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Euskal Bizikleta - 2.1

Spain, June 2-6, 2004

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Stage 5 - June 6: Abadiño - Arrate (Eibar), 132.2 km

Laiseka comes good as Heras takes GC

By Martin Hardie in Eibar

Roberto Laiseka (Euskaltel)
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The sun really shone today in Euskadi and there was an expectation that something might give during today's stage as the teams lined up for the start in Abadiño. With Liberty's stranglehold on G.C. assured, there was a feeling that maybe some of the other teams might be given some room to come out and play. But it was always going to be a long and hot day.

After Friday's incident involving Roberto Laiseka and Angel Vicioso, Euskaltel's head honcho Miguel Madariaga ordered the Euskaltel Tour de France stage winner to take a radio with him today - it was the first time Laiseka had ever done this. What channel it was tuned to wasn't known, but whichever it was it seemed to have pleased the pock-marked rider from Gernika. The feeling was that Laiseka would go out and prove something over the continuous ramps that populated the stage's 132.2 km. Short, but three Cat.1's. two Cat. 2's and three Cat. 3's don't leave much room for a rest.

How it unfolded

Roberto Heras (Liberty Seguros)
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As the early attacks started on the climb to Ixua-Arrate, the crowd was settling in for the day. The upper slopes were tightly packed and as the cars passed there was just enough room. The cliffs on either side didn't leave anywhere for the crowd to go. The locals sought what shade there was and set up camp for the peloton's three crossings of the steep ramps that would decide the day. Further down the course, the open, wide asphalt of the Cat. 3 Trabuka was a furnace that took its toll in decimating the break that had come over the Ixua with 3'20 on the Liberty led peloton.

By the time the route headed back over Areito for the second crossing of Ixua, Kelme's Eladio Jimenez maintained an advantage that grew up to four and a half minutes. Between him and the peloton where some of the remains of the early break. Liberty appeared much less relaxed than they had been all week as they sought to control the head of the group. Although the early break had included third place overall Koldo Gil (he was still somewhere between the peloton and Jimenez) this period of the race was the first time all week a little desperation could be sensed in the Liberty camp. Things were under control, but they had to work to keep them that way.

As the peloton started the ascent of Ixua for the second time with 33 km to go before the finish (which included two Cat. 1's and a Cat.3) Roberto Laiseka and Txema del Olmo made their move. The pair rapidly distanced the peloton and swept up the stronger riders caught between them and Jimenez. Perdi surged across to them and into middle slopes of the climb a distinct group formed - Gorka Gonzalez and Laiseka (Euskaltel), Peio Arreitunandia (Cafe Baque), Ion del Rio (Paternina), Luis Perez (Cofidis) and Txema del Olmo.

Laiseka ripped the group apart near the top of the ascent and as he passed the screaming crowd on the summit, he was 1'16 behind Jimenez, and only del Olmo and Perdi remained near his wheel. The peloton was over two minutes behind the Kelme rider with race leader Angel Vicioso starting to look in trouble. On the descent, the Laiseka group reformed and the gap remained similar as they started the Cat. 3 San Miguel.

At the top of San Miguel, Jimenez still had 49 seconds and the peloton was 47 seconds behind the Laiseka group. By this point, Jimenez was clearly going to take the overall in the mountains classification. The descent into Elgiobar is steep and extremely technical with a number of very sharp corners as the road sweeps in and out of forest along the cliff face. Arreitunandia punctured there, but got a quick wheel change.

At the bottom with 15 kilometres to go, the gap to Jimenez was 44 seconds - the peloton still with four Libertys ahead was 33 seconds behind the Laiseka group. The wily old Euskaltel rider, known for his serious, dry style, was starting to appear to be running out of steam as the road commenced a drag along the national highway back to Eibar and the final climb up to the top of Arrate. This time instead of taking the turn to the left, as they had done on three previous occasions, the climb goes up another two kilometres before plunging to the Sanctuary atop the mountain. Into Eibar, Perez and Perdiguero attacked. Gorka Gonzalez, who had been given a bottle by Laiseka went after them.

