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12th Challenge Illes Balears - 1.3 (x5)

Mallorca, Spain, February 2-6, 2003

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Stage 1 - February 2: Circuito Palma Mallorca, 80 km

Galvez wins balears opener

Isaac Galvez
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Isaac Galvez has opened Kelme's season with a win in the first stage of the Challenge Illes balears (formerly Challenge Mallorca). Galvez sprinted to victory in front of Allan Davis (ONCE) with Alejandro Valverde (Kelme) and Oscar Freire (Rabobank) taking third and fourth respectively.

The first stage was run over 10 laps of a flat eight kilometre circuit in Palma, Mallorca. With all the riders keen to test their winter training legs, the pace was very high from the start, with the riders averaging over 50 km/h for the duration of the race.

The speed effectively prevented any attacks from lasting, and the main mid-race action was the battle for the metas volantes and special sprints. These were shared by Remco Van der Ven (BankGiroLoterij), Juan Carlos Guillamon (Paternina), Sergi Escobar (Spanish track team) and Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner). Van der Ven took the metas volantes jersey at the end of the day, while Wegmann and Guillamon were on equal points in the special sprints.

The peloton was still together for the last lap, and it was the Kelme and Rabobank teams who set up the leadout. Kelme proved stronger, with Galvez winning and Valverde taking third, while ONCE's Allan Davis showed that he had good legs from the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under by nipping in for second place.


