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Road Racing News for 9/20/01 [infociclismo]
 
09/20/2001
Road Racing News for 9/20/01 [infociclismo]+ LA VUELTA A ESPAÑA

STAGE 12: The 2001 Edition of the Vuelta a Espana is starting to look quite a bit like the 1998 Edition. Back then, José María Jiménez won every mountain stage in sight on the way to his best finish so far (3rd) in a major stage race. That year also featured a surprise performance by an American (Lance Armstrong) and a not-quite dominant gc winner (Abraham Olano). We will soon see if these similarities persist.

Meanwhile, the race today, held in Arcalis over 17 kms, featured what appears to be the first showdown of the likely two top contenders for the overall price, barring El Chaba running away with the race over the next set of mountains. Young Kelme upstart Oscar Sevilla valiantly defended the golden jersey over veteran Angel Casero, who is attempting to give Festina their first major tour win in their very last try. The difference in their times today was only four seconds.

Two-time Tour de France podium finisher Joseba Beloki (ONCE) continued to struggle today and lost 3.04 to the winner over only 17 kilometers. The thirteenth stage travels from Andorra to Port Aventura (Tarragona) over 206 kms and should feature a likely sprint finish.

RESULTS Stage 12, Ordino-Arcalis (Andorra) Mountain ITT, 17.1 km:
1º 27 JIMENEZ, Jose María ESP BAN 36:38
2º 157 SASTRE, Carlos ESP ONC at 28
3º 2 RUBIERA, José Luis ESP USP at 31
4º 35 GARMENDIA, Aitor ESP COA at 33
5º 6 LEIPHEIMER, Levi USA USP at 36
6º 75 LAISEKA, Roberto ESP EUS at 41
7º 101 SEVILLA, Oscar ESP KEL at 44
8º 81 CASERO, Angel ESP FES at 48
9º 162 PEREZ CUAPIO, J.Alberto MEX PAN at 51
10º 107 TAULER, Antonio ESP KEL at 55
11º 43 CUESTA, Iñigo ESP COF at 59
12º 29 MERCADO, Juan Miguel ESP BAN at 1:00
13º 86 PLAZA, David ESP FES at 1:01
14º 104 CARDENAS, Rafael COL KEL at 1:05
15º 1 HERAS, Roberto ESP USP at 1:06
16º 41 MILLAR, David GBR COF at 1:23
17º 31 ESCARTIN, Fernando ESP COA at 1:25
18º 147 MÖLLER, Klaus DEN MIL at 1:26
19º 87 REBOLLO, Jose Luis ESP FES at 1:32
20º 52 CONTI, Roberto ITA CTA at 1:34

GC after Stage 12:
1. SEVILLA, Oscar (ESP/KEL) 37:33:43
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 María (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
12. GONZALEZ GALDEANO, Igor (ESP/ONC) at 6:06
13. ESCARTIN, Fernando (ESP/COA) at 6:48
14. LAISEKA, Roberto (ESP/EUS) at 7:42
15. BELTRAN, Manuel (ESP/MAP) at 8:08
16. MOLLER, Klaus (DEN/MIL) at 8:17
17. BLANCO, Santiago (ESP/BAN) at 9:10
18. CUESTA, Iñigo (ESP/COF) at 9:13
19. MILLAR, David (GBR/COF) at 9:21
20. PEREZ, Luis (ESP/FES) at 11:08

VUELTA NEWS

BELOKI'S MISTERIOUS SICKNESS: ONCE-Eroski Sport Director Manolo Saiz says that the cause of Joseba Beloki's illness is unknown. "It may have been the start of a viral problem, but we are not going to do any full-scale check-ups until the race returns from Andorra to Spain". Beloki had led the Tour for three days before he suddenly lost power and was unable to stay with the punishing pace set by Spain's Jose Maria Jimenez. Beloki ran out of steam completely on the second of three first category ascents over 50 kms from the end of the 154.2-km 11th stage,
and finished a massive 19 minutes 55 seconds down on stage winner Jimenez. "I feel demoralized for myself and for my team who have worked so hard for me. Two days ago I was feeling fine and I thought when I suffered on the Molina stage on Tuesday it was just the usual after-effects of a rest day, when I normally lose some strength. Winning this Vuelta was the biggest dream of my life. Riders kept on overtaking me on the climb and I knew I would have to accept that I had lost the race", finished Beloki.

THE STAGES
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 13: Sep 21, Andorra-Port Aventura
(Tarragona) 206 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

+ NEWS

SIMONI-LAMPRE DIVORCE OFFICIAL: It is now official, Gilberto Simoni will leave Lampre-Daikin. The winner of the Giro d'Italia will leave for another team. There are unconfirmed rumors of Simoni having conversations with Ferreti of Fassa Bartolo. Lampre-Daikin has confirmed the following riders for the coming season: Sergio Barbero, Raivis
Belhvosciks, Simone Bertoletti, Rubens Bertogliati, Juan Manuel Garate, Matteo Frutti, Ludo Dierckxsens, Luciano Paglierini, Mariano Piccoli, Marco Pinotti, Maximilian Sciandri, Jan Svorada, Zbigniew Spruch, Jhoan Vertrepen. With the following new arrivals from other teams: Milan Kadlec (Mobilvetta), Alessandro Cortinovis (Colpack) and Pavel Tonkov. Along with the following neo pros: Alberto Loddo and Manuel Quinziato.

CALCATERRA RETIRES: Giuseppe Calcaterra, of the pro riders with the most years of service will retire on Sunday. The thirty seven year old, who turned pro in 1984, accumulated eight wins including the Giro dell'Appennino and Giro di Puglia in 1993 and a stage of the Vuelta a España in 1994. Calcaterra rode this year for Saeco-Macchine per Caffè as part of Mario Cipolini's "Red Train".

VASSEUR SIGNS WITH COFIDIS: Frenchman Cedric Vasseur (US Postal) will return to France next season after riding for the US Postal Service. Vasseur has signed with Cofidis for two years.

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