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57th Vuelta a España
Spain, September 7- 29, 2002
Stage 10 - September 16: Córdoba - Córdoba ITT, 36.5 km
Complete Live Report
Start time (first rider): 12:41 CEST
The fastest rider so far is Juan Carlos Dominguez (Phonak) who has ridden very well in wet conditions to record a time of 47'28, nearly a minute faster than Robert Bartko (Telekom).
Johan Verstrepen, Davide Bramati and Mariano Piccoli come to the line together, and have a joke about sprinting for the win.
The weather is bad today - it's raining over the whole parcours, and that will make it difficult to set really fast times. It doesn't look like clearing up either.
A note on the course: It's quite technical at the beginning, and the rain and wind aren't helping at all. It's also quite deserted.
Toni Tauler has just caught his minute man, Migel Martin Perdiguero (Acqua e Sapone). Jose Gutierrez (iBanesto) finishes in a time of 49'45 - that's better than Mauri, and moves him into 7th.
Another candidate for the stage win is Euskaltel's Haimar Zubeldia, currently 6th on GC at 1'01. He put over 2 minutes into Sevilla in the Dauphine Libere time trial, where he finished third.
The rain is really heavy now!
Perdiguero is still sitting behind Toni Tauler, who is riding quite well but probably doesn't want an Acqua e Sapone sprinter on his wheel.
Tauler is good: 15 seconds quicker than Dominguez at 19 km.
Santos Gonzalez (Acqua e Sapone) finishes in a good time of 48'18, second best to date.
The rain has eased a little now, although the roads are still wet.
Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (ONCE) is about to set off. He'd normally be considered a big favourite for this stage, but has not been in top form at the Vuelta, like Santi Botero. We'll see what he can do.
Miguel Martin Perdiguero has a time of 48'16, which is third best so far. He picked the right wheel to sit behind today!
David Millar (Cofidis) is about to start. The powerful Scot quickly gets into his rhythm, and it's clear that he wants to do a good time.
Last year's Vuelta winner, Angel Casero, has started. He'll need to ride extremely well in the last week to move up to podium contention.
Igor Gonazlez de Galdeano has gone through the 19km mark in 26'09, 4th fastest.
Christian Vandevelde is 2 seconds faster than Tauler at 19 km, and has the new top intermediate time.
Oscar Camenzind (Phonak) is on his way.
We're into the top 10 now, with Casagrande (Fassa Bortolo) setting off. Only 9 more riders to start.
Joseba Beloki (9th on GC) rolls down the starting ramp. A few minutes ahead of him, mountains leader Gilberto Simoni is struggling over the first part of the parcours. The conditions are definitely improving, but the roads are by no means dry yet. At least it's stopped raining.
Danilo Di Luca finishes in 49'26, 20th best time.
Vandevelde has lost 16 seconds to Tauler at the third check (km 29). Meanwhile David Millar passes the 19 km check in the same time as Vandevelde (2 seconds quicker than Tauler). The race will be won over the second half.
Klaus Moller comes by 19 km in 25'46, 4th fastest at that point. Roberto Heras (USPS) is just starting his ride.
Aitor Gonzalez starts his ride. He's one of the favourites for this stage, and also to take the lead. He has ambitions on winning the Vuelta overall too.
Joseba Beloki (ONCE) is getting yelled at by Manolo Saiz, and appears to be responding by riding quickly. He goes by 9 km in 14'04 - that's 10 seconds quicker than Millar and Vandevelde!
Gilberto Simoni has lost 51 seconds to Vandevelde at 19 km, but he's still in 16th at that point.
Heras was 10th through 9 km in 14'36.
David Millar is finishing, and will beat Tauler. He crosses in 46'32, new best time.
Aitor Gonzalez is second fastest at 9km behind Beloki.
Zubeldia comes past 19km in 26'05, 44 seconds slower than Beloki.
After 9 km, Beloki has the best time, with Aitor Gonzalez second at 2 seconds, and Sevilla third at 9 seconds. They are followed by Vandevelde, Millar and Moller. Vinokourov has already lost 37 seconds at this point, and certainly won't be in gold tonight.
But here comes Aitor Gonzalez! 24'57 - that's 24 seconds faster than Beloki!
Beloki is past 29 km in 39'13, 2 seconds quicker than Millar.
Vinokourov is 23rd after 19 km, followed by Sevilla who goes through in 25'23, 26 seconds slower than his teammate Aitor Gonzalez. He can lose 41 seconds to concede first place on GC.
Aitor Gonzalez is unofficially 39 seconds in front of Sevilla. Just another two seconds and he'll take the leader's jersey.
Casagrande finishes in 48'24, 1'52 behind Millar. He is followed by Beloki, who doesn't go under Millar's time - 46'33.
Iban Mayo (Euskaltel) finishes in 47'02, an excellent time for fourth.
Zubeldia finishes 15th at 1'27. He won't move up on GC today.
Heras finishes his ride in a good time, clocking 47'06, 34 seconds behind Millar. But Aitor Gonzalez finishes close behind him: 45'32. Exactly a minute in front of Millar.
Gonzalez and Sevilla will give Kelme a 1-2 today, both in the stage and in the GC. With Toni Tauler also up there, they have a strong position for the mountains.
1 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 45.32 2 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 0.40 3 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis 1.00 4 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 1.01 5 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 1.24 6 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1.30 7 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service 1.34 8 Klaus Möller (Den) Milaneza-MSS 1.42 9 Christian Vandevelde (USA) US Postal Service 1.43 10 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems 1.50 General classification after stage 10 1 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 33.19.0 2 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 0.01 3 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service 1.42 4 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2.04 5 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 6 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom 2.19 7 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2.56 8 Félix Garcia Casas (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93 3.05 9 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski 3.20 10 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 3.33