By VeloNews Interactive
LA Pecol’s Candido Barbosa won the second stage and moved into the overall lead at Portugal’s Tour of the Algarve Thursday, edging out Spaniard Alberto Benito (Antarte) and Cofidis’s recent Aussie recruit, Stuart O’Grady, at the end of a 201km haul from Castro Marim on the Spanish border to Portimao.
U.S. Postal leader Lance Armstrong, whose presence at the normally low-keyearly season race has brought international attention to the event, finishedthe day in the middle of the field.
“Everything’s going fine, as good as possible for the first race ofthe season,” said Postal director Johan Bruyneel.
Barbosa finished with a time of 4:46:13, winning a large field sprint,just ahead of Benito, the winner of Wednesday’s opening stage. Armstrong finished in the field in 71st place. With the stage win, Barbosa took over the leader’s jersey.
Due to a miscalculation by race organizers, the stage turned out tobe 10km longer than outlined in the race directory.
Bruyneel said the he has been pleased with the performance of the team’snewest recruits – Jose Azevedo, Patrick McCarty, Daniel Rincon, and BenjaminNoval.
“The whole team is going well, they’re all in good shape,” Bruyneelsaid.
Postal’s Floyd Landis was involved in a tumble with two other ridersin the final sprint but he was not hurt and, since the mishap occurredin the final kilometer, was awarded the same time as the winner.
Friday’s stage includes a climb up to the Algarve region’s highest peakat 3000 feet. The event ends Sunday.
1. Candido Barbosa, (Por), LA Pecol, 4:46:13
2. Alberto Benito, (Sp), Antarte
3. Stuart O’Grady, (Aus), Cofidis
4. James Vanlandschoot, (B), Relax-Bodysol
5. Jukka Vastaranta, (Fn), Rabobank
6. Martin Garrido, (Arg), Barbot
7. Angel Edo, (Sp), Milaneza
8. Bas Giling, (Nl), Rabobank
9. Sven Renders, (B), Jong Vlaanderen
10. Geert Steurs, (B), Jong Vlaanderen, all same time.
71. Lance Armstrong, (USA), U.S. Postal Service, same time.
Overall, after Stage 2
1. Candido Barbosa, (Por), LA Pecol, 8:13:44.
2. Alberto Benito, (Sp), Antarte, at 0:03
3. Stuart O’Grady, (Aus), Cofidis, at 0:13
4. Jordi Berenguer, (Sp), Beppi, at 0:14
5. Angel Edo, (Sp), Milaneza, at 0:15
6. Wim de Vocht, (B), Relax-Bodysol, s.t.
7. Kurt Hoevelinck, (B), Jong Vlaanderen, at 0:17
8. Pedro Lopes, (Por), LA Pecol, at 0:18
9. Martin Garrido, (Arg), Barbot, at 0:19
10. James Vanlandschoot, (B), Relax-Bodysol, s.t.
84. Lance Armstrong, (USA), U.S. Postal Service, same time.
Zabel takes stage, Dominguez takes overall at Ruta del Sol
Saunier Duval’s Juan Carlos Dominguez wrapped up the overall victory at the Ruta del Sol on Thursday as he finished in the field at the end of 186km stage from Zubia and Almeria.
T-Mobile’s Erik Zabel scored the stage win, outsprinting Oscar Freire and Tom Boonen in the scramble for the line. U.S. Postal’s Max Van Heeswijk – who won two stages during the Ruta – and his teammate Antonio Cruz finished fourth and fifth respectively.
1. Erik Zabel (G) T-Mobile, 186km in 4:43:19
2. 0scar Freire Gómez (Sp) Rabobank
3. Tom Boonen (B) Quick Step
4. Max Van Heeswijk (Nl) U.S.Postal
5. Antonio Cruz (USA) U.S.Postal
6. Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo
7. Alberto Hierro (Sp) Cafés Baque
8. Luis Pasamontes Rodríguez (Sp) Relax-Bodysol 9. Francisco Gutiérrez (Sp) Cafés Baque
10. Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems, all s.t.
1. Juan Carlos Domínguez Sp) Saunier Duval-Prodir 22.03.57
2. Carlos García Quesada (Sp) Comunitat Valenciana-Kelme, at 0:15
3. Samuel Sánchez (Sp) Euskatel-Euskadi, at 0:19
4. José Gómez Marchante (Sp) Costa De Almería-Paternina, at 0:28
5. Aitor Osa Eizaguirre (Sp) Illes Balears-Banesto, at 0:34
6. Joaquin Rodríguez Oliver (Sp) Saunier Duval-Prodir, at 0:44
7. Iñigo Landaluce (Sp) Euskatel-Euskadi, at 0:51
8. Erik Dekker (Nl) Rabobank, at 0:54
9. David Fernández (Sp) Costa De Almería-Paternina, at 0:55
10. Santiago Pérez (Sp) Phonak Hearing Systems, at 0:56