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57th Vuelta a España

Spain, September 7- 29, 2002

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Stage 18 - September 26: Salamanca - Estación de la Covatilla (Béjar), 193.7 km

Heras takes 37 seconds from Gonzalez

Blanco king of the Covatilla with fighting stage win

By Jeff Jones

Santi Blanco
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In all probability, Vuelta leader Roberto Heras (USPS) will start the final time trial in Madrid with a 1'12 lead on his nearest rival Aitor Gonzalez (Kelme). That was the primary outcome of today's stage from Salamanca to La Covatilla. Heras finished an excellent second behind stage winner Santiago Blanco, who had started the final climb with a 6 minute lead which was greatly reduced at the top. Blanco had been part of the early break, and was brave enough to go it alone with 50 km of mountainous territory to go.

"If you don't attack you don't win," said Blanco. "When I reached La Covatilla I was prepared to die on my bicycle if necessary, but I was not going to give up. I knew that La Covatilla was easier nearer the top and that helped me keep going."

Although Heras succeeded in dropping Gonzalez with 3 km to go, the Kelme man fought every inch of the way to the finish to lose 37 seconds to Heras, helped by his teammate Oscar Sevilla who partly sacrificed his own chances to pace Gonzalez.

"I could have stayed with Beloki, but I had to stop to be with Aitor," said Sevilla. "Those were the orders of the team. Aitor failed at that moment and Vicente told me that he expected it, and that's what had to be done...I have sacrificed myself for Aitor and what is important is to win the Vuelta."

Before the stage, Heras had made it clear that he was going to attack on the climb to try and take a minute out of Gonzalez in order to give himself a good chance on Sunday. He didn't quite achieve that, meaning that if Gonzalez can ride like he did in Stage 10 where he put 1'34 into Heras on a shorter course, he will win the Vuelta. But Heras has the golden jersey on his shoulders now, and that could make the difference.

How it unfolded

The early break
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With all of the climbs happening in the second half of the stage today, it wasn't surprising that there were several attempts to get away in the first half. After the usual 50 km/h start, a break of 19 formed at kilometre 28, including sprinters Erik Zabel (Telekom), Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo), Sven Teutenberg (Phonak) and Jan Svorada (Lampre), as well as climbers Santi Blanco and Juan Antonio Flecha (iBanesto), Pietro Caucchioli (Alessio), and Joan Horrach (Milaneza-MSS) and Kelme's José Gutierrez, who can do a bit of both.

ONCE, Euskaltel, Saeco and US Postal did not have riders in the break, which was for all intents and purposes non-threatening to Roberto Heras' GC position, as Caucchioli was the best placed at 39 minutes back. The sprinters were up there to fight it out for the two points sprints at km 50 and 63, with Petacchi finishing ahead of Zabel in both and closing the gap ever so slightly in the points competition.

Saeco on the climb
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After US Postal set an early controlling tempo, Saeco took over on the first climb of the day, the Puerto de Honduras, starting at kilometre 106. The red train did not succeed in reducing the six minute gap to the leaders, but kept it from getting too big with Saeco's Gilberto Simoni and Danilo Di Luca both having ambitions for the stage win.

By the top of the climb, the leading break was somewhat reduced, although Zabel and Petacchi were still there, with an outside hope to contest the third intermediate sprint at km 182 at the foot of La Covatilla. That idea didn't last long when Flecha and Blanco accelerated on the Cat. 2 Puerto de Tornavacas (km 143), with Flecha taking the mountain points before letting Blanco go ahead on the descent. Blanco rapidly built a 2 minute plus lead, as the riders behind him regrouped, with Flecha, Caucchioli, Horrach, Oriol, Guerra, Garmendia, and Gutierrez comprising the next group.

Blanco on his own
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Blanco soldiered on over the Puerto de Tremedal while the group behind him reduced further to Caucchioli, Flecha and Gutierrez, who were 2'08 down over the top. Another four minutes behind, US Postal had taken over the tempo making from Saeco, with Vandevelde and Rubiera doing their work at the front in preparation for the final climb of La Covatilla.

The USPS riders weren't completely alone, as two of the remaining three Acqua e Sapone riders, Santos Gonzalez and Miguel Martin Perdiguero, lent a hand on the lead up to the climb, looking like hired guns for the diminished Postal squad. Perdiguero lifted the tempo to such a degree coming up to 7 km to go that only Heras and Gonzalez could follow his wheel. When he pulled off, Heras wasted no time in attacking, and opened up a small lead on Gonzalez. 2 km up the road, Santiago Blanco was struggling up the climb to try and claim the stage win, with Caucchioli, Flecha and Gutierrez some minutes behind him.

