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57th Vuelta a España

Spain, September 7- 29, 2002

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Stage 6 - September 12: Granada - La Pandera (Jaen), 153.1 km

Heras mounts Vuelta challenge, Sevilla leads overall

By Chris Henry

Heras wins
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Roberto Heras, leader of the US Postal Service team and winner of the 2000 Vuelta, soloed to victory at the summit of La Pandera today. After US Postal's impressive second place in the opening team time trial, Heras has sent the first clear signal that he himself is ready to challenge for this year's overall title, climbing with the same speed that impressed many in the mountains of this year's Tour de France. Kelme's Oscar Sevilla also followed up on his strong performance of yesterday, taking third place in today's stage and assuming the overall lead, ahead of Alexandre Vinokourov (Telekom) and Heras.

The stage started in what is becoming typical Vuelta fashion, with an early break sparked by young Cofidis rider Médéric Clain, who still wears the orange jersey as leader of the mountains classification. Today's breakaway, which again went after only 5km of racing, was larger than previous days and contained representatives from most of the major teams. With the day's climbing coming at the end of the stage, no major threats to the overall were present in the break, although former Vuelta winner Melchor Mauri (Milaneza-MSS) was along for the ride. Jan Hruska was ONCE's watch dog for the group.

Early break
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At the top of the first climb, the Alto de las Ecebras, Médéric Clain fulfilled his daily mission and took the mountain points, allowing him to keep his orange jersey for yet another day. Today's stage began at a higher pace than yesterday, with riders covering 88.1km in the first two hours of racing. Though the peloton was content to let the break ride for the first half of the race, today's escape never gained much more than 4 minutes, led on a steady chase of the lead group by ONCE's Jörg Jaksche and Rafael Diaz Justo, and Saeco's Gerrit Glomser.

The leading group was still around 3'30" ahead as it passed through the city of Jaen and the intermediate points sprint. Alessio's Raffaele Ferrara took the sprint, ahead of Médéric Clain, who seems determined to get into the mix at every opportunity. But as the group headed into the final 35km of the stage, which included two major climbs, the peloton was growing increasingly anxious behind. Climbing out of Jaen, the lead group began to splinter and the leaders' advantage began to crumble. Over the next 10km the peloton succeeded in cutting over one minute off the break's advantage, in advance of the 11km climb of the Puerto de los Villares.

Kelme's Antonio Tauler attacked to take the next intermediate sprint, and carried on with his move, followed briefly by Jazztel's Serguei Smetanine, who soon enough fell by the wayside. Tauler pressed on, the lone leader at this point, powering up the climb in his big chainring. But behind the real race was about to take shape, as Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) decided to test the waters with a move off the front of the peloton.

Simoni goes
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Simoni succeeded in creating a split at the head of the peloton, taking with him several strong riders, including Vinokourov, Oscar Camenzind (Phonak), Pietro Caucchioli (Alessio), Felix Garcia Casas (Big Mat), and iBanesto's Aitor Osa. This group forced the pace, largely under the pressure of Simoni, and proceeded to pick up (and pass) the remnants of the original 16 man break. By this point Euskaltel's Iker Flores had replaced Tauler at the head of the race, riding strongly on his own and keeping the hard-charging Simoni group at bay with 1'30" advantage and 16km left to race.

Today's stage was expected to cause more fireworks amongst the leaders, as the climbs- particularly the final ascent to Pandera, were steeper and more varied than the previous day's interminable 37km ramp to Sierra Nevada. The pure climbers were finally expected to come to the fore, and on the penultimate climb, it was Saeco's Simoni, the lowest-placed favorite on GC, looking to make his mark on the 2nd category Puerto de los Villares.

Simoni's chase group steadily reduced Flores' advantage up front, with help from former world champion Oscar Camenzind, who happened to be celebrating his birthday today. Flores crossed the top of the climb with 37 seconds in hand over the chasers, and began the 5km descent before the final difficulty of the day. Simoni's efforts in the chase group helped create a further selection, and eight riders crossed the summit together in search of Flores, and with a 1'21" advantage over the peloton, which contained the remainder of the pre-race favorites. Both Simoni and Vinokourov worked relentlessly, as by this point either of the two had the opportunity to take not only the stage, but also the overall lead.

