Vuelta a España
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Riders To Watch
Part Three of a three part series, we have a look at the riders and their teams about to do battle in Spain.
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Angel Casero with new colours
After many changes and a lot of uncertainty, Angel Casero found his calmness with Team Bianchi. In the Tour de France he could check Jan Ullrich´s recovery. The colours seem to have changed the German rider. With those colours, Angel Casero can be the rider who became the winner of the Vuelta a España 2001 again. Angel Casero started riding with the Rafael Buñol cycling school in Valencia. When he was 21 he got the victory in the Tour de L´Avenir.
Born in 1972, he will be 31 when the Vuelta a España 2003 gets to Madrid. He is one of the icons of Spanish cycling and he knows very well what wearing the Gold Jersey in Puerta de Alcalá means. Although in the last edition he was not in a very good shape, there are many people who trust him completely for this year. He will probably be one of the stars in this Vuelta a España 2003.
181 CASERO MORENO Angel Luis, 182 GARCIA CASAS Felix M., 183 GARMENDIA ARBILLA Aitor, 184 GUIDI Fabrizio , 185 HERNANDEZ BERTRAN Jaime Javier, 186 LARA RUIZ Francisco José, 187 PLAZA ROMERO David, 188 RUND Thorsten, 189 SCHWEDA Raphael.
Stage 13 - 2002 - The break ascending Alto de Bocos ©Unipublic
Dario Frigo, everything is possible
One rider who should be among the best riders of present cycling is Dario Frigo. This Italian rider was born in Saronno on the 18th of September in 1973; he became a professional rider in 1996 and little by little he started to make a name for himself in Italy.
This is a good year for him. In 2001 and 2002 he won in Zurich, Romandy and Nice. Frigo is very good in the time trials and he has already showed it in San Vicente del Raspeig during the Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana and in Source Perrier in France. In the Giro he won at the Vicoforte Shrine and was second the following day in Formazza. In Cataluña he became winner in Col de Pal, in Bagá.
We must take him into account as a possible overall contender.
1 GONZALEZ JIMENEZ Aitor, 2 DE LOS ANGELES SEGUI Juan José, 3 FRIGO Dario, 4 GUSTOV Volodymir, 5 IVANOV Serguei, 6 PETACCHI Alessandro, 7 TOSATTO Matteo, 8 TRENTI Guido, 9 VALJAVEC Tadej.
Stage 13 - the peloton, Courtesy of lavuelta.com
Igor González, visit to the hospital
One fall in the German Tour in a time trial took Igor González de Galdeano to hospital. He broke his collarbone and that kept him out of competition for a month; after this time he was ready again to keep on riding despite the Once Team has announced their intention of leaving professional cycling.
Igor is now 29 years old, he was born in Vitoria the 1st of November 1973 and became a professional rider in 1995. He rode for Euskaltel-euskadi and then for Seguros Vitalicio. Among the riders of the Once-Eroski he is one of the stars. Everybody knows he is one of the best in the time trials, that´s why he got the Bronze Medal last year in the Time Trial World Championship in Belgium.
He was the Spanish Champion in the same event too and in the Tour de France he achieved the fifth position in two different stages. La Vuelta 2003 is quite suitable for him and he already showed it in 1999 when he stood on the second position of the Podium in Madrid next to Jan Ullrich and Roberto Heras in front of Tonkov, Jose María Jiménez and Chechu Rubiera. He is fully aware what wearing the Gold Jersey means.
21 GONZALEZ DE GALDEANO Igor, 22 AZEVEDO José, 23 SERRANO RODRIGUEZ, Marcos Antonio, 24 HRUSKA Jan, 25 JAKSCHE Jörg, 26 NOZAL VEGA Isidro, 27 PRADERA RODRIGUEZ Mikel, 28 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin, 29 VICIOSO ARCOS Angel.
Stage 2, 2002 - IGG escorts Beloki. © Unipublic
Mancebo, a brilliant climber
Paco Mancebo is one those brilliant riders who have worked for ibanesto.com. He was born in Madrid on March, the 9th 1976. He became a professional rider in 1998 and since them he has not disappointed anybody as good rider and climber.
His last results confirm that he must be among the best riders. He got the tenth position in the Tour de France and before that he had won the Vuelta Castilla-León and the Clásica de los Alpes. This Vuelta a España 2003 is very suitable for him as he is a very strong rider.
This season he was second in Vuelta a la Rioja and Subida al Naranco in Asturias. In the Tour de France 2002, he achieved the seventh position and in 2000 he was ninth. If he is in a good form, we all notice his presence.
