Hello and welcome to Stage 12 of the Vuelta a Espana!
Today's Vuelta stage is the kind of thing Charles Darwin had in mind when he first published The Origin of Species in 1859. Yes, today's racing is going to be the survival of the fittest, as the riders must traverse 145km with two Cat 1 climbs and a finish up the above category abomination known as the Observatorio Astronomico de Calar Alto.
Please refresh this page (F5) for the latest information. Commentary today by Jan Janssens and Locutus.
Today is the kind of day that could mean curtains to the flatlanders like Petacchi, who will be just trying to make it through in the time limit. And it's been racing attacks from the start of the stage, most notably by the Fallen Ones: the riders who had GC ambitions but have been struck back: Vino, Hamilton, etc. Especially Vino was involved in like 500 breaks today.
The peloton just now reached the summit of the Alto De Velefique, 2.40 behind the sole leader, Lara...between them is another group of riders, consisting of (among others) Cardenas, Vino, Serrano.
The peloton has already thinned to a group of some 40-50 riders, and we've still a loooong way to go!
Osa, Rodriguez, Cardenas, Serrano, Laiseka and Vino are the riders in the group between the peloton and Lara. Liberty Seguros has the peloton is a stranglehold and controls all in- and outgoing traffic in the peloton, while posting a guy (Serrano) up front.
So despite the fact that US Postal still has the Gold Jersey, Manolo Saiz and his boys clearly think that today is their day... we will likely see Roberto "Spanish Fly" Heras going crazy on that last climb.
15.14 CET. Lara continues to broaden the gap with the peloton, he has a 3.20 lead now. The in between guys are 1.56 behind him and 1.25 in front of the peloton. Our current race leader is 21th at some 8 minutes down in the GC, so he's not completely harmless.
At the start of the the first climb we saw Valverde visiting the race doctor, and we feared for the worst...but, he's been in the peloton for the entire climb, so he's still coping!
We also saw Sevilla at the doctor's though, and he went on to try and mix in a break, so that might not say a lot.
This kind of crazy attacking from the gun is not what Alejandro Valverde (Comunidad Valenciana - Kelme) needed. He's still banged up and trying to get back in the swing of things, but he's been having a hard time staying in the peloton. He's managed it so far, so his 2nd on GC at 9" is still intact. That in itself is a good sign.
Meanwhile, Lara reaches the 2nd intermediate sprint in Bacaras and will be starting his first ascent of the Calar Alto...The "perseguidors" now pass the sprint too, a good 2.05 minutes behind.
Good luck to Lara; he's now taking on a climb that's 17.7km long, with a total height difference of 960m and an average gradient of 5.7%. (Something I like to do to wind down after training - only joking...)
Ah, that ain't nothin'. Sniff. Now Ventoux, that's a real climb.
The peloton is some 4 minutes behind...so the Liberty boys let the break(s) loose a bit.
Dave Bruylandts sends a text to the commentators here, saying that he did a recon of the stage a while ago, and that it's mighty tough...he expects to see fireworks.
Lara is doing a part that shifts between 10-8% now, but he's going good. He's using a really small gear, a 21 I think.
It's started to rain at the finish now, which is bizarre because this one of sunniest regions of Europe; in fact, it's home to the only real desert in Europe...let's just hope we won't do the final ascent of the Calar Alto in the same apocalypctic circumstances as the Angliru two years ago. That was an epic stage - there are photos of that day here: Stage 15 - Angliru.
Two riders trying to get away from the peloton, a Saunier Duval and Paternina rider, hard to tell who.
Belgian national coach José De Cauwer has announced his 12 names for the Worlds yesterday. Frank VdB made a late application and said he could work for the team if they wanted him to, but De Cauwer said that "The best way to help Frank is to leave him alone, right now".
In the chasing group, Osa tries to drop his fellow escapees, but Serrano chases down the Illes Baleares rider's attack.
