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57th Vuelta a España
Spain, September 7- 29, 2002
Stage 1 - September 7: Valencia - TTT, 24.6 km
Complete Live Report
Start time: 15:18 CEST
The first stage is a 24.6 kilometre team time trial, held around Valencia. It's entirely flat and will certainly be very fast. ONCE are the favourites of course, but one of their biggest rivals, US Postal, should also turn in a good time.
The first team is due to start at 15:18.
The first team to set off is Relax-Fuenlabrada. It's a perfect day, with bright sunshine and warm conditions.
Relax Fuenlabrada go through the 12.5 km check in 14.34 (51.48 km/h).
Jazztel passes the 12.5 km check in 14'18, 16 seconds quicker than Relax.
BigMat are slightly quicker than Jazztel at 12.5 km, crossing in 14'12.
Relax Fuenlabrada finish their ride in 27'51.9 (52.96 km/h). That's fast, for one of the slower teams.
Saeco-Longoni Sport have started.
Jazztel finish their ride in a good time of 27'42.8, with all nine riders present.
Phonak start their ride - they're hoping for a good performance, with Oscar Camenzind, Juan Carlos Dominguez, Gonzalo Bayarri and several other strong riders.
The Tacconi riders get ready to set off.
Now it's the turn of the zebra train - Acqua e Sapone, with Mario Cipollini at the helm.
Acqua e Sapone have not got into a double pace line - it's one long train.
The Alessio squad starts its ride. The team's top rider is Pietro Caucchioli, third in the Giro d'Italia.
The Belgian Domo-Farm Frites squad is next off the blocks. Index-Alexia come home in 28.59, which is probably not going to be good enough for a top 20 place.
Kelme-Costa Blanca, with Santi Botero and Oscar Sevilla, are next off the ranks. They are one of the big favourites in this tour.
Acqua e Sapone aren't going too badly - they beat Phonak's time at 12.5 km with a 14'03. Still in one long line.
Kelme are going very fast, although not all riders are taking turns.
Alessio are over 12.5 km in 14'22. Phonak finish very well, with 27'08.9 - best time.
There are some gaps appearing in the Kelme line.
Domo-Farm Frites go past 12.5 km in 14.09, not bad at all, and it gives them the third best behind Acqua e Sapone and Phonak. Tacconi Sport finish in a time of 27'34.1 with just six of their nine riders present.
Cipo leads the Acqua e Sapone squad home in 27'04, which will be the best time until Kelme comes in.
US Postal are next to go. Can they get close to Kelme?
Alessio finish in 27'45, well off the pace. Meanwhile, ONCE-Eroski have started, in very bright yellow colours. They should challenge Kelme and USPS. Both ONCE and USPS are using double pace lines. Kelme are using a single one.
Telekom are riding very well - 13.37.8 for 12.5 km, which is just slower than Kelme.
Here comes Kelme. All nine riders are still together, and they cross in 26'36.3, easily the best time.
Fassa Bortolo are now on the road - what can Casagrande do in this race? No word on Cofidis, who have gone past 12.5 km.
US Postal come past 12.5 km in 13'46, already conceding 11 seconds to Kelme.
Cofidis were through in 13'47 - fourth fastest. Lampre-Daikin come to the finish in 27'15, with only 5 men and losing a lot of time in the final 12 km.
ONCE-Eroski are over 12.5 km in 13.32.9 - that's the fastest to date, but only by 2 seconds. They lose a rider with technical problems.
Telekom come to the finish in 26'39.7, a great time but not quite good enough to beat Kelme.
Fassa Bortolo come past 12.5 km in 13.48, 6th fastest so far.
Cofidis, with David Millar at the head of affairs, finish in 26'47.1, third fastest. They finished with eight riders.
The Mapei-Quick Step team come through 12.5 km in a fair time of 14'06. As they do, US Postal charge towards the finish, with Antonio Cruz crossing first. The time: 26'35 - that's one second quicker than Kelme and the new best time!
ONCE are charging to the finish. Serrano has a few problems, but is hanging on.
iBanesto.com's intermediate time is 13'52.
Fassa Bortolo finish in a respectable time of 26'44.5, fifth fastest so far.
12.5 km 24.6 km 1 ONCE-Eroski 13.32 26.21 2 US Postal 13.46 26.35 3 Kelme-Costa Blanca 13.35 26.36 4 Telekom 13.37 26.39 5 Fassa Bortolo 13.48 26.44 6 Cofidis 13.47 26.47 7 iBanesto.com 13.52 26.48 8 Team Coast 13.55 27.00 9 Mapei-Quick Step 14.06 27.03 10 Acqua e Sapone 14.03 27.04 11 Phonak Hearing Systems 14.04 27.08 12 Lampre-Daikin 13.51 27.15 13 Milaneza-MSS 14.07 27.15 14 Domo-Farm Frites 14.09 27.20 15 Euskaltel-Euskadi 14.10 27.24 16 Saeco Longoni Sport 14.12 27.34 17 Tacconi Sport 14.18 27.34 18 Big Mat-Auber 93 14.12 27.37 19 Jazztel-Costa del Almeria 14.18 27.42 20 Alessio 14.22 27.45 21 Ag2r-Prevoyance 14.22 27.47 22 Relax Fuenlabrada 14.34 27.52 23 Index Alexia 15.01 28.59
General classification after stage 1 1 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 26.21 2 Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 3 Jose Azevedo (Por) ONCE-Eroski 4 Rafael Diaz Justo (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 5 Jorg Jacksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski