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Vuelta Stage 7: Jaén-Málaga Stage Report
 
By Janna Trevisanut
Date: 9/13/2002
Vuelta Stage 7: Jaén-Málaga Stage Report
 

Stage 7 Photos!

Locutus suggests that Stage 7 will be a welcome relief for those riders whose bones aren't made of carbon fiber, as the stage covers a flat 196.8 km course from Jaen to Malaga. After suffering in the caboose during the previous two stages, the sprinters will again have a chance to take to the front for glory. Look for Cipollini, Zabel, Petacchi, and Freire to battle it out for glory with the other sprinters. Then look for Cipo to pull out soon after to prepare for the World Championships in Zolder.

Bringing you up to date:

The race went off at 12:44 CET from Jaen, and within 8 km the speed caused the bunch to break into two groups.

German Nieto (Relax) and Mariano Piccoli (Lampre) broke away by km 23.

By this time they were joined by Van Goolen (Domo), Portal (AG2R) and Elio Aggiano (Mapei) and had gained 3'02" on the peloton by km 40.

Van Goolen and Piccoli both puncture but regain the peloton easily.

The speed in the first hour is 45.3 kph.

Jeremy Hunt (Big Mat) and Allesandro Spezialetti (Saeco) both abandoned today.

By km 47 Saeco and Acqua are easily controlling the peloton, and by km 61 the break has 4'18" on the bunch. This decreases to 3'18" by km 76. Right after this Aggiano falls behind the break and the peloton bridges up.

Intermediate sprint at Cabra: Nieto first, Van Goolen second and Nicolas Portal third.

At km 90.5 is the second intermediate sprint at Lucena. Van Goolen first, Nieto second and Piccoli third. Piccoli, after his puncture, regained the break, not the peloton as previously stated.

The escapees have about 3'20' on the main group.

Robert Laiseka, who was injured in Stage 5, will be going home today after receiving surgery on his elbow and many stitches to his face. In our Official Stage Notes from Stage 6 (yesterday) there is a statement regarding his accident. His fork broke, causing some alarm, and the circumstances are explained in the Stage Notes.

When the riders passed the feed zone the break had an advantage of 3'50", and now at km 112 the advantage is 5'28". The escapees are now Nieto, Aggiano and Piccoli, so Aggiano must have broken away from the bunch again.

The riders will soon be reaching the long, slightly downhill section of this stage, from about km 160 to the finish at Malaga.

The last sprint is at km 192, 4 before the finish, and combined with the slope it should be quite fast.

At 50k to go (a few minutes ago), the gap was 5'02". The peloton is being controlled by Fassa, Telekom, Kelme and Acqua.

That last was 80k to go, not 50. At km 119 the lead was down to 4'52", and at km 124 down to 4'00". Van Goolen is still with the break, being one of the most combative riders so far in this edition of the Vuelta.

Jurgen Van Goolen, Domo Farm-Frites, is 22, and is from Belgium. He gained points in Stages 3 and 4, and maintained his GC spot at #171 the past two days, moving up some 20 spots in Stage 5.

At 64km to go, the escapees have 3'58" on the bunch. The speed in the third hour has been 42.2kph.

58k to go, the lead down to 3'30".

Fassa and Telekom still heading the peloton.

54k to go, the gap continuing to decrease...now 2'40".

48k, the bunch continuing to gain on the escapees, the gap down to 1'48".

Nieto falls off the breakaway group.

47km to go, Nieto rejoins the escapees, the gap coming down...1'14", as expected.

40k, the gap is less than a minute. The sprint fireworks will commence soon....

Extebarria has a mechanical. Gap is 43 seconds.

Gap is around 15 seconds...about 30k to go.

34k to go, the break has been absorbed. The escapees's ride lasted 139km!

Fourth hour speed was 41.5kph. Victor Hugo Pena punctures. The refreshment length has been extended due to the heat.

More Domos than Acquas riding tempo. 15 to go.

Blijlvens seems to have his eye on the stage today too. Maybe he has found his legs.

The latest from Tour de Pologne: Pellizzotti takes the stage and the overall lead.

Virenque took third in the stage - just 1 min. behind.

Domo on the front now for Blijlevens.

9k to go, two Relax riders in front but not for long.

Colom and Gadeo attacked but no go.

The trains are forming, Telekom on the right, Fassa on the left.

Here comes Acqua!

Under 2k, Acqua at the front.

Di Luca and Cipo going!

Cipo takes it!