Shift in the peloton!! Mancebo accelerated and tore away from the head of the peloton, with almost all of the big names: Heras, Cunego, Beltran, Landis...but no sign of Valverde yet. No sign of Hamilton yet either.
So Lara (Costa de Almeria - Paternina) is still riding alone off the front. A couple of minutes back are Vinokourov (T-Mobile), Laiseka (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Unai Osa (Illes Balear-Banesto), Marcos Serrano and Koldo Gil (Liberty Seguros), and Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme).
Riders are abandoning en masse now, with the most important name being Oscar Freire!
He'll probably have done so in order to prepare for the Worlds. The Spaniard was in 3rd place in the points competition. It really is a two-man race between Zabel (T-Mobile) and O'Grady (Cofidis) for the Fishy Shirt of the points leader now. A shame for us who have been watching the three way contest...
Valverde has been brought back to the group of the favorites, but he's struggling...we see Evans is among them as well.
Rodriguez of Saunier jumps away, and has a good 200 meters on the group of favorites already. His attack is being countered by Lara's fellow Paternina rider, Gomez. They have Vino's chase group in sight now. Heras, who has two men up the road in that 2nd group, has the tactical advantage right now in the GC battle.
They've been caught, the Vino group...the "peloton" is now 4.46 behind Lara, with some 30 people left in it.
Bruyneel knows Saiz from his time with ONCE, and his (sometimes weird) tactics...there are three Liberty riders hammering up front in the peloton, with right behind them Landis and a Postie...topsy-turvy. Must be Landis and Beltran.
No! The Vino group has not been caught.
So Freire has said adios, along with Christophe Oriol (AG2r Prevoyance), Jon Del Rio (Costa de Almeria), Michele d'Abusco (Lampre), Thomas Bruun (T-Mobile), Gonzalo Bayarri (Phonak), and Joseba Albizu (Euskaltel-Euskadi). Freire is the only major player to pull out so far today.
Gomez, who reached the Vino group together with Rodriguez, now jumps away from them and goes after his teammate, Lara. (Spanish tactics rule.)
So are the teammates trying to work together, or defeat
each other, or miscommunicating, or trying to land their own contracts for next year? Who can tell. Weird, this.
15.53 CET. The Vino group is still some 6 people strong, but it's hard to say where the riders are that jumped away from them, and how far the peloton is behind...
Lara is now on a steeper part again, but all the vocal support from the supporters that have positioned themselves near the summit will keep him going, no doubt.
Lara still has about 5' on the peloton, but there is a long way to go to the finish, and he's got a teammate after him as well.
Lara reaches the summit!! He gets the bounty and the points for the mountain ranking, let's see how far everyone else is now...57 km to go for Lara.
The Vino group now reaches the summit as well, 4.40 down to Lara...we see them putting on their jackets, and they start the dsecent towards the final climb!
Cardenas was 2nd at the summit, and thus claims the leadership in the mountain ranking, with an 8-point lead over Elias.
The road is slightly wet, making things a bit more dangerous, but luckily it's a pretty smooth and broad descent..not too technical.
Petacchi is only slightly behind the bus on the first passage on the Calar Alto, so it looks like he's going to survive.
And Tyler Hamilton, after his earlier efforts today, has slipped back to the rear of the bus. He's way behind the peloton. His former teammate Sastre (CSC) is looking fine in the peloton, and has a couple of teammates still with him.
16.19 CET. Liberty still leading the group of favorites, a sight we're getting used to. Lara doesn't look like a fantastic descender, he's very cautious and his braking work isn't all that. Still 5.11 for Lara. 41.9 km to go for Lara, 46 for the peloton.
What's so special about climbs like these is that the riders aren't 'just' suffering from being tired and climbing, they also have to battle thin air, something some riders inevitably have problems with...
The chasing group with Vino has been caught, so it's just Lara up front with this 5.20 lead...but in the peloton nobody dares to bother the Liberty boys so far. These sorts of situations are often a prelude for a banging finale, so with a bit of luck...
