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Cardenas grabs Vuelta win at Sierra Nevada

By Andrew Hood • Published

By Andrew Hood

Photo: AFP

After a few narrow misses, the Vuelta a España King of the Mountains Felix Cardenas (Labarca-2) finally got a stage win on Tuesday, but he didn’t make any friends in the process.

Just like he did to Roberto Heras (U.S. Postal Service) going up La Pandera on Sunday, Cardenas sat on the wheels of Kelme’s Oscar Sevilla and Alejandro Valverde up the grinding 30km climb to Sierra Nevada before making a strong solo attack with 1km to go to reel in local hero Juan Miguel Mercado (iBanesto.com) to snag the victory.

Heras, meanwhile, used Tuesday’s 16th stage to make the most of what was his last real chance to try to shake race leader Isidro Nozal (ONCE). The 2000 Vuelta champion grabbed back 53 seconds to claw within 3:09 and made a serious move toward second-place overall, but Nozal is looking more and more like he’ll be the 2003 Vuelta champion.

Heras gained time, but less than he had hoped

Heras gained time, but less than he had hoped

Photo: Graham Watson

Heras attacked with 5km to go at the steepest sections of the Sierra Nevada climb but simply ran out of asphalt. Nozal was well-protected by ONCE teammate Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano and Marcos Serrano.

A long and winding road
Following Monday’s final rest day, George Hincapie (U.S. Postal) and Wladimir Belli (Lampre) didn’t take the start in Jaén, leaving 163 riders in the Vuelta. Hincapie pulled out after Sunday’s stage to prepare for October’s road world championships.

“It made sense for George to leave the race because he wants to be as fresh and motivated as he can for Hamilton,” said U.S. Postal sport director Johan Bruyneel. “George is very strong now and you saw it Sunday up La Pandera. I think he has good chances at the worlds.”

Despite the showdown waiting at the end of the stage, 14 riders managed to slip away early. Cardenas’s Labarca squad worked hard to keep them close and the move disintegrated when Toni Tauler (Kelme) and Pedro Diaz Lobato (Paternina) attacked the group with 95km to go. Lobato would stay at the front until he was swallowed up in the final kilometers heading up Sierra Nevada.

Midway through the race, the peloton seemed to get slap-happy, with riders mugging for the camera, chatting to each other and enjoying some time in the Iberian sun. The peloton screamed and whistled when Labarca 2 riders tried to up the pace following the feed zone after Tauler and Lobato got more than nine minutes on the field.

Things got serious as the peloton neared Granada and the base of the 30km climb to Sierra Nevada. U.S. Postal, led by Floyd Landis and Manuel Beltrán, hammered the lower sections of the climb to quickly thin the field.

Cardenas wins stage, seals KoM jersey
Sevilla is back on track after suffering a fall in the Vuelta’s third stage into Santander which left the popular Spanish rider with a huge bruise on his left thigh.

Kelme put everything into delivering “El Niño” the victory today and Sevilla didn’t waste any time, shooting off the front of the lead group with about 24km to go. Hot on his wheel was Heras, anxious to take any chance he could to put Nozal into the red zone.

ONCE worked well to smother the early move with Gonzalez de Galdeano marking Heras. Heras was forced to bide his time until the final steep sections before launching another attack and rode the meat of the climb with Nozal glued to his wheel.

“I saw that Oscar had intention of going ahead, but ONCE wouldn’t let us get away,” Heras said. “We knew the lower sections weren’t good for attacks, but when I saw Sevilla attack, I followed. But ONCE was strong today.”

Sevilla tried several more attacks until finally a move stuck. Mercardo had attacked earlier with Jose Gutierrez (Kelme) and Sevilla, Cardenas and Daniel Atienza (Cofidis) bridged out to form a lead group.

With about 14km to go, Valverde, Leonardo Piepoli (iBanesto.com) and Txema del Olmo (Milaneza-MSS) bridged up to join the Sevilla group.

With 8km to go, the Sevilla-Mercado group had about 1 minute on the Heras-Nozal group, now down to about 20 riders, where Levi Leipheimer and Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) were both well-placed.

Mercado – anxious to win for his team and in front of his hometown fans in nearby Granada — made a solo move with 7km to go. Piepoli wasn’t about to chase and Sevilla and Valverde, who had been doing most of the pulling against a strong headwind, couldn’t react. Cardenas stayed with Sevilla.