Before the start of the climb, Laiseka and co. were absorbed into the ranks of a small peloton. Ahead, Gorka Gonzalez and Perez left Perdi behind on the early slopes of the Arrate. With six kilometres to go Gorka attacked Perez and set off on his own. Meanwhile behind the peloton swept up Perdi.

Then the action started all over again. Heras attacked the peloton. Piepoli followed him. They were quickly up to Perez and past him. At times Piepoli seemed to be having trouble keeping the wheel of the Liberty leader. Ahead Gorka was looking to be failing. And way, way back, race leader Vicioso was grinding over the pedals at an ever decreasing rate.

Then the man with something to prove, to his director, to his country, to the peloton, jumped. Laiseka was on the wheel of Heras and Piepoli in a flash. And as soon as he arrived he went and left the pair. They slowly pegged him back, hanging for a while 5-10 metres off his wheel. Behind a group was in pursuit with Txema del Olmo, Perdi and Haimar Zubeldia. Heras and Piepoli caught Laiseka with 4 km to go, and again Laiseka went over the right hand side of the road and away and up. Meanwhile Perdi arrived too late but managed to gain the cover of Heras and his teammate Piepoli.

Within 500 metres Laiseka had 15 seconds on the trio and 23 seconds on his captain Zubeldia. The two Saunier Duval riders gave chase with Heras sitting on, but they were not making inroads into Laiseka. But the last kilometre goes down a bit and might, it seemed, give them enough space to come back. Two kilometres to go and Laiseka had 18 seconds; the gap pixilated, 17, 18, 16, 19 seconds. As Laiseka passed the banner with 1 km to go he had 20 seconds. The crowd amassed on the narrow roadside, covered in orange, really was going wild - the prodigal son was putting in a grand performance and showing them that he is still their hero.

Finally Laiseka coasted through the last hundred metres soaking up some satisfaction and redemption. In two days he has gone from alleged bad boy to being the national hero again. With his win, Laiseka finally gave the locals something to cheer about in this year's Euskal.

The satisfaction was evident when his teammates surrounded him as they come in over the coming minutes. Importantly Sammy Sanchez was in Zubeldia's group, 26 seconds after Heras and 48 after Laiseka. It was enough to move Sanchez into third overall. But Laiseka's strength on the day saw him leapfrog from ninth to second overall. Euskaltel, who were even money bets for not winning anything this week, in what was looking like a clean sweep for Liberty, salvaged the day to end up securing two podium positions - second and third.

Heras of course maintained Liberty's overall G.C. win and in doing so has signaled this week that he can still climb as we expect, but that with his improved time against the clock is high amongst the challengers for three weeks in July. From here he doesn't race again until the Tour de France. He will concentrate on his skills through training. The pre-Tour season has given us rare opportunities to see the various players in full flight, all preferring one or two tests before racing back undercover. This week we have seen the test of Heras and the Liberty squad. It was more than a little impressive.

Of the rest, Baque's Peio Arreitunandia is certainly a rider with a strong future, as is the likes of Ion del Rio (Paternina). Perdi and Piepoli were everywhere all week as we have come to expect. Txema del Olmo battled heroically all week for Maia and Fassa's American connection Tom Danielson managed to stay with some impressive company whenever the road went upwards. Relax's Alberto Martinez lost contact on one day, but in the wider scheme of things also showed that he is not to be discounted in these types of encounters.

