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57th Vuelta a España

Spain, September 7- 29, 2002

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Stage 2 - September 8: Valencia - Alcoy, 144.7 km

Di Luca scores his first Vuelta win

By Chris Henry

Di Luca the sprinter
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Danilo di Luca (Saeco-Longoni Sport) pulled off a stylish win in the first road stage of the Vuelta a España, outlasting Erik Zabel and Oscar Camenzind in an uphill drag race to the line. Today's stage of 144.7km between Valencia and Alcoy provided an opportunity for the sprinters to open their accounts, yet a bunch finish was not a foregone conclusion given the course profile. In the end Di Luca did take the sprint finish, while many of the expected protagonists nowhere to be seen.

"I've always gone well in Spain, it must be my lucky country," Di Luca joked after climbing on the winner's podium. "I'd hoped for a stage win but things have immediately gone my way. The team worked perfectly and so I had a chance of going for the win. I decided to go for it and it worked."

The varied topography of the Spanish countryside provides the race organizers with more options when constructing the three week Vuelta, particularly when compared to the unabashedly formulaic Tour de France. Beginning with a team time trial yesterday, the race moved on to what many expected to be the first sprinters' stage today, but not before crossing three climbs, including the Alto del Portillol, a first category climb situated 77km from the start. The race would pass the finishing line in Alcoi once before climbing the third category Alto el Revolcat and returning to town, finishing on an uphill drag which would surely provide complications for the expected bunch sprint.

Clain and Nieto
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The first half of the race followed a flatter profile, allowing the first early escape of this year's Vuelta to go clear and build the requisite lead of at least ten minutes. The opportunity on this occasion was taken by Médéric Clain of Cofidis and German Nieto of the Spanish Relax Fuenlabrada team. The duo profited from the relaxed start, and stretched their advantage to a maximum lead of 11'04" after 40km.

The defiant escapees did well to maintain an advantage throughout the stage, however once the peloton began showing interest in their capture, the gaps fell steadily. The climb of the Alto del Portillol, situated too far from the finish to be the deciding factor, did nonetheless give a glimpse of who might not be in the hunt for this year's overall title. That man, quite plainly, was Giro d'Italia winner Paolo Savoldelli (Index-Alexia). Dropped on the early- and most difficult- portions of the climb, Savoldelli was quickly distanced from the race favorites. Surrounded by several teammates, and in the company of Domo's sprinter Jeroen Blijlevens, the Italian watched whatever ambitions he might have had for overall victory in the Vuelta slip away.

On the Portillon
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In the leading group, however, were several of the expected contenders for today's stage win, including the race's top three sprinters, Mario Cipollini, Erik Zabel, and world champion Oscar Freire. The leading group, reduced to around 70 riders, maintained a strong yet steady tempo to the summit, the pace being set alternately by the Spanish and Italian camps. Behind, things were not so smooth, with many in the trail ends of the chasing groups forced to clip out of their pedals in the tight hairpins, overgeared for the steepest sections of the climb.

Up front, Clain and Nieto continued with their efforts, cooperating well and riding a steady tempo towards the finishing circuit at Alcoi. One might have guessed all along that their break was doomed to be caught, but the two insisted all the way, managing to keep the peloton at bay until the final meters of the Alto el Revolcat. For two riders not exactly known as climbers, it was a good effort, but the real race was just beginning as the peloton reached the summit of the final climb of the day.

A new pair formed at the head of the race, as Nieto's Relax Fuenlabrada teammate Benjamin Noval moved clear of the pack with Euskaltel's David Etxebarria. The two began the plunge towards Alcoi with 16km remaining, searching for every second on the technical descent. Under the 10km to go banner, the pair had created a decent gap of up to 20 seconds, as a counter attack was launched by four riders. Chasing the lead group was a Spanish quartet including Carlos Torrent (Jazztel), Jose Azevedo (ONCE), Kelme's Alejandro Valverde, and teammate and race favorite Oscar Sevilla. It was an exciting move by Sevilla, who could even dream of reclaiming the 15 seconds which separated him from race leader Beloki.

