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57th Vuelta a España
Spain, September 7- 29, 2002
Stage 14 - September 21: Santander - Gijón, 190.2 km
Complete Live Report
Start time: 12:37 CEST
14:40 CEST 94 km/96 km to go
Currently we have two leaders in the stage: Sergei Smetanine (Jazztel) and Oscar Laguna (Relax), who attacked in the company of four others (including Casagrande) at 40 km, but left them behind. The peloton has let them get clear, and they built a maximum lead of 11'10 after 80 km. However the Fassa Bortolo squad are starting to chase, and have reduced the lead to under 11 minutes.
The average speed after two hours is 45.2 km/h, after another fast first hour at 48.2 km/h. The temperature is ideal - 21 degrees with not too much wind.
14:53 CEST 104 km/86 km to go
The leading two riders, Laguna and Smetanine, have a 10 minute gap with 85 km to go. Oscar Laguna is the best placed on GC, but is no threat to anyone as he's in 68th place at 54'28. He seems out for a little revenge after yesterday's Italian coalition filled the top five places in the stage, with Laguna coming in sixth. He may be foiled by the Italians again today as Fassa Bortolo are setting a strong tempo.
15:06 CEST 113 km/77 km to go
15:19 CEST 123 km/67 km to go
15:31 CEST 131 km/59 km to go
15:43 CEST 140 km/50 km to go
15:51 CEST 145 km/45 km to go
16:01 CEST 152 km/38 km to go
16:01 CEST 158 km/32 km to go
There's a big fall in the peloton, and a number of riders are down, blocking the road. Team Coast's Luis Perez looks to be the worst hurt, along with Jon Odriozola (iBanesto) and Victor Hugo Pena (USPS). The fall happened at the rear, and it doesn't look like any favourites were involved. It's bad luck for Perez, who came close to winning a stage on two occasions. He's out of the race with a broken collarbone it looks like.
Jon Odriozola and Inigo Chaurreau aren't going very far either, with Chaurreau sitting in the grass. Juan Manuel Garate also came down, and is still down. Odriozola has broken his right wrist it seems, and he;'s out of the race.
16:16 CEST 165 km/25 km to go
Meanwhile in front of the race, Laguna has blown up and Smetanine has attacked him on the Alto de Gobernador with 25 km to go. Laguna loosens his brakes, but that's not the reason he's going slow.
16:25 CEST 170 km/20 km to go
In front, the peloton is trying to chase down Sergei Smetanine (Jazztel), who attacked his breakaway companion Oscar Laguna with 25 km to go and is riding away with the stage. Fassa Bortolo and Phonak are the main chasing teams, but they won't close the 4'45 gap to Smetanine.
16:31 CEST 175 km/15 km to go
Mariano Piccoli is also not doing too well from the fall earlier, but he is riding along with three quarters of a pair of shorts. He and Garate are now riding together, in the company of Guillame Auger (Big Mat), some way behind the peloton. In front of them is a group with Perez, Pena, Ferrara and a few others.
16:38 CEST 180 km/10 km to go
16:42 CEST 183 km/7 km to go
In the peloton, Daniel Becke (Team Coast) is pushing Fernando Escartin, who was also hurt in the fall.ONCE's Zarrabeitia is also covered in dirt and blood.
16:47 CEST 186 km/4 km to go
16:49 CEST 188 km/2 km to go
16:50 CEST 189 km/1 km to go
16:52 CEST 190 km/Finish
A Mapei rider leads out the peloton, with Loda in second. Zabel waits and then goes but is beaten by Furlan on the line. Petacchi is 5th.
The various classifications did not change today, with Oscar Sevilla still leading the race by 1 second from teammate Aitor Gonzalez; Erik Zabel slightly increasing his lead in the points classification over Petacchi; Gilberto Simoni remaining on top in the mountains classification; Oscar Sevilla keeping his regularity jersey for most consistent rider and finally Team Coast continuing to lead the team's classification, by 37 seconds over Kelme.
Thank you for following the 14th stage of the Vuelta with Cyclingnews.com. Join us again at 14:45 CEST tomorrow for the supremely tough Angliru stage.
Provisional 1 Serguei Smetanine (Rus) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria 4.17.23 (44.3 km/h) 2 Oscar Laguna (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada 1.57 3 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Alessio 2.39 4 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom 5 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 6 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo 7 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Coast 8 Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Saeco-Longoni Sport 9 Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 10 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi General classification after stage 14 1 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 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 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2.47 7 Félix Garcia Casas (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93 3.05 8 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis 3.34 9 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis 3.36 10 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski 3.51