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Vuelta a Espana Stage 9 Live Coverage
 
By Podofdonny
Date: 9/12/2004
Vuelta a Espana Stage 9 Live Coverage
 

Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of Stage 9 of the Vuelta a Espana.

Your commentators today: Anita van Crey, Jan Janssens and podofdonny. Please refresh this page (F5) to view the latest information.

The riders today climb the Spanish version of the Mont Ventoux....one steep climb in an otherwise flat country. It is hot in Spain today and this has caused a lot of riders problems. The heat and the mountains have forced Max Van Heeswijk, Martin Hvastija, Inigo Lopez de Cuesta and Tomas Konecny to withdraw from the race.

Also, Steve Zampieri (Vini Caldirola) has found the going too tough and has withdrawn, as well as Giosue Bonomi.

After 50 km, a group of 14 riders attacked: José Luis Arrieta, Mikel Pradera and Pablo Lastras (Illes Balears-Banesto), Constantino Zaballa (Saunier Duval), Felix Cardenas (Cafes Baque), Tadej Valjavec and Bert Grabsch (Phonak), David Fernandez (Paternina-Costa De Almeria), Manuel Quinziato (Lampre), Francisco Cabello (Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme), David Zabriskie (US Postal), Rene Andrle (Liberty)), Maarten Den Bakker (Rabobank) and Mikel Artetxe (Euskaltel-Euskadi).

From the first km. on, the pace was set high.

Yes indeed, Anitzz, the average speed for the first hour was 42.600 kilometres an hour, so high speeds, high temperatures and climbs may yet see more riders fall by the wayside.

Meanwhile, Francisco Mancebo, of the team Illes Balears-Banesto, was satisfied with his time in the time trial. At the finish line, yesterday he said, "The important thing is that we did not lose time for the Overall Standings. To tackle the mountain, it is better to be in front than to be behind. I felt well during the stage. I don't have a problem with Menchov, he is a friend, not a rival. Things are going well at the moment and we are approaching my land".

So today will see yet another shake up of the GC, and we will see who are the real contenders and who are the pretenders. In fact, Menchov today already tumbled off his bike, after losing some time yesterday in the time trial. Menchov fell off after 10 kilometres, but he seems all right so far.

There are 7 passes to be climbed during this, the first mountain stage. The climbs of Tollos and Torremanzanas have slopes of up to 12%, whilst Tudons, a pass that is often included in Alicante races, will also present certain difficulties. The stage, which starts in Xàtiva, includes the following climbs:
Albaida. 3rd cat. km. 34
Margarida. 3rd cat. km. 55
Tollos. 2nd cat. km. 63
Tudons. 2nd cat. km. 92
Torremanzanas. 2nd cat. km. 126
Benifallim. 3rd cat. km. 134
Aitana. Special cat. km. 162 Finish

The final climb is not normally accessible. At the summit a military base is situated. There the eastern airspace of Spain is controlled. All followers of the Vuelta therefore had to show their passports to populate the hillside today.

The lead is down to 2.32 minutes and it is the Illes Balears-Banesto boys forcing the pace of the escapees - they have 3 riders in the break and have gained a great tactical advantage so far in this race.

15.18 CET. Crash - Serrano of Liberty is brought down on the hairpin bend of the climb but he is okay. The riders are on the climb of the Tudons and a small group containing Nozal is about ten seconds from the peloton.

Hamilton was not the only one to declare his win yesterday to all victims of 9/11. As did the two women playing the final on Flushin Meadows, the Grand Slam Tournament. The winner Kuznetsova's dad used to be train with Berzin and Ekimov in Russia. A small, small world it is indeed.

It is Fernandez who wins the points on the summit, and we are on the Tudons, not the Torremanzanas, as we originally said, ahead of Cardenas, in front of huge crowds - really huge crowds. And Fernandez comes off his bike on the descent...Fernandez slipped on a tight hairpin on the descent and came tumbling down, but he has quickly got up and continued.

So 92 kilometres covered - the peloton strung over the mountains, three riders now at the front: Cardenas, Lastras, and Valjavec. They have about 2.30 on the main peloton, but there are various riders in between the two groups. The peloton strung out in one long line on the wooded descent. They are now heading to Torremanzanas, 2nd cat., the summit at the km. 126 point.

Fernandez now leads the King of the Mountains.

So three escapees now and the peloton is regrouping on the descent, the riders will go through the feed zone, then the action will start on the next climb. The bunch is controlled in an easy, offhand kinda way by USPS.

Meanwhile the bunch is moving more and more downhill. Another man to abandon - it is another AG2R rider, Nicolas Inaudi - another having a bout of Spanish tummy.

Felix "The Cat" Cardenas of Cafes Baque will be out on the front looking to try and regain his King of the Mountains jersey. The Colombian has trained especially for this race, as have several members of the Cafes Baque team.

15.43 CET. The gap currently is 5 minutes 18". Tyler Hamilton will be pleased to see teammate Tadej Valjavec in the leading trio - he may be able to act as a stepping stone on the last climb.

Meanwhile, it is the CV Kelme team and US Postal at the head of the peloton, in a big long train. The weather in Spain today is very humid, which makes it more difficult for the riders.

The Kelme guy at the very front of the peloton is doing a huge turn; behind him a long line of blue Posties and then the regrouped peloton behind them, while the three escapees work well together as well - a classic cat and mouse situation - that is, provided your cat is used to climbing mountains.