As the race his the slopes of final climb to Pandera, Flores lead Simoni's group by only 45 seconds, and the peloton was charging from behind. Simoni, Vinokourov and company caught Flores with 7km remaining to the summit, and the battle the for stage victory began anew. In the peloton behind Simoni's group, US Postal finally made its appearance at the head of affairs, and in a repeat of yesterday's performance it was strongman Christian Vandevelde taking up the pacemaking with Roberto Heras tucked in behind. Vandevelde rode himself into the ground in an effort to reduce the gap to Simoni's group, and largely succeeded by the time he reached his limit, leaving the remainder of the work to Heras.

Heras attacks
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Dancing off the front of the group and not missing a beat, Heras showed quickly that he was up to the task, as the race hit the steepest portions of the climb. Only Sevilla could come close to matching the Postal rider's pace, and the two quickly began to pass the remnants of Simoni's group, searching for defiant the Saeco rider up ahead. With 4km to go, Heras caught Vinokourov, Fabian Jeker, and Iban Mayo, attacking immediately to pass the small but select group. As he did, Oscar Camenzind had a run-in with a spectator, and although he remained upright, his momentum was lost at the critical moment of the race.

Soon enough Heras was on Simoni's wheel, wasting no time and accelerating once more as only pure climbers can, setting off alone now in search of the stage victory. Sevilla dug deep to chase Heras, but there was no catching the former Vuelta winner. Nonetheless, Sevilla had the motivation of assuming the overall lead at the finish, and fought out the finish with Simoni and Mayo, as Vinokourov worked at his limits a behind, making great gains himself.

Sevilla in gold
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Heras crossed the line in full flight, sparing the victory salute and thinking more of his important time gains than a flashy victory. His riding said enough, and besides his time on the winner's podium, a jump to third place overall offered plenty of reward. Seventeen seconds later, Simoni rallied to win the sprint for second place, ahead of new race leader Sevilla and Euskaltel's Iban Mayo. Vinokourov followed at 48 seconds, along with Aitor Gonzalez and Felix Garcia Casas, who gave Big Mat two strong performances in two days of climbing. Race favorite and early leader Joseba Beloki suffered on the final climb, losing nearly a minute and a half and digging himself a bit of a hole behind Sevilla and Heras, who each look set to do battle as the race unfolds.

The Vuelta returns to the plains tomorrow, offering another chance for the sprinters and permitting Oscar Sevilla to enjoy some time in the leader's jersey before the next serious test. Mario Cipollini has already announced that he will say adios to the Vuelta on Sunday, but given his performance so far, tomorrow might be another day for the Lion King to stamp his authority on the sprint finish.

