He’s still got it: Zabel wins one at the Vuelta

Erik Zabel might not be as fast as he used to be, but the Telekom veteran still got around the man who is regarded as the peloton’s fastest these days to win Monday´s 10th stage of the Vuelta a España. Fassa Bortolo´s Alessandro Petacchi delivered on his promise to get through the Pyrénées and almost rewarded his team with his third Vuelta victory, but Zabel had his own plans. After Fassa and ONCE worked hard to reel in a six-man break early in the race and control a frenetic final 10km, Petacchi shot to the line with 400 meters to go up a slightly rising finish into Sabadell, a Barcelona

By Andrew Hood

Taking care of business... no flash, no signals, just a win.

Taking care of business… no flash, no signals, just a win.

Photo: AFP

Erik Zabel might not be as fast as he used to be, but the Telekom veteran still got around the man who is regarded as the peloton’s fastest these days to win Monday´s 10th stage of the Vuelta a España.

Fassa Bortolo´s Alessandro Petacchi delivered on his promise to get through the Pyrénées and almost rewarded his team with his third Vuelta victory, but Zabel had his own plans.

After Fassa and ONCE worked hard to reel in a six-man break early in the race and control a frenetic final 10km, Petacchi shot to the line with 400 meters to go up a slightly rising finish into Sabadell, a Barcelona suburb.

Did I really beat him?

Did I really beat him?

Photo: Graham Watson

The German sprint ace came around his nemesis with 200 meters to go, grabbed the lead and earned his fourth career Vuelta victory. Bianchi´s Fabrizio Guidi was third while American Fred Rodriguez came through to claim fourth.

“It’s almost like a miracle,” Zabel joked about beating the seemingly invincible Petacchi. “I knew the finish from racing here at Semana Catalana and I knew there was a slight rise, so I used that to my advantage. I will keep racing to try to win stages in this Vuelta.”

Meanwhile, ONCE´s Isidro Nozal was happy to leave behind the Pyrénées and survived a windy nervous stage to retain the overall leader´s jersey.

No rest for the weary
After three arduous summit finishes in a row, the peloton showed no signs of slowing for the 194km push from Andorra south toward Barcelona. It was yet another sunny day, but strong tempests were blowing hard from the northeast that pushed the peloton along at a brisk clip. In the opening hours, average speeds neared the 50kph mark.

“These stages you think you can relax a little bit, but you saw how nervous it was. There´s always tension in any stage,” said ONCE´s Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano, who retained his second-place position behind teammate Nozal. “We´re going to have a lot of wind the next few days, so there’s no relaxing. You can lose the Vuelta on any day.”

Petacchi, meanwhile, promised he’ll make it to Madrid with the points jersey and made a big demonstration Monday that he’s serious about that pledge, winning the first intermediate sprint and taking second at the third. Along with his second-place stage points, the Italian jumped back into the points jersey (which, in the Vuelta, looks much like the best climber´s polka-dot jersey of the Tour de France).

Six riders jumped away after the first points sprint and held about a three minute lead through the middle of the race. In the break were: Guidi, Fabian Jeker (Milaneza-MSS), David Etxebarria (Euskaltel) Cristian Moreni (Alessio), Juan Miguel Mercado ( and Oscar Sevilla (Kelme).

Sevilla and Mercado are two riders hoping for more in the second half of the Vuelta. Sevilla has struggled with his form and the aftereffects of a crash, while Mercado has been zapped with a cold.

“I wasn´t as good as I wanted to be in the Pyrénées, but the team is fighting for a victory,” said Mercado, who will race next year with Quick Step. “I am feeling better now and will be ever fresher after the rest day. We are heading toward my region and I hope to win something for my fans and the team.”

Fassa and ONCE collaborated to check the move with about 30km to go, perhaps a little too early to allow several riders jump away coming into the finale that saw several attacks. Rabobank´s Karsten Kroon went, quickly followed by teammate Beat Zberg and Cesar Garcia Calvo (La Barca). Garcia Calvo — known as the “Wild Boar of Bierzo” — made the most of his moment in the sun, but the move was reeled in.

