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Vuelta: Another milestone for Petacchi

Alessandro Petacchi just can’t help himself. Even in the sloppy sprint finish at the end of Saturday’s 14th stage, the Fassa Bortolo strong man still had the legs to claim his fourth stage of the Vuelta a España. Giovanni Lombardi (Domina Vacanze) tried to surprise Petacchi with an early sprint, but the Italian surged late to hold off Fred Rodriguez (Caldirola) by a half-bike length to claim victory. “This certainly was the hardest stage to win,” said Petacchi, who came through in 3 hours, 44 minutes, 16 seconds (44.9 kph). “It was a very strange sprint. Lombardi started very early and I

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Petacchi now has four wins in each major tour

By Andrew Hood

Petacchi, just a touch faster than Fast Freddy

Petacchi, just a touch faster than Fast Freddy

Photo: Graham Watson

Alessandro Petacchi just can’t help himself. Even in the sloppy sprint finish at the end of Saturday’s 14th stage, the Fassa Bortolo strong man still had the legs to claim his fourth stage of the Vuelta a España.

Giovanni Lombardi (Domina Vacanze) tried to surprise Petacchi with an early sprint, but the Italian surged late to hold off Fred Rodriguez (Caldirola) by a half-bike length to claim victory.

“This certainly was the hardest stage to win,” said Petacchi, who came through in 3 hours, 44 minutes, 16 seconds (44.9 kph). “It was a very strange sprint. Lombardi started very early and I lost much of the efforts of my team.”

Rodriguez, meanwhile, is inching closer toward winning a stage. After coming into the Vuelta a little off-form due to a pre-race illness, Rodriguez has been active in the sprints after surviving the Pyrénées, finishing fourth in Stage 10 and third in Stage 12.

Aitor Gonzalez gives up and goes home

Aitor Gonzalez gives up and goes home

Photo: Graham Watson

Rodriguez came within a half-bike length of snagging victory. Instead, it was Petacchi who added his fourth Vuelta win to go with his six Giro d’Italia victories and four Tour de France.

“I’m very happy to win this fourth victory,” said Petacchi, who regained the points jersey from Zabel. “It’s been an incredible year, with 23 victories. It will be difficult to repeat it next year.”

Petacchi’s victory will help ease the sting of losing defending Vuelta champion Aitor Gonzalez, who abandoned with illness after suffering through two stages. At 91km, Gonzalez dismounted his bike and retreated inside the Fassa Bortolo team car.

It’s been a disappointing season for the flamboyant Gonzalez, who surprised many with his breakthrough victory in last year’s Vuelta. Although he won a time trial stage at the Giro, he didn’t figure in the overall. He reloaded for the Tour de France, but pulled out in the first week with illness. He showed life in the Pyrénées, but lost time in Thursday’s echelons and figured poorly in Friday’s time trial.

“I’ve had a sore throat for the past few days and I’ve had trouble eating and sleeping. With the lack of sleep, it’s made it difficult to keep racing,” Gonzalez told Spanish TV. “This year has been full of health problems for me.”

La Pandera: Heras’ last chance
ONCE’s Isidro Nozal rode comfortably through the rolling stage to retain the overall leader’s jersey at 3:03 ahead of teammate Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano. The 25-year-old continues to be relaxed despite the growing pressure of wearing the race leader’s jersey.

“Today was more tranquil than yesterday. It came down to a sprint as well expected, so that was good,” Nozal said. “I hope to arrive to Madrid with the jersey. The ‘motor’ is ready for the fight that lies ahead.”

Joachim joined the break

Joachim joined the break

Photo: Graham Watson

Peter Farazjin (Cofidis) didn’t start in Albacete and Gonzalez didn’t finish, leaving 165 riders in the Vuelta. A five-man break that included U.S. Postal’s Benoit Joachim chugged away early, but Fassa Bortolo did enough work to bring it back with about 65km to go. Four more riders tried to slip away in the final 40km, but the race was destined to come down to a sprint with Telekom keeping a lid on things into the finale.