Photography

Photos by Yuzuru Sunada

Photos courtesy of AFP

Photos courtesy of Lavuelta.com

Results

1 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service                      3.56.47 (38.79 km/h)
2 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                     0.18
3 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
4 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
5 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom                       0.48
6 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
7 Félix Garcia Casas (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93
8 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Milaneza-MSS
9 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                  1.04
10 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
11 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
12 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
13 Klaus Möller (Den) Milaneza-MSS
14 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis                                   1.16
15 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                              1.25
16 Luis Perez (Spa) Team Coast                                  1.36
17 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) iBanesto.com
18 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Team Coast
19 Angel Casero (Spa) Team Coast                                1.38
20 Ricardo Valdez (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
21 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski                               2.07
22 Fernando Escartin (Spa) Team Coast
23 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Fassa Bortolo
24 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio                              2.12
25 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                       2.25
26 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
27 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                          2.35
28 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
29 Pablo Lastras (Spa) iBanesto.com
30 David Plaza (Spa) Team Coast
31 Christian Vandevelde (USA) US Postal Service
32 Rui Miguel Sousa (Por) Milaneza-MSS
33 Carlos Garcia (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                       2.39
34 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                2.44
35 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis
36 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis                                  2.55
37 Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa) iBanesto.com                       2.57
38 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
39 Joan Horrach (Spa) Milaneza-MSS
40 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis                             3.22
41 J.Antonio Pecharroman (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria         3.31
42 J.Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com                          3.52
43 Iñigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                        3.54
44 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Lampre-Daikin                       4.00
45 Nacor Burgos (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
46 José Garrido (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
47 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                        4.16
48 Aitor Kintana (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93                          4.25
49 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com                           4.26
50 Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Saeco-Longoni Sport
51 Giuseppe Di Grande (Ita) Index Alexia
52 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
53 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Alessio                            4.42
54 Rui Lavarinhas (Por) Milaneza-MSS
55 Joao Silva (Por) Milaneza-MSS                                5.03
56 Rafael Casero (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                 5.09
57 Aitor Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com                                 5.26
58 Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                        5.28
59 Alberto Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi              5.32
60 Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                  5.40
61 Jorge Ferrio (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                  5.51
62 Jose Luis Rebollo (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                    5.59
63 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                  6.37
64 Sylvester Szymyd (Pol) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                  6.57
65 Massimo Codol (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                            7.03
66 Dario Gadeo (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                   8.09
67 Marcos Serrano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                             8.23
68 José Azevedo (Por) ONCE-Eroski
69 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Team Telekom
70 David Cañada (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
71 Gonzalo Bayarri (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
72 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Lampre-Daikin                             8.25
73 José Maestre (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                         8.36
74 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport                      9.32
75 Melchor Mauri (Spa) Milaneza-MSS
76 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                 9.41
77 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
78 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis                                 9.59
79 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Telekom                               10.16
80 Jan Hruska (Cze) ONCE-Eroski
81 Benoit Salmon (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems                  10.39
82 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                    11.12
83 José Iván Gutierrez (Spa) iBanesto.com                      11.37
84 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
85 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                             11.52
86 Marco Velo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
87 J.Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                    11.59
88 Jan Schaffrath (Ger) Team Telekom                           12.01
89 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                         12.27
90 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Fassa Bortolo
91 Serguei Smetanine (Rus) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria            12.29
92 Gorka Gerrikagoitia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 12.31
93 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance
94 Mikel Artetxe (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
95 Reto Bergmann (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
96 Santos Gonzalez (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
97 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis
98 Sebastien Talabardon (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93
99 Mauro Zanetti (Ita) Alessio
100 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance
101 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Domo-Farm Frites
102 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca                   12.40
103 Angel Edo (Spa) Milaneza-MSS
104 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) US Postal Service
105 Steffen Kjaergaard (Nor) US Postal Service
106 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites                     12.42
107 Oscar Laguna (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                       13.18
108 Raffaele Ferrara (Ita) Alessio                             13.21
109 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) Team Telekom                        13.38
110 Aitor Garmendia (Spa) Team Coast                           14.01
111 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom                              17.58
112 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis
113 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
114 Steve De Wolf (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
115 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
116 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
117 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
118 José Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com
119 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
120 Diego Ferrari (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
121 Andris Reiss (Lat) Index Alexia
122 Jon Odriozola (Spa) iBanesto.com
123 Zoran Klemencic (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
124 Juan Fuentes (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport                     18.02
125 Andrea Noe (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
126 Robert Bartko (Ger) Team Telekom
127 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems
128 Jesus Maria Manzano (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
129 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin
130 José Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
131 Antonio Colom (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
132 Leif Hoste (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
133 Mikel Pradera (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
134 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
135 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
136 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
137 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
138 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Mapei-Quick Step
139 Thierry Loder (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
140 Rubén Lobato Elvira (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
141 Pietro Zucconi (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
142 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
143 Vitoriano Fernandez (Spa) Milaneza-MSS
144 Rafael Diaz Justo (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
145 Jaime Hernandez (Spa) Team Coast
146 Dario Andriotto (Ita) Index Alexia
147 Michael Barry (Can) US Postal Service
148 Guido Trenti (USA) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
149 Elio Aggiano (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
150 Jeroen Blijevens (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
151 Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre-Daikin
152 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Alessio
153 Juan José De Los Angeles (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
154 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
155 Robert Sassone (Fra) Cofidis
156 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cofidis
157 Denis Zanette (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
158 Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
159 Andrea Brognara (Ita) Alessio
160 Mario Scirea (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
161 Alessio Galletti (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
162 Marco Magnani (Ita) Index Alexia
163 Alessandro Guerra (Ita) Index Alexia
164 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
165 Alberto Vinale (Ita) Alessio
166 Oscar Freire (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
167 Daniel Becke (Ger) Team Coast
168 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Coast
169 Cyril Saugrain (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93
170 Carlos Torrent (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
171 Germán Nieto (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
172 Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
173 Lauri Aus (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance
174 Milan Kadlec (Cze) Lampre-Daikin                           18.19
175 Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Telekom
176 Mario Cipollini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
177 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
178 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Lampre-Daikin
179 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Telekom
180 Matthew White (Aus) US Postal Service
181 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
182 Victor Hugo Peña (Col) US Postal Service                   18.22
183 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Bigmat.Auber 93
184 Juan Guillamon (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
185 Antonio Cruz (USA) US Postal Service                       18.24
186 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
187 David Zabriskie (USA) US Postal Service                    18.25
188 Martín Garrido (Arg) Relax-Fuenlabrada                     18.44
189 Sven Teutenberg (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems               18.47
190 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                      19.01
191 Daniele Galli (Ita) Index Alexia                           19.45
192 Corrado Serina (Ita) Index Alexia
193 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Bigmat.Auber 93                          19.55
194 Guillaume Auger (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93                      20.06
 