1. Cipollini, 2. Zabel 3. Teutenberg 4. Blijlevens, 5. Petacchi.

Results:
1º 13 CIPOLLINI, Mario ITA ACQ 4:33:47
2º 211 ZABEL, Erik GER TEL m.t.
3º 179 TEUTENBERG, Sven GER PHO m.t.
4º 84 PETACCHI, Alessandro ITA FAS m.t.
5º 61 BLIJEVENS, Jeroen NED DFF m.t.
6º 34 FURLAN, Angelo ITA ALS m.t.
7º 197 GLOMSER, Gerrit AUT SAE m.t.
8º 198 SACCHI, Fabio ITA SAE m.t.
9º 141 FREIRE, Oscar ESP MAP m.t.
10º 152 EDO, Angel ESP MIL m.t.
11º 203 BOSSONI, Paolo ITA TAC m.t.
12º 6 GUIDI, Fabrizio ITA COA m.t.
13º 183 GARRIDO, Martín ARG REL m.t.
14º 206 HAUPTMAN, Andrej SLO TAC m.t.
15º 126 GUTIERREZ, José ESP KEL m.t.
16º 67 MOERENHOUT, Koos NED DFF m.t.
17º 104 GUERRA, Alessandro ITA INA m.t.
18º 115 GUILLAMON, Juan ESP JAZ m.t.
19º 95 GUTIERREZ, José Iván ESP BAN m.t.
20º 181 BURGOS, Nacor ESP REL m.t.
21º 51 MILLAR, David GBR COF m.t.
22º 118 TORRENT, Carlos ESP JAZ m.t.
23º 35 MIHOLJEVIC, Vladimir CRO ALS m.t.
24º 125 GONZALEZ, Aitor ESP KEL m.t.
25º 16 LOMBARDI, Giovanni ITA ACQ m.t.
26º 218 VINOKOUROV, Alexandre KAZ TEL m.t.
27º 71 ARTETXE, Mikel ESP EUS m.t.
28º 96 LASTRAS, Pablo ESP BAN m.t.
29º 93 FLECHA, J.Antonio ESP BAN m.t.
30º 223 BARRY ,Michael CAN USP m.t.
31º 156 LAVARINHAS, Rui POR MIL m.t.
32º 116 SMETANINE, Serguei RUS JAZ m.t.
33º 144 CAÑADA, David ESP MAP m.t.
34º 169 ZARRABEITIA, Mikel ESP ONE m.t.
35º 78 MAYO, Iban ESP EUS m.t.
36º 194 DI LUCA, Danilo ITA SAE m.t.
37º 121 SEVILLA, Oscar ESP KEL m.t.
38º 212 ALDAG, Rolf GER TEL m.t.
39º 114 GARRIDO, José ESP JAZ m.t.
40º 97 MANCEBO, Francisco ESP BAN m.t.
41º 221 HERAS, Roberto ESP USP m.t.
42º 65 KASHECHKIN, Andrey KAZ DFF m.t.
43º 3 BELTRAN, Manuel ESP COA m.t.
44º 74 GERRIKAGOITIA, Gorka ESP EUS m.t.
45º 192 ASTARLOA, Igor ESP SAE m.t.
46º 81 CASAGRANDE, Francesco ITA FAS m.t.
47º 54 CLAIN, Mederic FRA COF m.t.
48º 215 KLIER, Andreas GER TEL m.t.
49º 191 SIMONI, Gilberto ITA SAE m.t.
50º 124 GARCIA, Carlos ESP KEL m.t.

Clain keeps the KOM leader's jersey, ahead of Garcia Casas and Simoni.

Piccoli, in interview, promises he'll try again in the coming days.