On the first day of road racing, Sevilla's move represented a second warning shot from the Kelme camp, following the team's fine third place finish in the team time trial. Sevilla, who abandoned this year's Tour de France on the stage to La Plagne, is reported to have lost 7kg since July, and appears in fighting shape for his national tour. Losing 7kg may not help on the descents, but nonetheless the young Spaniard and runner up in last year's Vuelta was showing his face early.

The chase
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With just 5km to go to the finish, the chasing quartet caught Etxebarria and Noval, with a 22" advantage on the chasing peloton. If the sprinters were going to fight for the honors of this first road stage, their teams would have to put in an unrelenting chase in the closing kilometers to Alcoi. As expected, several teams took responsibility for the final charge, including Cipollini's Acqua & Sapone team (led by Mario Scirea) and Mapei, working for Freire.

As the peloton closed in on the breakaway, several solo fliers were launched by iBanesto.com, notably absent among the Spanish teams represented in the day's most dangerous escape. Juan Antonio Flecha jumped first, followed moments later by Santiago Blanco, but their moves only succeeded in bringing the race back together. Under the 1km to go banner, the six man breakaway was passed by the charging peloton, and all was set for the uphill sprint to come.

Beloki in gold
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All was set, that is, except the usual leadout for Cipollini. Perhaps a bit cooked from the efforts on the day's climbs, or sensing the uphill drag was not for him, the Lion King was nowhere to be seen as the fast men let loose to the line. Missing also was Oscar Freire, despite the best efforts of his Mapei teammates throughout the day. As the sprint began, Erik Zabel was indeed present, but it was not to be the German's day. Following an initial jump from Nicola Loda (Fassa Bortolo), and holding off Zabel, Danilo Di Luca powered his way to the front and never looked back, taking the first sprint of this year's Vuelta ahead of Zabel and Phonak's Oscar Camenzind.

It was a well deserved victory for the in-form Di Luca, but a somewhat bizarre sprint all around. Gone were Cipollini and Freire, while race leader Beloki finished in 7th position, doing more than enough to maintain his first place overall. Race favorites Casero, Heras, Sevilla, and Simoni all finished in the first peloton.

Three riders abandoned today, including Nicolas Inaudi (Ag2R Prevoyance), Aleksandar Nikacevic, and Dario Pieri (both Alessio). Mapei's Eddy Ratti was not permitted to start this morning, at the advice of his team doctors, following a morning health check. His non-start was considered a precaution, as doctors further assess his condition.

Be sure to follow stage winner Danilo Di Luca's exclusive diary on Cyclingnews.

Photography

Photo by Yuzuru Sunada

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Photos by Graham Watson, courtesy of Unipublic