U.S. Postal’s George Hincapie was hot on Lombardi’s wheel in the final sprint and ended up 12th. Hincapie, who overcame an illness in the first part of the Vuelta, said he’s feeling better but Saturday’s sprint wasn’t necessarily in the cards.

“I was helping Roberto (Heras) stay at the front and found myself in good position and tried a little something,” said Hincapie.

Hincapie said the mood at Postal Service is quietly upbeat following Heras’s fantastic time trial Friday, when the 2000 Vuelta champion lost less than two minutes to Nozal to remain the ONCE riders only real threat with a week left in the Vuelta..

While overall victory for Heras remains elusive – Heras is 5:13 behind the ONCE rider – the team expects Heras to shine in Sunday’s summit finish stage at La Pandera.

“Roberto is riding extremely well and hopefully he can make some time tomorrow. It would be nice to win the stage,” Hincapie said. “It’s going to be hard to make up five minutes to Nozal. He really needs to break down.”

Heras admitted it’s going to be difficult, but vowed to keep fighting. Heras couldn’t take any time in three summit finishes in the Pyrénées, stages he criticized as not being hard enough.

The La Pandera finish – while short at 8.3km – includes grades as much as 15 percent. That should be steep enough for Heras, who won there last year.

“We are going to try to cause them some pain in the mountains. There are a lot of time trials in this Vuelta, but I am going to keep fighting until Madrid,” Heras said. “La Pandera is better for me because it’s steeper. I know it well, it’s a climb more for climbers. Nozal must fail for me to have real chances of winning this Vuelta.”

After starting in Valdepeñas, the stage pushes south past olive groves to Jaén, home of fourth-place rider Manuel Beltran (USPS), before the final push to the Sierra de la Pandera. The climbing begins at Jaén at 137km as the course rolls up an unrated climb before hitting the Category 2 Alto de los Villares that tops out at 159.6km.

The opening ramps of the 8.3km La Pandera climb are brutal, with sections as steep as 14 percent in the first kilometer. The climb evens out with 6 percent grades until two sections as steep as 15 percent at 4km and 5.4km, respectively. The climb continues at 7 percent until 7.4km and actually goes downhill for 400 meters before the final 700 meters with a grade of 8 percent to the finish. The average grade for the climb is 6.4 percent.

All eyes will be on U.S. Postal to drive hard to keep the peloton together into Jaén, then it will be Heras vs. Nozal.

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1. Alessandro Petacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo, 3:43:16

2. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Sidermec Vini Caldirola

3. Erik Zabel (G), Telekom

4. Thomas Bruun (Dk), CSC

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

6. Angelo Furlan (I), Alessio

7. Steven De Jongh (Nl), Rabobank

8. Gorka Gonzalez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

9. Angel Edo (Sp), Milaneza – MSS

10. Alberto Vinale (I), Alessio

11. Iñaki Isasi (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

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

13. Francisco Gutierrez (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe

14. Carlos Torrent (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria

15. Simone Masciarelli (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola

16. Alexandre Usov (Blr), Phonak

17. Miguel Martin Perdiguero (Sp), Domina Vacanze

18. Fabrizio Guidi (I), Bianchi

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

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

21. Santos Gonzalez (Sp), Domina Vacanze

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

23. Addy Engels (Nl), Rabobank

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

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

26. Michael Rasmussen (Dk), Rabobank

27. Isidro Nozal (Sp), ONCE – Eroski

28. David De La Fuente (Sp), Sidermec Vini Caldirola

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

30. Cristian Moreni (I), Alessio

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

32. Pablo Lastras (Sp),

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

34. Bert Grabsch (G), Phonak

35. Luis Perez (Sp), Cofidis

36. José Jufre (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada

37. Patrick Calcagni (Swi), Sidermec Vini Caldirola

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

39. Juan Manuel Garate (Sp), Lampre

40. Joan Horrach (Sp), Milaneza – MSS

41. Joaquin Rodriguez (Sp), ONCE – Eroski

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

43. Mariano Piccoli (I), Lampre

44. Angelo Lopeboselli (I), Cofidis

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

46. Unai Osa (Sp),

47. David Etxebarria (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

48. Michele Scarponi (I), Domina Vacanze

49. Oscar Pereiro (Sp), Phonak

50. Angel Vicioso (Sp), ONCE – Eroski

51. Gianluca Sironi (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola

52. Nicki Sorensen (Dk), CSC

53. Kyryl Pospyeyev (Ukr), Domina Vacanze

54. Christian Pepoli (I), Saeco

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

56. Francisco Mancebo (Sp),

57. Ivan Herrero (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe

58. Gianpaolo Mondini (I), Domina Vacanze

59. David Latasa (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca

60. Jorge Ferrio (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria

61. Giovanni Lombardi (I), Domina Vacanze

62. Felix Cardenas (Col), Labarca-2 Cafe

63. Christian Werner (G), Telekom

64. Steffan Wesemann (G), Telekom

65. Alberto Martinez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

66. Pietro Zucconi (Swi), Sidermec Vini Caldirola

67. Guido Trenti (USA), Fassa Bortolo

68. José Luis Arrieta (Sp),

69. Benjamín Noval (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada

70. Félix Garcia Casas (Sp), Bianchi

71. Manuel Calvente (Sp), CSC

72. Beat Zberg (Swi), Rabobank

73. Antonio Tauler (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca

74. Denis Lunghi (I), Alessio

75. Iker Flores (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

76. Stefano Casagranda (I), Alessio

77. Mario Aerts (B), Telekom

78. David Navas (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada

79. Rafael Casero (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria

80. Michael Barry (CAN), U.S. Postal Service

81. Bingen Fernandez (Sp), Cofidis

82. Francisco Cabello (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca

83. Marcos Serrano (Sp), ONCE – Eroski

84. Dario Frigo (I), Fassa Bortolo

85. Guido Trentin (I), Cofidis

86. Bram Tankink (Nl), Quick Step-Davitamon

