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57th Vuelta a España
Spain, September 7- 29, 2002
Stage 2 - September 8: Valencia - Alcoy, 144.7 km
Complete Live Report
Start time: 13:44 CEST
An update on the race: German Nieto (Relax Fuenlabrada - remember him from last year?) and Mederic Clain (Cofidis) have escaped the fairly sluggish peloton, and currently have a 10'40 lead with 95 km to go. The pair rode away after 10 km, and quickly established a gap, with the maximum lead hitting 11'04 after 40 km. It's slowly coming down now as they near the foot of the Alto del Portillol.
15:15 CEST - 57 km/88 km to go
Clain and Nieto still have a 10 minute lead.
15:28 CEST - 63 km/82 km to go
15:36 CEST - 68 km/77 km to go
The climb is 8 km long, gaining 440m in altitude at an average of 6.1 percent. Not one of the tougher climbs that the riders will face, but the hot conditions will make things hard enough.
15:44 CEST - 71 km/74 km to go
In front Clain is setting the pace, with the bald headed Nieto hanging on to the small French rider.
15:49 CEST - 73 km/72 km to go
Clain and Nieto are struggling up one of the steepest parts of the climb.
Dario Pieri has abandoned. He was looking a tad out of condition yesterday...
15:53 CEST - 74 km/71 km to go
Paolo Savoldelli is at the back, with Jeroen Blijlevens and Ivan Quaranta. Not a good start for the Giro champ.
You can follow Danilo di Luca's progress via his exclusive diary on Cyclingnews.
15:56 CEST - 75 km/70 km to go
In front, the pace has lifted with the peloton down to about 70 riders. The climb has flattened out now.
16:01 CEST - 77 km/68 km to go
Paolo Savoldelli is going to struggle to make the time cut today.
16:05 CEST - 80 km/65 km to go
The Savoldelli group has grown, and contains several Ag2r, Index and Big Mat riders. Maybe Savoldelli is trying to nurse his sprinter Ivan Quaranta over the climb - there are five Index-Alexia riders in the group.
16:11 CEST - 85 km/60 km to go
Daniel Schnider (Phonak) and Jesus Manzano (Kelme) have decided to attack the peloton, in pursuit of Clain and Nieto, who are still 5'06 in front.
16:20 CEST - 88 km/56 km to go
German Nieto and Mederic Clain are, for the time being, holding off the peloton behind them, maintaining their 5 minute lead. There are two chasers: Schnider and Manzano, who are not managing to close the gap. They decide it's useless, and go back to the peloton. ONCE has put the whole team on the front.
Savoldelli's group is now riding a team time trial, another 5 minutes behind the peloton.
16:30 CEST - 98 km/46 km to go
The two leaders, Nieto and Clain, have lifted their speed, as they attempt to steal this stage from the sprinters in the peloton. ONCE is still leading the chase.
16:42 CEST - 107 km/39 km to go
German Nieto (Relax) and Mederic Clain (Cofidis) are continuing their great escape, which started after 10 km. Nieto has won all the intermediate sprints, putting him in the jersey this evening, while Clain won the day's Cat. 1 climb, giving him 16 points. Behind them, the ONCE team is riding tempo in the peloton, but have some help from Mapei-Quick Step now, who are hoping to get Oscar Freire up for the stage win.
16:52 CEST - 111 km/33 km to go
The leaders Clain and Nieto are still holding off the peloton, with the latest time check being 3'45. It's coming down gradually, as the sprinters teams take control.
Savoldelli's group is still 5'10 behind the peloton, so he will fight to see another stage.
17:01 CEST - 117 km/27 km to go
Nieto and Clain cross the start finish line in Alcoi with 27 km to go. The peloton follow at 1'43 - they should catch them.
17:12 CEST - 124 km/20 km to go
Savoldelli's group cross the line for the first time, 9'36 behind the leaders - approximately 8 minutes behind the peloton.
17:18 CEST - 126 km/18 km to go
17:22 CEST - 128 km/16 km to go
17:27 CEST - 133 km/11 km to go
17:31 CEST - 135 km/9 km to go
17:33 CEST - 138 km/6 km to go
17:36 CEST - 140 km/4 km to go
Acqua e Sapone are at the front of the peloton. They've narrowed it to 18 seconds.
17:39 CEST - 142 km/2 km to go
Francisco Mancebo (iBanesto) bridges the gap with ease. The now seven leaders are looking at each other, with Noval trying to attack. They can't afford to do this.
17:42 CEST - 143 km/1 km to go
The Acqua e Sapone train doesn't quite get it right, and it's up to Saeco to lead it out. Here comes Zabel, but it's Danilo Di Luca who wins! Second is Zabel, third is Camenzind (Phonak).
Provisional 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 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites General classification after stage 2 1 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 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