U.S. Postal´s George Hincapie shot off the front with Igor Astarloa (Saeco) and Luis Perez (Cofidis) and looked to have chances of staying away. The presence of Perez, 11th at 4:25, assured a quick death to the move.

Nozal in the driver´s seat
The Vuelta peloton (now down to 170 as ONCE´s Jose Azevedo and Saeco Antonio Bucciero both abandoned Monday) enjoys its first of two rest days Tuesday.

ONCE´s Nozal-Galdeano duo chugged through the Pyrénées unchallenged and entered Monday´s transition stage firmly in control of the race. Nozal has been so strong since winning the Zaragoza time trial that many now pick him as the man to beat as the Vuelta hits the mid-way point.

ONCE sport director Manolo Saiz said as much before the start of the stage and said Nozal will now be given more protection. Nozal did journeyman work throughout the Pyrénées yet was strong enough to retain his comfortable hold on the race leader´s golden jersey.

“Little by little I am feeling more confident. Getting through the Pyrénées was very important,” said Nozal, who refuses to publicly announce his intentions. “Tomorrow I will think about the rest day and then take it one day at a time.”

With a string of rolling transition stages leading to Friday´s 53.3km time trial at Albacete, all eyes will be on defending champion Aitor Gonzalez to see if he can continue on his upward trajectory.

After a slow start, the Fassa Bortolo rider rode impressively through the Pyrénées and is poised to make a podium run if he can deliver a strong ride in Albacete.

“Right now I see Nozal as the favorite because he can ride strong in the mountains as well as time trial,” said Gonzalez, eighth at four minutes back. “But everyone can have a bad day and we´ll see what happens at Pandera and Sierra Nevada. I am going to try to finish as high as I can.”

U.S. Postal´s Manuel Beltran (third at 2:01 back) and 2000 champion Robeto Heras (fifth at 3:28 back) need to limit their losses in the time trial. Heras especially will have all the pressure to attack on the short but steep La Pandera climb at Stage 15 and the long, grinding summit finish at Sierra Nevada at Stage 16.

U.S. Postal sport director is realistic about what challenges lie ahead: “Nozal is now the big favorite for this Vuelta. The only time he lost time in the Pyrénées was at Cauterets and that was because he had to work for Igor. Where can Heras attack now? In the Pandera and Sierra Nevada are it.”

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Stage Results
Note: –North American riders are listed in bold and riders on North American registered teams are underlined.
1. Erik Zabel (G), Telekom, 4:10:51