Mercado looked to have the stage in the bag with 1km to go, but Cardenas profited from Valverde’s and Sevilla’s work. He stayed on the Kelme riders’ wheels before attacking hard, passing Mercado with 400 yards to go and grabbing victory.

“I have looked for the victory during all the Pyrenees, I was third, I was fifth. Now I’ve won. It’s very important for me and for the team,” said Cardenas, who also sealed the King of the Mountains jersey. “I raced with a ‘cold heart.’ I was on Sevilla’s wheel and followed Mercado. I attacked when I had to attack.”

Mercado slammed his fist on the handlebars after crossing six seconds later while Sevilla had to be satisfied with third place at 18 seconds back.

“It’s necessary to take risks and we have to be happy for the work we did today. We had the ‘dead weight’ of Felix to carry. It would have helped a lot to have a climb a little more difficult,” Sevilla said. “We had to fight two battles, both from behind and in front.”

Nozal nearing Madrid
With the Sevilla-Mercado group riding for victory, Heras made one last stab at Nozal on the final 5km with ramps as steep as 8 percent. Rasmussen followed Heras when he attacked the leaders, quickly dropping Nozal and leaving Galdeano gasping for air in the 2,500-meter mountain air.

With 2km to go, Heras widened his gap to 40 seconds on Nozal and was getting closer to catching the Sevilla group. But Heras simply ran out of steep road. He shot through to take eighth at 1:02 back while Nozal came in safely in 24th at 1:55 back.

Nozal: One day closer to Madrid

Nozal: One day closer to Madrid

Photo: Graham Watson

Heras moved within six seconds of second-place Galdeano, but vowed to keep fighting for overall victory.

“We knew that the last seven kilometers were hard, especially with the altitude. We knew we could cause more pain there in this part than earlier in the stage,” Heras said. “Now I am close to second, but I am going to fight on in this Vuelta. It’s not easy, but we’re going to try. We still have Abantos and Navacerrada.”

Nozal is getting closer to Madrid and faces only five days of racing and holds a solid three-minute lead over Heras.

Wednesday’s 188.4km 17th stage shouldn’t present any major problems, with a rolling course until the Category 2 Alto de San Jerónimo with 11.8km to go into Cordoba.