87. Alessandro Bertolini (I), Alessio

88. Francisco Vila (Sp), Lampre

89. Gorka Gerrikagoitia (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

90. Jesus Maria Manzano (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca

91. Santiago Perez (Sp), Phonak

92. Gorka Arrizabalaga (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

93. Pedro Horrillo (Sp), Quick Step-Davitamon

94. José Luis Rubiera (Sp), U.S. Postal Service

95. Bekim Christensen (Dk), CSC

96. Iñigo Cuesta (Sp), Cofidis

97. Pedro Cardoso (P), Milaneza – MSS

98. Carlos Garcia Quesada (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca

99. Aitor Osa (Sp),

100. Nacor Burgos (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada

101. Renato Silva (P), Milaneza – MSS

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

103. Thorsten Rund (G), Bianchi

104. Niki Aebersold (Swi), Phonak

105. Juan Fuentes (Sp), Saeco

106. Gonçalo Amorim (P), Milaneza – MSS

107. Patrick Sinkewitz (G), Quick Step-Davitamon

108. José Garcia Acosta (Sp),

109. Domingo Sanchez (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, all s.t.

110. Torsten Hiekmann (G), Telekom, at 0:15

111. Jose Luis Rebollo (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, at 0:22

112. Peter Luttenberger (A), CSC, s.t.

113. Paulo Barroso (P), Milaneza – MSS, at 0:26

114. Bobby Julich (USA), Telekom

115. Stephan Schreck (G), Telekom

116. Matteo Tosatto (I), Fassa Bortolo

117. Serguei Ivanov (Rus), Fassa Bortolo, all s.t.

118. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Rabobank, at 0:30

119. David Millar (GB), Cofidis, at 0:33

120. Jörg Jaksche (G), ONCE – Eroski, at 0:33

121. David Lopez (Sp), Labarca-2 Café. At 0:42

122. Filippo Simeoni (I), Domina Vacanze

123. Karsten Kroon (Nl), Rabobank

124. Klaus MÖller (Dk), Milaneza – MSS

125. Daniel Atienza (Sp), Cofidis

126. Sven Montgomery (Swi), Fassa Bortolo

127. Gustavo Otero (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe

128. Carlos Sastre (Sp), CSC

129. Francisco Cerezo (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe

130. Kurt Van De Wouwer (B), Quick Step-Davitamon

131. Oscar Laguna (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada

132. Fabian Jeker (Swi), Milaneza – MSS

133. Juan José De Los Angeles (Sp), Fassa Bortolo

134. Simone Bertoletti (I), Lampre

135. Germán Nieto (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada

136. Juan Miguel Mercado (Sp),

137. Volodymir Gustov (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo

138. Ronald Mutsaars (Nl), Rabobank

139. Rubens Bertogliati (Swi), Lampre

140. Mikel Pradera (Sp), ONCE – Eroski

141. Daniele Righi (I), Lampre

142. Santiago Blanco (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada

143. Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz), Cofidis

144. Raphael Schweda (G), Bianchi

145. Jan Hruska (Cz), ONCE – Eroski

146. Wladimir Belli (I), Lampre

147. Aitor Garmendia (Sp), Bianchi

148. Leonardo Piepoli (I),

149. Gonzalo Bayarri (Sp), Phonak

150. Unai Etxebarria (Vz), Euskaltel-Euskadi

151. Jan Boven (Nl), Rabobank

152. Eladio Jimenez (Sp),

153. Roberto Laiseka (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

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

155. Cesar Garcia Calvo (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe

156. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Rabobank

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

158. José Luis Martinez (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria

159. Giampaolo Cheula (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola

160. Igor Pugaci (MDA), Saeco

161. José Maestre (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, all s.t.

162. Pedro Diaz Lobato (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 1:06

163. Joaquin Lopez (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 1:06

164. Francisco José Lara (Sp), Bianchi, 1:06

165. Michael Sandstod (Dk), CSC, 1:06

Overall after Stage 14
1. Isidro Nozal (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 45:39:48