Points
 
1 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service                           25 pts
2 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                       20
3 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                          16
4 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               14
5 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom                         12
6 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                         10
7 Félix Garcia Casas (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93                         9
8 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Milaneza-MSS                                  8
9 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                     7
10 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                        6
11 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         5
12 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                        4
13 Klaus Möller (Den) Milaneza-MSS                                 3
14 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis                                      2
15 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                                 1
 
Mountains
 
Alto de las Encebras - Cat. 3, km 46
1 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis                                      6 pts
2 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                          4
3 Melchor Mauri (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                                 2
4 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                     1
 
Puerto de los Villares - Cat. 2. km 141
1 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             10 pts
2 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                        7
3 Jose Luis Rebollo (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                        5
4 Carlos Garcia (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                           3
5 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                2
6 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                              1
 
Sierra de la Pandera - Cat. E, km 153
1 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service                           30 pts
2 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                       25
3 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                          20
4 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               16
5 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom                         12
6 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                         10
7 Félix Garcia Casas (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93                         8
8 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Milaneza-MSS                                  6
9 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                     4
10 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                        3
11 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         2
12 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                        1
 
Sprints
 
Huelma - km 68.5
1 José Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                          4 pts
2 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Telekom                                    2
3 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis                                      1
 
 
Jaén - km 117.5
1 Raffaele Ferrara (Ita) Alessio                                   4 pts
2 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                     2
3 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis                                      1
 
 
Los Villares - km 129.5
1 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                          4 pts
2 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                     2
3 Jose Luis Rebollo (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                        1
 
Teams
 
1 Kelme-Costa Blanca                                        11.54.06
2 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                             0.02
3 Milaneza-MSS                                                  0.42
4 Team Coast                                                    1.05
5 Saeco-Longoni Sport                                           2.03
6 ONCE-Eroski                                                   2.22
7 Cofidis                                                       3.10
8 iBanesto.com                                                  3.23
9 Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                                      5.24
10 Phonak Hearing Systems                                       8.39
11 Fassa Bortolo                                               11.18
12 US Postal Service                                           11.30
13 Lampre-Daikin                                               12.46
14 Bigmat.Auber 93                                             13.59
15 Relax-Fuenlabrada                                           14.50
16 Domo-Farm Frites                                            15.27
17 Alessio                                                     15.40
18 Team Telekom                                                15.42
19 Ag2R Prevoyance                                             22.21
20 Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                                        23.54
21 Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo                                29.23
22 Mapei-Quick Step                                            33.52
23 Index Alexia                                                36.41
 