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Results

1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                3.59.35
2 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom
3 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
4 Angel Edo (Spa) Milaneza-MSS
5 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
6 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
7 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
8 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
9 Juan Guillamon (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
10 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis
11 Santos Gonzalez (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
12 Giuseppe Di Grande (Ita) Index Alexia
13 Aitor Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com
14 Pablo Lastras (Spa) iBanesto.com
15 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
16 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
17 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Alessio
18 Rafael Casero (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
19 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) iBanesto.com
20 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
21 Klaus Möller (Den) Milaneza-MSS
22 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
23 Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
24 Jose Luis Rebollo (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
25 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
26 Félix Garcia Casas (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93
27 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio
28 Benjamín Noval (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
29 José Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
30 Vitoriano Fernandez (Spa) Milaneza-MSS
31 Marco Velo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
32 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca
33 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Milaneza-MSS
34 Dario Gadeo (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
35 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
36 Juan José De Los Angeles (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
37 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom
38 José Azevedo (Por) ONCE-Eroski
39 Angel Casero (Spa) Team Coast
40 Carlos Torrent (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
41 Oscar Freire (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
42 Aitor Kintana (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93
43 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
44 Joan Horrach (Spa) Milaneza-MSS
45 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport
46 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Fassa Bortolo
47 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis
48 Marcos Serrano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
49 Mauro Zanetti (Ita) Alessio
50 David Plaza (Spa) Team Coast
51 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
52 Benoit Salmon (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
53 Rui Lavarinhas (Por) Milaneza-MSS
54 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
55 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Domo-Farm Frites
56 Jesus Maria Manzano (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
57 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service
58 Nacor Burgos (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
59 Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa) iBanesto.com
60 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Team Coast
61 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis
62 Christian Vandevelde (USA) US Postal Service
63 Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
64 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Lampre-Daikin
65 José Iván Gutierrez (Spa) iBanesto.com
66 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
67 Jon Odriozola (Spa) iBanesto.com
68 Iñigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance
69 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
70 J.Antonio Pecharroman (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
71 José Garrido (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
72 Aitor Garmendia (Spa) Team Coast
73 Mario Scirea (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
74 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tol
75 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski
76 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
77 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
78 Sebastien Talabardon (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93
79 David Cañada (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
80 Steve De Wolf (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
81 Guido Trenti (USA) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
82 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance
83 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
84 Fernando Escartin (Spa) Team Coast
85 José Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com
86 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) US Postal Service
87 Reto Bergmann (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
88 Diego Ferrari (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
89 Ricardo Valdez (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
90 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
91 Oscar Laguna (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
92 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
93 Milan Kadlec (Cze) Lampre-Daikin
94 Stephane Heulot (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93
95 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Team Telekom
96 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com
97 Jorge Ferrio (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
98 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis
99 Luis Perez (Spa) Team Coast
100 Antonio Colom (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
101 Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
102 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cofidis
103 Mario Cipollini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
104 Sylvester Szymyd (Pol) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
105 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
106 Joao Silva (Por) Milaneza-MSS
107 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Lampre-Daikin
108 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
109 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
110 Marco Magnani (Ita) Index Alexia
111 J.Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com
112 Gonzalo Bayarri (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
113 Carlos Garcia (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
114 Raffaele Ferrara (Ita) Alessio
115 Andrea Noe (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
116 Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
117 Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Saeco-Longoni Sport
118 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo        0.39
119 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis                               0.43
120 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo      0.53
121 Michael Barry (Can) US Postal Service                     0.56
122 Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Telekom                          0.59
123 Elio Aggiano (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                       1.07
124 Melchor Mauri (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                          1.45
125 J.Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                  1.53
126 Rui Miguel Sousa (Por) Milaneza-MSS                       2.05
127 Mikel Artetxe (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                     2.17
128 Alberto Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
129 Massimo Codol (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
130 Alessandro Guerra (Ita) Index Alexia
131 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
132 José Maestre (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
133 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Telekom
134 Jan Schaffrath (Ger) Team Telekom
135 Jan Hruska (Cze) ONCE-Eroski
136 Pietro Zucconi (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
137 Rafael Diaz Justo (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
138 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
139 Roberto Laiseka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
140 Bram Tankink (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
141 Juan Fuentes (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport
142 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) Team Telekom
143 Mikel Pradera (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
144 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems
145 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance
146 Victor Hugo Peña (Col) US Postal Service
147 Robert Sassone (Fra) Cofidis                              5.13
148 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis
149 Cyril Saugrain (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93                      5.35
150 Alessio Galletti (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
151 Martin Derganc (Slo) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
152 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Fassa Bortolo
153 Robert Bartko (Ger) Team Telekom
154 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
155 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
156 David Zabriskie (USA) US Postal Service                   5.46
157 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin                           5.51
158 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Lampre-Daikin
159 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
160 Germán Nieto (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
161 Martín Garrido (Arg) Relax-Fuenlabrada
162 Jaime Hernandez (Spa) Team Coast
163 Denis Zanette (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                         7.14
164 Steffen Kjaergaard (Nor) US Postal Service
165 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
166 Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
167 Sven Teutenberg (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems
168 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
169 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Mapei-Quick Step
170 Serguei Smetanine (Rus) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria          8.05
171 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis
172 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Telekom
173 Andrea Brognara (Ita) Alessio                            16.27
174 Dario Andriotto (Ita) Index Alexia
175 Zoran Klemencic (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
176 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
177 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
178 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Alessio
179 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
180 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
181 Daniele Galli (Ita) Index Alexia
182 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
183 Rubén Lobato Elvira (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
184 Leif Hoste (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
185 Gorka Gerrikagoitia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
186 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Coast
187 Ivan Quaranta (Ita) Index Alexia
188 Alberto Vinale (Ita) Alessio
189 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Bigmat.Auber 93
190 Corrado Serina (Ita) Index Alexia
191 Daniel Becke (Ger) Team Coast
192 Lauri Aus (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance
193 Jeroen Blijevens (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
194 Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre-Daikin
195 Matthew White (Aus) US Postal Service
196 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Index Alexia
197 Andris Reiss (Lat) Index Alexia
198 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
199 Xavier Jan (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93
200 Guillaume Auger (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93
201 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Bigmat.Auber 93
202 Antonio Cruz (USA) US Postal Service
203 Thierry Loder (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
DNF Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
DNF Aleksandar Nikacevic (Yug) Alessio
DNF Dario Pieri (Ita) Alessio

