Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of Stage 15 which finishes on the infamous climb of La Pandera.
As Daily Peloton reader KC Mike points out: “The Vuelta Website says La Pandera averages 6.4% over 8.3 km, starting at 1160m and finishing at 1840m. If the length and altitude numbers are correct, then it has an 8.2% average. Moreover, the last .9 km goes up only 10m, so the first 7.4 km of the climb averages 9.1%.”
The riders must tackle two difficult climbs in the final kilometres of the stage: Villares and La Pandera. The last climb was included in the Vuelta 2002, when it proved to be a very difficult obstacle, apt for only the most specialist climbers.
75 km covered - We join the race with four escapees down the road from a Postal lead peloton. The escapees are César Garcia Calvo (Labarca), Paulo Barroso (Milaneza), Carlos Torrent (Paternina) and German Nieto (Relax), none of whom are any threat to the overall classification.
It is a beautiful day in Spain, ideal for cycle racing, and the peloton is in relaxed mood - but that will change as the major climb starts to loom.
A lot of local fans turned up this morning to cheer on the 164 riders who signed to ride today - in particular the the people from Ossa de Montiel came to cheer their hero "El Nino" Oscar Sevilla. Other local riders with their fan clubs were Cerezo Perales (Labarca 2-Cafe Baque) and Oscar Laguna.
Last year's winner on "The Tambourine" - la Pandera, which is usually reserved for military use - Roberto Heras - started in a quietly confident mood.
The Spanish press covering the Vuelta 2003 is in agreement in its analysis of the 15th stage: this is the last chance for Roberto Heras to make a move.
The Spanish paper “Marca” opens with: “It’s Heras’ turn”. The newspaper also offers declarations made by race leader Nozal: “Lose time? Maybe you’re going to get a surprise and we will be the ones attacking”.
“Marca" offers an interesting story that is also covered in other publications today: “Isidro Nozal wanted to leave cycling following the Tour."
“AS” dedicates its space to Petacchi, opening with: “Living on the podium”, and the withdrawal from the race of Vuelta 2002 winner Aitor González: “Aitor rounds off a dark season”. With regard to today’s stage, the paper proclaims: “La Pandera offers Heras one of his last chances."
“Deia” contains three interesting stories: The offers made by Relax and Saunier Duval for Txema del Olmo, the difficult process of Alberto Martinez’s renovation for Euskatel-Euskadi and the rumour that arose yesterday indicating that, during the rest stage tomorrow, José Miguel Exchavarri will reveal the name of the sponsor that is to replace ibanesto.com.
“Diario Vasco” explains Alvaro Pino’s disappointment with the performance of his team and, as in other papers, publishes the news that Monday’s edition of "Interviu" magazine will contain nude photos of many of the Vuelta’s stars in pictures taken during the first rest day.
82 km covered - US Postal still lead the relaxed peloton - the final climb, the “Sierra de la Pandera”, a climb with stretches of 15% has an intial stretch of 14% - which is where we expect the US Postal to set up their leader Roberto Heras to launch his attack.
Before that, the riders must face the first climb, Villares, which is situated in the final kilometres of the stage and is a 2nd category climb of 11 kilometres, with an average gradient of 5.5%.
Today’s stage will be decisive in revealing whether climber Roberto Heras, who is sure to have fond memories of the climb, is capable of winning back time from Isidro Nozal, a fine time trialist who must adopt a defensive attitude when the road enters mountain territory.
85 km covered - Postal still lead the peloton with Benoit Joachim now doing a turn at the front - the four escapees still have a gap of around 4'20'', while the ONCE and race leader Nozal look relaxed and confident in the peloton.
So whereas yesterday was all about the sprinters, today is a day for the mountain goats - small men with powerful engines. At the present moment the undisputed king of the hills is Felix "the Cat" Cardenas - who leads the Mountain Classification. The standings are:
1º Cardenas, Felix Col L2c 132
2º Osa, Aitor Esp Ban 106
3º Horrach, Joan Esp Mil 97
4º Perez, Luis Esp Cof 62
5º Jufre, José Esp Crf 55
6º Rodriguez, Joaquin Esp One 49
7º Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel 42
8º Zaballa, Constantino Esp Kel 40
9º Rasmussen, Michael Den Rab 37
10º Osa, Unai Esp Ban 36
Certainly all these men will be hoping to do well on this extremely tough mountain stage - but the bookmakers make Heras the clear favourite - the question is, how much time can he gain on Nozal and Galdeano in the stage?