This looks like Heras has taken a page out of the old US Postal manual of his former boss Armstrong... get the boys to the front on the final climb to pare things down, then BAM!
And it's official: Davide Rebellin will ride for Argentina at the Worlds in his home country...he's now an Argentinian citizen, an honour he received on basis of "sportive merits".
So I guess I'll have to call him Davide "Evita" Rebellin from now on...
16.33 CET. 34km to go for Lara now, and still a 5.16 lead. And still just Liberty Seguros at the front of the peloton, insuring that nobody "attacks."
We'll see how much he has left in the tank on this final climb. Hey, does the first guy to the top today get to look through the big telescope at the observatory?
You can't help to wonder if Rebellin's seizing the only Argentinian place isn't screwing some home rider over... like is there some Argentinian semi-pro who already took a holiday during the week of the Worlds, who's now sitting at home crying?
Both Lara and the peloton are on the plains now, between two climbs. There are some 6 Liberty riders pulling at the front of the peloton, on these roads that aren't very friendly to a lone escapee like Lara: long, road and flat. Landis sits attentively behind the Liberty train, as he's been the entire day.
And of course the long straight roads are eating into Lara's lead: 4.25 the gap now. Valverde is in the first part of the peloton, very nice.
This final climb will show us a lot about who will be on the top of the final podium. Heras needs to take some big time from Landis, who is the much better time trialist. Mancebo would also like to put some distance between himself and his rivals. Valverde would probably be happy with just breaking even today.
16.47 CET. 20kms left for Lara. Lara now also takes the final intermediate sprint, and starts the climb! Lara's gap is coming down now. The Liberty Seguros boys are really driving the peloton.
The first part of the climb is more of a hill than a mountain, so the Liberty guys will probably be able to put down a monstrous pace there, dropping the small fry. And then it'll be up to Nozal and Heras to finish off the (ostentibly passive) opposition.
Lara has lost the helmet now, and the peloton storms to the foot of the climb as well! 3.25 is Lara's lead at the foot. Landis and Beltran helmetless already too. So it's bald pates and hat hair galore on the final climb.
IGG and Beloki are dropping from the peloton now, Igor because he's done his job for today, Beloki because...
The way Liberty is riding is very impressive now, but Landis is looking very relaxed.
Riders are dropping and bonking like crazy, Cioni, Zubeldia, Atienza...Koldo Gil too, he's done his work, Aitor Gonzalez in the back of the peloton, not looking good.
Vino, Valverde and Garzelli are good up front, near Heras and Landis. 2.50 left for Lara, he's not going to make it today, but a great ride nevertheless.
Baranowski is the Liberty rider pounding it now, and Garzelli's bald pate will be one to watch. The peloton is still 25 riders strong.
17.01 CET. In the peloton, Sastre and Menchov make a half-assed attempt to attack, but the Liberty train, now led by Serrano, takes them back. We've got Serrano, Nozal and Heras left for Liberty. Sevilla dropped!!
Following in the footsteps of his team leader...
Poor Oscar has had a rough go this Vuelta, still recovering his legs after time off the bike for an injury.
Oh, oh, Valverde is near the back of the group now, but he's still hanging on! Vino dropped...it's a graveyard!
15kms to go, and Lara still has a 2.10 lead. It looks like Heras is getting his mountain stick ready. His teammates are already putting the wood to his rivals.
Landis still looking relaxed, so far.
Landis, Beltran, Mancebo, Garzelli, Valverde, Cunego...they're all still there. Sastre, who was in the front group, has now dropped out to change bikes...let's hope he can make it back, he's 7th in the GC.
That's some really bad luck for Sastre... he's been riding so strong in this Vuelta, and especially today. Lara under the 12km banner now, and he gets ready for the steeper strokes of the climb!
Piepoli is also in the group of favorites, and Vino has clawed back too. 1.50 was the gap for Lara under that 12 km banner.
Valverde still going with the best in the front part of the group!
Vino dropped once more, and Osa letting go too!