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Results

1. Felix Cardenas (Col), Labarca-2 Cafe, 4:09:35

2. Juan Miguel Mercado (Sp), iBanesto.com, at 0:05

3. Oscar Sevilla (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, at 0:18

4. Alejandro Valverde (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, at 0:18

5. Leonardo Piepoli (I), iBanesto.com, at 0:21

6. Txema Del Olmo (Sp), Milaneza – MSS, at 0:31

7. Unai Osa (Sp), iBanesto.com, 0:58

8. Roberto Heras (Sp), U.S. Postal Service, 1:02

9. Michael Rasmussen (Dk), Rabobank, 1:02

10. Francisco Mancebo (Sp), iBanesto.com, 1:11

11. José Jufre (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 1:32

12. Félix Garcia Casas (Sp), Bianchi, 1:32

13. Michele Scarponi (I), Domina Vacanze, 1:32

14. José Gutierrez (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 1:35

15. Jose Luis Rebollo (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 1:35

16. Santos Gonzalez (Sp), Domina Vacanze, 1:37

17. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Rabobank, 1:38

18. Oscar Pereiro (Sp), Phonak, 1:46

19. Marcos Serrano (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 1:49

20. Manuel Beltran (Sp), U.S. Postal Service, 1:49

21. Klaus Möller (Dk), Milaneza – MSS, 1:49

22. Santiago Blanco (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 1:55

23. Igor Glez. Galdeano (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 1:55

24. Isidro Nozal (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 1:55

25. Roberto Laiseka (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 2:01

26. Iker Flores (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 2:03

27. Iñigo Cuesta (Sp), Cofidis, 2:14

28. Luis Perez (Sp), Cofidis, 2:14

29. Daniel Atienza (Sp), Cofidis, 2:14

30. Fabian Jeker (Swi), Milaneza – MSS, 2:29

31. Manuel Calvente (Sp), CSC, 2:48

32. Santiago Perez (Sp), Phonak, 2:54

33. Joan Horrach (Sp), Milaneza – MSS, 3:44

34. Aitor Osa (Sp), iBanesto.com, 3:58

35. Alberto Martinez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 4:12

36. David Etxebarria (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 4:44

37. Pedro Diaz Lobato (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 5:14

38. David CaÑada (Sp), Quick Step-Davitamon, 5:23

39. Miguel Martin Perdiguero (Sp), Domina Vacanze, 5:23

40. Christian Werner (G), Telekom, 5:23

41. Guido Trentin (I), Cofidis, 5:23

42. Joaquin Rodriguez (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 5:23

43. José Luis Martinez (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 5:38

44. Carlos Sastre (Sp), CSC, 6:01

45. Jurgen Van Goolen (B), Quick Step-Davitamon, 6:18

46. Gorka Gonzalez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 6:29

47. Benjamín Noval (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 7:53

48. Nacor Burgos (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 7:53

49. David Navas (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 7:53

50. Carlos Torrent (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 7:53

51. Volodymir Gustov (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo, 7:53

52. Angelo Lopeboselli (I), Cofidis, 7:53

53. Gonçalo Amorim (P), Milaneza – MSS, 7:53

54. Torsten Hiekmann (G), Telekom, 7:53

55. Peter Luttenberger (A), CSC, 7:53

56. Kyryl Pospyeyev (Ukr), Domina Vacanze, 7:53

57. David Latasa (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 7:53

58. Pedro Cardoso (P), Milaneza – MSS, 7:53

59. Dario Frigo (I), Fassa Bortolo, 7:58

60. David Millar (GB), Cofidis, 7:58

61. David Lopez (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe, 10:27

62. Steffan Wesemann (G), Telekom, 12:04

63. Patrick Sinkewitz (G), Quick Step-Davitamon, 12:04

64. Bram Tankink (Nl), Quick Step-Davitamon, 12:04

65. Constantino Zaballa (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 12:04

66. Kurt Van De Wouwer (B), Quick Step-Davitamon, 12:04

67. Francisco José Lara (Sp), Bianchi, 12:04

68. Mario Aerts (B), Telekom, 12:04

69. Giampaolo Cheula (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 12:04

70. Renato Silva (P), Milaneza – MSS, 12:23

71. Antonio Tauler (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 13:39

72. Simone Masciarelli (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 16:26

73. Beat Zberg (Swi), Rabobank, 17:56

74. Sven Montgomery (Swi), Fassa Bortolo, 17:57

75. Denis Lunghi (I), Alessio, 20:54

76. Francisco Vila (Sp), Lampre, 20:54

77. Christian Pepoli (I), Saeco, 20:54

78. Juan Manuel Garate (Sp), Lampre, 20:54

79. Mariano Piccoli (I), Lampre, 20:54

80. Angel Edo (Sp), Milaneza – MSS, 20:54

81. Erik Zabel (G), Telekom, 20:54

82. Carlos Golbano (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 20:54

83. Jan Hruska (Cz), ONCE – Eroski, 20:54