Of course Felix "The Cat" Cardenas is well used to slopes, being from Colombia - only today he is one of the mice.

Kelme decided it was time to make more pace in the front lines of the bunch. They seem to have a plan in mind for the upcoming climb of second category. Kelme has a good reason to do well today, since their team manager Vicente Belda has his birthday today.

The peloton have covered around 120 kilometres - but of course the last 42 kilometres gradually get tougher and tougher.

Indeed Anita, the race is going through Belda's home province of Alicante, and of course his favourite terrain, the mountains. And Belda was one of the people setting out the course for this stage.

Kelme calls this climb the Wall of Sighs. When they train here, the sighing of the riders tells who is in good form and who is not.

So with around 125 kilometres covered, we have Lastras, Cardenas and Valjavec in the lead, a group of several riders about 1 minute back and the peloton, led by Kelme, about 4 minutes behind from the leaders. Fernandez, down on the last climb, now has difficulties following the pace. His elbows bare, the proof of the tartan in Spain.

Indeed Anita, the peloton has swept him up now and he is not looking too clever.

16.00 CET. 39 kilometres to go, as the riders are on the climb of the Torremanzanas.

We see Stuart O'Grady at the back of the peloton and also Beloki, just hanging on the back of the peloton. Crash - Cunego and Evans down, Vinokourov down, as well as Fuente. And Cioni is also dropped from the bunch.

Cioni not looking good at all - oh la la! So the favourites are starting to fall. Beloki now in big trouble, amongst the team cars - it looks like Beloki's GC hopes are now buried.

Kelme are now charging up the climb of the Torremanzanas - they are causing havoc in the peloton.

The woods have started to thin out to bare slopes and the peloton is thinning out too. The Saunier Duval car is stopping along the roadside to wait for Beloki. Will he quit the race? He is a picture of pain.

Bayarri (Phonax) now dropped - he is having his share of difficulties on the climb as well. The average of 12% demands its toll. Tyler Hamilton is in trouble!!!!!

Sevilla drops back to help - he waits for Hamilton. Vasseur is present near him as well.

Sevilla doing great teamwork for his friend - Sevilla playing the perfect role, but he cannot wait too long or the race is over for both.

Meanwhile back at the front, Blanco (Kelme) is trying to bridge the gap to the remnants of the breakaways.

Hamilton's hurting wrist is playing a bad role in this stage for the world champion time trial. Tour doctors say the pulling on the handlebars as well as setting the gear does hurt the former downhill skier a lot. Hamilton himself says he is used to being with pain...

Blanco passes den Bakker, and is on his way to catching our three leaders. Cardenas, Lastras and Valjavec still lead as Blanco tries to catch them up.

Sevilla still dragging Hamilton up the slope. The top of the Torremanzanas and Cardenas takes the first spot. Then Valjavec, then Lastras.

Conversation between the team manager of Saunier Duval and Beloki a few minutes ago: team manager points out to him that it is only 37 km to go and that he has to go on. Beloki reponds: Yes, but it is all 37 km uphill...

16.15 CET. 35 kilometres to go. Cioni, Hamilton, and Beloki the major casualties so far. Three leaders, Blanco on a charge to catch them, and what is left of the peloton led by the US Postal. The main group consists of about 35-40 riders. Vinkourov tries to regain contact. Blanco now over the top of the Torremanzanas, 3 minutes behind the leading three.

The peloton is over the Torremanzanas, about 5.50 down on the three leaders.

Blanco joins Andrle. Weening is in the main group. The Dutch youngsters are doing great, aren't they, Anita? Hamilton gets back to the back of the pack too.

16.24 CET. 33 kilometres to go. Blanco is making an herioc race today - as we are used to expecting from the Kelme team - always exciting to watch in the mountains. Postal setting the pace, Golden Posties Landis has 5 teammates with him at the front of the peloton.

O'Grady, Freire and Zabel are all still in the peloton, way to go guys! Hamilton and Sevilla are dropping off the back again; looks like Tyler wasn't lying when he said that he had been training specifically for TT's.

Oscarlito wants to stay with him, but he is told to go - Hamilton realises the game is over. Sevilla immedeately has 50 meters on Hamilton, so he's not bonking quite yet, that one. But the Olympic champion is in big trouble.

If you see that Zabel & Co are still in the peloton, you know that Hamilton is going to lose a LOT of time today (if he keeps going on this way).

The first gap is down to under 3 minutes, to Blanco. Over the top of the Benifallim, 3rd cat., the km. 134 mark. Blanco passes by the remains of the break of thirteen. Ahead dark rain clouds gather over the looming last climb. Sevilla back up to the main peloton - his captain left on the lonely slopes.

Di Luca still in the peloton...he is rumoured to be leaving the red Saeco brigade for the Liquigas team next season...not unlikely, as Saeco doesn't have a Pro Tour license yet. It now starts raining on the Benifallim. It does not do that very often, the wetness makes the roads very slippery. And also because of the character of the Spanish climbs - they are more dangerous than in the Tour - Short, fast-paced and treacherous, that's what these mountains are like.

The peloton has regrouped on this third cat climb to about 60 riders but the conditions are awful now - it is only raining on the descent of the climb. The gap to the bunch is 4.50". The rain will favour the escapees, the peloton has not reached the rain yet as they go over the top of the Benifallim.

The gap of the three in the lead is 2.49" to Blanco. Blanco and Arrieta now on the descent as they cross the "no radar" signs on the road, which I think is a reference to the local military installations.

