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57th Vuelta a España
Spain, September 7- 29, 2002
Stage 19 - September 27: Béjar - Avila, 177.8 km
Complete Live Report
Start time: 12:49 CEST
14:45 CEST 74 km/104 km to go
The stage started with the Cat. 3 climb of Alto de la Hoya, and as expected there was an attack almost immediately. After 7 km a group of nine riders broke away: Aitor Osa and José Garcia Acosta (iBanesto.com), Carlos Garcia (Kelme-Costa Blanca), Jose Luis Rebollo (Relax-Fuenlabrada), Pietro Caucchioli (Alessio), Marcos Serrano (ONCE-Eroski), Rui Lavarinhas (Milaneza-MSS), Daniel Atienza (Cofidis), M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo). Osa won the mountain sprint, bringing him up to 84 points on the mountains classification. That puts him third behind Heras (99 pts) and Flecha (90 pts). But if he wins the Puerto de Serranillos, he will take over the jersey.
The leaders have a 7'07 minute lead, which will be quite handy later on.
14:53 CEST 84 km/94 km to go
The first sprint at Barco de Ávila (km 26.6) was won by Atienza, from Osa and Caucchioli.
Speaking of Atienza, he nearly just took out Lavarinhas while he was fiddling with his feed bag. The Portuguese champion had quick enough reflexes to avoid the swerve.
15:08 CEST 94 km/84 km to go
The difference between the break and the peloton is now up to 8 minutes.
15:18 CEST 100 km/78 km to go
Team Coast have taken up the chase, as they have no-one in the break, meaning that a stage win is out of the question unless they bring them back. But also Team Coast have a chance in the teams classification - they trail Kelme by 56 seconds in the overall teams classification, but will lose 8 minutes today due to Kelme's Carlos Garcia being in the break. The teams classification is calculated by summing the times of the best three riders from each team per stage.
The chase is having an effect, and the gap is back to 7'09.
15:28 CEST 105 km/73 km to go
15:40 CEST 111 km/67 km to go
Team Coast are down to three riders - Casero, Garmendia and Beltran - on the front of the peloton, with Heras and Rubiera in fourth and fifth wheel.
15:47 CEST 114 km/64 km to go
Here it comes - Toni Tauler and Oscar Sevilla get to the front and swallow Beloki. Casero counter attacks, but Sevilla and Beloki are right there. Heras is in 5th, and not in difficulty. The peloton is starting to stretch though, as Casagrande rides off the front.
15:51 CEST 116 km/62 km to go
Casero attacks again.
15:54 CEST 116 km/62 km to go
Rafael Casero (Jazztel) counters his brother's attack in the peloton, and rides ahead to take 10th place in the mountain sprint, some 3'25 behind the break. The 25-30 rider peloton follows at 3'35.
16:01 CEST 126 km/52 km to go
16:06 CEST 127 km/51 km to go
In the peloton, US Postal have three men at the front, in addition to Heras. Also Saeco's Gerrit Glomser and Fabio Sacchi are up there, presumably to set up a possible stage win for Di Luca or Simoni. The peloton is around 40 riders strong now.
16:14 CEST 130 km/48 km to go
16:18 CEST 133 km/45 km to go
16:23 CEST 139 km/39 km to go
16:29 CEST 143 km/35 km to go
16:35 CEST 146 km/32 km to go
16:41 CEST 149 km/29 km to go
Carlos Garcia (Kelme) attacks the chasing group, and straight away Caucchioli and Osa are on his wheel. The remaining riders also bridge up, somewhat painfully. Perdiguero counter attacks, with Garcia and Osa straight on him again. The others bridge up again.
Garcia Acosta's lead is down to 1'40, as Perdiguero attacks yet again. He's gone for good it looks like, as no-one reacts.
16:48 CEST 153 km/25 km to go
Further back, Jose Garrido (Jazztel) is about 20 seconds in front of the peloton, which is 4'08 behind the leader.
16:55 CEST 155 km/23 km to go
Aitor Osa has attacked the rest of the break to try and secure third place in the mountain sprint.
Garcia Acosta shifts up a few gears and starts his descent. The gap at the top is 56 seconds back to Perdiguero.
16:59 CEST 158 km/20 km to go
17:02 CEST 163 km/15 km to go
It's been confirmed that Osa took third in the mountain sprint on Navalmoral, which gives him 106 points in total and a 7 point lead over Heras in the mountains competition.
Luis Perez (Team Coast) and Jorge Ferrio (Jazztel) have attacked the peloton on the descent.
17:09 CEST 169 km/9 km to go
So we have Garcia Acosta in the lead, with 1'40 on Perdiguero, and 2'30 on Aitor Osa, Carlos Garcia, Jose Luis Rebollo /Daniel Atienza, Marcos Serrano, and Rui Lavarinhas, and 3'10 to Luis Perez/Jorge Ferrio/Pietro Caucchioli who are just in front of the peloton.
17:11 CEST 170 km/8 km to go
The peloton, at 3'07, has caught Perez, Ferro and Caucchioli.
Mijholevic (Alessio) decides to attack the peloton, now going for 9th place.
17:15 CEST 173 km/5 km to go
Paolo Tiralongo (Fassa Bortolo) attacks the peloton, but US Postal will probably chase him down.
17:18 CEST 175 km/3 km to go
The finish is gradually uphill and cobbled, but that won't be a problem for Garcia Acosta.
17:20 CEST 177 km/1 km to go
17:23 CEST 178 km/0 km to go
As Osa's group is caught, Aitor Gonzalez attacks the peloton on the uphill cobbles. Nice move.
Gonzalez comes off the cobbles and puts it into a big gear, trying to gain seconds on Heras. He succeeds, finishing second on the stage at 2'02, and taking 4 seconds on Heras.
1 José Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com 4.24.27 2 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 2.02 3 MA Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo 2.06 4 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 5 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service 6 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 7 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 8 Klaus Möller (Den) Milaneza-MSS 9 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 10 Angel Casero (Spa) Team Coast General classification after stage 19 1 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service 71.24.42 2 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 1.08 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 4.43 7 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 4.48 8 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport 6.12 9 Angel Casero (Spa) Team Coast 6.18 10 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Team Coast 7.08