14.38. 100 km covered. So the gap is steadily falling on the escapees, and the peloton gradually stiffening its resolve for the challenges ahead - the gap down now to around 3'40'' after 100 kilometres of fairly relaxed racing which, considering the speeds the peloton has been averaging throughout this race, is very understandable.
Interestingly, Daily Peloton writer - the racer Bingen Fernandez Bustinza - who of course is riding for the Cofidis team, has been critical of etiquette during this year's race. In his latest dispatch at http://www.dailypeloton.com/displayarticle.asp?pk=4860 he remarks - "Today was only the second time during this tour that I was able to take a bag in the feed zone. In all the other stages we have not slowed down enough for everyone to take bags. The etiquette during the feed zones has been pathetic this tour with people attacking, etc."
Certainly it was noticable yesterday that the usual slow down during the feed zones just did not happen - which of course makes it even more difficult for the hard-working domestiques.
107 km covered - Still Postal, and the speed is gradually increasing. The peloton steams along long straight roads like a strange roller coaster that will finish up hill.
The ONCE team have been quite magnificent in their defence of the Golden Jersey - but they have lost one member in the race so far. Jose Azevedo abandoned on stage 10 - the rest of the team remains focused and determined to support Isidro Nozal.
Isidro Nozal is nicknamed “Gurí”, which originates from his home town; he has certainly had a roller coaster ride in this race himself and must be very nervous about the challenges ahead of him today. If he wins the race he will be the most unexpected winner of a major Tour - probably since Agnolutto won the Tour de Suisse.
14.57. Km 118. The gap still over the three minute mark, which Postal will probably be happy to keep. If they chase these breakaways down too hard then they will be opening up the opportunity for other riders to attack. Better the devil you know, in these circumstances.
Germán Nieto, César García, Paulo Barroso and Carlos Torrent still at the head of affairs. They are of course gaining their sponsors' essential coverage for the large Spanish audience.
Interestingly, in a poll on a Spanish website this morning, 78% of voters thought that Heras would win today's stage - so heavy responsibilities on Heras' shoulders this afternoon...
Relax rider Germán Nieto Fernandez is known for his breakaway attempts - as is evident by his position with the escapees today - however, in spite of being a pro since 1994 when he joined the Castelblanch team, he has had no major success.
César García Calvo, also in the break and riding for the Labarca 2-Café Baqué, won the second stage of the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco 2002 while riding for the Relax team.
15.13. Km 127. Postal, looking in determined mood today, increase their numbers at the front of the peloton - while the escapees' gap continues to hover around the 3'50'' mark.
Once again another fast day in the saddle for the riders; the average speed for the second hour was 44.8 kilometres per hour - the shorter stages of La Vuelta are becoming famous for fast, exciting racing, which the other major Tour organisers have been quick to notice.
Earlier on in the stage, a possible contender for stage victory Peter Luttenberger (CSC), the reknowned climber, suffered a fall. He was treated by the doctors Irigoyen and Grandes for injuries to his left arm leg and back - he was okay to continue racing, but it will have not helped his hopes, either for himself or for "dummy man" Carlos Sastre.
15.21. 135 km covered. The average speed for the third hour has been 43.8 kilometres per hour as the riders start the uphill stretch to Jaén - very hot conditions today, and once again a fairly stiff breeze blowing in from the right.
Speaking on the US Postal website, Heras said: "After two weeks of hard racing, I still feel very good, but I realize it will be a mere toss-up to win this year’s race. Tomorrow, it must be the day for me, although we all know Nozal must fail for me to have chances to win this Vuelta. Anyway, from now on, I will try to attack every single day until we reach Madrid.
"The race slams back into the big hills with the Sierra de la Pandera (HC). Last year, I won this stage and again, I will do everything to be the first to cross the finish line. The climb suits me perfect with an opening section of 14% gradient, portions at 12% to 15% and a slight dip before the last kick to the line.