Damn, Serrano is doing a SUPERB job here on the steeper strokes. Piepoli and Cunego are struggling in the back of the group. Piepoli bonks completely now, and is gone.
Landis in trouble! Landis is dropped, together with Garzelli!!
He looked so good on the first part of the climb, and now he's being destroyed by the Liberty monster train. It won't be long now before Heras launches to deliver the final blow. Or Nozal turns on the Liberty overdrive.
Lara under the 10 km banner, still going strong! he's not lost much time on this climb, if you look who's being dropped in the back.
The group of favorites is 1.03 behind at that 10km mark, and Landis has rejoined the leaders. Valverde still in 6th position, in Mancebo's wheel.
Liberty is killing off the competition by setting a blistering pace, much like USPS in this year's Tour. 15 riders left.
Serrano, Nozal, Heras, Mancebo, Valverde, Beltran are the first 6. Valverde attacks!!!! Wow, what a surprise!!
And Nozal has to get everything out he can to take him back.
Serrano is gone, and Valverde's attack splintered the group, losing Landis once again. Valverde is still 2nd on GC remember, only 9" behind Landis. He saw Landis in trouble, and went for it. Everything together now, with Nozal pulling at the front. Nozal is ramming just about everyone numb.
Landis already 16 seconds behind the leaders, so Valverde is virtual leader. There are only about 6 leaders left up front, Nozal, Heras, Valverde, Sastre, Mancebo and Perez.
Landis just needs to limit his losses here. He just needs them close enough so that he can take back the time (and more) in the time trials.
8kms left, and they're nearing Lara. Landis at 27 seconds now, and all alone.
Valverde pulling his own bluff today, except that he really is hurt. Nozal still drills it, Heras 2nd wheel.
Garzelli is gone. Nozal bonks, and Heras takes over! Heras has a few meters - He's going to catch Lara now, at the 7km banner. Nobody seems to be hanging unto him so far.
Heras isn't looking back, he's just driving it out of the saddle.
Now he looks back, to see how big his gap is. He's dancing away on his small bikeframe, and taking meter by meter. Everybody knew it was coming, but they couldn't do a thing about it. Mancebo and Valverde are together chasing. Valverde is sitting on Mancebo for now.
The other members of the 6-man group are now splintered about a bit, Heras has a 12-second lead over the 2 closest chasers now, Mancebo and Valverde.
Heras under the 6 kilometer mark, time to measure his lead! 20 seconds on Mancebo, Valverde and Perez. Mancebo's head is now twisting up as it always does when he's really pushing on a climb. He turns it to the left and shrugs a bit, making it look like he's expecting to hit a brick wall at any moment.
3 primary chasers now, Mancebo, Valverde and Perez, but Heras is dealing serious blows here, 26 seconds now!
Valverde's leg in big wraps. Santiago Perez is still hanging on to Valverde's wheel... his team leaders Sevilla and Hamilton are long gone. Valverde bonks!! He has to let Mancebo and Perez go.
Heras' lead slowly growing, 32' now. And Heras has taken out his mountain stick and he's whacking all his rivals with it. Whack! Whack!
5 kms left for Heras...35 seconds on Mancebo and Perez, 44 on Valverde. Valverde has been dropped by Mancebo and Perez. He's now riding at his own tempo. He looks good, but couldn't match Mancebo's blistering pace. Mancebo put in a great time trial the other day... he could well be the new Gold Jersey tonight if he can keep Heras in shouting distance.
Barring miracles this looks like the end of the spell of USPS race leaders.
"Paco" Mancebo (as he's called) is about 35" back of Heras... it will be close!
Heras is really opening a can of whoopass today!! 51 seconds on Mancebo and Perez, 1.10 on Valverde...3 kms left.
Mancebo started the day only 18" up on Heras on GC... unless he can chase and close down some time, Heras will be the Golden man tonight! But Mancebo is putting himself in a good position for the final podium.
So Roberto Heras is climbing like his bones are made of carbon fiber and alloy. He's just floating up the climb, looking so comfortable when compared to the twisted up frame of Mancebo.
