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Escalada a Montjuic
 
By Manny Samaniego
Date: 10/20/2002
Escalada a Montjuic
 
After an impressive victory during the road stage, and a close second during the time trial, Joseba Beloki (Once-Eroski) took the victory on the Escalada Internacional al Castillo de Montjuic, the last event on the Spanish international calendar. The roads around the Castillo de Montjuic were packed with espectators, cheering the 27 riders who took part on the 33er edition of the event.

During the first two laps around the circuit, the pack stayed together, going up the climb at a enjoyable tempo, with Kelme's, Oscar Sevilla going over the line first. On the third lap, it was ibanesto.com's, Juan Antonio Flecha who took the climbing honors. Not content with being the first across the line on the third lap, Flecha instigated the decisive break of the day, during the fourth lap, taking with him, Beloki (Once-Eroski), Felix Garcia Casas (BigMat) and Manuel Beltran (Coast). Flecha led the way until the final ramps of the climb, where he couldn't follow the last attacks from his breakaway companions. Beloki won the sprint, two seconds over Garcia Casas and three over Beltran. 32 seconds passed before, Vuelta's winner, Aitor Gonzalez (Kelme) brought the rest of the pack in.

Awared of the short time gaps, Beloki rode an impressive mountain time trial, and finished second only three seconds behind Kelme's, Oscar Sevilla.

This event was also the last race for Spain's Melchour Mauri (Milaneza). Mauri had an impressive career, winning the 1991 Vuelta a Espaņa, and being an integral part of the much feared ONCE squad of the mid 90s.

RESULTS

Road Stage

1. BELOKI, Joseba-Once-Eroski 24.3 Kms in 46:35

2. GARCIA,Felix BIGMAT a 2 s

3. BELTRAN,Manuel COAST a 3 s

4. GONZALEZ,Aitor KELME a 32 s

5. SEVILLA,Oscar KELME a 35 s

6. FLECHA,Juan Antonio IBANESTO.COM a 38 s

7. CASERO,Angel COAST a 41 s

8. EDO,Angel MILANEZA-MSS a 44 s

9. TORRENT,Carles JAZZTEL a 44 s

10. HORRACH,Joan MILANEZA-MSS a 44 s

11. MANCEBO,Francisco IBANESTO.COM a 44 s

12. GUTIERREZ,Jose Enrique KELME a 44 s

13. QUINTANA,Aitor BIGMAT a 44 s

14. GONZALEZ,Igor ONCE a 44 s

15. REBOLLO,Jose Luis FUENLABRADA a 44 s

16. BURGOS,Nacor FUENLABRADA a 57 s

17. PEREZ,Luis COAST a 59 s

18. RODRIGUEZ,Joaquin EROSKI a 59 s

19. LASTRAS,Pablo IBANESTO.COM a 1:15 m

20. GUILLAMON,Juan Carl KELMEa 2:30 m

21. MAURI,Melcior MILANEZA-MSS a 3:20 m

22. CAMAŅO,Iker PHONAK a 3:20 m

23. SMETANINE,Serguei COSTA ALMERIA a 3:20 m

24. LAGUNA,Oscar FUENLABRADA a 3:20 m

25. ZUBELDIA,Haimar EUSKATEL a 3:20 m

26. MARTINEZ,Egoi EUSKATEL a 3:20 m

27. HERRERO,David EUSKATEL a 5:27 m

TIME TRIAL

1. SEVILLA,Oscar KELME 8,7 kms in 15:21-26 (34.007)

2. BELOKI,Joseba ONCE a 3 s

3. GARCIA,Felix BIGMAT a 11 s

4. GONZALEZ,Aitor KELME a 20 s

5. BELTRAN,Manuel COAST a 22 s

6. CASERO,Angel COAST a 31 s

7. GONZALEZ,Igor ONCE a 33 s

8. GUTIERREZ,Jose Enrique KELME a 41 s

9. PEREZ,Luis COAST a 55 s

10. FLECHA,Juan Antonio IBANESTO.COM a 59 s

11. LASTRAS,Pablo IBANESTO.COM a 1:12 m

12. TORRENT,Carles COSTA ALMERIA a 1:22 m

13. MANCEBO,Francisco IBANESTO.COM a 1:23 m

14. HORRACH,Joan MILANEZA-MSS a 1:25 m

15. REBOLLO,Jose Luis FUENLABRADA a 1:29 m

16. CAMAŅO,Iker PHONAK a 1:33 m

17. BURGOS,Nacor FUENLABRADA a 1:35 m

18. ZUBELDIA,Haimar EUSKATEL a 1:37 m

19. QUINTANA,Aitor BIGMAT a 1:47 m

20. MAURI,Melcior MILANEZA-MSS a 1:58 m

21. SMETANINE,Serguei COSTA ALMERIA a 2:03 m

22. RODRIGUEZ,Joaquin ONCE a 2:03 m

23. EDO,Angel MILANEZA-MSS a 2:07 m

24. LAGUNA,Oscar FUENLABRADA a 2:25 m

25. MARTINEZ,Egoi EUSKATEL a 2:39 m

26. GUILLAMON,Juan Carl COSTA ALMERIA a 2:43 m

27. HERRERO,David EUSKATEL a 4:00 m

OVERALL

1. BELOKI,Joseba ONCE 01:01:59

2. GARCIA,Felix BIGMAT 10 seg.

3. BELTRAN,Manuel COAST 22 seg.

4. SEVILLA,Oscar KELME 32 seg.

5. GONZALEZ,Aitor KELME 49 seg.

6. CASERO,Angel COAST 01:09

7. GONZALEZ,Igor ONCE 01:14

8. GUTIERREZ,Jose Enrique KELME 01:22

9. FLECHA,Juan Antonio IBANESTO.COM 01:34

10. PEREZ,Luis COAST 01:51

11. TORRENT,Carles COSTA ALMERIA 02:03

12. MANCEBO,Francisco IBANESTO.COM 02:04

13. HORRACH,Joan MILANEZA-MSS 02:06

14. REBOLLO,Jose Luis FUENLABRADA 02:10

15. LASTRAS,Pablo IBANESTO.COM 02:24

16. QUINTANA,Aitor BIGMAT 02:28

17. BURGOS,Nacor FUENLABRADA 02:29

18. EDO,Angel MILANEZA-MSS 02:48

19. RODRIGUEZ,Joaquin ONCE 02:59

20. CAMAŅO,Iker PHONAK 04:50

21. ZUBELDIA,Haimar EUSKATEL 04:54

22. GUILLAMON,Juan Carlos COSTA ALMERIA 05:10

23. MAURI,Melcior MILANEZA-MSS 05:15

24. SMETANINE,Serguei COSTA ALMERIA 05:20

25. LAGUNA,Oscar FUENLABRADA 05:42

26. MARTINEZ,Egoi EUSKATEL 05:56

27. HERRERO,David EUSKATEL 09:24


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