"Nozal has an advantage of more than five minutes. I know almost everybody thinks it will be impossible for me to bridge the gap, but both Johan Bruyneel and I think there is always a chance. If it’s not tomorrow, then we will try again next week. The climbs of Madrid are also good for my way of riding, you know..."
So fighting talk from Roberto and he will need to have fighting legs today to use his enormous climbing skills to put time into Nozal and Galdeano - he will be supported by Beltran, who is just heading to his home town of Jaén.
15.30. 139 km covered. As the map profile shows, from Jaén it is now virtually all uphill - so tired legs and epic emotions are due for the roadside fans who line the route.
The peloton begins to stretch out as the riders enter Jaén. Huge crowds cheer the riders on. The gap between the escapees and the US Postal peloton: 2:57.
143 km covered - And Kelme now pick up the chase - they will be riding for Valverde and trying to redeem themselves in the eyes of their Directeur Sportif.
Nieto and Borroso find the pace too hot to handle and have been dropped by Garcia Calvo and Torrent.
The two now have 53'' on the Kelme-led peloton.
The peloton strung out along the road and riders already beginning to find the pace to hot. Matteo Tosatto (Fassa) is struggling at the back of the peloton as the two leaders' gap drops to 37''.
Carlos Torrent (Paternina) won the intermediate sprint in Jaen ahead of Paulo Barroso (Milaneza-MSS) and César Garcia Calvo (Labarca 2-Café Baque). But with Kelme on the front, it will be the last success they have today. As Igor Galdeano has a bike change before the big climbs of the day, his teammates drop back to help him rejoin the peloton.
It is all over for the escapees - the peloton regroups with Kelme at the front and the riders start to take their helmets off - as Zabel attacks!
Zabel gets the points he wants in the Intermediate Sprint, so the battle between he and Petacchi continues, even in the shadow of the mighty Pandera.
Jufre (Relax) launches the first mountain attack - he is a good climber and will be hoping to get an advantage on his rivals.
15.47. 22 km to go. The riders continue to discard their helmets in anticipation of the cruel slopes ahead and we see Sven Montgomery (Fassa) drop back to pass his helmet to his team helpers...
Zabel, having got the points, now settles into a pace at the back of the peloton - no podium for Zabel today!
20 km to go - Scarponi has a mechanical problem under the kite - he is lying 11th overall and a teammate drops back to help him.
19km to go and Euskatel are on the attack - Etxebarria and Laiseka surge up the hill.
They are marked out by several riders, while behind, US Postal lead the peloton.
Laiseka pushes on - alone - while at the back of the peloton Frigo cannot hold the pace.
The orange shirt of Laiseka at the front of the race - behind the peloton led by the blue Train - Laiseka has 20'' advantage.
Now Cofidis rider Cuesta attacks the peloton - while Frigo fights his way back into the peloton.
Still, Postal lead the peloton as Garcia Quesada (Kelme) also attacks.
Hincapie leads the peloton as a Banesto boy also attacks - it is Osa, who passes the Kelme rider and surges upwards.
Sorry - it is Mercado on the attack.
The peloton is thinning out quickly now as Laiseka has 29'' advantage on the peloton - but US Postal no longer lead the peloton as Sevilla attacks.
"El Nino," in rampant form, joins Mercado, Cardenas, Cuesta and Atienza who form a group between Laiseka in between the lead and the peloton.
Frigo meanwhile battles with himself to hold the wheels of the reduced peloton, as Laiseka's advantage grows to 47''.
Nozal, meanwhile, is in the centre of the peloton - he knows he has a mammoth job in hand today and must keep his nerve and resolve.
Laiseka has 27 seconds' advantage over Inigo Cuesta and Daniel Atienza (Cofidis), Oscar Sevilla (Kelme), Felix Cardenas (Labarca 2) and Juan Miguel Mercado, and 40 seconds' advantage over the peloton.
On the descent of the Alto de los Villares there could be a small general regroupment as the riders prepare for the final mighty climb of the day.
Laiseka's gap now 30''- the peloton is regrouped - as Levi Leipheimer leads the peloton for Rasmussen.
16.11. 9 km to go. Laiseka starts the steeper sections of the climb; he is looking smooth and controlled on the savage slopes.
8 km to go - Beltran and Heras now take the front of the peloton - Nozal still in the peloton as Postal stamp down some pressure.
