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57th Vuelta a España

Spain, September 7- 29, 2002

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Stage 21 - September 29: Warner Bros Park - Stadion Santiago Bernabeu - ITT, 41.2 km

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Start time (first rider): 14:24 CEST
Finish time (last rider): 17:45 CEST

17:43 CEST
Heras has 2 km to go, and is already 40 seconds behind Gonzalez' time. He'll lose around 3 minutes to the super strong Kelme rider.

17:45 CEST
Heras rides along the crowd lined streets into San Bernabeu stadium. He gets a lot of support, but it won't give him the Vuelta. He makes the final U turn into the stadium, and sprints in a time of 51'16, 3'22 slower than Gonzalez, who wins the Vuelta. Second is Heras, and third is Beloki. You have to feel sorry for Sevilla, who only lost his third place by 15 seconds - two bike changes are definitely worth more than that.

Another winner today was Team Coast's Angel Casero, who jumped from 9th to 6th courtesy of his second place overall. Manuel Beltran also snuck into the top 10. Team Coast didn't end up winning the Team GC, courtesy of Aitor Gonzalez, Santi Botero and Toni Tauler's solid performances to all make the top 10.

Thank you for following the Vuelta with Cyclingnews.com. We'll have our final stage report, results and photos coming in the next couple of hours. Now back to the World Track Championships :-)

Intermediate standings

Km 24

Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme                     27.38
Angel Casero (Spa) Team Coast                   0.27
Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme                     0.36
Santos Gonzalez (Spa) Acqua e Sapone            0.48
David Plaza (Spa) Team Coast                    0.51

Km 35.5

Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme                     40.38
Angel Casero (Spa) Team Coast                   1.08
David Plaza (Spa) Team Coast                    1.26
Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme                     1.37
Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE                        1.42

Finish - km 41.5

Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme                     47.54
Angel Casero (Spa) Team Coast                   1.23
David Plaza (Spa) Team Coast                    1.45
Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme                     1.55
Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE                        2.10

Final general classification

1 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme                75.13.52
2 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service         2.14
3 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski               3.11
4 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca        3.26
5 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi             5.42
6 Angel Casero (Spa) Team Coast                 6.33
7 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo      6.38
8 Félix Garcia Casas (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93      6.46
9 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Team Coast               8.28
10 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport    9.22

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