One of the problems of these areas is that there are a lot of olive trees growing at the side of the road...the olives, together with the rain, can make things incredibly slippery... The three leaders, Lastras, Valjavec and Cardenas now have just 20 kilometres to go.

Cardenas lost a little time on the descent, but he rejoins his two friends at the front of the race. Blanco almost misses a curve.

Valjavec is falling out with his DS in the car - is he being told to wait for Sevilla? All the riders are taking turns like amateurs now...everyone is afraid, and rightfully so. It looks like Valjavec has gotten instructions to wait for Sevilla and Hamilton - he slows right down and is still talking to his DS - he does not look to happy about this.

Blanco, just under three minutes behind on GC, is the big danger for Landis - so Postal chase or lose the Gold jersey. Pascual Rodriguez (Kelme) has a mechanical but is okay.

16.45 CET. So the two men at the front - Lastras and Cardenas - have 15 kilometres to go, Valjavec waiting for Sevilla, Blanco and Arrieta chasing them. The peloton of around 50 men led by the US Postal. Blanco is gradually eating into the lead, 2.36 behind the leaders now.

The Alto de Aitana, the Special Category mountain, now faces the riders - if the race has been hard so far - well, it just gets harder. The peloton still 4.30 behind.

14 kilometres to go. Lastras and Cardenas under the banner, Blanco chasing 2.30 back, the peloton 2.39 back.

Lastras and Cardenas swoop through a small village, townspeople are out in force to cheer them on. Blanco still chasing for the gold jersey, Arrieta on his wheel. The peloton back to about 60 riders, still Postal-led.

It looks like it will be one of the two leaders going to take the stage victory, while Liberty Seguros is taking control in the peloton. Vino is at the back of the peloton. Now Liberty Seguros pick up the work at the front of the peloton, which is still 4 minutes back.

Alcolecha is a very beautiful stone built village, though the riders do not have time for sightseeing today...10 km to go. Cardenas and Lastras shed their helmets.

Meanwhile, Frenchman Absalon has become world champion mountain biker! He is now both Olympic and World champion, just like Gunn Rita Dahle, who won the women's title earlier today, Alysson Sydor finishing third.

Cardenas attacks Lastras on the slopes of the Aitana.

The 2 leaders are losing some 40 seconds now, under impulse of Liberty in the peloton. Weening trying his hardest to stay with the pack. Felix "The Cat" Cardenas and Lastras now have 3.23 on the peloton, as Vino is dropped from the peloton. Baranowski setting the tempo at the front of the peloton.

The peloton is picking up Arieta now, the pace is high!

The peloton shatters like a dropped mirror.

Luis Perez (Cofidis) looking good; the gap drops to 2'51''. Also Beltran and Cunego are attentive up front.

In France the GP de Fourmies was won by Andrei Kashechkin. The man from Credit Agricole beat his breakaway companion Dimitri Fofonov in the sprint.

The peloton down to about 30 riders now, 8 kilometres to go for the peloton. Cardenas and Lastras 7 kilometres to go.

The crowds up in the clouds are huge - 2'20 for Lastras and Cardenas ahead of the peloton. Cardenas attacks again but Lastras is like a limpet - he will not let go of the Colombian's wheel. The crowds today have an easy day, they can switch from one mountain to the other and see the riders twice struggle uphill.

7 km for the peloton - 2'10 the gap. The peloton is thinning out ever more, some 20 riders now, with still a lot of Liberty riders present. 6 km for Lastras and Cardenas. Again Cardenas attacks! How long can Lastras the limpet hold on?

Nozal sets the pace of the hunters a bit higher - Liberty Seguros forcing the pace. Heras is SO gonna place an attack. Landis is still going along good, but apparently Cunego is having to let go a bit. 6km to go for the peloton.

Heras and Nozal at the front looking dangerous. This is an unbelievable pace, damn! Garzelli, Beltran, Sevilla, Cunego, Aitor Gonzalez, Perdiguero, Landis, Mancebo, they're all dropping!! Heras still has some reserves left. Lastras sticks in the front.

Nozal and Heras have destroyed the peloton. Nozal brings him closer to the finish line with every pedal stroke. Piepoli is there too. Sastre and Menchov are able to follow Nozal's pace. The 'peloton,' led by Nozal, is going to eat up the leaders in a while...Valverde bonks!! 5 km to go.

Sastre dropped. And I thought the Postal train was impressive...I kneel down to the Nozal-train! Meanwhile at the front of the race, Cardenas has attacked again - still Lastras the limpet clings on!!!!!

The 2 leaders now reach the 4 km banner... So Heras, Nozal, Piepoli, Ferrio, the peloton - just 4 men!!!! Hamilton is said to be at a whopping 6'50"...

Cardenas and Lastras still having a big duel at the front - can Felix "the cat" take the stage? Will Lastras hang on - will Heras catch them both? Nozal is still mauling away and is going to overtake Cardenas and Lastras in a few seconds.

Mancebo and Sastre are working together to keep in touch with the 4 man peloton. Last year's Vuelta top 2 are ripping the field apart here. Cardenas is caught! Nozal, Heras, Ferrio and Piepoli now lead the race. 3 km to go!

Nozal 1'30 down on GC this morning, he will be chasing for Gold now. Heras attacks! 2.5km to go. Now Heras attacks, Piepoli tries to follow. Ferrio and Nozal are gone now.