Laiska is caught - as Nozal attacks! Nozal is on his own - he has attacked and is clear!
No! It's Cardenas on the attack!
Cardenas has 16'' advantage over the peloton which is led now by the ONCE.
Del Omo (Milaneza) attacks the peloton as does Cuesta, so Cardenas in the lead, Cuesta and Del Omo behind him and the peloton of about 25 men are 30'' back.
Surprisingly, it is the ONCE who have regained control over the peloton. They are setting a steady, but not savage, pace which will suit Nozal.
16.20. 5 km to go. Now Postal pick up the pace with Beltran setting the pace, Heras on his wheel - Nozal watching every move...
Cuesta (Cofidis) will be caught as Osa, the Banesto rider, now attacks - he passes Cuesta as Rasmussen and Heras respond. Cardenas still in the lead - but Heras is now putting the pressure on.
4 km to go. Heras on the rampage again - he splits the peloton and only Osa can hold on - Nozal desperately tries to hold on.
Heras and Osa together - ahead of them Cardenas with 14'' advantage - Nozal 17'' behind.
Nozal digging deep, as Heras finally drops Osa and his attack finally catches Cardenas under the 3 kilometre kite.
3km to go. Heras in the lead, he has 34'' advantage over Nozal - Heras, in rampant form, is dancing up the mountainside...
Nozal - his ONCE teammate drops back to help him under all sorts of pressure - as Sevilla and Valverde are also on the attack!
54'' is Heras' advantage over Nozal - who is digging deep and desperately trying to cling onto the Golden jersey. While Cardenas also fights back and joins Heras at the front of the race.
2 km to go. 1'02'' Heras' advantage over Nozal - who now has two teammates helping him up the climb.
Galdeano's help is showing - Nozal reduces the gap to under 1 minute - Heras and Cardenas have 17'' over Sevilla and Valverde - Nozal about 1 minute back.
Nozal - face of suffering - is fighting tooth and nail for that jersey!
1 km to go. Cardenas and Heras locked in battle at the front of the race...
It is a battle fought out on an epic, huge theatre of the Spanish mountains - now Cardenas picks up the pace - as Osa catches them!
Valverde comes from nowhere to take the stage! Valverde wins!
He attacked from behind and caught Cardenas, Heras and Osa napping!
Nozal loses 1'10'' as he crosses the line with Galdeano - so he will hold onto the Golden Jersey.
Valverde - a true raider of the montana - his late surge surprised the leaders and he gives the Team of the Paw a truly memorable victory - Cardenas was second and Heras third.
A truly remarkable day's racing which poses more questions than it answers - Nozal and Galdeano will keep the first two places on the GC with Heras 4'01'' behind Nozal in third place. Remarkable team riding by Kelme and Sevilla to launch Valverde to victory - and great team work and determination from the mighty ONCE...
1º 98 ESP Alejandro Valverde KEL 4:20:39
'' 102 COL Felix Cardenas L2C mt.
3º 11 ESP Roberto Heras USP a 2
4º 91 ESP Oscar Sevilla KEL a 10
5º 64 ESP Miguel Martin Perdiguero DVE a 56
'' 48 ESP Luis Perez COF mt.
'' 167 DIN Michael Rasmussen RAB mt.
'' 13 ESP Manuel Beltran USP mt.
'' 121 DIN Klaus Möller MIL mt.
10º 87 ESP Unai Osa BAN a 1:02
Brief GC after Stage 15
1º 26 NOZAL, Isidro ESP ONE 50:01:40
2º 21 GLEZ. GALDEANO, Igor ESP ONE a 3:03
3º 11 HERAS, Roberto ESP USP a 4:02
4º 13 BELTRAN, Manuel ESP USP a 5:23
5º 98 VALVERDE, Alejandro ESP KEL a 6:37
6º 85 MANCEBO, Francisco ESP BAN a 7:11
7º 167 RASMUSSEN, Michael DEN RAB a 8:28
8º 48 PEREZ, Luis ESP COF a 8:33
9º 87 OSA, Unai ESP BAN a 9:59
10º 62 GONZALEZ, Santos ESP DVE a 10:59
So more news later and full results below. Thanks for reading!
Stage 15 Results
1º Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel 4:20:39
2º Cardenas, Felix Col L2c m.t.