General classification after stage 6
 
1 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                    20.51.17
2 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom                       0.14
3 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service                         0.39
4 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                       0.41
5 Félix Garcia Casas (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93                      0.52
6 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       0.57
7 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             1.14
8 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                           1.25
9 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski                                1.32
10 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                              1.43
11 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                     1.45
12 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                     1.48
13 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                    1.49
14 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis                                  2.01
15 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) iBanesto.com                         2.18
16 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                 2.22
17 Klaus Möller (Den) Milaneza-MSS                              2.29
18 Pablo Lastras (Spa) iBanesto.com
19 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Team Coast                              2.33
20 Angel Casero (Spa) Team Coast                                2.46
21 Fernando Escartin (Spa) Team Coast                           3.04
22 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis                                   3.16
23 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Fassa Bortolo                           3.35
24 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                     4.02
25 Ricardo Valdez (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                4.04
26 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Milaneza-MSS                              4.26
27 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio                              4.36
28 Rui Miguel Sousa (Por) Milaneza-MSS                          5.07
29 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                   5.18
30 Joan Horrach (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                              5.19
31 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                5.37
32 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                       5.50
33 Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa) iBanesto.com                       5.54
34 Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                  6.09
35 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis                                 6.19
36 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com
37 Carlos Garcia (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                       6.46
38 J.Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com                          6.49
39 J.Antonio Pecharroman (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria         6.57
40 José Garrido (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                  7.18
41 Aitor Kintana (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93                          7.21
42 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Lampre-Daikin                       7.44
43 Christian Vandevelde (USA) US Postal Service                 8.12
44 Rui Lavarinhas (Por) Milaneza-MSS                            8.26
45 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis                             8.31
46 José Azevedo (Por) ONCE-Eroski                               8.41
47 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                        8.48
48 Iñigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                        9.38
49 Sylvester Szymyd (Pol) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                  9.44
50 Nacor Burgos (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                         9.49
51 Marcos Serrano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                             9.51
52 David Plaza (Spa) Team Coast                                10.32
53 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                 10.42
54 Luis Perez (Spa) Team Coast                                 11.31
55 Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                       12.44
56 Alberto Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi             13.44
57 Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Saeco-Longoni Sport                    13.56
58 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Alessio                           14.21
59 Rafael Casero (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                14.45
60 Giuseppe Di Grande (Ita) Index Alexia                       14.51
61 Jose Luis Rebollo (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                   14.57
62 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo   15.28
63 David Cañada (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step                         17.18
64 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                         17.27
65 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca                    17.43
66 Joao Silva (Por) Milaneza-MSS                               18.07
67 Jorge Ferrio (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                 19.22
68 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Lampre-Daikin                            19.54
69 José Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                     20.14
70 Massimo Codol (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                           20.49
71 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
72 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Team Telekom                         20.51
73 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Fassa Bortolo                         21.15
74 Gonzalo Bayarri (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                21.20
75 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance                   21.37
76 Aitor Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com                                21.40
77 Antonio Colom (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                       22.46
78 Benoit Salmon (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems                  23.36
79 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                     24.01
80 José Iván Gutierrez (Spa) iBanesto.com                      24.14
81 Marco Velo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                              24.25
82 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) US Postal Service                   25.04
83 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Domo-Farm Frites                    25.40
84 Sebastien Talabardon (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93                  25.57
85 Reto Bergmann (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                  25.59
86 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                       26.07
87 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                      26.38
88 J.Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                    27.33
89 Jesus Maria Manzano (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                28.09
90 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                28.29
91 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                    29.30
92 Vitoriano Fernandez (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                      29.31
93 Oscar Laguna (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                        29.33
94 Mauro Zanetti (Ita) Alessio                                 29.42
95 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis                              30.20
96 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport                     30.39
97 Juan José De Los Angeles (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca           31.18
