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Road Racing News for 9/25/01 [infociclismo]
Road Racing News for 9/25/01 [infociclismo]+ LA VUELTA A ESPAÑA

STAGE 16: Czech rider Tomas Konecny got on Tuesday the first win for his team Domo. After covering 153.3 km from Alcoy and Murcia, there were no changes in the overall classification, which is lead by Oscar Sevilla, followed by Angel Casero. The peloton once again rode at tremendous speed, in what was a very hot day. All eyes were on the climb of Cresta del Gallo, a 4 kilometer climb located at 13 kms from the finish, which featured narrow roads and a dangerous descent, suitable for an attack. On the climb, "El Chava" Jimenez attacked twice, but he wouldn't be strong enough to stay away, getting caught by a Kelme-led group, taking care of Sevilla's lead.

ONCE's Carlos Sastre would make his attempt with 2 kms to the top of the climb, reaching the peak alone. But the descent would make him stumble, miscalculating on a curve and flying off the road in a spectacular manner, luckily without major consequences. With 5 kms to go, Jose Luis Rubiera (US Postal) and Richard Virenque (Domo) went on the attack, but were not able to open a significant gap, since they were being hunted by the peloton. With 1 km to go, a driving peloton would swallow them and the stage would come down to a bunch sprint. While it looked like it would finally be David Etxebarria's (Euskaltel) day, Czech Konecny stole it from him at the line.

RESULTS Stage 16, Alcoi to Murcia, 153 km:
1. KONECNY, Tomas (CZE/DFF) 3:11:33
2. ETXEBARRIA, David (ESP/EUS) s.t.
3. EDO, Angel (ESP/MIL) s.t.
4. ZBERG, Beat (SUI/RAB) s.t.
5. PUGACI, Igor (MDA/SAE) s.t.
6. SEVILLA, Oscar (ESP/KEL) s.t.
7. FIGUERAS, Giuliano (ITA/PAN) s.t.
8. BOTERO, Santiago (COL/KEL) s.t.
9. GARCIA CASAS, Félix (ESP/FES) s.t.
10. ESCARTIN, Fernando (ESP/COA) s.t.
11. LEIPHEIMER, Levi (USA/USP) s.t.
12. CASERO, Angel (ESP/FES) s.t.
13. JIMENEZ, Jose María (ESP/BAN) s.t.
14. MOLLER, Klaus (DEN/MIL) s.t.
15. OSA, Unai (ESP/BAN) s.t.
16. OSA, Aitor (ESP/BAN) s.t.
17. CAÑADA, David (ESP/MAP) s.t.
18. VIRENQUE, Richard (FRA/DFF) s.t.
19. FARAZJIN, Peter (BEL/COF) s.t.
20. PLAZA, David (ESP/FES) s.t.

GC after Stage 16:
1. SEVILLA, Oscar (ESP/KEL) 55h.04:58
2. CASERO, Angel (ESP/FES) at 25
3. MERCADO, Juan Miguel (ESP/BAN) at 2:02
4. HERAS, Roberto (ESP/USP) at 2:20
5. PLAZA, David (ESP/FES) at 3:31
6. LEIPHEIMER, Levi (USA/USP) at 3:55
7. RUBIERA, José Luis (ESP/USP) at 4:59
8. OSA, Aitor (ESP/BAN) at 5:47
9. MAYO Iban (ESP/EUS) at 6:59
10. ESCARTIN, Fernando (ESP/COA) at 7:18
11. MOLLER, Klaus (DEN/MIL) at 7:27
12. LAISEKA, Roberto (ESP/EUS) at 7:56
13. BLANCO, Santiago (ESP/BAN) at 9:17
14. CUESTA, Iñigo (ESP/COF) at 10:06
15. BELTRAN, Manuel (ESP/MAP) at 12:32
16. JIMENEZ, Jose María (ESP/BAN) at 14:00
17. GARCIA CASAS, Félix (ESP/FES) at 15:04
18. PEREZ, Luis (ESP/FES) at 15:13
19. GOMEZ GOZALO, José Javier (ESP/KEL) at 17:00
20. KONECNY, Tomas (CZE/DFF) at 17:20

STAGE 17: Today's stage has shuffled the upper rankings of the general classification, with Roberto Heras (US Postal), taking over in third place from Juan Miguel Mercado (, who was affected by the high winds and the echelons in the peloton. The stage was won by South African Robert Hunter, making this the second Vuelta stage in his career. Oscar Sevilla (Kelme) and Angel Casero (Festina) managed to hold on to their first and second overall, while Mercado slipped to fourth place.