Official Overall after Stage 7:
1º 121 SEVILLA, Oscar ESP KEL 25:25:04
2º 218 VINOKOUROV, Alexandre KAZ TEL a 14
3º 221 HERAS, Roberto ESP USP a 39
4º 125 GONZALEZ, Aitor ESP KEL a 41
5º 41 GARCIA CASAS, Félix ESP BIG a 52
6º 79 ZUBELDIA, Haimar ESP EUS a 57
7º 78 MAYO, Iban ESP EUS a 1:14
8º 169 ZARRABEITIA, Mikel ESP ONE a 1:25
9º 166 JAKSCHE, Jörg GER ONE a 1:32
10º 161 BELOKI, Joseba ESP ONE a 1:43
11º 81 CASAGRANDE, Francesco ITA FAS a 1:45
12º 194 DI LUCA, Danilo ITA SAE a 1:48
13º 191 SIMONI, Gilberto ITA SAE a 1:49
14º 59 TRENTIN, Guido ITA COF a 2:01
15º 97 MANCEBO, Francisco ESP BAN a 2:18
16º 171 CAMENZIND, Oscar SUI PHO a 2:22
17º 151 MÖLLER, Klaus DEN MIL a 2:29
18º 96 LASTRAS, Pablo ESP BAN a 2:29
19º 3 BELTRAN, Manuel ESP COA a 2:33
20º 1 CASERO, Angel ESP COA a 2:46
21º 4 ESCARTIN, Fernando ESP COA a 3:04
22º 51 MILLAR, David GBR COF a 3:16
23º 87 VALJAVEC, Tadej SLO FAS a 3:35
24º 72 ETXEBARRIA, David ESP EUS a 4:02
25º 119 VALDEZ, Ricardo ESP JAZ a 4:25
26º 155 JEKER, Fabian SUI MIL a 4:26
27º 31 CAUCCHIOLI, Pietro ITA ALS a 4:36
28º 159 SOUSA, Rui Miguel POR MIL a 5:07
29º 176 PEREIRO, Oscar ESP PHO a 5:18
30º 201 LUTTENBERGER, Peter AUT TAC a 5:37
31º 62 BRUYLANDTS, Dave BEL DFF a 5:50
32º 162 GLEZ. GALDEANO, Igor ESP ONE a 6:09
33º 52 ATIENZA, Daniel ESP COF a 6:19
34º 124 GARCIA, Carlos ESP KEL a 6:46
35º 93 FLECHA, J.Antonio ESP BAN a 6:49
36º 117 PECHARROMAN, J.Antonio ESP JAZ a 6:57
37º 114 GARRIDO, José ESP JAZ a 7:18
38º 131 GARATE, Juan Manuel ESP LAM a 7:44
39º 228 VANDEVELDE, Christian USA USP a 8:12
40º 156 LAVARINHAS, Rui POR MIL a 8:26
41º 56 LELLI, Massimiliano ITA COF a 8:31
42º 163 AZEVEDO, José POR ONE a 8:41
43º 66 KLEYNEN, Steven BEL DFF a 8:48
44º 208 SZYMYD, Sylvester POL TAC a 9:44
45º 181 BURGOS, Nacor ESP REL a 9:49
46º 168 SERRANO, Marcos ESP ONE a 9:51
47º 25 CHAURREAU, Iñigo ESP A2R a 9:59
48º 9 PLAZA, David ESP COA a 10:32
49º 197 GLOMSER, Gerrit AUT SAE a 13:56
50º 76 LOPEZ DE MUNAIN, Alberto ESP EUS a 14:05

Official Points Standings after Stage 7:
1º 211 ZABEL, Erik GER TEL 76
2º 13 CIPOLLINI, Mario ITA ACQ 75
3º 84 PETACCHI, Alessandro ITA FAS 55
4º 152 EDO, Angel ESP MIL 38
5º 194 DI LUCA, Danilo ITA SAE 36
6º 41 GARCIA CASAS, Félix ESP BIG 33
7º 141 FREIRE, Oscar ESP MAP 29
8º 197 GLOMSER, Gerrit AUT SAE 28
9º 179 TEUTENBERG, Sven GER PHO 28
10º 59 TRENTIN, Guido ITA COF 27
11º 203 BOSSONI, Paolo ITA TAC 26
12º 121 SEVILLA, Oscar ESP KEL 26
13º 221 HERAS, Roberto ESP USP 25
14º 218 VINOKOUROV, Alexandre KAZ TEL 24
15º 125 GONZALEZ, Aitor ESP KEL 23
16º 171 CAMENZIND, Oscar SUI PHO 23
17º 79 ZUBELDIA, Haimar ESP EUS 22
18º 191 SIMONI, Gilberto ITA SAE 20
19º 34 FURLAN, Angelo ITA ALS 20
20º 61 BLIJEVENS, Jeroen NED DFF 20

Overall Teams Standings after Stage 7:
1º Once - Eroski ONE 76:19:52
2º Kelme - Costa Blanca KEL a 52
3º Euskaltel - Euskadi EUS a 1:33
4º Team Coast COA a 3:06
5º Milaneza - MSS MIL a 3:55
6º IBanesto.com BAN a 4:57
7º Cofidis, le credit par telephone COF a 6:50
8º Saeco - Longoni Sport SAE a 12:45
9º Jazztel - Costa Almeria JAZ a 13:33
10º Fassa Bortolo FAS a 14:15
11º Phonak Hearing Systems PHO a 24:14
12º Bigmat Auber 93 BIG a 25:44
13º US Postal Service USP a 29:15
14º Lampre - Daikin LAM a 31:42
15º DOMO - Farm Frites DFF a 32:22
16º Relax - Fuenlabrada REL a 33:20
17º AG2R Prevoyance A2R a 42:18
18º Alessio ALS a 43:53
19º Team Telekom TEL a 46:47
20º Tacconi - Sport TAC a 49:28
21º Mapei-Quick Step MAP a 1:15:05
22º Acqua & Sapone - Cantina Tollo ACQ a 1:25:05
23º Index - Alexia INA a 1:41:51

Please join us tomorrow for live coverage of Stage 8 - Malaga - Ubrique (173.6km), with a Cat 3, a Cat 2 and a Cat 1 climb. The Cat 1 is at the 129km mark and runs for almost 20km, leveling off a bit with a fairly steep downhill finish. It will mean a mixed day, with some parts favoring the sprinters (including the finish) and some favoring the climbers. Hope to see you then, and thanks for reading!


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