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

3. Roberto Heras (Sp), U.S. Postal Service, 5:13

4. Manuel Beltran (Sp), U.S. Postal Service, 5:39

5. Francisco Mancebo (Sp),, 7:12

6. Alejandro Valverde (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 7:50

7. Michael Rasmussen (Dk), Rabobank, 8:44

8. Luis Perez (Sp), Cofidis, 8:49

9. Dario Frigo (I), Fassa Bortolo, 8:50

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

11. Santos Gonzalez (Sp), Domina Vacanze, 10:59

12. Michele Scarponi (I), Domina Vacanze, 11:48

13. Felix Cardenas (Col), Labarca-2 Cafe, 12:36

14. Marcos Serrano (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 13:28

15. Oscar Sevilla (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 14:48

16. Félix Garcia Casas (Sp), Bianchi, 15:20

17. Iker Flores (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 16:09

18. Txema Del Olmo (Sp), Milaneza – MSS, 16:32

19. Oscar Pereiro (Sp), Phonak, 17:32

20. Guido Trentin (I), Cofidis, 20:53

21. José Jufre (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 28:24

22. Iñigo Cuesta (Sp), Cofidis, 40:40

23. Gonçalo Amorim (P), Milaneza – MSS, 45:46

24. Manuel Calvente (Sp), CSC, 45:57

25. Joaquin Rodriguez (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 46:38

26. Christian Werner (G), Telekom, 46:56

27. José Gutierrez (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 47:05

28. Leonardo Piepoli (I),, 47:30

29. Aitor Osa (Sp),, 49:35

30. Constantino Zaballa (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 49:54

31. Carlos Sastre (Sp), CSC, 53:06

32. David Etxebarria (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 54:34

33. Gorka Gonzalez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 54:39

34. Joan Horrach (Sp), Milaneza – MSS, 56:41

35. Eladio Jimenez (Sp),, 57:47

36. Alberto Martinez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 58:13

37. Pedro Cardoso (P), Milaneza – MSS, 59:05

38. Jurgen Van Goolen (B), Quick Step-Davitamon, 59:22

39. Kyryl Pospyeyev (Ukr), Domina Vacanze, 1:03:30

40. Carlos Torrent (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 1:07:33

41. Daniel Atienza (Sp), Cofidis, 1:08:42

42. Klaus MÖller (Dk), Milaneza – MSS, 1:08:44

43. David Latasa (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 1:09:48

44. Miguel Martin Perdiguero (Sp), Domina Vacanze, 1:12:05

45. Wladimir Belli (I), Lampre, 1:15:10

46. Unai Etxebarria (Vz), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 1:16:35

47. Peter Luttenberger (A), CSC, 1:16:35

48. Juan Manuel Garate (Sp), Lampre, 1:16:59

49. Pablo Lastras (Sp),, 1:20:21

50. Benoit Joachim (Lux), U.S. Postal Service, 1:23:15

51. Renato Silva (P), Milaneza – MSS, 1:23:49

52. Denis Lunghi (I), Alessio, 1:23:50

53. Gorka Gerrikagoitia (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 1:24:18

54. Francisco Vila (Sp), Lampre, 1:24:23

55. Michael Barry (CAN), U.S. Postal Service, 1:25:55

56. George Hincapie (USA), U.S. Postal Service, 1:26:15

57. Jorge Ferrio (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 1:30:09

58. Floyd Landis (USA), U.S. Postal Service, 1:30:33

59. Volodymir Gustov (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo, 1:30:52

60. Cristian Moreni (I), Alessio, 1:30:56

61. José Luis Rubiera (Sp), U.S. Postal Service, 1:31:40

62. Domingo Sanchez (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 1:32:51

63. Kurt Van De Wouwer (B), Quick Step-Davitamon, 1:32:54

64. Patrick Sinkewitz (G), Quick Step-Davitamon, 1:33:23

65. Mario Aerts (B), Telekom, 1:33:45

66. Carlos Garcia Quesada (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 1:34:11

67. Benjamín Noval (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 1:34:19

68. David Lopez (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe, 1:34:53

69. Angel Vicioso (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 1:35:56

70. Jose Luis Rebollo (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 1:36:14

71. José Luis Martinez (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 1:37:04

72. David CaÑada (Sp), Quick Step-Davitamon, 1:37:32

73. Bingen Fernandez (Sp), Cofidis, 1:37:43

74. Fabrizio Guidi (I), Bianchi, 1:37:58

75. Bert Grabsch (G), Phonak, 1:38:27

76. Erik Zabel (G), Telekom, 1:38:42

77. Tom Boonen (B), Quick Step-Davitamon, 1:39:51

78. Carlos Golbano (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 1:39:52

79. Rafael Casero (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 1:40:30

80. Angel Edo (Sp), Milaneza – MSS, 1:42:39

81. Raphael Schweda (G), Bianchi, 1:43:06

82. Juan Miguel Mercado (Sp),, 1:43:10

83. José Garcia Acosta (Sp),, 1:43:13

84. Santiago Perez (Sp), Phonak, 1:43:39

85. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Rabobank, 1:43:43

86. Cesar Garcia Calvo (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe, 1:45:10

87. José Luis Arrieta (Sp),, 1:46:30

88. Jesus Maria Manzano (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 1:46:51

89. Giovanni Lombardi (I), Domina Vacanze, 1:48:39

90. Francisco José Lara (Sp), Bianchi, 1:49:09

91. Joaquin Lopez (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 1:49:21

92. Nicki Sorensen (Dk), CSC, 1:50:47

93. Mariano Piccoli (I), Lampre, 1:51:38

94. Francisco Cabello (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 1:52:45

95. Torsten Hiekmann (G), Telekom, 1:53:05

96. David Navas (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 1:53:49

97. Iñaki Isasi (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 1:53:56

98. Alessandro Petacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo, 1:55:15

99. Francisco Cerezo (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe, 1:56:01

100. Stephan Schreck (G), Telekom, 1:56:11

101. Angelo Lopeboselli (I), Cofidis, 1:56:26

102. Gorka Arrizabalaga (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 1:56:38

103. Fabian Jeker (Swi), Milaneza – MSS, 1:57:20

104. Addy Engels (Nl), Rabobank, 1:57:55

105. Jan Hruska (Cz), ONCE – Eroski, 1:58:33

106. Bram Tankink (Nl), Quick Step-Davitamon, 1:58:47

107. Beat Zberg (Swi), Rabobank, 1:59:20

108. Patrick Calcagni (Swi), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 2:01:17

109. Steffan Wesemann (G), Telekom, 2:01:33

110. Matthew White (Aus), U.S. Postal Service, 2:02:10

111. Ivan Herrero (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe, 2:02:28

112. Bobby Julich (USA), Telekom, 2:02:29

113. Santiago Blanco (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 2:03:05

114. Aitor Garmendia (Sp), Bianchi, 2:03:12

115. Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz), Cofidis, 2:03:14

116. Daniele Righi (I), Lampre, 2:03:18

117. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 2:03:24

118. Jörg Jaksche (G), ONCE – Eroski, 2:03:33

119. Oscar Laguna (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 2:03:37

120. Serguei Ivanov (Rus), Fassa Bortolo, 2:04:32

121. Juan José De Los Angeles (Sp), Fassa Bortolo, 2:04:45

122. Thorsten Rund (G), Bianchi, 2:04:57

123. Pedro Horrillo (Sp), Quick Step-Davitamon, 2:05:09

124. Alessandro Bertolini (I), Alessio, 2:05:12

125. Giampaolo Cheula (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 2:05:38

126. Gianpaolo Mondini (I), Domina Vacanze, 2:06:06

127. Karsten Kroon (Nl), Rabobank, 2:06:46

128. Antonio Tauler (Sp), Kelme – Costa Blanca, 2:07:09

129. Roberto Laiseka (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 2:07:10

130. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Rabobank, 2:07:52

131. Gustavo Otero (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe, 2:08:36

132. Sven Montgomery (Swi), Fassa Bortolo, 2:08:38

133. Mikel Pradera (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, 2:08:47

134. Stefano Casagranda (I), Alessio, 2:11:33

135. Max Van Heeswijk (Nl), U.S. Postal Service, 2:12:53

136. Paulo Barroso (P), Milaneza – MSS, 2:12:55

137. Nacor Burgos (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 2:13:40

138. Matteo Tosatto (I), Fassa Bortolo, 2:13:48

139. Alexandre Usov (Blr), Phonak, 2:15:09

140. Pietro Zucconi (Swi), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 2:15:59

141. Steven De Jongh (Nl), Rabobank, 2:16:16

142. Gianluca Sironi (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 2:16:35

143. Simone Bertoletti (I), Lampre, 2:17:55

144. Juan Fuentes (Sp), Saeco, 2:17:58

145. Pedro Diaz Lobato (Sp), Paternina – Costa De Almeria, 2:18:36

146. Bekim Christensen (Dk), CSC, 2:18:44

147. Jan Boven (Nl), Rabobank, 2:19:16

148. Angelo Furlan (I), Alessio, 2:20:00

149. Ronald Mutsaars (Nl), Rabobank, 2:22:11

150. David Millar (GB), Cofidis, 2:22:30

151. Niki Aebersold (Swi), Phonak, 2:22:46

152. Germán Nieto (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 2:23:20

153. Guido Trenti (USA), Fassa Bortolo, 2:24:17

154. Alberto Vinale (I), Alessio, 2:27:23

155. Filippo Simeoni (I), Domina Vacanze, 2:28:24

156. Michael Sandstod (Dk), CSC, 2:30:32

157. Rubens Bertogliati (Swi), Lampre, 2:31:02

158. Thomas Bruun (Dk), CSC, 2:31:04

159. Simone Masciarelli (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 2:31:25

160. Francisco Gutierrez (Sp), Labarca-2 Cafe, 2:32:13

161. Gonzalo Bayarri (Sp), Phonak, 2:33:55

162. David De La Fuente (Sp), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, 2:35:39

163. Igor Pugaci (MDA), Saeco, 2:39:57

164. Christian Pepoli (I), Saeco, 2:40:00

165. José Maestre (Sp), Colchon Relax – Fuenlabrada, 3:07:04