84. Gorka Gerrikagoitia (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 20:54

85. Simone Bertoletti (I), Lampre, 20:54

86. Bekim Christensen (Dk), CSC, 20:54

87. Domingo Sanchez (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 20:54

88. Jorge Ferrio (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 20:54

89. Joaquin Lopez (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 20:54

90. Bert Grabsch (G), Phonak, 20:54

91. Stephan Schreck (G), Telekom, 20:54

92. Michael Barry (CAN), U.S. Postal Service, 20:54

93. Alessandro Bertolini (I), Alessio, 20:54

94. Thomas Bruun (Dk), CSC, 20:54

95. Gorka Arrizabalaga (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 20:54

96. Eladio Jimenez (Sp), iBanesto.com, 20:54

97. Rafael Casero (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 20:54

98. Juan José De Los Angeles (Sp), Fassa Bortolo, 20:54

99. Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz), Cofidis, 20:54

100. Bingen Fernandez (Sp), Cofidis, 20:54

101. Niki Aebersold (Swi), Phonak, 20:54

102. Iñaki Isasi (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 20:54

103. Nicki Sorensen (Dk), CSC, 20:54

104. Carlos Garcia Quesada (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 20:54

105. Aitor Garmendia (Sp), Bianchi, 20:54

106. Addy Engels (Nl), Rabobank, 20:54

107. Francisco Cerezo (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe, 20:54

108. Serguei Ivanov (Rus), Fassa Bortolo, 20:54

109. Cristian Moreni (I), Alessio, 20:54

110. Karsten Kroon (Nl), Rabobank, 20:54

111. Benoit Joachim (Lux), U.S. Postal Service, 20:54

112. Juan Fuentes (Sp), Saeco, 20:54

113. Gianluca Sironi (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 20:54

114. Mikel Pradera (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 21:48

115. Angel Vicioso (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 21:48

116. Filippo Simeoni (I), Domina Vacanze, 22:07

117. Francisco Cabello (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 25:34

118. Tom Boonen (B), Quick Step-Davitamon, 25:34

119. Stefano Casagranda (I), Alessio, 25:34

120. Matteo Tosatto (I), Fassa Bortolo, 25:34

121. Igor Pugaci (MDA), Saeco, 25:34

122. Bobby Julich (USA), Telekom, 25:34

123. Alessandro Petacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo, 25:34

124. Germán Nieto (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 25:34

125. Paulo Barroso (P), Milaneza – MSS, 25:34

126. Angelo Furlan (I), Alessio, 25:34

127. Gonzalo Bayarri (Sp), Phonak, 25:34

128. Ronald Mutsaars (Nl), Rabobank, 25:34

129. Pietro Zucconi (Swi), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 25:34

130. Steven De Jongh (Nl), Rabobank, 25:34

131. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 25:34

132. Floyd Landis (USA), U.S. Postal Service, 25:34

133. Alberto Vinale (I), Alessio, 25:34

134. Ivan Herrero (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe, 25:34

135. Gustavo Otero (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe, 25:34

136. Francisco Gutierrez (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe, 25:34

137. Unai Etxebarria (Vz), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 25:34

138. Thorsten Rund (G), Bianchi, 25:34

139. Rubens Bertogliati (Swi), Lampre, 25:34

140. Pedro Horrillo (Sp), Quick Step-Davitamon, 25:34

141. Michael Sandstod (Dk), CSC, 25:34

142. José Luis Arrieta (Sp), iBanesto.com, 25:34

143. Jörg Jaksche (G), ONCE – Eroski, 25:34

144. José Luis Rubiera (Sp), U.S. Postal Service, 25:34

145. David De La Fuente (Sp), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 25:34

146. Matthew White (Aus), U.S. Postal Service, 25:34

147. Fabrizio Guidi (I), Bianchi, 25:34

148. Max Van Heeswijk (Nl), U.S. Postal Service, 25:34

149. Raphael Schweda (G), Bianchi, 25:34

150. Pablo Lastras (Sp), iBanesto.com, 25:34

151. Jan Boven (Nl), Rabobank, 25:34

152. José Maestre (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 25:34

153. Guido Trenti (USA), Fassa Bortolo, 25:34

154. Jesus Maria Manzano (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 25:34

155. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Rabobank, 25:34

156. Gianpaolo Mondini (I), Domina Vacanze, 25:34

157. Daniele Righi (I), Lampre, 25:34

158. Oscar Laguna (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 25:34

159. Patrick Calcagni (Swi), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 25:34

160. José Garcia Acosta (Sp), iBanesto.com, 25:34

161. Cesar Garcia Calvo (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe, 25:34

162. Giovanni Lombardi (I), Domina Vacanze, 25:34

163. Alexandre Usov (Blr), Phonak, 26:00

Overall Results
1. Isidro Nozal (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 54:13:10