Points

1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                     25 pts
2 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom                                20
3 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                 16
4 Angel Edo (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                                 14
5 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                     12
6 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                              10
7 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                               9
8 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                       8
9 Juan Guillamon (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                 7
10 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis                             6
11 Santos Gonzalez (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo           5
12 Giuseppe Di Grande (Ita) Index Alexia                        4
13 Aitor Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com                                 3
14 Pablo Lastras (Spa) iBanesto.com                             2
15 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                       1

Mountains

Alto El Portillol - Cat. 1, km 77

1 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis                                  16 pts
2 Germán Nieto (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                         12
3 Oscar Laguna (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                         10
4 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                        8
5 Klaus Möller (Den) Milaneza-MSS                               6
6 Vitoriano Fernandez (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                        4
7 Aitor Kintana (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93                           3
8 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis                                  2
9 José Garrido (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                   1

Alto El Revolcat - Cat. 3, km 127

1 Benjamín Noval (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                        6 pts
2 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      4
3 José Azevedo (Por) ONCE-Eroski                                2
4 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport                       1

Metas volantes

Alginet - 20.3 km

1 Germán Nieto (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                          4 pts
2 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis                                   2
3 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Toll      1

L'Alcudia - 28.5 km

1 Germán Nieto (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                          4 pts
2 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis                                   2
3 Vitoriano Fernandez (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                        1

Vallada - 69.7 km

1 Germán Nieto (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                          4 pts
2 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis                                   2
3 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                        1

Teams

1 iBanesto.com                                            11.58.45
2 Kelme-Costa Blanca
3 Milaneza-MSS
4 Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
5 Fassa Bortolo
6 Saeco-Longoni Sport
7 ONCE-Eroski
8 Alessio
9 Phonak Hearing Systems
10 Relax-Fuenlabrada
11 Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
12 Cofidis
13 Domo-Farm Frites
14 Team Telekom
15 Bigmat.Auber 93
16 Team Coast
17 Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
18 Euskaltel-Euskadi
19 US Postal Service
20 Lampre-Daikin
21 Ag2R Prevoyance
22 Mapei-Quick Step
23 Index Alexia                                               2.17