3º Heras, Roberto Esp Usp a 2
4º Sevilla, Oscar Esp Kel a 10
5º Martin Perdiguero, Miguel Esp Dve a 56
6º Perez, Luis Esp Cof a 57
7º Rasmussen, Michael Den Rab m.t.
8º Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp m.t.
9º Möller, Klaus Den Mil a 58
10º Osa, Unai Esp Ban a 1:02
11º Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ban a 1:12
12º Scarponi, Michele Ita Dve a 1:13
13º Del Olmo, Txema Esp Mil m.t.
14º Glez. Galdeano, Igor Esp One m.t.
15º Nozal, Isidro Esp One m.t.
16º Cuesta, Iñigo Esp Cof m.t.
17º Gonzalez, Santos Esp Dve m.t.
18º Osa, Aitor Esp Ban m.t.
19º Garcia Casas, Félix Esp Tbi m.t.
20º Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Ban m.t.3
21º Serrano, Marcos Esp One a 1:21
22º Atienza, Daniel Esp Cof a 1:50
23º Jeker, Fabian Sui Mil a 1:56
24º Perez, Santiago Esp Pho a 2:03
25º Pereiro, Oscar Esp Pho m.t.
26º Belli, Wladimir Ita Lam a 2:09
27º Mercado, Juan Miguel Esp Ban a 2:14
28º Calvente, Manuel Esp Csc a 2:24
29º Blanco, Santiago Esp Crf a 2:32
30º Laiseka, Roberto Esp Eus a 2:40
31º Flores, Iker Esp Eus m.t.
32º Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm a 2:59
33º Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc a 3:41
34º Leipheimer, Levy Usa Rab m.t.
35º Rebollo, Jose Luis Esp Crf a 3:52
36º Martinez, Alberto Esp Eus m.t.
37º Moreni, Cristian Ita Als a 4:01
38º Noval, Benjamín Esp Crf a 4:13
39º Amorim, Gonçalo Por Mil a 4:38
40º Horrach, Joan Esp Mil a 4:38
41º Cañada, David Esp Qsd a 4:59
42º Pospyeyev, Kyryl Ukr Dve a 5:03
43º Lopez, David Esp L2c a 5:18
44º Martinez, José Luis Esp Alm a 5:38
45º Lunghi, Denis Ita Als a 5:47
46º Cardoso, Pedro Por Mil a 6:07
47º Trentin, Guido Ita Cof m.t.
48º Rodriguez, Joaquin Esp One a 6:14
49º Jufre, José Esp Crf a 6:19
50º Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Kel a 7:10
59º Millar, David Gbr Cof a 8:59
66º Lombardi, Giovanni Ita Dve a 10:42
68º Hincapie, George Usa Usp m.t.
74º Lastras, Pablo Esp Ban m.t.
79º Edo, Angel Esp Mil m.t.
81º Frigo, Dario Ita Fas a 10:51
87º Tauler, Antonio Esp Kel a 12:32
90º Zabel, Erik Ger Tel a 14:39
91º Garate, Juan Manuel Esp Lam a 14:39
92º Fernandez, Bingen Esp Cof m.t.
94º Rubiera, José Luis Esp Usp m.t.
99º Gonzalez, Gorka Esp Eus m.t.
117º Barry ,Michael Can Usp a 19:26
118º Landis, Floyd Usa Usp a 19:28
119º Casagranda, Stefano Ita Als a 19:51
128º Diaz Lobato, Pedro Esp Alm m.t.
134º Sandstod, Michael Den Csc m.t.
135º Boonen, Tom Bel Qsd m.t.
140º Jaksche, Jörg Ger One m.t.
142º Garmendia, Aitor Esp Tbi a 23:35
153º Van Heeswijk, Max Ned Usp a 27:43
155º Petacchi, Alessandro Ita Fas m.t.
157º Rodriguez, Fred Usa Vin m.t.
159º Furlan, Angelo Ita Als m.t.
161º White, Matthew Aus Usp m.t.