Ready, set, go!
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Heras' first attack was not the killer blow, and Gonzalez chased him down, followed by Sevilla, Beloki and Garcia Casas. Almost as soon as the five regrouped, Garcia Casas tried an attack of his own but Heras had other ideas, putting in a strong attack on the 10% slope to rid himself of everyone but Beloki, who followed him to the top as he did on l'Angliru.

Sevilla seemed to be in two minds: He was stronger than Gonzalez on the climb and tried, along with Garcia Casas, to recapture Beloki in the last 2 km. Gonzalez gradually started to fall back and Sevilla was ordered by his team director to go back and assist. He did so, and his sacrifice may give Kelme the Vuelta if Gonzalez can ride well on Sunday.

Gonzalez and Sevilla
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In front, Heras had caught Caucchioli and Flecha with 2 km to go, and was intent on putting as much time as possible into Gonzalez. He couldn't catch Blanco though, who was battling with all his strength to hold onto his lead until the top. He had 1'20 with 1 km to go and it was enough, crossing the line jubilant but exhausted with 39 seconds to spare on Heras. Heras finished second, followed by Flecha and Beloki, who also kept his GC chances alive by conceding only 12 seconds to Heras. In seventh place came Sevilla with a grateful Gonzalez hugging his wheel to the line.

Heras didn't achieve the gains that he did on l'Angliru, but the important thing for him was that he increased his lead in the general classification. Although tomorrow's stage is by no means easy, the GC gaps should be maintained until Sunday's time trial in Madrid. Anything can happen there as the Vuelta once again comes down to the wire.

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Results

1 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com                         5.04.17 (38.19 km/h)
2 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service                         0.39
3 J.Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com                           0.47
4 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                               0.51
5 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio                               1.09
6 Félix Garcia Casas (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93
7 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                        1.16
8 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
9 Angel Casero (Spa) Team Coast                                 1.26
10 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                     1.31
11 David Plaza (Spa) Team Coast
12 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                    1.48
13 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                     1.53
14 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Milaneza-MSS                              2.10
15 José Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                      2.19
16 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Team Coast
17 Klaus Möller (Den) Milaneza-MSS                              2.21
18 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      2.38
19 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
20 Pablo Lastras (Spa) iBanesto.com
21 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis                                 3.05
22 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis
23 Luis Perez (Spa) Team Coast                                  3.47
24 Carlos Garcia (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
25 Rui Miguel Sousa (Por) Milaneza-MSS
26 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
27 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Lampre-Daikin                             3.50
28 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
29 Tadej Vajlavec (Slo) Fassa Bortolo
30 José Garrido (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                  4.07
31 Rafael Casero (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                 4.16
32 Rui Lavarinhas (Por) Milaneza-MSS
33 José Azevedo (Por) ONCE-Eroski                               4.33
34 Joan Horrach (Spa) Milaneza-MSS
35 Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                        4.40
36 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                          4.59
37 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Alessio                            5.13
38 Sylvester Szymyd (Pol) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
39 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                        5.33
40 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo    6.21
41 Juan José De Los Angeles (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca            7.09
42 Marcos Serrano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                             8.24
43 Nacor Burgos (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
44 Aitor Garmendia (Spa) Team Coast
45 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                       8.44
46 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Team Telekom                          9.36
47 J.Antonio Pecharroman (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria        10.01
48 Jorge Ferria (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                 10.34
49 Robert Sassone (Fra) Cofidis                                10.45
50 Rafael Diaz Justo (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                         11.03
51 David Cańada (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step                         11.32
52 Massimo Codol (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                           11.57
53 Santos Gonzalez (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo          12.44
54 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                     12.52
55 Oscar Laguna (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
56 Alberto Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi             13.19
57 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin                             13.30
58 Jan Schaffrath (Ger) Team Telekom                           15.23
59 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom
60 Christian Vandevelde (USA) US Postal Service                16.14
61 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) US Postal Service
62 José Maestre (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                        16.24
63 Marco Velo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                              19.44
64 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
65 Daniel Becke (Ger) Team Coast
66 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis
67 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
68 J.Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
69 José Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com
70 Angel Edo (Spa) Milaneza-MSS
71 Rubén Lobato Elvira (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
72 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
73 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
74 Jose Luis Rebollo (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
75 Serguei Smetanine (Rus) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
76 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
77 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
78 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis
79 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Fassa Bortolo
80 Jaime Hernandez (Spa) Team Coast
81 Andris Reiss (Lat) Index Alexia
82 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
83 Carlos Torrent (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
84 Aitor Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com
85 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
86 Aitor Kintana (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93
87 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Telekom
88 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca
89 Mikel Artexte (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
90 Benoit Salmon (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
91 Reto Bergmann (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
92 Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
93 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance
94 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
95 Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
96 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
97 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                       20.22
98 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                     21.04
99 Alessandro Guerra (Ita) Index Alexia                        22.16
100 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                     24.46
101 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
102 Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre-Daikin
103 Mikel Pradera (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
104 Gorka Gerikagoitia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
105 Cyril Saugrain (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93
106 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport
107 Juan Fuentes (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport
108 Joao Silva (Por) Milaneza-MSS
109 Diego Ferrari (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
110 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis
111 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems
112 Juan Guillamon (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
113 Dario Gadeo (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
114 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
115 Robert Bartko (Ger) Team Telekom
116 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Mapei-Quick Step
117 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
118 Antonio Cruz (USA) US Postal Service
119 Pietro Zucconi (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
120 José Iván Gutierrez (Spa) iBanesto.com
121 Denis Zanette (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
122 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
123 Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Saeco-Longoni Sport
124 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
125 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Bigmat.Auber 93                       25.48
126 Sebastien Talabardon (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93                 26.39
127 Sven Teutenberg (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems               30.45
128 David Zabriskie (USA) US Postal Service                    30.49
129 Matthew White (Aus) US Postal Service                      31.29
130 Germán Nieto (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
131 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Alessio                                32.51
132 Alberto Vinale (Ita) Alessio
DNF Elio Aggiano (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
DNF Jörg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski
 