2. Alessandro Petacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo

3. Fabrizio Guidi (I), Bianchi

4. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Sidermec Vini Caldirola

5. Tom Boonen (B), Quick Step-Davitamon

6. Alejandro Valverde (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca

7. Angel Edo (Sp), Milaneza – MSS

8. Carlos Torrent (Sp), ALM

9. Alexandre Usov (Blr), Phonak, all s.t.

10. Oscar Pereiro (Sp), Phonak, at 0:03

11. Gorka Gerrikagoitia (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

12. Unai Osa (Sp),

13. Gianpaolo Mondini (I), Domina Vacanze – Elitron

14. Pablo Lastras (Sp),

15. Ivan Herrero (Sp), L2C

16. Michael Rasmussen (Dk), Rabobank

17. Constantino Zaballa (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca

18. Luis Perez (Sp), Cofidis

19. Mariano Piccoli (I), Lampre

20. Serguei Ivanov (Rus), Fassa Bortolo

21. Isidro Nozal (Sp), ONCE – Eroski

22. Dario Frigo (I), Fassa Bortolo

23. Alberto Martinez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

24. Igor Glez. Galdeano (Sp), ONCE – Eroski

25. Manuel Beltran (Sp), U.S. Postal Service

26. Francisco Mancebo (Sp),

27. Gorka Gonzalez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

28. Aitor Gonzalez (Sp), Fassa Bortolo

29. Daniele Righi (I), Lampre

30. Nacor Burgos (Sp), CRF

31. Angelo Furlan (I), Alessio

32. Santos Gonzalez (Sp), Domina Vacanze – Elitron

33. Jorge Ferrio (Sp), ALM

34. George Hincapie (USA), U.S. Postal Service

35. Felix Cardenas (Col), L2C

36. Denis Lunghi (I), Alessio

37. Roberto Heras (Sp), U.S. Postal Service

38. Patrick Calcagni (Swi), Sidermec Vini Caldirola

39. Santiago Perez (Sp), Phonak

40. Domingo Sanchez (Sp), ALM

41. Aitor Osa (Sp),

42. Giovanni Lombardi (I), Domina Vacanze – Elitron

43. Michele Scarponi (I), Domina Vacanze – Elitron

44. Oscar Sevilla (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca

45. Miguel Martin Perdiguero (Sp), Domina Vacanze – Elitron

46. José Luis Arrieta (Sp),

47. Marcos Serrano (Sp), ONCE – Eroski

48. Txema Del Olmo (Sp), Milaneza – MSS

49. Matthew White (Aus), U.S. Postal Service

50. Gonçalo Amorim (P), Milaneza – MSS

51. Bert Grabsch (G), Phonak

52. José Jufre (Sp), CRF

53. Benjamín Noval (Sp), CRF

54. Pedro Cardoso (P), Milaneza – MSS

55. Peter Luttenberger (A), CSC

56. Bingen Fernandez (Sp), Cofidis

57. Joaquin Rodriguez (Sp), ONCE – Eroski

58. Michael Barry (Can), U.S. Postal Service

59. Christian Werner (G), Telekom

60. Floyd Landis (USA), U.S. Postal Service

61. Raphael Schweda (G), Bianchi

62. Iker Flores (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

63. Juan Manuel Garate (Sp), Lampre

64. Carlos Sastre (Sp), CSC

65. Nicki Sorensen (Dk), CSC

66. Guido Trentin (I), Cofidis

67. Kyryl Pospyeyev (Ukr), Domina Vacanze – Elitron

68. Félix Garcia Casas (Sp), Bianchi

69. Max Van Heeswijk (Nl), U.S. Postal Service

70. José Gutierrez (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca

71. Peter Farazjin (B), Cofidis

72. Jurgen Van Goolen (B), Quick Step-Davitamon

73. David CaÑada (Sp), Quick Step-Davitamon

74. Mario Aerts (B), Telekom

75. Alessandro Bertolini (I), Alessio, all s.t.

76. Guido Trenti (USA), Fassa Bortolo, at 0:17

77. Angel Vicioso (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, s.t.

78. Iñigo Cuesta (Sp), Cofidis, at 0:22

79. Renato Silva (P), Milaneza – MSS, s.t.

80. Matteo Tosatto (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 0:25

81. Juan Fuentes (Sp), Saeco, at 0:35

82. Manuel Calvente (Sp), CSC, at 0:39

83. Bram Tankink (Nl), Quick Step-Davitamon, s.t.

84. Addy Engels (Nl), Rabobank, at 0:41

85. David Navas (Sp), CRF

86. Jörg Jaksche (G), ONCE – Eroski

87. David Lopez (Sp), L2C

88. Igor Astarloa (Sp), Saeco

89. Benoit Joachim (Lux), U.S. Postal Service

90. Ronald Mutsaars (Nl), Rabobank, all s.t.

91. David Etxebarria (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 0:48

92. David De La Fuente (Sp), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, at 0:55

93. Beat Zberg (Swi), Rabobank, 1:13