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Results

1 Roberto Laiseka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       3.47.34
2 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                0.22
3 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          
4 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                  
5 Txema Del Olmo (Spa) Milaneza Maia                               0.40
6 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           0.48
7 Unai Yus (Spa) Brioches La Boulangere                                
8 David Latasa (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                        
9 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Relax-Bodysol                                 
10 Luis Perez (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                   
11 Tom Danielson (USA) Fassa Bortolo                                   
12 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             
13 Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo             0.57
14 Gorka Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          1.13
15 Koldo Gil (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                 1.20
16 Mikel Elgezabal (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                1.37
17 Roberto Sgambelluri (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie        
18 Peio Arreitunandia (Spa) Cafes Baque                                
19 Michele Scotto (Ita) Lampre                                         
20 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone               
21 Francisco José Lara (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina            2.05
22 Didier Rous (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                        2.56
23 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Fassa Bortolo                                  
24 Pablo Lastras (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                           
25 Lander Euba (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                    3.10
26 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                 
27 Bruno Pires (Por) Milaneza Maia                                     
28 Alberto Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 3.13
29 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                 4.20
30 Jokin Ormaetxea (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                4.52
31 Ivan Parra (Col) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                     4.53
32 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             
33 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                   5.32
34 David Herrero (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                  7.01
35 Aitor Hernandez (Spa) Team L.P.R.-Piacenza Management SRL       7.41
36 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                   9.33
37 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                               
38 Ion Del Rio (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                        
39 Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre                                      
40 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                
41 Peter Farazjin (Bel) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone               
42 Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Relax-Bodysol                               
43 Cedric Vasseur (Fra) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone               
44 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre                                          
45 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax-Bodysol                                      
46 Julián Sanchez (Spa) Fassa Bortolo                                  
47 Lizuarte Manuel Martins (Por) Milaneza Maia                     9.56
48 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Lampre                                    11.26
49 Marcos Serrano (Spa) Liberty Seguros                           11.31
50 Rubén Plaza (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                   14.48
51 Paolo Longo (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie                
52 Jon Odriozola (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                 15.54
53 Mikel Pradera (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                           
54 Jonathan Gonzalez (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                  
55 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             
56 Giulio Tomi (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie           16.03
57 Marco Cavallari (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie            
DNF Joaquin Lopez (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                     
DNF Joseba Beloki (Spa) Brioches La Boulangere                         
DNF Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                      
DNF Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                       
DNF Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre                                     
DNF Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Lampre                                     
DNF José Luis Arrieta (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                      
DNF Jose Antonio Lopez Gil (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                 
DNF Xabier Zandio (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                          
DNF Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                    
DNF Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                 
DNF René Andrle (Cze) Liberty Seguros                                  
DNF Carlos Barredo (Spa) Liberty Seguros                               
DNF Alvaro Glez. Galdeano (Spa) Liberty Seguros                        
DNF Javier Ramirez (Spa) Liberty Seguros                               
DNF Elio Aggiano (Ita) Team L.P.R.-Piacenza Management SRL             
DNF Daniele Masolino (Ita) Team L.P.R.-Piacenza Management SRL         
DNF Daniele Contrini (Ita) Team L.P.R.-Piacenza Management SRL         
DNF Luca Nardello (Ita) Team L.P.R.-Piacenza Management SRL            
DNF Dimitri Konyshev (Rus) Team L.P.R.-Piacenza Management SRL         
DNF Mauro Santanbrogio (Ita) Team L.P.R.-Piacenza Management SRL       
DNF Claudio Lucchini (Ita) Team L.P.R.-Piacenza Management SRL         
DNF Hernan Buenahora (Col) Cafes Baque                                 
DNF Felix Cardenas (Col) Cafes Baque                                   
DNF Francisco Palacio (Spa) Cafes Baque                                
DNF Aitor Perez (Spa) Cafes Baque                                      
DNF Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Cafes Baque                                  
DNF Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                   
DNF Rafael Casero (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           
DNF Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       
DNF Paulo Barroso (Por) Milaneza Maia                                  
DNF Angel Edo (Spa) Milaneza Maia                                      
DNF Hugo Sabido (Por) Milaneza Maia                                    
DNF Renato Silva (Por) Milaneza Maia                                   
DNF Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                
DNF Luis Perez Romero (Spa) Relax-Bodysol                              
DNF Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie          
DNF Marco Gili (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie                
DNF Claudio Astolfi (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                 
DNF Alessandro D'andrea (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo             
DNS Antonio Olmo (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                      
 
