Road

Mass sprint for second stage of Murcia

Once again the Tour of Murcia ended in a field sprint, but today's fastest rider was Team Alessio's Endrio Leoni, while Jeroen Blijlevens and Bjorn Leukemans finished second and third, respectively. Yesterday's sprint king, Werner Riebenbaure (Nuremberg), held on to the leader's jersey after rolling in sixth for the day. The stage was marked by the long break by Italian Fabio Roscioli and Belgian Sven Njis, who rode clear at the 24km mark. But the pair was reeled in after 120km, and the sprinters worked to position themselves in the closing 17km. Lotto's Tayeb Braikia (Lotto) was expected

By VeloNews Interactive Wire ServicesCopyright AFP 2001

Once again the Tour of Murcia ended in a field sprint, but today’s fastest rider was Team Alessio’s Endrio Leoni, while Jeroen Blijlevens and Bjorn Leukemans finished second and third, respectively. Yesterday’s sprint king, Werner Riebenbaure (Nuremberg), held on to the leader’s jersey after rolling in sixth for the day.

The stage was marked by the long break by Italian Fabio Roscioli and Belgian Sven Njis, who rode clear at the 24km mark. But the pair was reeled in after 120km, and the sprinters worked to position themselves in the closing 17km.

Lotto’s Tayeb Braikia (Lotto) was expected to be released from the hospital today. He suffered a broken clavicle and multiple fractures to his face in a crash suffered in the final 100 meters of yesterday’s stage.

Tomorrow’s stage takes the peloton from Cieza to Archena, and covers 152.4km.

Copyright AFP 2001

Results

TOUR OF MURCIA, Spain. March 7-11.

Stage 2, Ceuti to Jumilla.

1. Endrio Leoni (I), 162.3km in 4:02:47;
2. Jeroen Bljlevens (Nl);
3. Bjorn Leukemans (Bel);
4. Giovanni Lombardi (Ita);
5. Addy Engels (Nl);
6. Werner Riebenbauer (Aut);
7. Gerben Lowik (Nl);
8. Aitor Gonzalez (Sp);
9. Orlando Rodrigues (Por);
10. Donatas Virbickas (Lit), all s.t.

OTHERS

38. Stefano Garzelli (Ita);
64. Marco Pantani (Ita);
80. Ivan Gotti (Ita);
90. Jan Ullrich (G);
111. Roberto Heras (Sp);
120. Lance Armstrong (USA);
121. Fernando Escartin (Sp), all s.t.

OVERALL (after two stages)

1. Werner Riebenbauer, 7:31:45;
2. Endrio Leoni (Ita), s.t.
3. Martin Garrido (Arg), at 0:03
4. Jeroen Blijlevens (Nl) at 0:04;
5. Antonio Cruz (USA), at 0:06;
6. Aitor Gonzalez (Sp) at 0:06;
7. Oscar Laguna (Sp), at 0:08;
8. Francisco Cabello (Sp), at 0:08;
9. Addy Engels (Nl), at 0:10;
10. Orlando Rodrigues (Por) at 0:10;

OTHERS

30. Marco Pantani (Ita);
38. Stefano Garzelli (Ita);
71. Jan Ullrich (G);
76. Ivan Gotti (Ita);
93. Lance Armstrong (USA);
101. Roberto Heras (Sp), all s.t.
116. Fernando Escartin (Sp), at. 8:37.