafes Baque                                9.32
47 Gonzalo Bayarri (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                        
48 Alberto Contador (Spa) Liberty Seguros                              
49 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Lotto-Domo                                  11.43
50 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                   
51 Bert Roesems (Bel) Relax-Bodysol                                    
52 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                
53 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax-Bodysol                                 13.02
Alto De Barx - Cat. 3, km 58,70
1 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme        6 pts
2 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Saunier Duval                             4
3 Luis Perez (Spa) Relax-Bodysol                                      2
4 Denis Menchov (Rus) Illes Balears-Banesto                           1
Alto Del Montgo - Cat. 3, km 113,00
1 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank                                        6 pts
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme        4
3 Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir            2
4 Luis Perez (Spa) Relax-Bodysol                                      1
Coll De Rates - Cat. 1, km 148,00
1 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme       16 pts
2 Antonio Colom Mas (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                      12
3 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            10
4 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone    8
5 Alex Zülle (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                             6
6 José Alberto Martinez Trinidad (Spa) Relax-Bodysol                  4
7 Jokin Ormaetxea (Spa) Costa de Almeria-Paternina                    3
8 David Blanco (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                       2
9 Carlos Garcia Quesada (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme              1
Special Sprints
Alzira, km 35,00
1 Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir            3 pts
2 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      2
3 Bert Roesems (Bel) Relax-Bodysol                                    1
Denia, km 106,50
1 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank                                        3 pts
2 Denis Menchov (Rus) Illes Balears-Banesto                           2
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme        1

Past winners

Year  Winner                       Finish
2003  Alessandro Petacchi (Ita)    Valencia   171 km in 4.14.29 (40.647 km/h)
2002  Serguei Ivanov (Rus)         Benidorm   180 km in 4.24.24 (40.915 km/h)
2001  Erik Zabel (Ger)             Valencia   186 km in 4.39.45 (39.034)
2000  Erik Zabel (Ger)             Benidorm
1999  Mario Cipollini (Ita)        Valencia   190 km in 4.34.35 (41.517)
1998  Andre Tchmil (Bel)           Valencia   186 km in 4.36.21 (40.384)
1997  Erik Zabel (Ger)             Valencia
1996  Peter Van Petegem (Bel)      Valencia
1995  Mario Cipollini (Ita)        Valencia
1994  Adriano Baffi (Ita)          Valencia
1993  Laurent Jalabert (Fra)       Valencia
1992  Sean Kelly (Ire)             Benidorm
1991  Andreas Kappes (Ger)         Benidorm
1990  Tom Cordes (Ned)             Benidorm
1989  Mathieu Hermans (Ned)        Cullera
1988  Acacio Da Silva (Por)        Benidorm
1987  Peio Ruiz-Cabestany (Spa)    Benidorm
1986  Bernard Hinault (Fra)        Denia
1985  Enrique Aja (Spa)            Elda
1984  Noél Dejonckheere (Bel)      Torrent
1983  Noél Dejonckheere (Bel)      Burjassot
1982  Raimund Dietzen (Ger)        Benifays
1981  Noél Dejonckheere (Bel)      Algemesm
1979  Antoine Gutierrez (Spa)
1978  Javier Elorriaga (Spa)
1977  Domingo Perurena (Spa)
1976  Tomas Nistal (Spa)
1975  Eddy Peelman (Bel)
1974  Eddy Peelman (Bel)
1973  Gustave Van Roosbroeck (Bel)
1972  Eric Leman (Bel)
1971  Pe Verhaegen (Bel)
1970  Ramon Saez (Spa)
1969  Carlos Echeverria (Spa)
Past winners by Mario Stiehl,