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1 Isaac Galvez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca           1.35.02 (50.5 km/h)
2 Allan Davis (Aus) ONCE-Eroski
3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
4 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank
5 Sven Teutenberg (Ger) Team Coast
6 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon
7 Erik Zabel (Ger) Telekom
8 Vicente Reynes (Spa) L.A. Pecol
9 Jans Koerts (Ned) Bankgiroloterij
10 Miguel Martinez (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
11 Alexei Markov (Rus) Lokomotiv
12 Thomas Bruun (Den) Team CSC
13 Carlos Golbano (Spa) Paternina-Costa Almeria
14 Josu Silloniz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
15 Eric Beumann (Ger) Team Wiesenhof
16 Robert Forster (Ger) Gerolsteiner
17 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Labarca 2-Cafe Baque
18 Juan Carlos Guillamon (Spa) Paternina-Costa Almeria
19 Pedro Lopes (Por) L.A. Pecol
20 Jose Cayetano Julia (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
21 Pedro Cardoso (Por) Milaneza-MSS
22 Gorka Gerrikagoitia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
23 Alexandre Usov (Blr) Phonak Hearing Systems
24 Rik Reinerink (Ned) Bankgiroloterij
25 Unai Elorriaga (Spa) Labarca 2-Cafe Baque
26 Miguel Alzamora (Spa) Spanish National Team
27 Andr· Korff (Ger) Team Coast
28 Vincent Van Der Kooy (Ned) Bankgiroloterij
29 Yon Bru (Spa) L.A. Pecol
30 Sergi Escobar (Spa) Spanish National Team
31 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
32 Gustavo Miguel Otero (Spa) Labarca 2-Cafe Baque
33 Xavier Florencio (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
34 Juan Miguel Cuenca (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
35 Ivan Herrero (Spa) Labarca 2-Cafe Baque
36 Francisco Cabello (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
37 Jaime Hernandez (Spa) Team Coast
38 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) Team CSC
39 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Quick Step-Davitamon
40 Francisco Jose Lara (Spa) Team Coast
41 Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
42 Orlando Rodrigues (Por) L.A. Pecol
43 Francisco Gutierrez (Spa) Labarca 2-Cafe Baque
44 Rudi Kemna (Ned) Bankgiroloterij
45 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Lokomotiv
46 Rene Obst (Ger) Team Wiesenhof
47 Geert Van Bondt (Bel) Team CSC
48 Cesar Garcia (Spa) Labarca 2-Cafe Baque
49 Jose Luis Rebollo (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada
50 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank
51 David Muñoz (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
52 Benjamin Noval (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada
53 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) Bankgiroloterij
54 Jon Odriozola (Spa)
55 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Rabobank
56 Martin Muller (Ger) Team Wiesenhof
57 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada
58 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Coast
59 Alexander Serov (Rus) Lokomotiv
60 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
61 Michael Giebelmann (Ger) Team Wiesenhof
62 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner
63 Dario Gadeo (Spa) Paternina-Costa Almeria
64 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
65 Javi Pascual Llorente (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
66 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner
67 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank
68 Renato Silva (Por) Milaneza-MSS
69 David Bernabeu (Spa) Milaneza-MSS
70 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Wiesenhof
71 Egoi Martinez, (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
72 Gerben Löwik (Ned) Bankgiroloterij
73 Michael Albasini (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
74 Gerhard Trampusch (Aut) Gerolsteiner
75 Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Spa)
76 Antonio Colom (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada
77 Domingo Segado (Spa) Paternina-Costa Almeria
78 Cristobal Forcadell (Spa) Spanish National Team
79 Roger Beuchat (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
80 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij
81 Francisco Palacios (Spa) Labarca 2-Cafe Baque
82 Marcos Serrano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
83 Thomas Ziegler (Ger) Team Wiesenhof
84 Dionisio Galparsoro (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
85 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
86 Jose Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
87 Rui Roque (Por) L.A. Pecol
88 Gorka Arrizabalaga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
89 Francisco Perez (Spa) Milaneza-MSS
90 Gilberto Martins (Por) Milaneza-MSS
91 Ivan Diaz (Spa) Spanish National Team
92 Ivan Ramiro Parra (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca
93 Lizuarte Martins (Por) Milaneza-MSS
94 Jan Van Velzen (Ned) Bankgiroloterij
95 Asier Maeztu (Spa) Spanish National Team
96 Francisco Marti (Spa) Spanish National Team
97 Aitor Silloniz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
98 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon
99 Juan Llaneras (Spa) Spanish National Team
100 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon
101 Pedro Andrade (Por) L.A. Pecol
102 Luis Pinheiro (Por) L.A. Pecol
103 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Telekom
104 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank
105 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon
106 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Quick Step-Davitamon
107 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Team Coast
108 Koldo Gil (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
109 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick Step-Davitamon
110 Denis Smyslov (Rus) Lokomotiv
111 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank
112 Jose Luis Martinez (Spa) Paternina-Costa Almeria
113 Gian Matteo Fagnini (Ita) Telekom
114 Christian Werner (Ger) Telekom
115 Hector Guerra (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada
116 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Lokomotiv
117 Remmert Wielinga (Ned) Rabobank
118 Joan Horrach (Spa) Milaneza-MSS
119 Eladio Jimenez (Spa)
120 Paulo Barroso (Por) Milaneza-MSS
121 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
122 Alberto Contador (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
123 Iker Camaño (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
124 Jan Schaffrath (Ger) Telekom
125 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Team CSC
126 Lennie Kristensen (Den) Team CSC
127 Francisco J. Cerezo (Spa) Labarca 2-Cafe Baque
128 Jose A. Pecharroman (Spa) Paternina-Costa Almeria
129 Jose Antonio Lopez (Spa)
130 Rafael Mateos (Spa)
131 David Muntaner (Spa) Spanish National Team
132 Raphael Schweda (Ger) Team Coast
133 Dirk Reichl (Ger) Telekom
134 Angel Edo (Spa) Milaneza-MSS
135 Carlos Torrent (Spa) Paternina-Costa Almeria
136 Leonardo Navarrete (Spa) Labarca 2-Cafe Baque
137 Mikel Artetxe (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
138 Pieter Vries (Ned) Bankgiroloterij
139 Evgeni Petrov (Rus)
140 Udo Bolts (Ger) Gerolsteiner
141 Ruben Plaza (Spa)
142 Timo Scholz (Ger) Team Wiesenhof
143 Jens Heppner (Ger) Team Wiesenhof
144 Dermot Nally (Irl) Paternina-Costa Almeria
145 Rafael Casero (Spa) Paternina-Costa Almeria
146 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC
147 Arvis Piziks (Lat) Team CSC
148 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner
149 Jav Pascual Rodriguez (Spa)
150 Gon·Alo Amorim (Por) Milaneza-MSS
151 Marcelino Garcia (Spa) Labarca 2-Cafe Baque
152 Uwe Peschel (Ger) Gerolsteiner
153 Alex Zuelle (Swi) Team Coast
154 Xabier Zandio (Spa)
155 Gonzalo Bayarri (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
156 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
157 Guillermo Ferrer (Spa) Spanish National Team
158 Jhonathan Gonzalez (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
159 David Navas (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada
160 Santiago Blanco (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada
161 Candido Barbosa (Por) L.A. Pecol
162 David Kopp (Ger) Telekom
163 Roberto Laiseka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
164 Niki Aebersold (Swi) Team Coast
165 David Arroyo (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
166 Juan Gomis (Spa) L.A. Pecol
167 Bruno Castanheira (Por) L.A. Pecol
168 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita)
169 Bekim Christensen (Den) Team Coast
170 Jakob Piil (Den) Team CSC
171 Carlos Castaño (Spa) Spanish National Team
172 Pedro Diaz Lobato (Spa) Paternina-Costa Almeria
173 Ellis Rastelli (Ita) Gerolsteiner
174 Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Telekom
175 Robert Hunter (Rsa) Rabobank                      0.24
176 Andreas Kloden (Ger) Telekom                      0.27
177 Kai Hundertmarck (Ger) Telekom
178 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems      0.37
179 Robert Bartko (Ger) Rabobank
180 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                        1.12
181 Bram Schmitz (Ned) Bankgiroloterij
182 Gregory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems         1.20
183 Lander Euba (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi               1.34
184 Jose Miguel Elias (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada 5.11
Metas volantes
Lap 2 - km 16
1 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                3 pts
2 Eric Beumann (Ger) Team Wiesenhof                      2
3 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca           1
Lap 6 - km 48
1 Sergi Escobar (Spa) Spanish National Team              3 pts
2 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                2
3 Eric Beumann (Ger) Team Wiesenhof                      1
Special sprints
Lap 4 - km 32
1 Juan Carlos Guillamon (Spa) Paternina-Costa Alme       3 pts
2 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                2
3 Gonzalo Bayarri (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems           1
Lap 8 - km 64
1 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                      3 pts
2 David Muntaner (Spa) Spanish National Team             2
3 Gregory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems              1
1 Kelme-Costa Blanca                              4.45.06
2 L.A. Pecol
3 Bankgiroloterij
4 ONCE-Eroski
5 Team Coast
6 Phonak Hearing Systems
7 Labarca 2-Cafe Baque
8 Paternina-Costa Almeria
9 Team CSC
10 Euskaltel-Euskadi
11 Rabobank
12 Lokomotiv
13 Team Wiesenhof
14 Seleccion Española Pista
15 Quick Step-Davitamon
16 Gerolsteiner
17 Milaneza-MSS
18 Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada
19 Telekom