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Zülle takes Valencia with strong TT

Team Coast’s Alex Zülle won the final stage and the overall title at the 60th edition of Spain’s Tour of Valencia, winning a 23.5km time trial through the streets of Valencia with a time of 28:34. Zülle beat second-placed Jörg Jakshe (ONCE) by 20 seconds and bested Antonio Colum, the man who began the day in the race leader’s jersey, by well over a minute. This edition of the Tour of Valencia was marked by a three-stage winning streak in the opeining stages by Fassa Bortolo’s Alessandro Petacchi. Petacchi was finally bumped out of the lead Friday when Saeco’s Danilo Di Luca scored a win in

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By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright AFP2002

Photo: Graham Watson

Team Coast’s Alex Zülle won the final stage and the overall title at the 60th edition of Spain’s Tour of Valencia, winning a 23.5km time trial through the streets of Valencia with a time of 28:34.

Zülle beat second-placed Jörg Jakshe (ONCE) by 20 seconds and bested Antonio Colum, the man who began the day in the race leader’s jersey, by well over a minute.

This edition of the Tour of Valencia was marked by a three-stage winning streak in the opeining stages by Fassa Bortolo’s Alessandro Petacchi. Petacchi was finally bumped out of the lead Friday when Saeco’s Danilo Di Luca scored a win in the tough fourth stage, finishing ahead of Ivan Basso and Zülle.

However, because of his talents as a time trialist, Zülle was favored to win the overall going into Saturday’s final stage. Copyright AFP2002

Results

Tour of Valencia, Stage 5

1. Alex Zülle (Swi), 23.5km in 28:34; 2. Jörg Jaksche (G), at 0:20;
3. Ivan Basso (I), 29; 4. Sergei Gonchar (Ukr), at 0:36; 5. David Canada (Sp), 49; 6. Claus Moller (Dan), 51; 7. Erik Dekker (Ned), 56; 8. Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa), 1:03; 9. Antonio Colom (Spa), 1:09; 10. Oscar Freire (Spa), 1:21

Overall:

1. Alex Zülle (Swi), 17:07:06; 2. Ivan Basso (Ita), at 0:09; 3. Claus
Michael Moller (Dan), 48; 4. Antonio Colom (Spa), 49; 5. Javier Pascual
Rodriguez (Spa), 58; 6. Erik Dekker (Ned), 1:02; 7. Jorg Jaksche (Ger),
1:29; 8. David Canada (Spa), 1:40; 9. Danilo Di Luca (Ita), 1:58; 10. Jose Alberto Martinez (Spa), 1:59