81 ARRIETA LUJAMBIO José Luis, 82 GARCIA ACOSTA José Vicente, 83 JIMENEZ SANCHEZ Eladio, 84 LASTRAS GARCIA Pablo, 85 MANCEBO PEREZ Francisco, 86 OSA EIZAGUIRRE Aitor, 87 OSA EIZAGUIRRE Unai, 88 PIEPOLI Leonardo, 89 PLAZA MOLINA Ruben.
Stage 11, 2002. Winner Pablo Lastras and Haimar Zubeldia crossing the line. Courtesy of lavuelta.com
Pecharromán, future leader
Cycling fans all over the world are always in constant search of new stars; José Antonio Pecharromán is the ideal candidate for this post. He is said to be a future leader and can get very high if he is able to assimilate the enormous popularity he is arising. He was born in Coria, in Cácares but he is living in Daimiel in Ciudad Real where he has numerous fans. Being now 25, he became a professional rider in 2000. He has been quite unlucky as he has had to be operated on for injuries twice.
But in 2003 everything has changed for him; he became winner of the Euskal Bizikleta and then of the Volta a Cataluña. His previous managers has said he is a very good timetrialist. Now he is the leader of the Paternina-Costa de Almería, managed by Miguel Moreno.
Even though this team is not very famous yet, this is the first time they are riding the Vuelta a España with the hope of having Pecha standing on the podium in Madrid.
PATERNINA - COSTA DE ALMERIA
131 PECHARROMAN FABIAN José Antonio, 132 CASERO MORENO Rafael, 133 DIAZ LOBATO Pedro, 134 FERRIO LUQUE Jorge, 135 GARRIDO José Antonio, 136 GOLBANO GARCIA Carlos Ramon, 137 TOLEDO Gustavo Mario, 138 TORRENT TARRES Carlos, 139 VALDEZ PRIETO Ricardo.
Stage 16 2002 - The bunch. ©Unipublic
Rubiera, a very hard-worker rider
There have always been many very good riders born in Asturias. History is full of names such as "El Tarangu" Fuente or López Carril. Nowadays, there are many professional riders trying to make a name for themselves but one of them deserves a special chapter only for himself, that is Chechu Rubiera. Being thirty years old, Jose Luis Rubiera, from US Postal, is a very complete rider.
Lance Armstrong has achieved many triumphs thanks to him; many technicians think that without Rubiera, the American rider would not be the same; this year he got the 19th position in the Overall Standings and he could have been even better if he had worked for himself. In 2001, he got the seventh position in the Vuelta a España. The previous year, he won the 13th stage of the Giro and ended in the eighth position
In the Vuelta a España he was 11th but in 1999 he was sixth. The Gijón-born rider offers a lot of possibilities and he works the whole year as a professional rider. He is one of those riders who really deserves to win the Vuelta a España 2003.
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11 HERAS HERNANDEZ Roberto, 12 BARRY Michael, 13 BELTRAN MARTINEZ Manuel, 14 HINCAPIE George, 15 JOACHIM Benoît, 16 LANDIS Floyd, 17 PENA GRISALES Victor Hugo, 18 RUBIERA VIGIL José Luis, 19 VAN HEESWIJK Max.
Stage 16 - 2002. Postal-led train ©Unipublic
Vandenbroucke, a very interesting mystery
Vandenbroucke is one of those men who can be a really outstanding rider in the Vuelta a España 2003 with the Quick Step. At 29 he has enough quality as to become one of the best riders in the peloton.
Born in Mouscron, he became a professional rider in 1994 when he was 20. His physical conditions made him one of the great riders, that is why he won in the Classic Races of Lieja, Gante, in the Paris-Niza in 1998 and was second in Flandes in 1999 and 2003.
His life has been full of problems but with his new team he seems to have found normality, after several difficult months. The Spanish enthusiasts would remember him very well because in the Vuelta 1999 he got a stage win in Teruel and then in Ávila in front of riders such as Zarrabeitia, Roberto Heras, Pavel Tonkov, José María Jiménez and the winner of that year Jan Ullrich.
He is still a mystery for this Vuelta a España 2003.
QUICK STEEP - DAVITAMON
151 AMORISON Frédéric, 152 BOONEN Tom, 153 CANADA GRACIA David, 154 CLERC Aurélien, 155 SINKEWITZ Patrik, 156 TANKINK Bram, 157 VAN DE WOUWER Kurt, 158 VANDENBROUCKE Frank, 159 VIRENQUE Richard.
Winner 2002 - The Terminaitor!