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Garrido scores double with Murcia Tour stage win

Argentina's Martin Garrido won both the stage and the leader's jersey of the Tour of Murcia on March 9, as he outsprinted Italians Enrio Leoni (yesterday's winner) and Giovanni Lombardi. The time bonus helped the Team Relax rider take over the yellow jersey from Nuremberg's Werner Riebenbaur, who now is third overall, at 7 seconds. The stage, on a 152.4km route between Cieza and Archena, was marked by a long break by Guido Trenti and Tony Bracke, but like previous days, the teammates of sprinters worked to chase down the break and position their power riders for the final

By VeloNews Interactive Wire ServicesCopyright AFP 2001

Argentina’s Martin Garrido won both the stage and the leader’s jersey of the Tour of Murcia on March 9, as he outsprinted Italians Enrio Leoni (yesterday’s winner) and Giovanni Lombardi. The time bonus helped the Team Relax rider take over the yellow jersey from Nuremberg’s Werner Riebenbaur, who now is third overall, at 7 seconds.

The stage, on a 152.4km route between Cieza and Archena, was marked by a long break by Guido Trenti and Tony Bracke, but like previous days, the teammates of sprinters worked to chase down the break and position their power riders for the final kilometers.

Garrido isn’t know for his climbing, and it’s unlikely he’ll retain the yellow jersey after Saturday’s mountainous stage from Alcantarilla to Aledo. That 166.2km route features two Category 1 climbs, which will undoubtedly reshuffle the overall standings.

The race concludes on Sunday, March 11.

Copyright AFP 2001

Results

TOUR OF MURCIA, Spain. March 7-11.

Stage 3, Cieza to Archena.

1. Martin Garrido (Arg), 152.4km in 3:51:35;
2. Endrio Leoni (Ita);
3. Giovanni Lombardi (Ita);
4. Guido Trenti (USA);
5. Donatas Virbickas (Lit);
6. Jeroen Blijlevens (Nl);
7. Werner Riebenbauer (Aut);
8. Benjamin Noval (Sp);
9. Bjorn Leukemans (B) ;
10. Daniel Becke (G);

Others

61. Marco Pantani (Ita);
65. Stefano Garzelli (Ita);
67. Lance Armstrong (USA) ;
80. Ivan Gotti (Ita);
82. Jan Ullrich (G) ;
90. Roberto Heras (Sp);
106. Fernando Escartin (Sp);
144. Philippe Kohler (Fra)12:03

OVERALL
1. Garrido, 11:23:13;
2. Leoni at 0:01 sec.
3. Riebenbauer at 0:07;
4. Trenti at 0:11;
5. Blijlevens, s.t.;
6. Aitor Gonzalez (Sp) at 0:12;
7. Antonio Cruz (USA) at 0:13;
8. Victor Hugo Pena (Col) at 0:14;
9. Mikel Artetxe (Esp) at 0:15;
10. Oscar Laguna (Esp) at s.t.;

Others

35. Pantani at 0:17;
44. Garzelli;
76. Ullrich ;
78. Gotti;
80. Armstrong;
93. Heras, all s.t.;
112. Escartin, at 8:44;