The escape of the day was 130 kms long and included four riders, Pedro Horrillo (Mapei), Juan Manuel Garate (Lampre), Oscar Laguna (Relax Fuenlabrada) and Serguei Smetanine (Jazztel Costa de Almeria). The quartet worked well together, but never opened more than a 2:30 advantage. The stage profile didn't seem like the type that would affect the overall, but the crosswinds gave the US Postal ammunition to fight with. The stage did seem suitable for a bunch sprint and Telekom made sure that they kept the peloton together. But the master stroke from the US Postal would come at km 126, when the American team started to create echelons that split the peloton, leaving behind an inexperienced Mercado and a distracted Plaza. From that point on, the peloton flew, registering speeds above 65 KPH (40.3 MPH), with the final average speed for the day being a wacky 48.147 KPH (29.85 KPH).

RESULTS Stage 17, Murcia to Albacete, 159.5 km:
1. HUNTER, Robert (RSA/LAM) 3:18:46
2. HONDO, Danilo (GER/TEL) s.t.
3. McEWEN, Robbie (AUS/DFF) s.t.
4. FOFONOV, Dmitri (KAZ/COF) s.t.
5. VICIOSO, Angel (ESP/KEL) s.t.
6. FLORES, Igor (ESP/EUS) s.t.
7. MORENI, Cristian (ITA/MER) s.t.
8. ANGUITA, Eleuterio (ESP/CDA) s.t.
10. HORRILLO, Pedro (ESP/MAP) s.t.
11. MCRAE, Chann (USA/USP) s.t.
12. MOLLER, Klaus (DEN/MIL) s.t.
13. BOVEN, Jan (NED/RAB) s.t.
14. LEIPHEIMER, Levi (USA/USP) s.t.
15. MARTINEZ, Alberto (ESP/EUS) s.t.
16. PECHARROMAN, J.Antonio (ESP/CDA) s.t.
17. RUBIERA, José Luis (ESP/USP) s.t.
18. OSA, Aitor (ESP/BAN) s.t.
19. JOACHIM, Benoit (LUX/USP) s.t.
20. FERNANDEZ, Victoriano (ESP/MIL) s.t.

GC after Stage 17:
1. SEVILLA, Oscar (ESP/KEL) 58:23:44
2. CASERO, Angel (ESP/FES) at 25
3. HERAS, Roberto (ESP/USP) at 2:20
4. MERCADO, Juan Miguel (ESP/BAN) at 3:19
5. LEIPHEIMER, Levi (USA/USP) at 3:55
6. PLAZA, David (ESP/FES) at 4:44
7. RUBIERA, José Luis (ESP/USP) at 4:59
8. OSA, Aitor (ESP/BAN) at 5:47
9. MAYO Iban (ESP/EUS) at 6:59
10. ESCARTIN, Fernando (ESP/COA) at 7:18
11. MOLLER, Klaus (DEN/MIL) at 7:27
12. LAISEKA, Roberto (ESP/EUS) at 9:13
13. CUESTA, Iñigo (ESP/COF) at 10:06
14. BLANCO, Santiago (ESP/BAN) at 10:34
15. BELTRAN, Manuel (ESP/MAP) at 13:49
16. GARCIA CASAS, Félix (ESP/FES) at 16:21
17. PEREZ, Luis (ESP/FES) at 16:50
18. GOMEZ GOZALO, José Javier (ESP/KEL) at 18:17
19. KONECNY, Tomas (CZE/DFF) at 18:37
20. JIMENEZ, Jose María (ESP/BAN) at 19:31