94. Stephan Schreck (G), Telekom, 1:18

95. Steffan Wesemann (G), Telekom, 1:18

96. Niki Aebersold (Swi), Phonak, 1:46

97. Cristian Moreni (I), Alessio, 1:47

98. Michael Sandstod (Dk), CSC, 2:40

99. Francisco Cabello (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 2:40

100. Christian Pepoli (I), Saeco, 2:40

101. Paulo Barroso (P), Milaneza – MSS, 2:40

102. Jose Luis Rebollo (Sp), CRF, 2:40

103. Francisco Cerezo (Sp), L2C, 2:40

104. Juan José De Los Angeles (Sp), Fassa Bortolo, 2:40

105. Kurt Van De Wouwer (B), Quick Step-Davitamon, 2:40

106. Oscar Laguna (Sp), CRF, 2:40

107. Daniel Atienza (Sp), Cofidis, 2:40

108. Filippo Simeoni (I), Domina Vacanze – Elitron, 2:40

109. Joan Horrach (Sp), Milaneza – MSS, 2:40

110. Rafael Casero (Sp), ALM, 2:40

111. Germán Nieto (Sp), CRF, 2:40

112. Antonio Tauler (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 2:40

113. Bobby Julich (USA), Telekom, 2:40

114. Pedro Horrillo (Sp), Quick Step-Davitamon, 2:40

115. Klaus MÖller (Dk), Milaneza – MSS, 2:40

116. Torsten Hiekmann (G), Telekom, 2:40

117. Simone Bertoletti (I), Lampre, 2:40

118. Bekim Christensen (Dk), CSC, 2:40

119. Gustavo Otero (Sp), L2C, 2:40

120. José Luis Martinez (Sp), ALM, 2:40

121. Pietro Zucconi (Swi), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 2:40

122. Fabian Jeker (Swi), Milaneza – MSS, 2:40

123. Steven De Jongh (Nl), Rabobank, 2:40

124. Leonardo Piepoli (I),, 2:40

125. Patrick Sinkewitz (G), Quick Step-Davitamon, 2:40

126. Cesar Garcia Calvo (Sp), L2C, 2:40

127. Santiago Blanco (Sp), CRF, 2:40

128. Francisco Vila (Sp), Lampre, 2:40

129. Jesus Maria Manzano (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 2:40

130. Carlos Golbano (Sp), ALM, 2:40

131. Eladio Jimenez (Sp),, 2:40

132. José Garcia Acosta (Sp),, 2:40

133. Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz), Cofidis, 2:40

134. Thorsten Rund (G), Bianchi, 2:40

135. Thomas Bruun (Dk), CSC, 2:40

136. Gianluca Sironi (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 2:40

137. Jan Boven (Nl), Rabobank, 2:40

138. Iñaki Isasi (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 2:40

139. Gorka Arrizabalaga (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 2:40

140. David Latasa (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 2:40

141. Carlos Garcia Quesada (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 2:40

142. Francisco José Lara (Sp), Bianchi, 2:40

143. Giampaolo Cheula (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 2:40

144. Wladimir Belli (I), Lampre, 2:40

145. Angel Casero (Sp), Bianchi, 2:40

146. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Rabobank, 2:40

147. Aitor Garmendia (Sp), Bianchi, 2:40

148. José Luis Rubiera (Sp), U.S. Postal Service, 2:40

149. Karsten Kroon (Nl), Rabobank, 2:40

150. Unai Etxebarria (Vz), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 2:40

151. Juan Miguel Mercado (Sp),, 2:40

152. Stefano Casagranda (I), Alessio, 2:40

153. Gonzalo Bayarri (Sp), Phonak, 2:40

154. Volodymir Gustov (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo, 2:40

155. Roberto Laiseka (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 2:40

156. Rubens Bertogliati (Swi), Lampre, 2:40

157. Jan Hruska (Cz), ONCE – Eroski, 3:50

158. Alberto Vinale (I), Alessio, 3:53

159. David Millar (GB), Cofidis, 3:55

160. Francisco Gutierrez (Sp), L2C, 4:16

161. Mikel Pradera (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 4:16

162. Igor Pugaci (MDA), Saeco, 5:16

163. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Rabobank, 5:19

164. Angelo Lopeboselli (I), Cofidis, 5:35

165. José Javier Gomez Gozalo (Sp), L2C, 8:40

166. Pedro Diaz Lobato (Sp), ALM, 8:40

167. Joaquin Lopez (Sp), ALM, 8:40

168. José Maestre (Sp), CRF, 8:40

169. Simone Masciarelli (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 11:36

170. Sven Montgomery (Swi), Fassa Bortolo, 11:36

Overall Standings after Stage 10
1. Isidro Nozal (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 33:57:41

