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Dekker on top at Ruta Del Sol

Rabobank’s Erik Dekker took over the overall lead at the Ruta del Sol Monday after finishing second to Kazakhstan's Aleksandr Sheffr (Alessio) in the race’s second stage. Fellow Rabobank rider Marc Wauters was third, while Andrei Tchmil (Lotto) and Jan Schaffrath (Telekom) were fourth and fifth. Strong winds during the early part of the stage made for few attacks during the 178.5km ride from Sevilla to the mountain finish of Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Araceli. Dekker, Tchmil, Sheffr, and Mikhailov didn’t try their move until the stage’s final climb. Sheffr was the strongest, pulling

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Breaking away. Sheffr pedals to victory.

Breaking away. Sheffr pedals to victory.

Photo: Graham Watson

Rabobank’s Erik Dekker took over the overall lead at the Ruta del Sol Monday after finishing second to Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Sheffr (Alessio) in the race’s second stage.

Fellow Rabobank rider Marc Wauters was third, while Andrei Tchmil (Lotto) and Jan Schaffrath (Telekom) were fourth and fifth.

Strong winds during the early part of the stage made for few attacks during the 178.5km ride from Sevilla to the mountain finish of Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Araceli. Dekker, Tchmil, Sheffr, and Mikhailov didn’t try their move until the stage’s final climb. Sheffr was the strongest, pulling away with two kilometers to go.

Dekker took the overall lead away from Spaniard Diaz Lobato (Jazztel), who survived a 120km breakaway effort to win the Sunday’s opening stage of Spain’s season-opening race.

Copyright AFP 2001

Results

RUTA DEL SOL, Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Araceli, Spain. February 19, Stage 2.
1. Aleksandr Sheffr (Kaz), Alessio, 178km in 5:12.39; 2. Erik Dekker (Nl), Rabobank @:16; 3. Marc Wauters (B), Rabobank, @:22; 4. Andrei Tchmil (B), Lotto, @:30; 5. Jan Schaffrath (G), Telekom, @:37; 6. Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) @1:01; 7. Wilfried Peeters (B) @1:19; 8. Johan Museeuw (B) @1:24; 9. Raphael Schweda (G) @1:26; 10. Alessandro Bertolini (I) @1:57
Overall
1. Dekker (Nl), Rabobank, 9:00.53; 2. Marc Wauters (B), Rabobank @:06; 3. Aleksandr Sheffr (Kaz), Alessio, @:11; 4. Andrei Tchmil (B), Lotto, @:14; 5. Jan Schaffrath (G), Telekom, @:21; 6. Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) @1:12; 7. Wilfried Peeters (B) @1:30; 8. Johan Museeuw (B) @1:35; 9. Raphael Schweda (G) @1:37; 10. Alessandro Bertolini (I) @2:08