2. Igor Glez. Galdeano (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 3:03

3. Roberto Heras (Sp), U.S. Postal Service, 3:09

4. Alejandro Valverde (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 5:00

5. Manuel Beltran (Sp), U.S. Postal Service, 5:16

6. Francisco Mancebo (Sp), iBanesto.com, 6:27

7. Michael Rasmussen (Dk), Rabobank, 7:34

8. Luis Perez (Sp), Cofidis, 8:51

9. Unai Osa (Sp), iBanesto.com, 9:02

10. Felix Cardenas (Col), Labarca-2 Cafe, 9:28

11. Santos Gonzalez (Sp), Domina Vacanze, 10:41

12. Michele Scarponi (I), Domina Vacanze, 11:25

13. Oscar Sevilla (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 12:08

14. Marcos Serrano (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 13:30

15. Félix Garcia Casas (Sp), Bianchi, 14:57

16. Txema Del Olmo (Sp), Milaneza – MSS, 15:08

17. Iker Flores (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 17:44

18. Oscar Pereiro (Sp), Phonak, 18:13

19. Dario Frigo (I), Fassa Bortolo, 24:30

20. Guido Trentin (I), Cofidis, 29:15

21. José Jufre (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 33:07

22. Iñigo Cuesta (Sp), Cofidis, 40:59

23. Leonardo Piepoli (I), iBanesto.com, 45:56

24. Manuel Calvente (Sp), CSC, 48:01

25. Aitor Osa (Sp), iBanesto.com, 51:38

26. Joaquin Rodriguez (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 55:07

27. Gonçalo Amorim (P), Milaneza – MSS, 55:09

28. José Gutierrez (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 57:47

29. Carlos Sastre (Sp), CSC, 59:40

30. Christian Werner (G), Telekom, 59:53

31. Joan Horrach (Sp), Milaneza – MSS, 1:01:55

32. Alberto Martinez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 1:03:09

33. David Etxebarria (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 1:04:56

34. Constantino Zaballa (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 1:08:13

35. Klaus MÖller (Dk), Milaneza – MSS, 1:08:21

36. Daniel Atienza (Sp), Cofidis, 1:09:38

37. Pedro Cardoso (P), Milaneza – MSS, 1:09:57

38. Gorka Gonzalez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 1:12:39

39. Jurgen Van Goolen (B), Quick Step-Davitamon, 1:13:14

40. Kyryl Pospyeyev (Ukr), Domina Vacanze, 1:13:18

41. Miguel Martin Perdiguero (Sp), Domina Vacanze, 1:15:16

42. Carlos Torrent (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 1:24:19

43. Eladio Jimenez (Sp), iBanesto.com, 1:26:15

44. David Latasa (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 1:29:12

45. Jose Luis Rebollo (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 1:38:33

46. Juan Miguel Mercado (Sp), iBanesto.com, 1:42:21

47. Benjamín Noval (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 1:43:17

48. Renato Silva (P), Milaneza – MSS, 1:43:46

49. David CaÑada (Sp), Quick Step-Davitamon, 1:44:46

50. José Luis Martinez (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 1:45:12

51. Santiago Perez (Sp), Phonak, 1:45:28

52. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Rabobank, 1:45:54

53. Volodymir Gustov (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo, 1:46:27

54. Denis Lunghi (I), Alessio, 1:47:23

55. David Lopez (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe, 1:47:30

56. Peter Luttenberger (A), CSC, 1:49:03

57. Juan Manuel Garate (Sp), Lampre, 1:49:24

58. Jorge Ferrio (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 1:50:54

59. Kurt Van De Wouwer (B), Quick Step-Davitamon, 1:52:32

60. Cristian Moreni (I), Alessio, 1:52:43

61. Gorka Gerrikagoitia (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 1:52:46

62. Francisco Vila (Sp), Lampre, 1:52:51

63. Patrick Sinkewitz (G), Quick Step-Davitamon, 1:53:01

64. Mario Aerts (B), Telekom, 1:53:23

65. Pablo Lastras (Sp), iBanesto.com, 1:53:29

66. Unai Etxebarria (Vz), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 1:57:40

67. Fabian Jeker (Swi), Milaneza – MSS, 1:58:37

68. Carlos Garcia Quesada (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 1:59:07

69. Domingo Sanchez (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 2:01:46

70. Michael Barry (CAN), U.S. Postal Service, 2:03:07

71. Santiago Blanco (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 2:04:24

72. Benoit Joachim (Lux), U.S. Postal Service, 2:04:30

73. Torsten Hiekmann (G), Telekom, 2:05:12

74. David Navas (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 2:07:20

75. Carlos Golbano (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 2:08:20

76. Roberto Laiseka (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 2:08:43

77. José Luis Rubiera (Sp), U.S. Postal Service, 2:08:45

78. Francisco José Lara (Sp), Bianchi, 2:08:47

79. Angelo Lopeboselli (I), Cofidis, 2:08:58

80. Bingen Fernandez (Sp), Cofidis, 2:10:08

81. Rafael Casero (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 2:10:46

82. Bert Grabsch (G), Phonak, 2:10:52

