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Euskal Bizikleta-Bicicleta Vasca - 2.1

Spain, June 5-9, 2002

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Stage 4a - June 8: Agurain-Mendaro, 93.7 km

Abadino's two tough tipos take a flyer

By Martin hardie, Cyclingnews correspondent

The two likely lads from Abadino, David Extebarria and Mikel Zarrabietia held off the bunch to take first and second places repectively in this morning's stage 4a of the Euskal Bizikleta disputed between Agurain (Alava) and Mendaro (Guipúzcoa). Race leader Mikel Zarrabeitia (ONCE) followed the wheel of his training buddy who had attacked after the summit of the Alto del Calvario (Cat. 2), and together the two tough "tipos" of Adabino risked all in intermittent rain on the descent and built up a maximum lead of 12 seconds as the pursuing bunch tried to reel them in before the finish.

It was nearly on the finish line that the peloton made the capture but Euskaltel's speedster made sure that he took the line first, Zarrabeitia followed a second behind and the peloton hot on their heels was led in by Martin Elminger (Phonak) from Martin Perdiguero (Acqua & Sapone) a second behind Zarra.

The day started with an attack at just over 2km by Perque (FdJ), Outsthakov (CCC) and Tessier (Codifis) but they managed to only stay away for a few kilometres. The longest escape of the day began at the 43km mark and included Devis Miorin (De Nardi), Davide Frattini (Alessio), Valentino Fois (Mercatone Uno), Mikel Artetxe (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Johan Verstrepen (Lampre), Agustín Peña Gago (Acqua Sapone), Massimo Giunti (Acqua Sapone), Médéric Clain (Cofidis), Franck Pencole (La Francaise des Jeux) and Jorge Capitán (Relax Fuenlabrada.

The escapees managed a maximum gap of 1.30 but the adventure was brought to an end by the committed work of ONCE, particularly the brother of the Tour of Germany's current leader, Alvaro González de Galdeano. The last to fall prey to the peloton were Jorge Capitán, Médéric Clain, Mikel Artetxe and Massimo Giunti who were captured on the ramps of the Alto del Calvario. Zarrabeitia and Etxebarria wasted no time in taking the opportunity that would lead them to the finish line. While Etxebarria took the stage, Zarrabeitia added another slender advantage to his overall lead.