Points
 
1 Roberto Laiseka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            25 pts
2 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                  20
3 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        16
4 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                14
5 Txema Del Olmo (Spa) Milaneza Maia                                 12
6 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             10
7 Unai Yus (Spa) Brioches La Boulangere                               9
8 David Latasa (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                       8
9 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Relax-Bodysol                                7
10 Luis Perez (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                  6
11 Tom Danielson (USA) Fassa Bortolo                                  5
12 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            4
13 Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                3
14 Gorka Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             2
15 Koldo Gil (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                    1
 
Mountains
 
San Trokaz - Cat. 3,, km 8
1 Felix Cardenas (Col) Cafes Baque                                    3 pts
2 Alberto Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                     1
 
Elgeta - Cat. 2, km 32
1 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        6 pts
2 Jokin Ormaetxea (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                    4
3 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             2
 
Ixua - Cat. 1, km 57
1 Jokin Ormaetxea (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                   10 pts
2 Alberto Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                     8
3 Francisco José Lara (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                6
4 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone               4
5 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                     2
 
Trabakua - Cat. 3, km 76
1 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                     3 pts
2 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone               1
 
Areitio - Cat. 3, km 92
1 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                     3 pts
2 Alvaro Glez. Galdeano (Spa) Liberty Seguros                         1
 
Ixua - Cat. 1, km 103
1 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                    10 pts
2 Roberto Laiseka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             8
3 Txema Del Olmo (Spa) Milaneza Maia                                  6
4 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                   4
5 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone               2
 
San Miguel - Cat. 2, km 116
1 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                     6 pts
2 Luis Perez (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                   4
3 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                   2
 
Usartza - Cat. 1, km 130
1 Roberto Laiseka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            10 pts
2 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                         8
3 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                   6
4 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                 4
5 Txema Del Olmo (Spa) Milaneza Maia                                  2
 
Metas volantes
 
Eibar, km 51.8 
1 Mikel Pradera (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                           3 pts
2 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                       2
3 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             1
 
Eibar, km 123.7 
1 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                     3 pts
2 Luis Perez (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                   2
3 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                   1
 
Teams
 
1 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                          11.24.18
2 Liberty Seguros                                                  3.16
3 Costa de Almeria - Paternina                                     5.16
4 Brioches La Boulangere                                           7.40
5 Kelme - Comdad. Valenciana                                       8.25
6 Saunier Duval - Prodir                                           8.41
7 Cofidis, le credit par telephone                                10.22
8 Fassa Bortolo                                                   11.41
9 Milaneza - Maia                                                 12.10
10 Relax-Bodysol                                                  18.18
11 Lampre                                                         19.07
12 Illes Balears - Banesto                                        26.47
13 Vini Caldirola                                                 30.52
 