2. Igor Glez. Galdeano (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 1:48

3. Manuel Beltran (Sp), U.S. Postal Service, 2:01

4. Dario Frigo (I), Fassa Bortolo, 3:05

5. Roberto Heras (Sp), U.S. Postal Service, 3:28

6. Francisco Mancebo (Sp),, 3:40

7. Alejandro Valverde (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 3:57

8. Aitor Gonzalez (Sp), Fassa Bortolo, 4:00

9. Michael Rasmussen (Dk), Rabobank, 4:04

10. Unai Osa (Sp),, 4:14

11. Luis Perez (Sp), Cofidis, 4:25

12. Michele Scarponi (I), Domina Vacanze – Elitron, 5:52

13. Felix Cardenas (Col), L2C, 6:21

14. Santos Gonzalez (Sp), Domina Vacanze – Elitron, 8:56

15. Marcos Serrano (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 9:10

16. Txema Del Olmo (Sp), Milaneza – MSS, 9:18

17. Félix Garcia Casas (Sp), Bianchi, 9:18

18. Iker Flores (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 10:02

19. Oscar Sevilla (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 10:40

20. Oscar Pereiro (Sp), Phonak, 13:00

21. Guido Trentin (I), Cofidis, 13:20

22. José Jufre (Sp), CRF, 20:10

23. Iñigo Cuesta (Sp), Cofidis, 25:26

24. Leonardo Piepoli (I),, 25:54

25. Manuel Calvente (Sp), CSC, 26:18

26. Christian Werner (G), Telekom, 30:33

27. José Gutierrez (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 32:20

28. Joaquin Rodriguez (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 32:32

29. Carlos Sastre (Sp), CSC, 34:29

30. Gonçalo Amorim (P), Milaneza – MSS, 35:42

31. David Etxebarria (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 36:06

32. Eladio Jimenez (Sp),, 37:20

33. Joan Horrach (Sp), Milaneza – MSS, 38:15

34. Aitor Osa (Sp),, 39:41

35. Pedro Cardoso (P), Milaneza – MSS, 40:47

36. Constantino Zaballa (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 43:00

37. Wladimir Belli (I), Lampre, 43:33

38. Jurgen Van Goolen (B), Quick Step-Davitamon, 44:30

39. Kyryl Pospyeyev (Ukr), Domina Vacanze – Elitron, 45:39

40. Gorka Gonzalez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 47:25

41. Gorka Gerrikagoitia (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 50:05

42. Daniel Atienza (Sp), Cofidis, 50:48

43. Carlos Torrent (Sp), ALM, 52:27

44. Alberto Martinez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 53:04

45. Miguel Martin Perdiguero (Sp), Domina Vacanze – Elitron, 54:51

46. Klaus MÖller (Dk), Milaneza – MSS, 55:45

47. Juan Manuel Garate (Sp), Lampre, 56:27

48. David Latasa (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 1:02:24

49. Francisco Vila (Sp), Lampre, 1:03:57

50. Cristian Moreni (I), Alessio, 1:04:15

51. Benoit Joachim (Lux), U.S. Postal Service, 1:06:01

52. Peter Luttenberger (A), CSC, 1:07:06

53. Bingen Fernandez (Sp), Cofidis, 1:07:31

54. Carlos Garcia Quesada (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 1:08:26

55. José Luis Martinez (Sp), ALM, 1:08:29

56. Unai Etxebarria (Vz), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 1:10:32