1 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 2.00.03
2 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                         0.01
3 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                         0.02
4 Martin Elminger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
5 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
6 Juan Guillamon (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
7 Serguei Smetanine (Rus) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
8 Miguel Martinez (Fra) Mapei-Quick Step
9 José Luis Arrieta (Spa)
10 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
11 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis
12 Iñigo Landaluze (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
13 Pedro Cardoso (Por) Milaneza-MSS
14 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis
15 Jose Garrido (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
16 Fabio Testi (Ita) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
17 Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
18 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio
19 Rui Lavarinhas (Por) Milaneza-MSS
20 Iker Camaño (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
21 José Angel Vidal (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
22 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita)
23 José Azevedo (Por) ONCE-Eroski
24 Marcos Serrano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
25 Cédric Fragniere (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
26 Ivan Parra (Col) ONCE-Eroski
27 Raimondas Rumsas (Ltu) Lampre-Daikin
28 Remmert Wielinga (Ned) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
29 Mikel Pradera (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
30 José Javier Gomez Gozalo (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
31 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
32 Koldo Gil (Spa)
33 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
34 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
35 Jon Odriozola (Spa)
36 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis
37 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
38 Ricardo Valdes (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
39 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cofidis
40 Santos Gonzalez (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
41 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
42 David Vazquez (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
43 Francisco Cabello (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
44 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
45 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa)
46 Christian Charriere (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
47 Santiago Blanco (Spa)
48 Kyryl Pospyeyev (Ukr) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
49 Rui Miguel Sousa (Por) Milaneza-MSS
50 Rubén Lobato Elvira (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
51 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
52 Iban Herrero (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada                       0.54
53 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
54 José Luis Martinez (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
55 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems
56 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Mercatone Uno
57 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Mapei-Quick Step
58 David Cañada (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
59 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
60 Luca De Angeli (Ita) Mercatone Uno
61 Jean-Michel Tessier (Fra) Cofidis
62 Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
63 Raffaele Ferrara (Ita) Alessio                             1.00
64 Valentino Fois (Ita) Mercatone Uno                         1.02
65 Andre Teteriouk (Kza) CCC-Polsat                           1.59
66 Serguei Outschakov (Ukr) CCC-Polsat
67 Christophe Mengin (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
68 Sergio Perez (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
69 David Derepas (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
70 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis
71 Oscar Freire (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
72 Elio Aggiano (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
73 Aleksandar Nikacevic (Yug) Alessio
74 Mikel Artetxe (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
75 Quintino Rodrigues (Por) CCC-Polsat
76 Julian Usano (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
77 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) Cofidis
78 Chris Peers (Bel) Cofidis
79 Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
80 Pablo Fernandez (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
81 Roberto Laiseka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
82 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Lampre-Daikin
83 Jorge Capitan Peregrina (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
84 Radoslaw Romanik (Pol) CCC-Polsat
85 Aitor Silloniz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
86 Sergio Villamil (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
87 Franck Pencole (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux                 2.12
88 Carlos Golbano (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
89 Vitali Kokorine (Rus) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
90 Pablo Soler Siles (Spa) Mercatone Uno
91 Juan Miguel Cuenca (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
92 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux                 2.19
93 Matthew Wilson (Aus) La Francaise Des Jeux                 2.21
94 Abraham Olano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                            2.33
95 Leandro Navarrete (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                 2.35
96 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
97 Michele Gobbi (Ita) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
98 Franck Perque (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux                  2.36
99 Devis Miorin (Ita) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
100 Andrus Aug (Est) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa               2.41
101 Igor Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       2.45
102 Davide Frattini (Ita) Alessio                             4.42
103 David Fernandez (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada
104 Agustín Peña Gago (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo      4.59
105 Francisco Mancebo (Spa)                      5.04
106 Eladio Jimenez (Spa)
107 Alvaro Gonzalez De Galdeano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski             5.41
108 Angel Edo (Spa) Milaneza-MSS
109 Paulo Barroso (Por) Milaneza-MSS
110 Klaus Möller (Den) Milaneza-MSS
111 Andrea Brognara (Ita) Alessio
112 Martín Garrido (Arg) Relax-Fuenlabrada
113 Jimmy Casper (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux                  5.44
114 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Alessio                            6.41
115 Vitoriano Fernandez (Spa) Milaneza-MSS
116 Joan Horrach (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                           6.43
1 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      25 pts
2 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                           20
3 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                           16
4 Martin Elminger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                  14
5 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Toll      12
6 Juan Guillamon (Spa) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria                 10
7 Serguei Smetanine (Rus) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria               9
8 Miguel Martinez (Fra) Mapei-Quick Step                         8
9 José Luis Arrieta (Spa)                           7
10 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step                         6
11 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis                                  5
12 Iñigo Landaluze (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       4
13 Pedro Cardoso (Por) Milaneza-MSS                              3
14 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis                                2
15 Jose Garrido (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          1
Kalbario - Cat. 2, km 86
1 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       6 pts
2 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                            4
3 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita)                            2
Metas volantes
Mendaro, km 73.7
1 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Lampre-Daikin                           3 pts
2 Mederic Clain (Fra) Cofidis                                    2
3 Agustín Peña Gago (Spa) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo           1
1 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                      6.00.13
2 Once - Eroski                                               0.01
3 Jazztel - Costa Almeria                                     0.02
4 Phonak Hearing Systems
5 Cofidis
7 Lampre - Daikin
8 Acqua & Sapone
9 Milaneza - MSS
10 Kelme - Costa Blanca
11 Mapei-Quick Step                                           0.54
12 De Nardi
13 Mercatone Uno                                              2.46
14 La Francaise Des Jeux                                      2.51
15 Relax - Fuenlabrada
16 Alessio                                                    2.57
17 CCC Polsat                                                 5.53