165º Bertogliati, Rubens Sui Lam a 27:50
General Classification after Stage 15
1º Nozal, Isidro Esp One 50:01:40
2º Glez. Galdeano, Igor Esp One a 3:03
3º Heras, Roberto Esp Usp a 4:02
4º Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp a 5:23
5º Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel a 6:37
6º Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ban a 7:11
7º Rasmussen, Michael Den Rab a 8:28
8º Perez, Luis Esp Cof a 8:33
9º Osa, Unai Esp Ban a 9:59
10º Gonzalez, Santos Esp Dve a 10:59
11º Cardenas, Felix Col L2c a 11:23
12º Scarponi, Michele Ita Dve a 11:48
13º Serrano, Marcos Esp One a 13:36
14º Sevilla, Oscar Esp Kel a 13:45
15º Garcia Casas, Félix Esp Tbi a 15:20
16º Del Olmo, Txema Esp Mil a 16:32
17º Flores, Iker Esp Eus a 17:36
18º Pereiro, Oscar Esp Pho a 18:22
19º Frigo, Dario Ita Fas a 18:28
20º Trentin, Guido Ita Cof a 25:47
21º Jufre, José Esp Crf a 33:30
22º Cuesta, Iñigo Esp Cof a 40:40
23º Calvente, Manuel Esp Csc a 47:08
24º Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Ban a 47:30
25º Amorim, Gonçalo Por Mil a 49:11
Points Classification after Stage 15
1º Zabel, Erik Ger Tel 134
2º Petacchi, Alessandro Ita Fas 130
3º Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel 109
4º Nozal, Isidro Esp One 92
5º Rasmussen, Michael Den Rab 72
6º Cardenas, Felix Col L2c 71
7º Perez, Luis Esp Cof 65
8º Edo, Angel Esp Mil 62
9º Etxebarria, Unai Ven Eus 61
10º Glez. Galdeano, Igor Esp One 61
11º Boonen, Tom Bel Qsd 61
12º Rodriguez, Joaquin Esp One 57
13º Rodriguez, Fred Usa Vin 51
14º Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp 47
15º Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ban 47
16º Heras, Roberto Esp Usp 45
17º Frigo, Dario Ita Fas 44
18º Osa, Unai Esp Ban 43
19º Zaballa, Constantino Esp Kel 40
20º Etxebarria, David Esp Eus 40
Mountains Classification after Stage 15
1º Cardenas, Felix Col L2c 164
2º Osa, Aitor Esp Ban 106
3º Horrach, Joan Esp Mil 97
4º Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel 72
5º Perez, Luis Esp Cof 72
6º Jufre, José Esp Crf 55
7º Rodriguez, Joaquin Esp One 49
8º Rasmussen, Michael Den Rab 45
9º Heras, Roberto Esp Usp 41
10º Zaballa, Constantino Esp Kel 40
11º Osa, Unai Esp Ban 39
12º Etxebarria, Unai Ven Eus 31
13º Nozal, Isidro Esp One 31
14º Jeker, Fabian Sui Mil 30
15º Frigo, Dario Ita Fas 29
16º Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Ban 27
17º Sevilla, Oscar Esp Kel 26
18º Etxebarria, David Esp Eus 23
19º Jimenez, Eladio Esp Ban 22
20º Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ban 20
Teams Classification after Stage 15
1º ONCE - Eroski ONE 150:13:27
2º IBanesto.com BAN a 10:09
3º Kelme - Costa Blanca KEL a 26:01
4º Cofidis, le credit par telephone COF a 30:47
5º Euskaltel - Euskadi EUS a 37:15
6º Milaneza - MSS MIL a 43:11
7º Domina Vacanze-Elitron-RDZ DVE a 58:56
8º US Postal Service Berry Floor USP a 1:12:25
9º Fassa Bortolo FAS a 1:20:05
10º Quick Step - Davitamon QSD a 2:26:38
11º Labarca-2 Cafe Baque L2C a 2:30:04
12º Team CSC CSC a 2:31:15
13º Paternina - Costa de Almeria ALM a 2:32:32
14º Colchon Relax - Fuenlabrada CRF a 2:35:20
15º Rabobank RAB a 2:48:11
16º Team Bianchi TBI a 2:59:36
17º Phonak Hearing Systems PHO a 3:26:07
18º Lampre LAM a 3:31:41
19º Team Telekom TEL a 3:40:30
20º Alessio ALS a 4:34:26
21º Saunier Duval - Vini Caldirola VIN a 5:54:06
22º Saeco - Longoni Sport SAE a 6:40:00