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43rd Vuelta al Pais Vasco - 2.HC

Spain, April 7-11, 2003

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Stage 5a - April 11: Santesteban-Fuenterrabía, 91 km

Mayo resumes control, Hamilton in position

By Chris Henry

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The Vuelta al Pais Vasco, which often supplies some truly dreadful weather conditions, came through once again this year on the race's final day. In a veritable deluge, Iban Mayo (Euskaltel-Euskadi) reclaimed the overall lead which he held for just one day after his stage 1 victory. This time, however, he won with precious seconds in hand over many of the principal favourites. Mayo's teammate Samuel Sanchez finished in the same time, along with CSC's Tyler Hamilton, while pre-race favourite Dario Frigo (Fassa Bortolo) sits 22" behind in fourth place.

With 31 riders entering the final day with the same time in the general classification, the dramatic conditions provided the opportunity necessary to force a greater selection in advance of the potentially decisive afternoon time trial. After several splits in the peloton and a number of abandons, the showdown came on the final ascension of the category 2 Erlaitz. Defending champion Aitor Osa (iBanesto.com), active on the final climb of stage 4, once again went on the attack, but could never gain the necessary gap to create a selection.

Mayo decided it was time to move, launching an attack that completely split the lead group behind. Frigo worked to pull back the stage 1 winner, but it was Mayo's E-E teammate Sanchez who jumped across and rejoined his leader at the front. Frigo, unable to follow the acceleration of Sanchez, settled in for a more steady chase. Meanwhile, favourites such as Vinokourov and Rasmussen, and yellow jersey Valverde were in difficulty.

Mayo and Sanchez worked together, spurred on by the appreciative cheers of the Basque supporters, braving the rain to see their local heroes in action. Frigo chased 100 metres behind, while Tyler Hamilton separated himself from the chasers and poured on the gas to join the Italian in the chase. With Hamilton still working to reach Frigo, the Fassa Bortolo leader made contact with the two leaders, only to have Mayo launch another attack, unwilling to let Frigo spoil the party.

Tyler Hamilton caught Samuel Sanchez, left behind by Mayo's attack, and the two slowly clawed their way back to Frigo. As they reeled in Mayo on the false flat near the summit of the Erlaitz, the four leaders held 37" over a chase group lead by iBanesto and Rabobank.

On descent the Euskaltel pair took risks on the slick roads to drop Frigo, who was least at ease through the turns, while Hamilton dared to maintain contact. Frigo steadily lost time on the descent, seemingly unwilling to take the risks necessary to rejoin the leaders. Although he closed to within 8" in the closing kilometres, Frigo cracked in the finale and lost hope of reaching the leading three as they began to position themselves for the stage win.

The first attack came from Mayo in the final 2km, immediately marked by Hamilton. The American was likely less concerned with the stage victory than finishing in the same time as the two, whom he would be favoured to beat in the time trial. However in the closing metres, Mayo launched the sprint once again, holding off both Sanchez and Hamilton, and taking his second victory of the Vuelta. Frigo struggled in 22" behind, while the chase group of Valverde and Osa crossed the line 47" back.

With a short 13km time trial remaining, Hamilton was well positioned for an overall victory, but the difficulty of the day could certainly have blunted the legs of many who played their cards on this challenging penultimate stage.

Results

1 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         2.19.37
2 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
3 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Team CSC
4 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                              0.22
5 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                  0.47
6 Aitor Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com
7 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Lampre
8 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank
9 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC
10 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
11 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) iBanesto.com
12 Udo Bölts (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                1.40
13 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom
14 Patxi Vila (Spa) Lampre
15 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
16 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski
17 Benjamín Noval (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada
18 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
19 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank
20 Santiago Perez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
21 Angel Vicioso (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski
22 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Team Saeco
23 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC
24 Marius Sabaliauskas (Ltu) Team Saeco
25 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo
26 Antonio Colom (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada
27 Joaquin Lopez (Spa) Paternina-Costa de Almeria
28 Jordi Riera (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                        2.01
29 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Team Telekom                         2.03
30 Hector Guerra (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada               5.23
31 Jorge Ferrio (Spa) Paternina-Costa de Almeria
32 Gianni Faresin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                           6.01
33 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphon
34 Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
35 Cadel Evans (Aus) Team Telekom
36 Aitor Kintana (Spa) Labarca-2-Café Baqué
37 Mario Aerts (Bel) Team Telekom
38 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone
39 Bobby Julich (USA) Team Telekom
40 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Fassa Bortolo
41 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner
42 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
43 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank
44 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Team Saeco
45 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC
46 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) Team Telekom
47 Marcos Serrano (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski
48 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) iBanesto.com
49 Denis Menchov (Rus) iBanesto.com
50 Beat Zberg (Swi) Rabobank
51 Dario Gadeo (Spa) Paternina-Costa de Almeria
52 Alexander Shefer (Kaz) Team Saeco
53 Carlos Torrent (Spa) Paternina-Costa de Almeria             7.17
54 Gustavo Toledo (Arg) Paternina-Costa de Almeria
55 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre
56 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone       8.35
57 Axel Merckx (Bel) Lotto-Domo                               10.50
58 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
59 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone
60 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Team Saeco
61 Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) Mercatone Uno - Scanavino         11.42
62 Massimo Codol (Ita) Mercatone Uno - Scanavino
63 Marco Pantani (Ita) Mercatone Uno - Scanavino
64 Jon Odriozola (Spa) iBanesto.com
65 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
66 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Lampre
67 Xabier Zandio (Spa) iBanesto.com
68 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Labarca-2-Café Baqué                 12.50
69 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Mercatone Uno - Scanavino
70 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner
71 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Team Saeco
72 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank
73 Alex Zuelle (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
74 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Fassa Bortolo
75 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                            13.57
76 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto-Domo
77 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Domo
78 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                      16.01
79 Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski            18.52
80 Carlos Golbano (Spa) Paternina-Costa de Almeria
81 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) iBanesto.com
82 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo
83 Gustavo Otero (Spa) Labarca-2-Café Baqué
84 Marcelino Garcia (Spa) Labarca-2-Café Baqué
85 Iker Camaño (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
86 Roberto Laiseka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
87 Dermot Nally (Irl) Paternina-Costa de Almeria
88 Sylvester Szymyd (Pol) Mercatone Uno - Scanavino
 
