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Escapee Diaz Lobato solos to Ruta win

Spaniard Diaz Lobato (Jazztel) survived a 120km breakaway effort to win the opening stage of Spain’s season-opening Ruta Del Sol. Diaz Labato slipped off the front of the peloton only 28km into the day’s 148.5km stage around the southern city of Cordova. Building an advantage that exceeded 15 minutes; Diaz Labato triggered a chase when the race’s powerhouse teams finally realized that he stood a real chance of taking a stage win. With Deutsche Telekom, Rabobank and Festina in pursuit, Diaz Labato still managed to hold on to a significant lead finishing 1:43 ahead of Deutsche Telekom’s Jan

By VeloNews Interactive, Copyright AFP2001

On his own. Pedro Diaz Lobato went early and stayed away.

On his own. Pedro Diaz Lobato went early and stayed away.

Photo: Graham Watson

Spaniard Diaz Lobato (Jazztel) survived a 120km breakaway effort to win the opening stage of Spain’s season-opening Ruta Del Sol.

Diaz Labato slipped off the front of the peloton only 28km into the day’s 148.5km stage around the southern city of Cordova. Building an advantage that exceeded 15 minutes; Diaz Labato triggered a chase when the race’s powerhouse teams finally realized that he stood a real chance of taking a stage win.

Spoils. Diaz Lobato held off cycling's big guns.

Spoils. Diaz Lobato held off cycling’s big guns.

Photo: Graham Watson

With Deutsche Telekom, Rabobank and Festina in pursuit, Diaz Labato still managed to hold on to a significant lead finishing 1:43 ahead of Deutsche Telekom’s Jan Schaffrath.

Copyright AFP2001

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Results

1. Pedro Diaz Lobato (Sp),148.5km in 3:46:15 (39.81kph),
2. Jan Schaffrath (G),at 1:43,
3. Erik Dekker (Nl),
4. Andrei Tchmil (Bel),
5. Marc Wauters (Bel) all s.t.,
6. Maarten Den Bakker (Nl),1:49,
7 Fabrizio Guidi (I),2:10,
8. Nico Eeckhout (B),
9. Luca Paolini (I),
10. Endrio Leoni (I), all s.t.

Others:
32. Unai Etxebarria (Ven), s.t.,
40. Erik Zabel (G),s.t.,
53. Alex Zulle (Swi), s.t.,
66. Ivan Gotti (I),s.t.,
77. Andreas Kloden (G),s.t.,
81. Pavel Tonkov (Rus), s.t.,
97. Johan Museeuw (B), s.t.,
107. Romans Vainsteins (Lat), at 10:42,
114. Tyler Hamilton (USA) 20:38

Copyright AFP2001