57. Denis Lunghi (I), Alessio, 1:10:42

58. Pablo Lastras (Sp),, 1:11:18

59. David Lopez (Sp), L2C, 1:11:35

60. Peter Farazjin (B), Cofidis, 1:12:31

61. Patrick Sinkewitz (G), Quick Step-Davitamon, 1:12:35

62. Igor Astarloa (Sp), Saeco, 1:12:37

63. Volodymir Gustov (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo, 1:13:57

64. Kurt Van De Wouwer (B), Quick Step-Davitamon, 1:15:03

65. Francisco José Lara (Sp), Bianchi, 1:16:23

66. Carlos Golbano (Sp), ALM, 1:17:02

67. Renato Silva (P), Milaneza – MSS, 1:17:10

68. Rafael Casero (Sp), ALM, 1:18:12

69. Benjamín Noval (Sp), CRF, 1:18:21

70. Jose Luis Rebollo (Sp), CRF, 1:18:28

71. Jorge Ferrio (Sp), ALM, 1:19:43

72. Michael Barry (Can), U.S. Postal Service, 1:20:39

73. José Luis Rubiera (Sp), U.S. Postal Service, 1:20:45

74. George Hincapie (USA), U.S. Postal Service, 1:22:20

75. Joaquin Lopez (Sp), ALM, 1:23:46

76. Santiago Perez (Sp), Phonak, 1:24:56

77. Domingo Sanchez (Sp), ALM, 1:25:01

78. Mario Aerts (B), Telekom, 1:25:21

79. David Navas (Sp), CRF, 1:25:35

80. Floyd Landis (USA), U.S. Postal Service, 1:26:05

81. Jesus Maria Manzano (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 1:26:12

82. Cesar Garcia Calvo (Sp), L2C, 1:26:36

83. Bert Grabsch (G), Phonak, 1:27:13

84. Raphael Schweda (G), Bianchi, 1:27:14

85. Angel Vicioso (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 1:27:47

86. Juan Miguel Mercado (Sp),, 1:28:11

87. Fabrizio Guidi (I), Bianchi, 1:28:44

88. Jan Hruska (Cz), ONCE – Eroski, 1:29:18

89. Angel Casero (Sp), Bianchi, 1:29:56

90. José Luis Arrieta (Sp),, 1:30:19

91. David CaÑada (Sp), Quick Step-Davitamon, 1:30:50

92. Erik Zabel (G), Telekom, 1:32:19

93. Beat Zberg (Swi), Rabobank, 1:33:00

94. Angel Edo (Sp), Milaneza – MSS, 1:33:24

95. Tom Boonen (B), Quick Step-Davitamon, 1:33:42

96. Francisco Cabello (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 1:34:44

97. Jörg Jaksche (G), ONCE – Eroski, 1:34:59

98. Roberto Laiseka (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 1:35:02

99. Gustavo Otero (Sp), L2C, 1:36:01

100. Francisco Cerezo (Sp), L2C, 1:36:15

101. Addy Engels (Nl), Rabobank, 1:36:25

102. Torsten Hiekmann (G), Telekom, 1:38:02

103. Bram Tankink (Nl), Quick Step-Davitamon, 1:38:05

104. José Garcia Acosta (Sp),, 1:38:31

105. Gorka Arrizabalaga (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 1:39:07

106. Fabian Jeker (Swi), Milaneza – MSS, 1:39:12

107. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Rabobank, 1:39:38

108. Mariano Piccoli (I), Lampre, 1:39:43

109. Giovanni Lombardi (I), Domina Vacanze – Elitron, 1:39:54

110. Daniele Righi (I), Lampre, 1:40:34

111. Nicki Sorensen (Dk), CSC, 1:40:40

112. Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz), Cofidis, 1:40:50

113. Stephan Schreck (G), Telekom, 1:41:54

114. Santiago Blanco (Sp), CRF, 1:41:55

115. Patrick Calcagni (Swi), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 1:42:09

