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57th Vuelta a España
Spain, September 7- 29, 2002
Vai Dani! Danilo Di Luca's Vuelta diary
Today when I was in the race, I asked myself a question: just how strong are these Spanish riders?!
I can assure you that even though we had a stage that finished in a sprint (great job Petacchi!) it was a really hard stage today. I saw very few stretches of flat terrain; it was up and down all day long.
We went really hard all day, thanks to the guys in the break and Fassa Bortolo that rode hard tempo to bring them back. I thought that with 10km to go, Tauler would get away with the big win, but we didn't slow up behind him and the wide road where we could see the Kelme man helped us too.
I didn't ride the sprint today; I didn't think I would get a good place considering that I am feeling tired after yesterday's attack. Plus Glomser is riding well and he deserves a shot at a good placing and I didn't want to get in his way. Sacchi and Glomser rode really well today in the finale and Saeco-Longoni Sport had some good placings today.
Tomorrow ought to be another tough stage with a likely bunch finish because Telekom is looking for wins for Zabel.
Danilo Di Luca