By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright AFP2002
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
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
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