Final general classification
 
1 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros                          18.07.31
2 Roberto Laiseka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          1.24
3 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           1.36
4 Koldo Gil (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                  1.40
5 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          1.47
6 Txema Del Olmo (Spa) Milaneza Maia                               1.54
7 Luis Perez (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                2.00
8 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                2.10
9 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Liberty Seguros                              2.29
10 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                     2.37
11 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Relax-Bodysol                            3.45
12 David Latasa (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                   4.12
13 Peio Arreitunandia (Spa) Cafes Baque                            4.15
14 Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo             4.30
15 Michele Scotto (Ita) Lampre                                     4.49
16 Francisco José Lara (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina            5.05
17 Roberto Sgambelluri (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie    6.13
18 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                 6.52
19 Tom Danielson (USA) Fassa Bortolo                               6.54
20 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone           8.21
21 Mikel Elgezabal (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                8.41
22 Lander Euba (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                   10.39
23 Bruno Pires (Por) Milaneza Maia                                11.10
24 Unai Yus (Spa) Brioches La Boulangere                          11.43
25 Marcos Serrano (Spa) Liberty Seguros                           12.41
26 Didier Rous (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                       12.59
27 Gorka Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         14.40
28 Ion Del Rio (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                   17.24
29 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Fassa Bortolo                             19.41
30 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre                                     20.54
31 Aitor Hernandez (Spa) Team L.P.R.-Piacenza Management SRL      21.33
32 Cedric Vasseur (Fra) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone          21.50
33 Julián Sanchez (Spa) Fassa Bortolo                             21.54
34 Ivan Parra (Col) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                    22.21
35 David Herrero (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                 22.28
36 Pablo Lastras (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                      22.42
37 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                  23.25
38 Mikel Pradera (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                      24.31
39 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                          26.10
40 Peter Farazjin (Bel) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone          28.32
41 Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Relax-Bodysol                          28.56
42 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo           29.21
43 Jonathan Gonzalez (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina             30.13
44 Alberto Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                32.28
45 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Lampre                                    32.44
46 Paolo Longo (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie           36.42
47 Jokin Ormaetxea (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina               42.31
48 Jon Odriozola (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                 44.08
49 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        44.16
50 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        50.34
51 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax-Bodysol                                 52.28
52 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                  52.37
53 Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre                                 53.29
54 Lizuarte Manuel Martins (Por) Milaneza Maia                    57.51
55 Rubén Plaza (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                 1.04.18
56 Giulio Tomi (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie         1.10.01
57 Marco Cavallari (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie     1.10.09
 
Points classification
 
1 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                    24 pts
2 Roberto Laiseka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            22
3 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                  22
4 Koldo Gil (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                    18
5 Julián Sanchez (Spa) Fassa Bortolo                                 17
6 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                16
7 Jokin Ormaetxea (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                   14
8 Francisco José Lara (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina               12
9 Luis Perez (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                  11
10 Alberto Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                    9
11 Txema Del Olmo (Spa) Milaneza Maia                                 8
12 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        8
13 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            8
14 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone              7
15 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             6
16 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                6
17 David Herrero (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                     6
18 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            2
19 Marcos Serrano (Spa) Liberty Seguros                               2
20 Paolo Longo (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie               2
21 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                              1
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme                    24 pts
2 Roberto Laiseka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            22
3 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                  22
4 Koldo Gil (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                    18
5 Julián Sanchez (Spa) Fassa Bortolo                                 17
6 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                16
7 Jokin Ormaetxea (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                   14
8 Francisco José Lara (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina               12
9 Luis Perez (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                  11
10 Alberto Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                    9
11 Txema Del Olmo (Spa) Milaneza Maia                                 8
12 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        8
13 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            8
14 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone              7
15 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             6
16 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Liberty Seguros                                6
17 David Herrero (Spa) Costa De Almeria-Paternina                     6
18 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            2
19 Marcos Serrano (Spa) Liberty Seguros                               2
20 Paolo Longo (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie               2
21 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                              1
 
Teams classification
 
1 Liberty Seguros                                              54.26.11
2 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                              1.07
3 Costa de Almeria - Paternina                                    19.40
4 Saunier Duval - Prodir                                          20.19
5 Cofidis, le credit par telephone                                25.12
6 Kelme - Comdad. Valenciana                                      29.14
7 Brioches La Boulangere                                          33.23
8 Milaneza - Maia                                                 37.00
9 Fassa Bortolo                                                   42.59
10 Lampre                                                         48.35
11 Illes Balears - Banesto                                      1.06.48
12 Relax-Bodysol                                                1.17.49
13 Vini Caldirola                                               1.26.48