Points
 
1 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com                              25 pts
2 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service                           20
3 J.Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com                             16
4 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                                 14
5 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio                                 12
6 Félix Garcia Casas (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93                        10
7 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                           9
8 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                          8
9 Angel Casero (Spa) Team Coast                                    7
10 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                        6
11 David Plaza (Spa) Team Coast                                    5
12 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                       4
13 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                        3
14 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Milaneza-MSS                                 2
15 José Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                         1
 
Mountains
 
Puerto de Honduras - Cat. 1, km 116
 
1 J.Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com                             16 pts
2 José Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                         12
3 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com                              10
4 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio                                  8
5 Alessandro Guerra (Ita) Index Alexia                             6
6 Aitor Garmendia (Spa) Team Coast                                 4
7 Robert Sassone (Fra) Cofidis                                     3
8 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                          2
9 David Cańada (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step                              1
 
Puerto de Tornavacas - Cat. 2, km 150
 
1 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com                              10 pts
2 J.Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com                              7
3 José Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                          5
4 Aitor Garmendia (Spa) Team Coast                                 3
5 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio                                  2
6 Joan Horrach (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                                  1
 
Puerto de Tremedal - Cat. 2, km 168
 
1 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com                              10 pts
2 J.Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com                              7
3 José Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                          5
4 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio                                  3
5 Aitor Garmendia (Spa) Team Coast                                 2
6 Joan Horrach (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                                  1
 
E. de Esqui la Covatilla - Cat. Special, km 194
 
1 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com                              30 pts
2 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service                           25
3 J.Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com                             20
4 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                                 16
5 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio                                 12
6 Félix Garcia Casas (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93                        10
7 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                           8
8 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                          6
9 Angel Casero (Spa) Team Coast                                    4
10 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                        3
11 David Plaza (Spa) Team Coast                                    2
12 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                       1
 
Sprints
 
Guijuelo - km 50.2
 
1 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin                                  4 pts
2 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                          2
3 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom                                    1
 
Ledrada - km 63.2
 
1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                          4 pts
2 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom                                    2
3 Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                            1
 
Provincia de Salamanca - km 182
 
1 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com                               4 pts
2 José Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                          2
3 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio                                  1
 
