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By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright 2001 AFP
Domo-Farm Frites’ Max Van Heeswijk won the second stage of the Tour of Catalonia in Spain, a 173.5km day ending in a sprint finish in Blanes on Friday. ONCE’s Marcos Serrano retained the race leader’s jersey.
Van Heeswijk beat out Telekom’s Danilo Hondo, winner of two stages at this year’s Giro d’Italia, with Sven Teutenberg (Festina) in third, and the rest of the peloton, including Serrano, just behind.
Friday’s transitional stage saw a long breakaway from Fabio Roscioli (Jazztel), who attacked just after the start and gained almost 10 minutes on the peloton, with Simone Masciarelli (Cantina Tollo) and Ludovic Martin (Crédit Agricole) in pursuit. With about 40km remaining, Masciarelli and Martin caught and passed Roscioli, but shortly after all the escapees were reeled in, setting up Van Heeswijk’s sprint win at the end of the day.
Tour of Catalonia, Stage 2. June 22
1. Max Van Heeswijk (Nl), Domo, 173.5km in 4:46:48.
2. Danilo Hondo (G), Telekom
3. Sven Teutenberg (G), Festina
4. Jens Heppner (G), Telekom
5. Gabriele Missaglia (I), Lampre-Daikin
6. David Fernandez (Sp), Relax-Fuenlabrada
7. Jan Svorada (Cze), Lampre-Daikin
8. Julian Dean (NZ), U.S. Postal Service
9. Romans Vainsteins (Lit), Domo-Farm Frites
10. Miguel Perdiguero (Sp), Cantina Tollo
13. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Domo-Farm Frites
25. Jonathan Vaughters (USA), Credit Agricole, at 0:03
29. Bobby Julich (USA), Credit Agricole, at 0:08
42. Antonio Cruz (USA), U.S. Postal Service, at 0:12
45. Chann McRae (USA), Mercury-Viatel,
67. Roberto Heras (Sp), U.S. Postal Service
111. Levi Leipheimer (USA), U.S. Postal Service, at 1:07
1. Marcos Serrano (Sp), ONCE, 5:12:04
2. Santos Gonzalez (Sp), ONCE
3. Igor Gonzalez (Sp), ONCE, at 0:05
4. Joseba Beloki (Sp), ONCE, at 0:09
5. Jorg Jaksche (G), ONCE, s.t.
6. Teutenberg, at 0:44
7. Jaime Hernandez (Sp), Festina, at 0:47
8. Aitor Gonzalez (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blance, at 0:50
9. Angel Casero (Sp), Festina, at 0:52
10. Santiago Botero (Col), Kelme-Costa Blanca, at 0:53
30. Vaughters, at 1:13
33. Julich, at 1:18
42. Rodriguez, at 1:26
71. Cruz, at 2:00
73. Heras, s.t.
96. Leipheimer, at 2:55