Piepoli is on the wheel of Heras, the two men alone on the foggy mountain - drama? It's better than shakespeare

Piepoli has a good sprint, (well, good for a climber anyway), so Heras will need to lose him if he wants the stage victory. Valverde and Menchov are chasing hard in the back, what twisted grins on their faces.

2 km to go. Heras and Piepoli under the banner. Nozal now chasing hard too.

And he's dropping Ferrio; Liberty is going to make a huge deal in the team rankings today...oh so coveted by the Spanish teams. Hamilton currently at 7 minutes and more. Piepoli is 80th in the GC at some 15 minutes, so it's not like he's going to threaten Heras...maybe Heras will gift him the stage victory? Who knows...

Heras pushing for a major victory, Piepoli on his wheel, Mancebo is hanging on too. Under the Flamme Rouge. Mancebo only 19 seconds back - Nozal is gaining on the 2 leaders, taking back 3 seconds in this kilometer. Mancebo is close to grabbing the gold jersey.

Now Heras tries to attack Piepoli - but Piepoli is a great finisher. He's not taken the lead once since he and Heras took off. Nozal is riding an amazing stage up the dark mountain; even after all that work he's slowly coming back to the front. Valverde on the attack now, he's coming back!!! Piepoli attacks!

Heras unable to answer...Is there another Italian stage win coming after 3 times Petacchi?

YES!!! PIEPOLI WINS - he zips his jersey and takes the stage!

Heras at 5 seconds, Nozal at 11. Mancebo takes gold! Valverde - a great ride. No, Landis stays in gold! Landis 55 seconds down. Everyone is dribbling in...Cunego now at 1.27.

The differences between the riders in the GC aren't huge, but there are some major victims...such as Hamilton.

Brief Results:
1) Piepoli
2) Heras
3) Nozal
4) Mancebo
5) Ferrio
6) Valverde
7) Menchov
8) Sastre
9) Landis
10) Aitor Gonzalez

The GC:
1) Landis
2) Beltran
3) Mancebo
4) Nozal
5) Valverde
6) Heras
7) Menchov
8) Sastre
9) Aitor Gonzalez
10) David Blanco

Cadel Evans is only arriving now, so he suffered a HUGE blow today. Looks like T-Mobile can forget any GC aspirations they still had. Landis is receiving a new golden jersey, but looking at tomorrow's profile, that might be for the last time...meanwhile, Hamilton is yet to come in...

Last time we checked, he was 7 minutes behind. Poor Tyler. Yesterday he said: The preparation i did in August was for a time trial of one hour for the Olympic Games so I dont know how I´ll cope with the mountain stages which start in Aitana. I only came for the stage win as I don't know if I can do the whole three week tour."

A lot of riders came in at 12 minutes, among them Vino, Zubeldia, Di Luca. Sevilla was in at 6:10, while Garate, Perdiguero and Garzelli finished 2:08 down. Tyler Hamilton finished at 10:52.

We will have full results for you shortly, and in the meantime, thanks for joining us today. More of the same tomorrow, with five climbs, including a Cat 1 just 3 kms from the finish, and a slightly uphill finish to boot.