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 (MF) 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 (MF ITT) 17,1
13: Sep 21, Andorra-Port Aventura (Tarragona) 206 (B Zberg/Sevilla) 14:
Sep 22, Port Aventura-Vinaros 170,5 (Garate/Sevilla) 15: Sep 23,
Valencia-Aitana (MF) 207,2 (Moller/Sevilla) Rest Day: Sep 24 16: Sep 25,
Alcoy-Murcia 153,3 (Konecny/Sevilla) 17: Sep 26 Murcia-Albacete 159,5
(Hunter/Sevilla) 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


25.09.2001 25.09.2001 GP Industria & Commercio di Prato ITA 1.2 MEL

Italian Davide Rebellin (Liquigas) beat his compatriot Francesco Casagrande (Fassa Bartolo) in the final sprint of this 194 km race in Tuscany.

1. Davide Rebellin (ITA) 5h03:52
2. Francesco Casagrande (ITA) s.t.
3. Eddy Mazzoleni (ITA) at 32
4. Gianluca Tonetti (ITA) at 44
5. Ruggero Borghi (ITA) at 50
6. Paolo Lanfranchi (ITA) at 53
7. Tadej Valjavec (SLO) s.t.
8. Piotr Wadecky (POL) at 1:06
9. Denis Lunghi (ITA) s.t.
10. Gorazd Stangelj (SLO) s.t

23.09.2001 23.09.2001 Duo Normand FRA 1.5 MEL

After winning the time trial at the GP des Nations, German Jens Voigt won on Sunday the pairs time trial called the Duo Normand, riding with his Credit Agricole American teammate Jonathan Vaugthers.

1.Voigt/Vaughters (Ger, Usa) 54.3 km in 1h34'13"
2. Cancellara/Rogers (Swi, Aus) at 0.20
3. Voskamp/van der Ven (Hol-Bel) at 2.05
4. Dayus/Krivtsov (GB, Ukr) at 2.11
5. G. Auger/L. Auger (Fra) at 2.22



Road Race: Rolf Aldag, Torsten Hiekmann, Danilo Hondo, Kai Hundertmarck, Matthias Kessler, Andreas Klier, Stephan Schreck, Jan Ullrich & Erik Zabel (Telekom), Jens Voigt (Credit Agricole), Bjoern Glasner (Colonia), Bert Grabsch (Phonak), Joerg Ludewig (Saeco), Grischa Niermann (Rabobank), Raphael Schweda (Coast), Sven Teutenberg (Festina), Christian Werner (Nuernberger) and Joerg Jaksche (ONCE- Eroski).

Individual Time Trial: Jan Ullrich (Telekom), Jens Voigt (Credit Agricole), Thomas Liese (Nuernberger) and Uwe Peschel (Gerolsteiner).

Women's Judith Arndt, Vera Hohlfeld, Hanka Kupfernagel, Tina Liebig, Petra Rossner and Trixi Worrack. Reserves: Liane Bahler and Tanja Hennes.


Marco Velo has tested positive for lidocaine in the counter analysis, confirming the presence of a banned substance in his body during the Italian National Championships on July 2. The Mercatone Uno rider has won the individual time trial event in the last four years.


MAPEI-Quick Step: After Mapei gave Bartoli his walking papers, team boss, Giorgio Squinzi signed 25 year-old French Mountain Biker Miguel Martinez. The Frenchman has signed a three-year contract and will go from having won almost every important race in Mountain Biking (World Championships, and Olympic Gold at Sydney 2000) to riding the road. Mapei also signed young Kazak cyclist, Dmitriy Muravyev for two seasons. It has also being confirmed today that South African Robert Hunter (Lampre), will join Mapei.

SAECO: The Italian team has now officially signed Danilo Di Luca (Cantina Tollo), who has had a breakup with the team and his manager, Vincenzo Santoni. Saeco has also signed Spaniard Igor Astarloa (Mercatone Uno). It is expected that Con Di Luca will bring some of his teammates from Cantina Tollo like Alessandro Spezialetti, Andrea Tonti and Christian Pepoli.

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