By VeloNews Interactive wire
Spaniard Carlos Sastre of ONCE won the 154km third stage of the Vuelta a Burgos on Wednesday in San Juan del Monte, Spain. Juan Miguel Mercado (iBanesto.com) retained the overall lead, ahead of U.S. Postal Service’s José-Luis Rubiera.
Wednesday’s stage from Briviesca to San Juan del Monte finished with a 4km climb, with the attacks starting from the base of the hill. Spaniards Santos Gonzalez and Francisco Cerezo tried in vain, before Belgian David Bruylandts gained a lead of a few dozen meters.
Bruylandts finally cracked about 400 meters from the finish, where he was passed first by Mapei’s Paolo Lanfranchi, and then by Sastre, who then passed the Italian and went clear to the finish. Kelme’s Oscar Sevilla took third, followed by Eladio Jimenez (iBanesto.com) and American David Clinger. Postal’s Levi Leipheimer finished 10th, and holds down sixth place overall.
1. Carlos Sastre (Sp), ONCE-Eroski, 154km in 3:30:07; 2. Paolo Lanfranchi (I), Mapei-Quick Step, at 0:04; 3. Oscar Sevilla (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca; 4. Eladio Jimenez (Sp), iBanesto.com; 5. David Clinger (USA), Festina; 6. Juan Miguel Mercado (Sp), iBanesto.com; 7. Mario Aerts (B), Lotto-Adecco; 8. Fernando Escartin (Sp), Coast; 9. Peter Luttenberger (A), Tacconi-Vini Caldirola, all s.t.;
19. Richard Virenque (F), Domo-Farm Frites, at 0:14; 53. Roberto Heras (Sp), U.S. Postal Service, at 1:24; 67. Lance Armstrong (USA), U.S. Postal Service, at 1:36; 96. Marco Pantani (I), Mercatone Uno, at 4:08;
1. Mercado; 2. José-Luis Rubiera (Sp), U.S. Postal Service, at 0:17; 3. Jimenez, at 0:18; 4. Sevilla, at 0:25; 5. Escartin, at 0:50; 6. Leipheimer, at 0:57; 7. Felix Cardenas (Col), Kelme-Costa Blanca, at 1:07; 8. Felix Garcia Casas (Sp), Festina, at 1:09; 9. Sastre, at 1:22; 10. Gerhard Trampusch (A), Telekom, at 1:29;
27. Virenque, at 2:56; 48. Heras, at 5:18; 64. Armstrong, at 7:47; 86. Pantani, at 10:46.