Results

1 Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv 4:29:36
2 Heras, Roberto Esp Lst a 4
3 Nozal, Isidro Esp Lst a 10
4 Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ibb a 15
5 Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm a 25
6 Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel a 29
7 Menchov, Denis Rus Ibb a 41
8 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc a 52
9 Landis, Floyd Usa Usp a 55
10 Gonzalez, Aitor Esp Fas a 1:09
11 Gomez, Angel Esp Alm a 1:09
12 Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Kel a 1:14
13 Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp a 1:18
14 Cardenas, Felix Col Baq a 1:18
15 Perez, Santiago Esp Pho a 1:18
16 Cunego, Damiano Ita Sae a 1:27
17 Blanco, David Esp Kel a 1:27
18 Lastras, Pablo Esp Ibb a 1:51
19 Arreitunandia, Peio Esp Baq a 2:02
20 Martin Perdiguero, M.a. Esp Sdv a 2:08
21 Garzelli, Stefano Ita Vin a 2:08
22 Garate, Juan Manuel Esp Lam a 2:08
23 Rodriguez, Joaquin Esp Sdv a 2:10
24 Perez, Luis Esp Cof a 2:12
25 Osa, Unai Esp Ibb a 2:12
26 Lara, Francisco José Esp Alm a 2:24
27 Buenahora, Hernan Col Baq a 2:47
28 Zaballa, Constantino Esp Sdv a 2:59
29 Pasamontes, Luis Esp Reb a 2:59
30 Sanchez, Samuel Esp Eus a 3:16
31 Plaza, Rubén Esp Kel a 4:04
32 Jaksche, Jörg Ger Csc a 4:06
33 Atienza, Daniel Esp Cof a 4:06
34 Serrano, Marcos Esp Lst a 4:43
35 Plaza, David Esp Baq a 4:51
36 Van Goolen, Jurgen Bel Qsd a 4:51
37 Calvente, Manuel Esp Csc a 4:51
38 Evans, Cadel Aus Tmo a 5:19
39 Peña, Victor Hugo Col Usp a 5:19
40 Parra, Ivan Col Baq a 5:19
41 Baranowski, Dariusz Pol Lst a 5:19
42 Rebollo, Jose Luis Esp Reb a 5:54
43 Chaurreau, Iñigo Esp A2r a 6:10
44 Sevilla, Oscar Esp Pho a 6:10
45 Pecharroman, J.Antonio Esp Qsd a 6:10
46 Van Summeren, Johan Bel Reb a 6:10
47 Elias, José Miguel Esp Reb a 6:10
48 De Weert, Kevin Bel Rab a 6:10
49 Oriol, Christophe Fra A2r a 6:10
50 Garcia, Francisco Esp Baq a 6:10
51 Joachim, Benoit Lux Usp a 6:10
52 Schreck, Stephan Ger Tmo a 6:23
53 Horrach, Joan Esp Ibb a 7:02
54 Lopez, Joaquin Esp Alm a 7:10
55 Freire, Oscar Esp Rab a 10:43
56 Arrieta, José Luis Esp Ibb a 10:43
57 Jimenez, Eladio Esp Kel a 10:43
58 Valjavec, Tadej Slo Pho a 10:52
59 Hamilton, Tyler Usa Pho a 10:52
60 Calcagni, Patrick Sui Vin a 10:52
61 O'Grady, Stuart Aus Cof a 12:00
62 Caruso, Giampaolo Ita Lst m.t.
63 Barry ,Michael Can Usp m.t.
64 Mazzoleni, Eddy Ita Sae m.t.
65 Zabel, Erik Ger Tmo m.t.
66 Cañada, David Esp Sdv m.t.
67 Lopez De Munain, Alberto Esp Eus m.t.
68 Fernandez, Bingen Esp Cof m.t.
69 Zubeldia, Haimar Esp Eus m.t.
70 Cortinovis, Alessandro Ita Lam m.t.
71 Weening, Pieter Ned Rab m.t.
72 Luttenberger, Peter Aut Csc m.t.
73 Moreni, Cristian Ita Als m.t.
74 Trentin, Guido Ita Cof m.t.
75 Gustov, Volodymir Ukr Fas m.t.
76 Vinokourov, Alexandre Kaz Tmo m.t.
77 Vasseur, Cedric Fra Cof m.t.
78 Perez, Aitor Esp Baq m.t.
79 Di Luca, Danilo Ita Sae m.t.
80 Schleck, Frank Lux Csc a 13:28
81 Mikhailov, Guennadi Rus Usp a 13:56
82 Cruz, Antonio Usa Usp a 13:56
83 Veneberg, Thorwald Ned Rab a 13:56
84 Florencio, Xavier Esp Reb a 13:56
85 Pradera, Mikel Esp Ibb a 13:56
86 Zabriskie, David Usa Usp a 14:02
87 Cabello, Francisco Esp Kel a 14:47
88 Grabsch, Bert Ger Pho a 14:47
89 Den Bakker, Maarten Ned Rab a 15:00
90 Tankink, Bram Ned Qsd a 17:30
91 Andrle, Rene Cze Lst a 18:11
92 Fuentes, Juan Esp Sae a 18:36
93 Möller, Klaus Den Als a 18:36
94 Artetxe, Mikel Esp Eus a 18:38
95 Bayarri, Gonzalo Esp Pho a 19:53
96 Beloki, Joseba Esp Sdv a 19:53
97 Astarloa, Igor Esp Lam a 19:53
98 Latasa, David Esp Kel a 22:06
99 Pascual Rodriguez, Javier Esp Kel a 22:06
100 Julia, José Esp Kel a 22:06
101 Sacchi, Fabio Ita Fas a 25:56
102 Martinez, Alberto Esp Reb m.t.
103 Horrillo, Pedro Esp Qsd m.t.
104 Garcia Acosta, José Esp Ibb m.t.
105 Hoj, Frank Den Csc m.t.
106 Gerosa, Mauro Ita Vin m.t.
107 Miholjevic, Vladimir Cro Als m.t.
108 Hruska, Jan Cze Lst m.t.
109 Jufre, Josep Esp Reb m.t.
110 Caucchioli, Pietro Ita Als m.t.
111 Mutsaars, Ronald Ned Rab m.t.
112 Del Rio, Ion Esp Alm m.t.
113 Andriotto, Dario Ita Vin m.t.
114 Casero, Rafael Esp Sdv m.t.
115 Gonzalez, Santos Esp Pho m.t.
116 Cioni, Dario David Ita Fas m.t.
117 Sgambelluri, Roberto Ita Vin m.t.
118 Szymyd, Sylvester Pol Sae m.t.
119 Posthuma, Joost Ned Rab m.t.
120 Albizu, Joseba Esp Eus m.t.
121 Tonkov, Pavel Rus Vin m.t.
122 Gusev, Vladimir Rus Csc m.t.
123 Herrero, David Esp Alm m.t.
124 Glez. Galdeano, Igor Esp Lst m.t.
125 Gutierrez, Heberth Col Baq m.t.
126 Astarloza, Mikel Esp A2r m.t.
127 Colom, Antonio Esp Ibb m.t.
128 Isasi, Iñaki Esp Eus m.t.
129 Pütsep, Erki Est A2r m.t.
130 Sabaliauskas, Marius Ltu Sae m.t.
131 Spezialetti, Alessandro Ita Sae m.t.
132 Garrido, José Esp Qsd m.t.
133 Hulsmans, Kevin Bel Qsd m.t.
134 Bruun, Thomas Den Csc m.t.
135 Piccoli, Mariano Ita Lam m.t.
136 Fornaciari, Paolo Ita Sae m.t.
137 Quinziato, Manuel Ita Lam m.t.
138 Goubert, Stephane Fra A2r m.t.
139 Boven, Jan Ned Rab m.t.
140 Gutierrez , José Esp Pho m.t.
141 White, Matthew Aus Cof m.t.
142 Dominguez, Juan Carlos Esp Sdv m.t.
143 Laiseka, Roberto Esp Eus m.t.
144 Ivanov, Ruslan Mda Als m.t.
145 Fernandez, David Esp Alm m.t.
146 Bodrogi, Laszlo Hun Qsd m.t.
147 Coyot, Arnaud Fra Cof m.t.
148 Paolini, Luca Ita Qsd m.t.
149 Milesi, Marco Ita Vin m.t.
150 Rastelli, Ellis Ita Als m.t.
151 Roesems, Bert Bel Reb m.t.
152 Gil, Koldo Esp Lst m.t.
153 Vandborg, Brian Den Csc m.t.
154 Trenti, Guido Usa Fas m.t.
155 Righi, Daniele Ita Lam m.t.
156 Jeker, Fabian Sui Sdv a 28:41
157 Sanchez, Julián Esp Fas a 29:40
158 Zanotti, Marco Ita Vin a 31:12
159 Serrano, Ricardo Esp Baq a 31:24
160 Jalabert, Nicolas Fra Pho a 31:31
161 Scotto, Michele Ita Lam a 31:59
162 Silloniz, Aitor Esp Eus a 32:10
163 Ongarato, Alberto Ita Fas a 34:04
164 Velo, Marco Ita Fas a 34:04
165 Petacchi, Alessandro Ita Fas a 34:04
166 Burgos, Nacor Esp Reb a 34:55