Teams
 
1 iBanesto.com                                              15.16.16
2 Kelme-Costa Blanca                                            1.26
3 Team Coast                                                    1.51
4 Milaneza-MSS                                                  4.53
5 ONCE-Eroski                                                   5.46
6 Fassa Bortolo                                                 6.55
7 Cofidis                                                      13.30
8 Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                                     14.59
9 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                            15.10
10 Lampre-Daikin                                               17.02
11 Saeco-Longoni Sport                                         25.02
12 US Postal Service                                           29.42
13 Relax-Fuenlabrada                                           34.15
14 Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo                                35.24
15 Team Telekom                                                36.57
16 Phonak Hearing Systems                                      39.53
17 Domo-Farm Frites                                            41.36
18 Bigmat.Auber 93                                             42.14
19 Ag2R Prevoyance                                             45.25
20 Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                                        46.18
21 Mapei-Quick Step                                            47.35
 
General classification after stage 18
 
1 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service                     66.58.09
2 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                       1.12
3 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                        1.45
4 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                               2.09
5 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             4.15
6 Félix Garcia Casas (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93                      4.35
7 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                      4.48
8 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                     6.04
9 Angel Casero (Spa) Team Coast                                 6.18
10 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Team Coast                              7.00
11 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      7.25
12 Klaus Möller (Den) Milaneza-MSS                              8.00
13 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Milaneza-MSS                              8.14
14 David Plaza (Spa) Team Coast                                11.05
15 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis                                 12.21
16 Rui Miguel Sousa (Por) Milaneza-MSS                         12.37
17 Pablo Lastras (Spa) iBanesto.com                            14.56
18 Carlos Garcia (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                      18.28
19 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Fassa Bortolo                          18.44
20 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                    24.34
21 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                         29.05
22 Luis Perez (Spa) Team Coast                                 36.58
23 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio                             39.34
24 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Alessio                           45.43
25 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                       47.51
26 J.Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com                         48.48
27 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis                                48.56
28 J.Antonio Pecharroman (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria        49.05
29 Sylvester Szymyd (Pol) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                 49.17
30 Christian Vandevelde (USA) US Postal Service                49.34
31 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com                          51.47
32 Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                       53.44
33 Rui Lavarinhas (Por) Milaneza-MSS                           53.50
34 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                  54.10
35 Joan Horrach (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                             54.58
36 Nacor Burgos (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                        56.24
37 José Garrido (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                 56.48
38 José Azevedo (Por) ONCE-Eroski                              57.37
39 Marcos Serrano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                            58.34
40 José Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                   1.01.07
41 Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Saeco-Longoni Sport                  1.01.52
42 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Team Telekom                       1.04.17
43 Rafael Casero (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria              1.04.57
44 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                   1.04.59
45 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                       1.06.30
46 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo 1.07.04
47 Jose Luis Rebollo (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                 1.12.45
48 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                    1.16.37
49 Massimo Codol (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                         1.17.41
50 Jorge Ferrio (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria               1.19.56
51 Joao Silva (Por) Milaneza-MSS                             1.22.22
52 David Cańada (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step                       1.23.53
53 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) US Postal Service                 1.25.00
54 Juan José De Los Angeles (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca         1.28.27
55 Aitor Kintana (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93                       1.31.09
56 Aitor Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com                              1.35.06
57 Oscar Laguna (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                      1.35.55
58 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                  1.39.07
59 Marco Velo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                            1.39.22
60 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport                   1.39.25
61 Alberto Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi           1.39.45
62 Alexandre Bocharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance                  1.41.52
63 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Lampre-Daikin                          1.42.37
64 Angel Edo (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                              1.45.26
65 Rafael Diaz Justo (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                       1.46.40
66 Santos Gonzalez (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo        1.47.31
67 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       1.51.15
68 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom                             1.52.23
69 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Fassa Bortolo                       1.53.36
70 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca                  1.54.08
71 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                     1.59.41
72 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems              1.59.57
73 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis                               2.00.21
74 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis                              2.01.19
75 Juan Fuentes (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport                    2.02.41
76 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi             2.03.17
77 Benoit Salmon (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems                2.04.57
78 Serguei Smetanine (Rus) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria          2.06.31
79 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                    2.07.35
80 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                           2.09.58
81 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites                    2.10.57
82 Carlos Torrent (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria             2.13.15
83 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                2.15.15
84 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                    2.15.17
85 Reto Bergmann (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                2.15.38
86 Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems        2.15.44
87 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                   2.16.01
88 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Telekom                             2.16.45
89 Aitor Garmendia (Spa) Team Coast                          2.17.01
90 José Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com                     2.18.02
91 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis                            2.18.18
92 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                  2.18.28
93 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                      2.18.42
94 Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                     2.19.13
95 Jan Schaffrath (Ger) Team Telekom                         2.21.53
96 Mikel Artetxe (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                     2.26.38
97 Mikel Pradera (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                           2.27.21
98 J.Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                  2.27.44
99 José Iván Gutierrez (Spa) iBanesto.com                    2.29.12
100 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                      2.31.45
101 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems                2.33.19
102 Denis Zanette (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                        2.34.14
103 Gorka Gerikagoitia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi               2.35.50
104 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport           2.36.33
105 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin                          2.37.41
106 Andris Reiss (Lat) Index Alexia                          2.39.40
107 José Maestre (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                     2.40.40
108 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi              2.41.54
109 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 2.43.08
110 Cyril Saugrain (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93                     2.46.53
111 Robert Bartko (Ger) Team Telekom                         2.46.59
112 Dario Gadeo (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria               2.48.07
113 Diego Ferrari (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                 2.48.38
114 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                 2.51.21
115 Antonio Cruz (USA) US Postal Service                     2.52.35
116 Jaime Hernandez (Spa) Team Coast                         2.54.54
117 Pietro Zucconi (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                2.56.20
118 Alessandro Guerra (Ita) Index Alexia                     2.57.02
119 Juan Guillamon (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria            3.05.12
120 Robert Sassone (Fra) Cofidis                             3.05.15
121 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Bigmat.Auber 93                     3.06.16
122 Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre-Daikin                      3.12.02
123 Daniel Becke (Ger) Team Coast                            3.17.49
124 Rubén Lobato Elvira (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo   3.19.58
 