General classification after stage 2

1 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                          4.25.56
2 Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
3 José Azevedo (Por) ONCE-Eroski
4 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
5 Marcos Serrano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
6 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski
7 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service                       0.14
8 Christian Vandevelde (USA) US Postal Service
9 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) US Postal Service
10 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                    0.15
11 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
12 José Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
13 Juan José De Los Angeles (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
14 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca
15 Jesus Maria Manzano (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
16 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
17 Carlos Garcia (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
18 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom                              0.18
19 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom
20 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Team Telekom
21 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                            0.23
22 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
23 Marco Velo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
24 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Fassa Bortolo
25 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
26 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis                           0.26
27 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis
28 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis
29 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cofidis
30 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis
31 Aitor Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com                               0.27
32 Pablo Lastras (Spa) iBanesto.com
33 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) iBanesto.com
34 Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa) iBanesto.com
35 José Iván Gutierrez (Spa) iBanesto.com
36 Jon Odriozola (Spa) iBanesto.com
37 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com
38 J.Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com
39 José Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com                      0.31
40 Angel Casero (Spa) Team Coast                              0.39
41 David Plaza (Spa) Team Coast
42 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Team Coast
43 Aitor Garmendia (Spa) Team Coast
44 Fernando Escartin (Spa) Team Coast
45 Luis Perez (Spa) Team Coast
46 Oscar Freire (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step                        0.42
47 David Cañada (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
48 Andrea Noe (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
49 Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
50 Santos Gonzalez (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo         0.43
51 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tol
52 Guido Trenti (USA) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
53 Mario Cipollini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
54 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems               0.47
55 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
56 Benoit Salmon (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
57 Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
58 Gonzalo Bayarri (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
59 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Lampre-Daikin                           0.54
60 Milan Kadlec (Cze) Lampre-Daikin
61 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Lampre-Daikin
62 Angel Edo (Spa) Milaneza-MSS
63 Klaus Möller (Den) Milaneza-MSS
64 Vitoriano Fernandez (Spa) Milaneza-MSS
65 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Milaneza-MSS
66 Joan Horrach (Spa) Milaneza-MSS
67 Rui Lavarinhas (Por) Milaneza-MSS
68 Joao Silva (Por) Milaneza-MSS
69 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                     0.59
70 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
71 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Domo-Farm Frites
72 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
73 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                    1.03
74 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
75 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
76 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
77 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis                                1.09
78 Michael Barry (Can) US Postal Service                      1.10
79 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                   1.13
80 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
81 Diego Ferrari (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
82 Sylvester Szymyd (Pol) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
83 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
84 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
85 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport
86 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
87 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
88 Félix Garcia Casas (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93                   1.16
89 Aitor Kintana (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93
90 Sebastien Talabardon (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93
91 Stephane Heulot (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93
92 Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Telekom                           1.17
93 Reto Bergmann (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                 1.18
94 Juan Guillamon (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria              1.21
95 Rafael Casero (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
96 Dario Gadeo (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
97 Carlos Torrent (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
98 J.Antonio Pecharroman (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
99 José Garrido (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
100 Ricardo Valdez (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
101 Jorge Ferrio (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
102 Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Saeco-Longoni Sport
103 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo        1.22
104 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Alessio                         1.24
105 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio
106 Mauro Zanetti (Ita) Alessio
107 Iñigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                     1.26
108 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance
109 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
110 Jose Luis Rebollo (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                 1.31
111 Benjamín Noval (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
112 Nacor Burgos (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
113 Oscar Laguna (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
114 Antonio Colom (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
115 Elio Aggiano (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                       1.49
116 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo      1.58
117 Rafael Diaz Justo (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                       2.17
118 Steve De Wolf (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                      2.25
119 Victor Hugo Peña (Col) US Postal Service                  2.31
120 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                   2.32
121 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Telekom                             2.35
122 Jan Schaffrath (Ger) Team Telekom
123 Giuseppe Di Grande (Ita) Index Alexia                     2.38
124 Marco Magnani (Ita) Index Alexia
125 Melchor Mauri (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                          2.39
126 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) Team Telekom                       2.43
127 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport          2.57
128 Rui Miguel Sousa (Por) Milaneza-MSS                       2.59
129 Massimo Codol (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                         3.11
130 Mikel Artetxe (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                     3.20
131 Roberto Laiseka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
132 J.Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                  3.24
133 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems
134 Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                     3.26
135 Jan Hruska (Cze) ONCE-Eroski                              3.29
136 Juan Fuentes (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport                    3.30
137 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance                 3.43
138 Bram Tankink (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites                       3.46
139 José Maestre (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                      3.48
140 Mario Scirea (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo           4.43
141 Raffaele Ferrara (Ita) Alessio                            4.47
142 Alberto Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
143 Mikel Pradera (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                           4.52
144 Pietro Zucconi (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                 5.04
145 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis                            5.39
146 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                       5.43
147 Robert Bartko (Ger) Team Telekom                          5.53
148 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Fassa Bortolo                       5.58
149 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
150 David Zabriskie (USA) US Postal Service                   6.00
151 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                  6.17
152 Martin Derganc (Slo) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo         6.18
153 Jaime Hernandez (Spa) Team Coast                          6.30
154 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems              6.38
155 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Lampre-Daikin                      6.45
156 Alessandro Guerra (Ita) Index Alexia                      6.47
157 Cyril Saugrain (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93                      6.51
158 Martín Garrido (Arg) Relax-Fuenlabrada                    7.22
159 Germán Nieto (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
160 Steffen Kjaergaard (Nor) US Postal Service                7.28
161 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                   7.37
162 Denis Zanette (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
163 Alessio Galletti (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                7.50
164 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Mapei-Quick Step                   7.56
165 Sven Teutenberg (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems              8.01
166 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Telekom                         8.23
167 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                8.27
168 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis                              8.31
169 Robert Sassone (Fra) Cofidis                              8.37
170 Serguei Smetanine (Rus) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria          9.26
171 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin                           9.33
172 Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi             10.01
173 Antonio Cruz (USA) US Postal Service                     16.41
174 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Coast                          17.06
175 Daniel Becke (Ger) Team Coast
176 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step                    17.09
177 Leif Hoste (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                        17.26
178 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 17.30
179 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi              17.40
180 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Bigmat.Auber 93                     17.43
181 Guillaume Auger (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93
182 Xavier Jan (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93
183 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Bigmat.Auber 93
184 Andrea Brognara (Ita) Alessio                            17.51
185 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Alessio
186 Alberto Vinale (Ita) Alessio
187 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                     17.53
188 Lauri Aus (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance
189 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
190 Thierry Loder (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
191 Matthew White (Aus) US Postal Service                    18.28
192 Dario Andriotto (Ita) Index Alexia                       19.05
193 Corrado Serina (Ita) Index Alexia
194 Andris Reiss (Lat) Index Alexia
195 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                 19.12
196 Jeroen Blijevens (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
197 Zoran Klemencic (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi               19.14
198 Daniele Galli (Ita) Index Alexia                         19.15
199 Ivan Quaranta (Ita) Index Alexia
200 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Index Alexia
201 Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre-Daikin                      19.20
202 Gorka Gerrikagoitia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi              20.04
203 Rubén Lobato Elvira (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo   24.28

