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Road Racing News for 9/21/01 [infociclismo]
Road Racing News for 9/21/01 [infociclismo]

STAGE 13: Swiss Beat Zberg (Rabobank), was the fastest of the nine riders that went away on the decisive break. Spaniard Oscar Sevilla's Golden Jersey was not threatened today. Second place in the stage went to Frenchman Richard Virenque (Domo), who for the first time in this Vuelta showed himself, with third going to Spaniard Igor Flores (Euskaltel). The stage seemed to be suited for the sprinters to be able to put a word in after several days in the mountains, but it wouldn't be. Teams Mapei (Freire) and Telekom (Zabel) waited too long to start working in order to bring the breakaway back and they would only be able to fight for the ninth place. Apart form Zberg, Virenque and Flores, the escape group was made up of Rafael Díaz Justo (ONCE/Eroski), Juan Guillamon (Jazztel), Cesar Garcia Calvo (Relax), Dariusz Baranowski (, Roberto Sgambelluri (Telekom) and Massimo Giunti
(Cantina). Once this group was assured that the peloton wouldn't catch them, the usual cat and mouse games began. Garcia Calvo, the leader of the Hot Spot Sprint competition would be left behind thanks to a flat tire. There were attempts by Virenque, Diaz Justo and Igor Flores, but it would be Beat Zberg who would take it.

RESULTS Stage 13, Andorra to Port Aventura, 206 km:
1. ZBERG, Beat (SUI/RAB) 4:28:07
2. VIRENQUE, Richard (FRA/DFF) s.t.
3. FLORES, Igor (ESP/EUS) s.t.
4. DIAZ JUSTO, Rafael (ESP/ONC) s.t.
5. BARANOWSKI, Dariusz (POL/BAN) s.t.
6. SGAMBELLURI, Roberto (ITA/TEL) s.t.
7. GUILLAMON, Juan (ESP/CDA) s.t.
8. GIUNTI, Massimo (ITA/CTA) at 4
9. ZABEL, Erik (GER/TEL) at 35
10. TEUTENBERG, Sven (GER/FES) s.t.
11. FREIRE, Oscar (ESP/MAP) s.t.
12. HUNTER, Robert (RSA/LAM) s.t.
13. TRENTI, Guido (USA/CTA) s.t.
14. VINALE, Alberto (ITA/ALS) s.t.
15. MAGNUSSON, Glenn (SWE/DFF) s.t.
16. FERNANDEZ, David (ESP/REL) s.t.
17. ANGUITA, Eleuterio (ESP/CDA) s.t.
18. HONDO, Danilo (GER/TEL) s.t.
19. DEAN, Julian (NZA/USP) s.t.
20. MILLAR, David (GBR/COF) s.t.

GC after Stage 13:
1. SEVILLA, Oscar (ESP/KEL) 42:02:25
2. CASERO, Angel (ESP/FES) at 41
3. MERCADO, Juan Miguel (ESP/BAN) at 2:02
4. LEIPHEIMER, Levi (USA/USP) at 2:19
5. JIMENEZ, Jose Maria (ESP/BAN) at 2:50
6. HERAS, Roberto (ESP/USP) at 2:55
7. PLAZA, David (ESP/FES) at 3:17
8. BOTERO, Santiago (COL/KEL) at 4:21
9. RUBIERA, José Luis (ESP/USP) at 5:27
10. MAYO Iban (ESP/EUS) at 5:32
11. OSA, Aitor (ESP/BAN) at 5:33
13. ESCARTIN, Fernando (ESP/COA) at 6:48
14. LAISEKA, Roberto (ESP/EUS) at 7:42
15. MOLLER, Klaus (DEN/MIL) at 8:17
16. BLANCO, Santiago (ESP/BAN) at 9:10
17. CUESTA, Iñigo (ESP/COF) at 9:13
18. MILLAR, David (GBR/COF) at 9:21
19. PEREZ, Luis (ESP/FES) at 11:08
20. GARCIA CASAS, Felix (ESP/FES) at 12:31

1. JIMENEZ, Jose María (ESP/BAN) 130
2. MERCADO, Juan Miguel (ESP/BAN) 80
3. SEVILLA, Oscar (ESP/KEL) 66

1. JIMENEZ, Jose María (ESP/BAN) 107
2. ZABEL, Erik (GER/TEL) 98

2. HUNTER, Robert (RSA/LAM) 18
3. NIETO, Germán (ESP/REL) 12

1. (ESP/BAN) 126:09:41
2. US Postal Service (USA/USP) at 7:10
3. Festina (FRA/FES) at 7:25