Points classification
 
1 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom                                  168 pts
2 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                        141
3 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                        106
4 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service                           85
5 Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Saeco-Longoni Sport                        80
6 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                        77
7 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                          76
8 Pablo Lastras (Spa) iBanesto.com                                71
9 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                                 64
10 Luis Perez (Spa) Team Coast                                    64
11 Angel Edo (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                                   62
12 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              54
13 Félix Garcia Casas (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93                       53
14 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                       53
15 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                       53
16 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Milaneza-MSS                                47
17 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                      44
18 Oscar Laguna (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                           42
19 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        42
20 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin                                36
21 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                     36
22 David Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                           34
23 Serguei Smetanine (Rus) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria               32
24 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis                                    31
25 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com                             30
26 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca                       29
27 José Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                        28
28 Klaus Möller (Den) Milaneza-MSS                                27
29 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                     26
30 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio                                26
31 Aitor Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com                                   25
32 David Plaza (Spa) Team Coast                                   23
33 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                         22
34 J.Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com                            21
35 Marco Velo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                 18
36 Angel Casero (Spa) Team Coast                                  17
37 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                        16
38 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo      16
39 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                            14
40 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis                                    14
41 Juan Guillamon (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                  14
42 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                            13
43 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                         13
44 Dario Gadeo (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                     12
45 Rui Miguel Sousa (Por) Milaneza-MSS                            12
46 Christian Vandevelde (USA) US Postal Service                   12
47 Carlos Torrent (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                  12
48 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Team Coast                                11
49 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                11
50 Denis Zanette (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                              11
51 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                       10
52 Alessandro Guerra (Ita) Index Alexia                            9
53 José Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com                           8
54 Mikel Artetxe (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           8
55 Jorge Ferrio (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                     7
56 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis                                    7
57 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites                          6
58 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Alessio                               5
59 Santos Gonzalez (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo              5
60 Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems              5
61 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                            5
62 Robert Bartko (Ger) Team Telekom                                4
63 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                    4
64 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Telekom                                   4
65 Robert Sassone (Fra) Cofidis                                    4
66 Carlos Garcia (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                          3
67 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                           2
68 Joao Silva (Por) Milaneza-MSS                                   2
69 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                           2
70 Jan Schaffrath (Ger) Team Telekom                               2
71 Andris Reiss (Lat) Index Alexia                                 2
72 J.Antonio Pecharroman (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria            1
73 Jose Luis Rebollo (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                       1
74 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                        1
75 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             1
76 Rubén Lobato Elvira (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo          1
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service                           99 pts
2 J.Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com                             90
3 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com                              78
4 Aitor Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com                                    78
5 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                       76
6 Félix Garcia Casas (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93                        67
7 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                      62
8 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                          51
9 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                                 49
10 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              49
11 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis                                    42
12 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio                                41
13 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                        39
14 Oscar Laguna (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                           37
15 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo      35
16 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis                                    30
17 Rui Miguel Sousa (Por) Milaneza-MSS                            30
18 José Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                        30
19 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                       28
20 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Milaneza-MSS                                26
21 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        22
22 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            20
23 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                         20
24 Luis Perez (Spa) Team Coast                                    18
25 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                            17
26 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                       16
27 David Plaza (Spa) Team Coast                                   14
28 Klaus Möller (Den) Milaneza-MSS                                13
29 Serguei Smetanine (Rus) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria               10
30 Angel Casero (Spa) Team Coast                                  10
31 Joan Horrach (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                                10
32 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca                       10
33 Aitor Garmendia (Spa) Team Coast                                9
34 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                         7
35 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                    7
36 Mikel Artetxe (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           7
37 Pablo Lastras (Spa) iBanesto.com                                6
38 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Alessio                               6
39 Alessandro Guerra (Ita) Index Alexia                            6
40 Jose Luis Rebollo (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                       5
41 Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                           4
42 Rui Lavarinhas (Por) Milaneza-MSS                               4
43 Aitor Kintana (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93                             4
44 Marco Velo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                  4
45 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                         4
46 Carlos Garcia (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                          3
47 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Lampre-Daikin                                3
48 Santos Gonzalez (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo              3
49 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Telekom                                   3
50 José Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com                           3
51 Robert Sassone (Fra) Cofidis                                    3
52 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis                                    2
53 José Azevedo (Por) ONCE-Eroski                                  2
54 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                             2
55 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                        2
56 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                     2
57 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Team Coast                                 1
58 José Garrido (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                     1
59 David Cańada (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step                             1
60 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                        1
61 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport                         1
62 Alberto Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 1
63 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites                          1
64 Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                           1
65 J.Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                        1
66 Denis Zanette (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                               1
 
