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Beloki takes overall in Catalonia after TT win

While Lance Armstrong rode in for the final victory at the Tour of Switzerland on Thursday, one of his possible Tour de France rivals won the Tour of Catalonia in Spain on the final day of the race. ONCE’s Joseba Beloki, third in last year’s Tour de France, won the last-stage time trial to capture the Catalonia title in Alt de la Rabassa, Spain, on Thursday, beating out teammate Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano and Coast’s Fernando Escartin for the overall victory. Beloki was the only rider to crack the 34 minute barrier on the 13.9km uphill time trial on the Col de Rabassa, with a time of 33:47,

By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright 2001 AFP

While Lance Armstrong rode in for the final victory at the Tour of Switzerland on Thursday, one of his possible Tour de France rivals won the Tour of Catalonia in Spain on the final day of the race. ONCE’s Joseba Beloki, third in last year’s Tour de France, won the last-stage time trial to capture the Catalonia title in Alt de la Rabassa, Spain, on Thursday, beating out teammate Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano and Coast’s Fernando Escartin for the overall victory.

Beloki was the only rider to crack the 34 minute barrier on the 13.9km uphill time trial on the Col de Rabassa, with a time of 33:47, 15 seconds better than runner-up Escartin.

Results

Tour of Catalonia, Stage 8. June 28.
1. Joseba Beloki (Sp), ONCE, 13.9km in 33:47 (24.69kph)
2. Fernando Escartin (Sp), Coast, 34:02
3. Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (Sp), ONCE, 34:42
4. Aitor Garmendia (Sp), Coast, 35:02
5. Haimar Zubeldia (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 35:21
6. Marzio Bruseghin (I), iBanesto.com, 35:24
7. Aitor Gonzalez (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca, 35:29
8. Oscar Sevilla (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca, 35:52
9. Daniele De Paoli (I), Mercatone Uno, 35:57
10. Juan-Antonio Flecha (Sp), Relax-Fuenlabrada, 36:04

12. Roberto Heras (Sp), U.S. Postal Service, 36:13
16. Jonathan Vaughters (USA), Credit Agricole, 36:32
23. Marcos Serrano (Sp), ONCE, 37:29
28. Levi Leipheimer (USA), U.S. Postal Service, 37:52
37. Bobby Julich (USA), Credit Agricole, 39:14
54. Ivan Gotti (I), Alessio, 41:26

Final overall
1. Beloki, 1009.3 km in 26:40:14 (37.84 kph)
2. Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano, at 0:33.
3. Escartin, at 0:41.
4. Aitor Gonzalez, at 1:44.
5. Sevilla, at 3:03.
6. Eladio Jimenez (Sp), iBanesto.com, at 3:04.
7. Zubeldia, at 3:40.
8. Bruseghin, at 3:57.
9. Unai Osa (Sp), iBanesto.com, at 5:11.
10. Flecha, at 5:28.

12. Vaughters, at 6:10
17. Serrano, at 8:45.
22. Heras, at 11:13.
25. Gotti, at 14:15.
31. Julich, at 20:11.
44. Leipheimer, at 33:49