Retirements
Furlan, Angelo Ita Als
Sinkewitz, Patrick Ger Qsd
Berges, Stéphane Fra A2r
Flickinger, Andy Fra A2r
Inaudi, Nicolas Fra A2r
Laidoun, Julien Fra A2r
Hvastija, Martin Slo Als
Cuesta, Iñigo Esp Cof
Torrent, Carlos Esp Alm
Hunter, Robert Rsa Rab
Bonomi, Giosue Ita Sae
Konecny, Tomas Cze Tmo
Van Heeswijk, Max Ned Usp
Zampieri, Steve Sui Vin

General Classification after Stage 9

1 Landis, Floyd Usa Usp 31:46:48
2 Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp a 33
3 Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ibb a 38
4 Nozal, Isidro Esp Lst a 51
5 Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel a 57
6 Heras, Roberto Esp Lst a 1:35
7 Menchov, Denis Rus Ibb a 1:52
8 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc a 1:55
9 Gonzalez, Aitor Esp Fas a 2:25
10 Blanco, David Esp Kel a 3:30
11 Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Kel a 4:19
12 Gomez, Angel Esp Alm a 4:25
13 Perez, Santiago Esp Pho a 4:35
14 Perez, Luis Esp Cof a 5:06
15 Peña, Victor Hugo Col Usp a 5:08
16 Garate, Juan Manuel Esp Lam a 5:18
17 Plaza, Rubén Esp Kel a 5:28
18 Cunego, Damiano Ita Sae a 5:35
19 Evans, Cadel Aus Tmo a 6:11
20 Jaksche, Jörg Ger Csc a 6:48
21 Lastras, Pablo Esp Ibb a 6:52
22 Joachim, Benoit Lux Usp a 6:55
23 Lara, Francisco José Esp Alm a 7:10
24 Garzelli, Stefano Ita Vin a 7:24
25 Martin Perdiguero, M.a. Esp Sdv a 7:27
26 Pasamontes, Luis Esp Reb a 7:38
27 Arreitunandia, Peio Esp Baq a 7:44
28 Serrano, Marcos Esp Lst a 9:06
29 Sevilla, Oscar Esp Pho a 9:28
30 Sanchez, Samuel Esp Eus a 9:45
31 Cardenas, Felix Col Baq a 10:09
32 Rodriguez, Joaquin Esp Sdv a 10:09
33 Chaurreau, Iñigo Esp A2r a 10:09
34 Plaza, David Esp Baq a 10:18
35 Hamilton, Tyler Usa Pho a 10:29
36 Zaballa, Constantino Esp Sdv a 11:41
37 Calvente, Manuel Esp Csc a 11:43
38 Oriol, Christophe Fra A2r a 12:10
39 Baranowski, Dariusz Pol Lst a 12:52
40 Horrach, Joan Esp Ibb a 13:11
41 Jimenez, Eladio Esp Kel a 14:49
42 Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv a 14:51
43 Arrieta, José Luis Esp Ibb a 14:53
44 Atienza, Daniel Esp Cof a 15:16
45 Osa, Unai Esp Ibb a 15:17
46 Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm a 16:20
47 Zabel, Erik Ger Tmo a 16:21
48 Garcia, Francisco Esp Baq a 16:38
49 Trentin, Guido Ita Cof a 16:53
50 Van Summeren, Johan Bel Reb a 17:15
51 Freire, Oscar Esp Rab a 17:19
52 Elias, José Miguel Esp Reb a 17:22
53 Cañada, David Esp Sdv a 17:43
54 Schleck, Frank Lux Csc a 18:08
55 Van Goolen, Jurgen Bel Qsd a 19:22
56 Buenahora, Hernan Col Baq a 19:48
57 Florencio, Xavier Esp Reb a 20:10
58 De Weert, Kevin Bel Rab a 20:59
59 Caruso, Giampaolo Ita Lst a 21:51
60 Valjavec, Tadej Slo Pho a 21:56
61 Vasseur, Cedric Fra Cof a 22:17
62 Möller, Klaus Den Als a 23:26
63 Pecharroman, J.Antonio Esp Qsd a 23:30
64 Beloki, Joseba Esp Sdv a 24:06
65 Perez, Aitor Esp Baq a 24:11
66 Mazzoleni, Eddy Ita Sae a 24:26
67 Moreni, Cristian Ita Als a 25:17
68 Zubeldia, Haimar Esp Eus a 25:51
69 Schreck, Stephan Ger Tmo a 26:03
70 Luttenberger, Peter Aut Csc a 26:50
71 Rebollo, Jose Luis Esp Reb a 27:47
72 Gutierrez , José Esp Pho a 28:15
73 Cioni, Dario David Ita Fas a 28:41
74 Parra, Ivan Col Baq a 29:15
75 Cortinovis, Alessandro Ita Lam a 29:25
76 Cruz, Antonio Usa Usp a 29:34
77 Gil, Koldo Esp Lst a 29:43