Points
 
1 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              25 pts
2 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         20
3 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Team CSC                                  16
4 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                14
5 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                    12
6 Aitor Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com                                   10
7 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Lampre                                     9
8 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                                8
9 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                                    7
10 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                   6
11 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) iBanesto.com                            5
12 Udo Bölts (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   4
13 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom                        3
14 Patxi Vila (Spa) Lampre                                        2
15 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                    1
 
Mountains
 
Agina - Cat. 2
 
1 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                    6 pts
2 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank                                  4
3 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                                    2
4 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Team Telekom                             1
 
Aritxulegi - Cat. 3
 
1 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                    3 pts
2 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank                                  2
3 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                                1
 
Erlaitz - Cat. 2
 
1 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               6 pts
2 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                 4
3 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          2
4 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Team CSC                                   1
 
Metas volantes
 
Hondarribia, km 51
 
1 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                    3 pts
2 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                                2
3 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                    1
 
Irun, km 62
 
1 Jordi Riera (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                            3 pts
2 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                    2
3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                     1
 
Gurutze, km 81
 
1 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Team CSC                                   3 pts
2 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               2
3 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          1
 
General classification after stage 5a
 
1 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        18.39.28
2 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Team CSC
3 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
4 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                              0.21
5 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                  0.46
6 Aitor Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com
7 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank
8 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Lampre
9 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC
10 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) iBanesto.com
11 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                1.27
12 Angel Vicioso (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                         1.39
13 Santiago Perez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
14 Benjamín Noval (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada
15 Antonio Colom (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada
16 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC
17 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
18 Patxi Vila (Spa) Lampre
19 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom
20 Marius Sabaliauskas (Ltu) Team Saeco
21 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski
22 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Team Saeco
23 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank                              1.54
24 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Team Telekom                         2.44
25 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                 2.59
26 Udo Bölts (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                5.54
27 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                          6.00
28 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
29 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Team Saeco
30 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone
31 Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
32 Marcos Serrano (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski
33 Denis Menchov (Rus) iBanesto.com
34 Aitor Kintana (Spa) Labarca-2-Café Baqué
35 Jorge Ferrio (Spa) Paternina-Costa de Almeria               6.03
36 Cadel Evans (Aus) Team Telekom                              6.15
37 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Fassa Bortolo
38 Gianni Faresin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                           6.41
39 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphon
40 Dario Gadeo (Spa) Paternina-Costa de Almeria                7.24
41 Beat Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                                   7.50
42 Bobby Julich (USA) Team Telekom
43 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) iBanesto.com                            8.32
44 Mario Aerts (Bel) Team Telekom                              8.45
45 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone      10.24
46 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone      11.07
47 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) Team Telekom                        11.10
48 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Lampre                          11.41
49 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
50 Carlos Torrent (Spa) Paternina-Costa de Almeria            11.49
51 Gustavo Toledo (Arg) Paternina-Costa de Almeria
52 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Team Saeco                            13.30
53 Axel Merckx (Bel) Lotto-Domo                               13.34
54 Marco Pantani (Ita) Mercatone Uno - Scanavino              14.13
55 Massimo Codol (Ita) Mercatone Uno - Scanavino
56 Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) Mercatone Uno - Scanavino
57 Jordi Riera (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                       14.26
58 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
59 Alexander Shefer (Kaz) Team Saeco                          15.46
60 Joaquin Lopez (Spa) Paternina-Costa de Almeria             16.16
61 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                            16.29
62 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC                              16.34
63 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner                         17.04
64 Alex Zuelle (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                   19.06
65 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                               19.21
66 Jon Odriozola (Spa) iBanesto.com                           21.43
67 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre                                 21.47
68 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank                                   22.51
69 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                            24.54
70 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Team Saeco                              26.12
71 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto-Domo                          26.17
72 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Mercatone Uno - Scanavino         28.32
73 Hector Guerra (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada              29.18
74 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Domo                         30.16
75 Xabier Zandio (Spa) iBanesto.com                           36.35
76 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Labarca-2-Café Baqué                 41.18
77 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                      42.37
78 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Fassa Bortolo                        44.55
 
Points classification
 
1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                    53 pts
2 Angel Vicioso (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                            45
3 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                             40
4 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Team Saeco                                 40
5 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              26
6 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                              25
7 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Team CSC                                  23
8 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                                16
9 Beat Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                                      14
10 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone         14
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre                                     24 pts
2 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Labarca-2-Café Baqué                     23
3 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                   18
4 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         15
5 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              16
6 Jordi Riera (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                            9
7 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                 9
8 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank                                  6
9 Hector Guerra (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada                   6
10 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Lampre                              4