98 Carlos Torrent (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria               31.33
99 Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems          32.02
100 Melchor Mauri (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                           32.05
101 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                            32.09
102 José Maestre (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                       32.18
103 Santos Gonzalez (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo         32.22
104 Rafael Diaz Justo (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                        32.29
105 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Telekom                              32.45
106 Angel Edo (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                               33.22
107 Jan Hruska (Cze) ONCE-Eroski                               33.39
108 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis                                34.15
109 Jan Schaffrath (Ger) Team Telekom                          34.30
110 Aitor Garmendia (Spa) Team Coast                           34.34
111 Mikel Artetxe (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      35.45
112 Dario Gadeo (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                 36.38
113 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites                     37.08
114 Raffaele Ferrara (Ita) Alessio                             38.02
115 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom                              38.04
116 Jon Odriozola (Spa) iBanesto.com                           38.19
117 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cofidis                                 38.22
118 José Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com                      38.23
119 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis                               38.24
120 Oscar Freire (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step                        38.32
121 Andrea Noe (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                          38.38
122 Diego Ferrari (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                   39.05
123 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport             39.09
124 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                       39.44
125 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) Team Telekom                        39.48
126 Victor Hugo Peña (Col) US Postal Service                   40.47
127 Serguei Smetanine (Rus) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria           41.49
128 Michael Barry (Can) US Postal Service                      41.50
129 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                     41.53
130 Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                      42.11
131 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                   42.27
132 Milan Kadlec (Cze) Lampre-Daikin                           42.40
133 Mikel Pradera (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                            42.48
134 Mario Cipollini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo         43.01
135 Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Telekom                           43.03
136 Juan Guillamon (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria              43.04
137 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo         43.16
138 Elio Aggiano (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                        43.18
139 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo       43.21
140 Steffen Kjaergaard (Nor) US Postal Service                 43.30
141 Robert Bartko (Ger) Team Telekom                           43.49
142 Guido Trenti (USA) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo            44.00
143 Steve De Wolf (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                       44.05
144 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems                  44.53
145 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                    45.23
146 Juan Fuentes (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport                     45.57
147 Mario Scirea (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo            46.07
148 Pietro Zucconi (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                  46.33
149 David Zabriskie (USA) US Postal Service                    47.52
150 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                          47.55
151 Germán Nieto (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                       48.02
152 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
153 Cyril Saugrain (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93                       48.15
154 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Lampre-Daikin                       48.31
155 Alessio Galletti (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                 48.47
156 Denis Zanette (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                          49.06
157 Robert Sassone (Fra) Cofidis                               49.13
158 Marco Magnani (Ita) Index Alexia                           49.24
159 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                 49.47
160 Jaime Hernandez (Spa) Team Coast                           50.18
161 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin                            50.51
162 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Mapei-Quick Step                    51.15
163 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport           51.57
164 Gorka Gerrikagoitia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                52.29
165 Alessandro Guerra (Ita) Index Alexia                       54.47
166 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                   55.26
167 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                55.36
168 Thierry Loder (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                        55.49
169 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Telekom                          55.51
170 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                      56.48
171 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                   57.04
172 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step                      57.49
173 Antonio Cruz (USA) US Postal Service                       58.13
174 Daniel Becke (Ger) Team Coast                              58.35
175 Leif Hoste (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                          58.50
176 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Alessio                                59.14
177 Andrea Brognara (Ita) Alessio                              59.15
178 Lauri Aus (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance                            59.17
179 Martín Garrido (Arg) Relax-Fuenlabrada                     59.19
180 Alberto Vinale (Ita) Alessio                               59.20
181 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Bigmat.Auber 93                       59.32
182 Andris Reiss (Lat) Index Alexia                          1.00.30
183 Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre-Daikin                      1.00.44
184 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Bigmat.Auber 93                        1.01.05
185 Jeroen Blijevens (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites                  1.01.10
186 Guillaume Auger (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93                    1.01.27
187 Sven Teutenberg (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems             1.01.48
188 Matthew White (Aus) US Postal Service                    1.01.56
189 Zoran Klemencic (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi               1.06.30
190 Dario Andriotto (Ita) Index Alexia                       1.07.00
191 Daniele Galli (Ita) Index Alexia                         1.10.34
192 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Coast                          1.10.42
193 Corrado Serina (Ita) Index Alexia                        1.13.07
194 Rubén Lobato Elvira (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo   1.17.15
 
