By VeloNews Interactive Wire ServicesCopyright 2001 AFP
Spaniard Aitor Gonzalez (Kelme) won the Tour of Murcia on March 11 after winning the fifth and final stage, a 12.9km time-trial through the streets of Murcia on Sunday. Gonzalez was joined on the podium by compatriots Javier Pascual Llorente and Mikel Zarrabeitia, second and third respectively.
The Spaniard, who turned professional 1998, was the only rider to finish the time-trial in under 15 minutes (in 14:57), with Italy’s Marco Velo second in 15:07 and Spaniard Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano 15:18.
U.S. Postal’s Lance Armstrong finished in fifth position in the TT (in 15:25), with former race leader Francisco Cabello of Spain finishing overall fifth.
Marco Pantani of Italy did not take part in Sunday’s final stage.
Copyright 2001 AFP
TOUR OF MURCIA, Spain. March 7-11.
Stage 5, Murcia. March 11.
1. Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme 12.9km in 14:57; 2. Marco Velo (Ita) at 0:10; 3. Igor Gonzalez (Spa) at 0:21, 4. Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) at 0:23; 5. Lance Armstrong (USA) at 0:28; 6. Javier Pascual Llorente (Spa) at 0:29; 7. Jose Luis Rubiera (Spa) at 0:33; 8. Victor Hugo Pena (Col) at 0:36; 9. Gabriele Colombo (Ita) ; 10. Grischa Niermann (Ger), both s.t.
FINAL OVERALL:; 1. Gonzalez; 2. Javier Pascual Llorente (Spa) at 0:25; 3. Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) at 0:36; 4. Gabriele Colombo (Ita) at 0:41; 5. Francisco Cabello (Spa) at 0:46; 6. Oscar Laguna (Spa) at 0:58; 7. Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) at 1:01, ; 8. Aleksandr Sheffr (Kaz) at 1:30; 9. Paolo Lanfranchi (Ita) at 1:49; 10. Jose Luis Rubiera (Spa) at 1:52.