ITT = Individual Time Trial
MF = Mountain Finish

(Stage winner/G.C. leader)
1: Sep 8, Salamanca-Salamanca (ITT) 12 kms (Millar/Millar)
2: Sep 9, Salamanca-Valladolid 147,2 (Zabel/Millar)
3: Sep 10, Valladolid-León 140,5 (Zabel/Millar)
4: Sep 11, León-Gijón 175 (Zabel/Botero)
5: Sep 12, Gijón-Lagos Covadonga (MF) 160,8 (Mercado/Sevilla)
6: Sep 13, Cangas de Onís-Torrelavega 180,6 (Millar/Sevilla)
7: Sep 14, Torrelavega-Torrelavega (ITT) 44,2 (Botero/Botero)
8: Sep 15, Reinosa-Alto Demanada (final en alto) 195 (Jimenez/Beloki) 9:
Sep 16, Logroño-Zaragoza 179,2 (I Gonzalez de Galdeano/Beloki) Rest Day:
Sep 17 10: Sep 18, Sabadell-La Molina (MF) 168,4 (Blanco/Beloki) 11: Sep
19, Alp-Andorra/Pal (MF) 154,2 (Jimenez/Sevilla) 12: Sep 20, Ordino
Arcalís-Andorra (Mountain ITT) 17,1 (Jimenez/Sevilla) 13: Sep 21,
Andorra-Port Aventura (Tarragona) 206 (B Zberg/Sevilla) 14: Sep 22, Port
Aventura-Vinaros 170,5 15: Sep 23, Valencia-Aitana (MF) 207,2 Rest Day:
Sep 24 16: Sep 25, Alcoy-Murcia 153,3 17: Sep 26, Murcia-Albacete 159,5
18: Sep 27, Albacete-Cuenca 154,2 19: Sep 28, Cuenca-Guadalajara 168 20:
Sep 29, Guadalajara-Alto Abantos (MF) 181 21: Sep 30, Madrid-Madrid
(ITT) 38



Q. Who is the best climber in the world?

A. Things go by periods, but it could be Armstrong because he climbs better than anyone against the specialists at the Tour de France. My career has always been linked to the Pirenees because that is where I have won in the Vuelta and at the Volta a Catalunya". El 'Chava' has the best palmares in the mountain stages of the Vuelta with line, eight of them at mountain finishes: Xorret de Catí, Val, Cerler, Lagunas de Neila (1998), Angliru (1999) and La Demanda, Pal & Ordino- Arcalís (2001).

But Jimenez doesn't value the pursuit of the overall lead as much. "I came with the objective to win stages and I'm not going to change that. I'm the rider that has won the most and the strongest in the mountains, but the big loss at the Vuelta a Burgos took my morale", he finishes.


VAN PETEGEM SIGNS: The Belgian rider has signed a contract with Team Lotto, the team of Rik Verbrugghe. Van Petegem is leaving American Team Mercury. The winner of the 1999 Tour of Flanders left the American team last week and will complete the 2001 season with Team Collstrop.

BARTOLI AND MAPEI IN CRISIS: Michele Bartoli will not be a part of the lineup for Team Mapei-Quick Step at the Giro del Lazio on Saturday. This is the third disagreement that the Italian rider has had with the team in the last few days. After his absence at Paris- Brussels, Bartoli was not called either to accompany teammates Paolo Bettini and Daniele Nardello to survey the route of the World Championships in Lisboa. Bartoli has not been given any reason for these decisions. The Classics specialist will leave the team of Giorgoi Squinzi (Mapei) at the end of the season to ride for Giancarlo Ferreti at Fassa Bortolo.

SPANISH TEAM FOR THE WORLDS: Yesterday, Spanish national selector Francisco Antequera announced the pre-selection for the Spanish National Team that will participate at the World Championships in Lisboa, Portugal.

Individual Time Trial (2 participants): Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano & Santos González (ONCE Eroski), Angel Luis Casero & David Plaza (Festina).

Road Race (12 participants): Oscar Sevilla, José Javier Gómez & Angel Vicioso (Kelme Costa Blanca); Joseba Beloki, Igor González de Galdeano, Rafael Díaz Justo, Mikel Zarrabeitia y Carlos Sastre (ONCE Eroski); Aitor Osa, José María Jiménez, Eladio Jiménez, Francisco Mancebo & Juan Miguel Mercado (; Iban Mayo & Alberto Martínez (Euskaltel Euskadi); Oscar Freire & Manuel Beltrán (Mapei- ITA); Angel Luis Casero (Festina-FRA); Iñigo Cuesta (Cofidis-FRA) and José Luis Rubiera (US Postal-USA). The final team will be selected from these names. Antequera
explained that the reason that the name of Roberto Heras was not included was because Heras asked not to be included, because he is really tired and doesn't see himself training for two more weeks after the Vuelta.

BELTRAN TRANSFERS: Spanish rider Manuel Beltran (Mapei), has reached an agreement to ride for the next two seasons with German Team Coast.

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