Points classification
 
1 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom                                   56 pts
2 Mario Cipollini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo              50
3 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                         41
4 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                        36
5 Félix Garcia Casas (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93                        33
6 Angel Edo (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                                    32
7 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis                                     27
8 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                          26
9 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service                           25
10 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom                        24
11 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                        23
12 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                   23
13 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        22
14 Oscar Freire (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step                            22
15 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                      20
16 Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Saeco-Longoni Sport                       19
17 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              18
18 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin                                18
19 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                       17
20 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                            14
21 Juan Guillamon (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                  14
22 Dario Gadeo (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                     12
23 Germán Nieto (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                           12
24 Sven Teutenberg (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems                   12
25 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis                                    11
26 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                                10
27 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski                                 10
28 Pablo Lastras (Spa) iBanesto.com                               10
29 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                10
30 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Alessio                                    10
31 Zoran Klemencic (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                     10
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis                                     38 pts
2 Félix Garcia Casas (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93                        33
3 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                       32
4 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service                           30
5 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis                                     30
6 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                          28
7 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom                         24
8 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         22
9 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               19
10 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                            17
11 Oscar Laguna (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                           15
12 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                        12
13 Germán Nieto (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                           12
14 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            10
15 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski                                 10
16 Jesus Maria Manzano (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                    9
17 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                          8
18 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                           7
19 Klaus Möller (Den) Milaneza-MSS                                 6
20 Pablo Lastras (Spa) iBanesto.com                                6
21 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Milaneza-MSS                                 6
22 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                        5
23 Jose Luis Rebollo (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                       5
24 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                    4
25 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        4
26 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                         4
27 Vitoriano Fernandez (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                          4
28 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                        3
29 Rui Miguel Sousa (Por) Milaneza-MSS                             3
30 Carlos Garcia (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                          3
31 Aitor Kintana (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93                             3
32 José Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com                           3
33 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis                                    2
34 José Azevedo (Por) ONCE-Eroski                                  2
35 Melchor Mauri (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                                2
36 José Garrido (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                     1
37 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                    1
38 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport                         1
39 Victor Hugo Peña (Col) US Postal Service                        1
 
Regularity classification
 
1 Félix Garcia Casas (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93                        12 pts
2 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                          15
3 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service                           16
4 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom                         19
5 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis                                     26
6 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                         27
7 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         27
8 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                       31
9 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               33
10 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                            38
11 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                       38
12 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski                                 51
13 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                   52
14 Pablo Lastras (Spa) iBanesto.com                               66
15 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                       74
16 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Milaneza-MSS                                79
17 Klaus Möller (Den) Milaneza-MSS                                90
18 Rui Miguel Sousa (Por) Milaneza-MSS                            96
19 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                        107
20 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis                                   134
21 Jose Luis Rebollo (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                     146
22 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                       149
23 Jesus Maria Manzano (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                  150
24 Vitoriano Fernandez (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                        160
25 Oscar Laguna (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                          168
26 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                  178
27 Germán Nieto (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                          187
28 José Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com                         188
 
Teams classification
 
1 ONCE-Eroski                                               62.38.31
2 Kelme-Costa Blanca                                            0.52
3 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                             1.33
4 Team Coast                                                    3.06
5 Milaneza-MSS                                                  3.55
6 iBanesto.com                                                  4.57
7 Cofidis                                                       6.50
8 Saeco-Longoni Sport                                          12.45
9 Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                                     13.33
10 Fassa Bortolo                                               14.15
11 Phonak Hearing Systems                                      24.14
12 Bigmat.Auber 93                                             25.44
13 US Postal Service                                           29.15
14 Lampre-Daikin                                               31.42
15 Domo-Farm Frites                                            32.22
16 Relax-Fuenlabrada                                           33.20
17 Ag2R Prevoyance                                             42.18
18 Alessio                                                     43.53
19 Team Telekom                                                46.47
20 Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                                        49.28
21 Mapei-Quick Step                                          1.15.05
22 Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo                              1.25.05
23 Index Alexia                                              1.41.51