78 Lopez, Joaquin Esp Alm a 29:45
79 Di Luca, Danilo Ita Sae a 30:24
80 Horrillo, Pedro Esp Qsd a 30:39
81 Sgambelluri, Roberto Ita Vin a 31:51
82 Calcagni, Patrick Sui Vin a 32:07
83 Szymyd, Sylvester Pol Sae a 32:51
84 Laiseka, Roberto Esp Eus a 32:56
85 O'Grady, Stuart Aus Cof a 33:24
86 Mikhailov, Guennadi Rus Usp a 34:17
87 Pradera, Mikel Esp Ibb a 35:17
88 Gustov, Volodymir Ukr Fas a 35:44
89 Bayarri, Gonzalo Esp Pho a 36:25
90 Barry ,Michael Can Usp a 36:47
91 Jufre, Josep Esp Reb a 37:04
92 Weening, Pieter Ned Rab a 37:13
93 Fernandez, Bingen Esp Cof a 37:18
94 Miholjevic, Vladimir Cro Als a 37:25
95 Pascual Rodriguez, Javier Esp Kel a 37:57
96 Grabsch, Bert Ger Pho a 38:01
97 Herrero, David Esp Alm a 38:14
98 Tankink, Bram Ned Qsd a 38:26
99 Veneberg, Thorwald Ned Rab a 39:06
100 Paolini, Luca Ita Qsd a 39:34
101 Latasa, David Esp Kel a 40:13
102 Sacchi, Fabio Ita Fas a 40:28
103 Isasi, Iñaki Esp Eus a 41:43
104 Scotto, Michele Ita Lam a 43:05
105 Bodrogi, Laszlo Hun Qsd a 43:31
106 Martinez, Alberto Esp Reb a 45:35
107 Cabello, Francisco Esp Kel a 45:36
108 Zabriskie, David Usa Usp a 45:45
109 Fernandez, David Esp Alm a 47:01
110 Vinokourov, Alexandre Kaz Tmo a 47:05
111 Astarloza, Mikel Esp A2r a 47:44
112 Fuentes, Juan Esp Sae a 49:21
113 Caucchioli, Pietro Ita Als a 50:09
114 Posthuma, Joost Ned Rab a 50:45
115 Astarloa, Igor Esp Lam a 50:52
116 Goubert, Stephane Fra A2r a 50:54
117 Glez. Galdeano, Igor Esp Lst a 51:08
118 Den Bakker, Maarten Ned Rab a 51:27
119 Jalabert, Nicolas Fra Pho a 51:28
120 Casero, Rafael Esp Sdv a 51:57
121 Lopez De Munain, Alberto Esp Eus a 51:58
122 Piccoli, Mariano Ita Lam a 52:15
123 Colom, Antonio Esp Ibb a 52:17
124 Andrle, Rene Cze Lst a 54:04
125 Quinziato, Manuel Ita Lam a 54:30
126 Hruska, Jan Cze Lst a 54:41
127 Mutsaars, Ronald Ned Rab a 55:09
128 Artetxe, Mikel Esp Eus a 55:40
129 Milesi, Marco Ita Vin a 55:45
130 Gutierrez, Heberth Col Baq a 56:04
131 Albizu, Joseba Esp Eus a 56:19
132 Del Rio, Ion Esp Alm a 56:29
133 Julia, José Esp Kel a 56:39
134 Gonzalez, Santos Esp Pho a 56:51
135 Roesems, Bert Bel Reb a 57:06
136 Hoj, Frank Den Csc a 57:34
137 Sanchez, Julián Esp Fas a 58:16
138 Hulsmans, Kevin Bel Qsd a 58:19
139 Sabaliauskas, Marius Ltu Sae a 58:33
140 Serrano, Ricardo Esp Baq a 59:43
141 Dominguez, Juan Carlos Esp Sdv a 59:58
142 Burgos, Nacor Esp Reb a 1:00:23
143 Tonkov, Pavel Rus Vin a 1:01:30
144 Trenti, Guido Usa Fas a 1:01:40
145 Ivanov, Ruslan Mda Als a 1:01:41
146 Andriotto, Dario Ita Vin a 1:03:07
147 Gerosa, Mauro Ita Vin a 1:03:24
148 Garcia Acosta, José Esp Ibb a 1:03:55
149 Pütsep, Erki Est A2r a 1:03:56
150 Velo, Marco Ita Fas a 1:04:48
151 Coyot, Arnaud Fra Cof a 1:06:02
152 Righi, Daniele Ita Lam a 1:06:35
153 Boven, Jan Ned Rab a 1:07:01
154 Petacchi, Alessandro Ita Fas a 1:07:46
155 Spezialetti, Alessandro Ita Sae a 1:09:04
156 Zanotti, Marco Ita Vin a 1:09:06
157 Fornaciari, Paolo Ita Sae a 1:09:21
158 Jeker, Fabian Sui Sdv a 1:09:21
159 Silloniz, Aitor Esp Eus a 1:09:46
160 Vandborg, Brian Den Csc a 1:09:56
161 Rastelli, Ellis Ita Als a 1:10:20
162 Ongarato, Alberto Ita Fas a 1:10:20
163 Bruun, Thomas Den Csc a 1:10:45
164 Gusev, Vladimir Rus Csc a 1:11:38
165 Garrido, José Esp Qsd a 1:11:39
166 White, Matthew Aus Cof a 1:18:28

