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Dekker remains in front at Ruta

German Erik Zabel (Telekom) won a sprint to capture the third stage of the Ruta del Sol on Tuesday. But in the overall standings Erik Dekker (Rabobank) was able to preserve his lead, staying six seconds ahead of Belgium Marc Wauters. Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Sheffr, Belgian Andrei Tchmil, and German Jan Schaffrath round out the top five in the general classification. The stage was an 180km ride between Luque and Jaen. Zabel was the overall winner of the race in 1997. Max Van Heeswijk of The Netherlands and Italian Endrio Leoni finished second and third in Tuesday’s stage. Tomorrow’s 175km

Zabel sprints to stage win

By VeloNews Interactive

Dekker leads the pack.

Dekker leads the pack.

Photo: Graham Watson

German Erik Zabel (Telekom) won a sprint to capture the third stage of the Ruta del Sol on Tuesday. But in the overall standings Erik Dekker (Rabobank) was able to preserve his lead, staying six seconds ahead of Belgium Marc Wauters.

Alcala de La Real creates a nice backdrop for the Ruta.

Alcala de La Real creates a nice backdrop for the Ruta.

Photo: Graham Watson

Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Sheffr, Belgian Andrei Tchmil, and German Jan Schaffrath round out the top five in the general classification.

The stage was an 180km ride between Luque and Jaen. Zabel was the overall winner of the race in 1997.

Max Van Heeswijk of The Netherlands and Italian Endrio Leoni finished second and third in Tuesday’s stage.

Tomorrow’s 175km stage runs from Cabra to Benalmadena. The race finishes up on Thursday with a 171km ride from Humilladero to Granada.

Copyright AFP 2001

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Results

RUTA DEL SOL, February 18-21
Stage 3 — Luque to Jaen, Spain

1. Erik Zabel (G) Telekom, 180km in 4:18.28;
2. Max Van Heeswijk (Nl) Domo-Farm Frites, same time;
3. Endrio Leoni (I) Alessio, same time;
4. Nico Eeckhout (B) Lotto-Adecco, same time;
5. Fabrizio Guidi (I) Mercury-Viatel, same time;
6. Gonzalo Bayarri (Sp) Jazztel-Costa Almeria, same time;
7. Sven Teutenberg (G) Festina, same time;
8. Marcos A Serrano (Sp) ONCE, same time;
9. Mikel Artetxe (Sp) Euskaltel-Euskadi, same time;
10. Leonardo Piepoli (I) iBanesto.com, same time;

General classification:

1. Erik Dekker (Nl) Rabobank, 13.19.21;
2. Marc Wauters (B) Rabobank, @:06;
3. Aleksandr Sheffr (Kaz) Alessio, @:11;
4. Andrei Tchmil (B) Lotto-Adecco, @:14;
5. Jan Schaffrath (G) Telekom, @:21;
6. Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Lotto-Adecco, @1:12;
7. Wilfried Peeters (B) Domo-Farm Frites, @1:30;
8. Johan Museeuw (B) Domo-Farm Frites, @1:35;
9. Raphael Schweda (G) Team Coast, @1:37;
10. Nico Eeckhout (B) Lotto-Adecco, @2:23;
Others
12. Floyd Landis (USA) Mercury-Viatel, @2:40;
51. Mike Sayers (USA) Mercury-Viatel, @17:29;
93. David Zabriskie (USA) USPS, @23:26;
104. Levy Leipheimer (USA) USPS, @25:50;
113. Antonio Cruz (USA) USPS, @32:16;
120. Tyler Hamilton (USA) USPS, @41:54;
130. Fred Rodriguez (USA) Domo-Farm Frites, @44:18