116. Aitor Garmendia (Sp), Bianchi, 1:43:26

117. Iñaki Isasi (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 1:43:26

118. Juan José De Los Angeles (Sp), Fassa Bortolo, 1:44:58

119. Pedro Horrillo (Sp), Quick Step-Davitamon, 1:45:29

120. Alexandre Usov (Blr), Phonak, 1:46:06

121. Sven Montgomery (Swi), Fassa Bortolo, 1:46:06

122. Bobby Julich (USA), Telekom, 1:46:28

123. Angelo Lopeboselli (I), Cofidis, 1:46:43

124. Gianpaolo Mondini (I), Domina Vacanze – Elitron, 1:46:52

125. Alessandro Petacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo, 1:47:19

126. Thorsten Rund (G), Bianchi, 1:47:23

127. Max Van Heeswijk (Nl), U.S. Postal Service, 1:47:33

128. Steffan Wesemann (G), Telekom, 1:47:51

129. Matthew White (Aus), U.S. Postal Service, 1:48:04

130. Bekim Christensen (Dk), CSC, 1:48:43

131. Serguei Ivanov (Rus), Fassa Bortolo, 1:48:55

132. Giampaolo Cheula (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 1:49:13

133. Juan Fuentes (Sp), Saeco, 1:49:37

134. Alessandro Bertolini (I), Alessio, 1:49:45

135. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Rabobank, 1:50:11

136. Paulo Barroso (P), Milaneza – MSS, 1:50:34

137. Ivan Herrero (Sp), L2C, 1:50:38

138. Matteo Tosatto (I), Fassa Bortolo, 1:50:49

139. Mikel Pradera (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 1:51:05

140. Steven De Jongh (Nl), Rabobank, 1:51:39

141. Jan Boven (Nl), Rabobank, 1:51:48

142. Antonio Tauler (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 1:53:14

143. Oscar Laguna (Sp), CRF, 1:53:26

144. Guido Trenti (USA), Fassa Bortolo, 1:53:34

145. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 1:54:38

146. Gianluca Sironi (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 1:55:22

147. Karsten Kroon (Nl), Rabobank, 1:56:12

148. Pedro Diaz Lobato (Sp), ALM, 1:56:28

149. Simone Bertoletti (I), Lampre, 1:56:29

150. Filippo Simeoni (I), Domina Vacanze – Elitron, 1:57:57

151. Ronald Mutsaars (Nl), Rabobank, 1:58:34

152. Germán Nieto (Sp), CRF, 1:58:46

153. Simone Masciarelli (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 1:58:59

154. Francisco Gutierrez (Sp), L2C, 1:59:39

155. Angelo Furlan (I), Alessio, 1:59:46

156. Nacor Burgos (Sp), CRF, 2:00:21

157. Pietro Zucconi (Swi), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 2:00:52

158. Alberto Vinale (I), Alessio, 2:01:36

159. David Millar (GB), Cofidis, 2:01:37

160. Thomas Bruun (Dk), CSC, 2:02:29

161. Stefano Casagranda (I), Alessio, 2:02:52

162. Michael Sandstod (Dk), CSC, 2:04:15

163. David De La Fuente (Sp), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 2:04:47

164. Rubens Bertogliati (Swi), Lampre, 2:05:28

165. José Javier Gomez Gozalo (Sp), L2C, 2:07:19

166. Igor Pugaci (MDA), Saeco, 2:07:54

167. Gonzalo Bayarri (Sp), Phonak, 2:08:55

168. Niki Aebersold (Swi), Phonak, 2:11:23

169. Christian Pepoli (I), Saeco, 2:25:36

170. José Maestre (Sp), CRF, 2:37:05