Points Classification after Stage 9

1 Zabel, Erik Ger Tmo 92
2 O'Grady, Stuart Aus Cof 90
3 Freire, Oscar Esp Rab 87
4 Petacchi, Alessandro Ita Fas 75
5 Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel 65
6 Landis, Floyd Usa Usp 50
7 Menchov, Denis Rus Ibb 50
8 Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ibb 43
9 Heras, Roberto Esp Lst 41
10 Nozal, Isidro Esp Lst 40
11 Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv 39
12 Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp 38
13 Gonzalez, Aitor Esp Fas 38
14 Peña, Victor Hugo Col Usp 36
15 Horrillo, Pedro Esp Qsd 35
16 Joachim, Benoit Lux Usp 28
17 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc 28
18 Martin Perdiguero, M.a. Esp Sdv 27
19 Hamilton, Tyler Usa Pho 26
20 Moreni, Cristian Ita Als 21
21 Evans, Cadel Aus Tmo 20
22 Barry ,Michael Can Usp 20
23 Fernandez, David Esp Alm 20
24 Garzelli, Stefano Ita Vin 19
25 Paolini, Luca Ita Qsd 18

Mountains Classification after Stage 9

1 Fernandez, David Esp Alm 35
2 Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ibb 33
3 Cardenas, Felix Col Baq 32
4 Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv 31
5 Heras, Roberto Esp Lst 27
6 Quinziato, Manuel Ita Lam 20
7 Nozal, Isidro Esp Lst 20
8 Lastras, Pablo Esp Ibb 17
9 Elias, José Miguel Esp Reb 16
10 Menchov, Denis Rus Ibb 14
11 Valjavec, Tadej Slo Pho 14
12 Garate, Juan Manuel Esp Lam 13
13 Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel 13
14 Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm 12
15 Gutierrez, Heberth Col Baq 11
16 Hulsmans, Kevin Bel Qsd 11
17 Landis, Floyd Usa Usp 10
18 Zaballa, Constantino Esp Sdv 10
19 Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp 9
20 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc 8
21 Gonzalez, Aitor Esp Fas 7
22 Miholjevic, Vladimir Cro Als 6
23 Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Kel 6
24 Perez, Luis Esp Cof 5
25 Righi, Daniele Ita Lam 5

All Around Classification after Stage 9

1 Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ibb 13
2 Heras, Roberto Esp Lst 20
3 Nozal, Isidro Esp Lst 21
4 Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel 23
5 Landis, Floyd Usa Usp 24
6 Menchov, Denis Rus Ibb 24
7 Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp 33
8 Gonzalez, Aitor Esp Fas 43
9 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc 45
10 Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv 57
11 Garate, Juan Manuel Esp Lam 67
12 Cardenas, Felix Col Baq 71
13 Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Kel 76
14 Joachim, Benoit Lux Usp 77
15 Gomez, Angel Esp Alm 81
16 Cunego, Damiano Ita Sae 83
17 Lastras, Pablo Esp Ibb 83
18 Perez, Luis Esp Cof 90
19 Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm 91
20 Zaballa, Constantino Esp Sdv 118
21 Elias, José Miguel Esp Reb 127
22 Valjavec, Tadej Slo Pho 129
23 Fernandez, David Esp Alm 133
24 Calcagni, Patrick Sui Vin 137
25 Florencio, Xavier Esp Reb 141

Teams Classification after Stage 9

1 US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor USP 95:26:05
2 Comunidad Valenciana - Kelme KEL a 1:04
3 Illes Balears - Banesto IBB a 3:20
4 Liberty Seguros LST a 3:59
5 Team CSC CSC a 10:41
6 Saunier Duval - Prodir SDV a 11:31
7 Costa de Almeria - Paternina ALM a 13:52
8 Cafes Baque BAQ a 14:22
9 Phonak Hearing Systems PHO a 15:27
10 Relax-Bodysol REB a 23:49
11 Cofidis, le credit par telephone COF a 24:52
12 T-Mobile Team TMO a 26:09
13 Saeco SAE a 34:29
14 Quick Step - Davitamon QSD a 41:06
15 Fassa Bortolo FAS a 47:26
16 Euskaltel - Euskadi EUS a 48:55
17 Lampre LAM a 53:30
18 Vini Caldirola -Nobili Rubinetterie VIN a 56:04
19 Rabobank RAB a 57:25
20 AG2R Prevoyance A2R a 1:00:56
21 Alessio - Bianchi ALS a 1:18:48


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