83. Angel Edo (Sp), Milaneza – MSS, 2:11:07

84. Erik Zabel (G), Telekom, 2:11:07

85. Floyd Landis (USA), U.S. Postal Service, 2:12:27

86. Angel Vicioso (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 2:13:12

87. Joaquin Lopez (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 2:15:57

88. Nicki Sorensen (Dk), CSC, 2:16:20

89. Fabrizio Guidi (I), Bianchi, 2:21:15

90. Francisco Cerezo (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe, 2:21:34

91. Giovanni Lombardi (I), Domina Vacanze, 2:21:47

92. Bram Tankink (Nl), Quick Step-Davitamon, 2:22:22

93. Mariano Piccoli (I), Lampre, 2:24:03

94. Beat Zberg (Swi), Rabobank, 2:24:50

95. Tom Boonen (B), Quick Step-Davitamon, 2:25:46

96. Iñaki Isasi (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 2:26:21

97. José Luis Arrieta (Sp), iBanesto.com, 2:27:32

98. Stephan Schreck (G), Telekom, 2:28:36

99. Gorka Arrizabalaga (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 2:29:03

100. Raphael Schweda (G), Bianchi, 2:29:07

101. José Garcia Acosta (Sp), iBanesto.com, 2:29:08

102. Antonio Tauler (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 2:30:12

103. Cesar Garcia Calvo (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe, 2:31:11

104. Jesus Maria Manzano (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 2:32:46

105. Nacor Burgos (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 2:33:04

106. Juan José De Los Angeles (Sp), Fassa Bortolo, 2:33:13

107. Francisco Cabello (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 2:33:47

108. Alessandro Bertolini (I), Alessio, 2:35:30

109. David Millar (GB), Cofidis, 2:36:19

110. Addy Engels (Nl), Rabobank, 2:36:25

111. Oscar Laguna (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 2:36:45

112. Serguei Ivanov (Rus), Fassa Bortolo, 2:36:57

113. Giampaolo Cheula (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 2:38:03

114. Sven Montgomery (Swi), Fassa Bortolo, 2:38:06

115. Steffan Wesemann (G), Telekom, 2:38:12

116. Bobby Julich (USA), Telekom, 2:39:34

117. Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz), Cofidis, 2:39:36

118. Gustavo Otero (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe, 2:41:44

119. Pedro Horrillo (Sp), Quick Step-Davitamon, 2:42:14

120. Jan Hruska (Cz), ONCE – Eroski, 2:44:02

121. Pedro Diaz Lobato (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 2:44:11

122. Aitor Garmendia (Sp), Bianchi, 2:44:33

123. Karsten Kroon (Nl), Rabobank, 2:44:48

124. Alessandro Petacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo, 2:45:24

125. Mikel Pradera (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 2:46:03

126. Patrick Calcagni (Swi), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 2:47:12

127. Ivan Herrero (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe, 2:48:29

128. Jörg Jaksche (G), ONCE – Eroski, 2:49:28

129. Daniele Righi (I), Lampre, 2:50:31

130. Gianpaolo Mondini (I), Domina Vacanze, 2:52:01

131. Thorsten Rund (G), Bianchi, 2:52:10

132. Matthew White (Aus), U.S. Postal Service, 2:52:19

133. Pietro Zucconi (Swi), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 2:53:04

134. Simone Masciarelli (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 2:53:27

135. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 2:53:33

136. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Rabobank, 2:53:53

137. Juan Fuentes (Sp), Saeco, 2:54:01

138. Gianluca Sironi (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 2:57:50

139. Paulo Barroso (P), Milaneza – MSS, 2:58:50

140. Simone Bertoletti (I), Lampre, 2:59:10

141. Bekim Christensen (Dk), CSC, 3:00:05

142. Jan Boven (Nl), Rabobank, 3:00:18

143. Steven De Jongh (Nl), Rabobank, 3:02:11

144. Max Van Heeswijk (Nl), U.S. Postal Service, 3:03:02

145. Filippo Simeoni (I), Domina Vacanze, 3:03:29

146. Matteo Tosatto (I), Fassa Bortolo, 3:03:57

147. Niki Aebersold (Swi), Phonak, 3:04:01

148. Alexandre Usov (Blr), Phonak, 3:05:44

149. Ronald Mutsaars (Nl), Rabobank, 3:08:06

150. Angelo Furlan (I), Alessio, 3:10:09

151. Christian Pepoli (I), Saeco, 3:10:16

152. Thomas Bruun (Dk), CSC, 3:12:19

153. Germán Nieto (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 3:13:29

154. Guido Trenti (USA), Fassa Bortolo, 3:14:26

155. Michael Sandstod (Dk), CSC, 3:16:27

156. David De La Fuente (Sp), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 3:16:34

157. Alberto Vinale (I), Alessio, 3:17:32

158. Gonzalo Bayarri (Sp), Phonak, 3:19:50

159. Rubens Bertogliati (Swi), Lampre, 3:21:18

160. Francisco Gutierrez (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe, 3:22:22

161. Igor Pugaci (MDA), Saeco, 3:25:52

162. José Maestre (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 3:57:13

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