Points classification

1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                      25 pts
2 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom                                 20
3 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                  16
4 Angel Edo (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                                  14
5 Germán Nieto (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                          12
6 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                      12
7 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                               10
8 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                                9
9 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                        8
10 Juan Guillamon (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                 7
11 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis                              6
12 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis                                   6
13 Santos Gonzalez (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo            5
14 Giuseppe Di Grande (Ita) Index Alexia                         4
15 Aitor Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com                                  3
16 Pablo Lastras (Spa) iBanesto.com                              2
17 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                        1
18 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tol       1
19 Vitoriano Fernandez (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                        1
20 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                        1

Mountains classification

1 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis                                   16 pts
2 Germán Nieto (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                          12
3 Oscar Laguna (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                          10
4 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                         8
5 Benjamín Noval (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                         6
6 Klaus Möller (Den) Milaneza-MSS                                6
7 Vitoriano Fernandez (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                         4
8 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       4
9 Aitor Kintana (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93                            3
10 José Azevedo (Por) ONCE-Eroski                                2
11 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis                                  2
12 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport                       1
13 José Garrido (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                   1

Regularity classification

1 Vitoriano Fernandez (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                        90
2 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis                                   90
3 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                        93
4 Germán Nieto (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                         166

Teams classification

1 ONCE-Eroski                                             13.17.48
2 US Postal Service                                           0.42
3 Kelme-Costa Blanca                                          0.45
4 Team Telekom                                                0.54
5 Fassa Bortolo                                               1.09
6 Cofidis                                                     1.18
7 iBanesto.com                                                1.21
8 Team Coast                                                  1.57
9 Mapei-Quick Step                                            2.06
10 Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo                               2.09
11 Phonak Hearing Systems                                     2.21
12 Milaneza-MSS                                               2.42
13 Lampre-Daikin
14 Domo-Farm Frites                                           2.57
15 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                          3.09
16 Saeco-Longoni Sport                                        3.39
17 Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
18 Bigmat.Auber 93                                            3.48
19 Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                                   4.03
20 Alessio                                                    4.12
21 Ag2R Prevoyance                                            4.18
22 Relax-Fuenlabrada                                          4.33
23 Index Alexia                                              10.11