Regularity classification
 
1 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service                            6 pts
2 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                         18
3 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                          18
4 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                                 22
5 Félix Garcia Casas (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93                        25
6 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               27
7 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                       30
8 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                        40
9 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Milaneza-MSS                                 49
10 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        51
11 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                       52
12 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis                                    55
13 Luis Perez (Spa) Team Coast                                    56
14 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com                             59
15 Pablo Lastras (Spa) iBanesto.com                               62
16 J.Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com                            62
17 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio                                65
18 Klaus Möller (Den) Milaneza-MSS                                68
19 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                     70
20 David Plaza (Spa) Team Coast                                   73
21 Angel Casero (Spa) Team Coast                                  75
22 Rui Miguel Sousa (Por) Milaneza-MSS                            78
23 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                            85
24 José Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                        85
25 Oscar Laguna (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                           89
26 Aitor Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com                                   91
27 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo      99
28 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                        114
29 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Team Coast                               115
30 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                       115
31 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Alessio                             120
32 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis                                   124
33 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca                      128
34 Carlos Garcia (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                        130
35 Serguei Smetanine (Rus) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria              130
36 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                       134
37 Marco Velo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                138
38 Jose Luis Rebollo (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                     160
39 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                      162
40 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           164
41 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                  170
42 Santos Gonzalez (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo            173
43 Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                         180
44 Mikel Artetxe (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         186
45 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                      192
46 José Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com                         193
47 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites                        201
48 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Telekom                                 201
49 Alessandro Guerra (Ita) Index Alexia                          209
50 Denis Zanette (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                             218
51 Robert Sassone (Fra) Cofidis                                  236
 
Teams classification
 
1 Kelme-Costa Blanca                                       200.49.30
2 Team Coast                                                    0.56
3 Milaneza-MSS                                                 26.22
4 ONCE-Eroski                                                  29.36
5 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                            52.12
6 Cofidis                                                    1.04.59
7 Saeco-Longoni Sport                                        1.12.24
8 iBanesto.com                                               1.15.45
9 Fassa Bortolo                                              1.16.31
10 Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                                  1.42.16
11 US Postal Service                                         1.58.38
12 Lampre-Daikin                                             2.29.46
13 Phonak Hearing Systems                                    2.51.18
14 Relax-Fuenlabrada                                         3.12.30
15 Bigmat.Auber 93                                           3.38.12
16 Team Telekom                                              3.39.53
17 Domo-Farm Frites                                          3.43.23
18 Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                                      3.57.26
19 Ag2R Prevoyance                                           4.42.25
20 Mapei-Quick Step                                          4.46.53
21 Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo                              4.49.06