Perez was 13th at 4' 35" down on GC at the beginning of the day, but he'll climb way up with this effort. He's still just sitting on Mancebo, who is the second man on the road.
At the 2 km mark, Mancebo and Perez are down 56 seconds, Valverde 1.20. And who do we see coming from the back to catch Valverde? That's right, Isidro "comeback" Nozal! He's dragging Gomez and Perez along (a different Perez). Nozal isn't keeping it down, he's pulling the front!! Dropping Gomez all at once.
Mancebo bonks and Perez takes over, and Nozal is actually pulling Valverde a bit closer to Heras again...mmm...
Not a smart move, this. Maybe Nozal is driving by some instinct to pull other climbers up mountains? Heras in the final kilometer!! Perez drops Mancebo! Heras sprinting to the finish, he'll be trying to grab every second he can here.
Nozal really should be sitting on Valverde, but instead he's pulling him up the mountain. This is a big, big mistake.
500 meters left for Heras. Nozal is obviously trying to limit his losses and trying to smoke Heras in the TT later on. Heras wins the stage!!
A magnificent ride, from a great rider! A big step to another vuelta win.
Nozal probably wouldn't be doing this unless Saiz told him too... makes me wonder what Saiz is playing at here.
Perez finishing, he took a bit back on Heras in the end, 34 seconds behind. There's Mancebo in third place, 52 seconds down. So Mancebo also took a bit back on Heras near the end. The Valverde-Nozal couple loses 1.27...and Gomez and Perez take a nice placing at 1.37 off Heras.
Garzelli 8th at 2.02. Valverde was pulling there at the end... Nozal finally looks like he started sitting on him like he should have all along. Sastre, Beltran coming in, why didn't Beltran wait for Landis? Beltran came into the race as co-leader of the team, but Landis was the man in Gold. Hmmm... Landis might have told him to just go on.
Landis arriving together with Cunego, at 3.07!
1º Roberto Heras ESP LST 4:19:30
2º Santiago Perez ESP PHO a 34
3º Francisco Mancebo ESP IBB a 53
4º Alejandro Valverde ESP KEL a 1:27
'' Isidro Nozal ESP LST mt.
6º Angel Gomez ESP ALM a 1:38
'' Luis Perez ESP COF mt.
8º Stefano Garzelli ITA VIN a 2:02
9º Peio Arreitunandia ESP BAQ a 2:17
10º Carlos Sastre ESP CSC a 2:28
'' Manuel Beltran ESP USP mt.
'' Francisco Jos‚ Lara ESP ALM mt.
13º David Blanco ESP KEL a 2:35
Beltran and Sastre lose 2' 28" to Heras. This was the kind of day Heras needed to have... he's put some distance into most of his rivals, with only Mancebo and Valverde (and his own teammate, Nozal) still in striking distance. So Heras now has a 35" lead on Mancebo, and a 49" lead on Valverde.
There are a lot of climbs still to come, so Heras will have to put some more distance into these boys to feel comfortable heading into that final time trial.
So on GC, it looks like this, unofficially:
1º HERAS, Roberto ESP LST 44:50:50
2º MANCEBO, Francisco ESP IBB a 35
3º VALVERDE, Alejandro ESP KEL a 49
4º NOZAL, Isidro ESP LST a 1:12
5º LANDIS, Floyd USA USP a 2:19
6º BELTRAN, Manuel ESP USP a 2:40
7º SASTRE, Carlos ESP CSC a 3:16
8º PEREZ, Santiago ESP PHO a 4:22
9º GOMEZ, Angel ESP ALM a 5:07
10º BLANCO, David ESP KEL a 6:12
11º CUNEGO, Damiano ITA SAE a 7:36
12º PEREZ, Luis ESP COF a 7:51
13º GARZELLI, Stefano ITA VIN a 8:39
14º LARA, Francisco José ESP ALM a 9:45
15º ARREITUNANDIA, Peio ESP BAQ a 10:15
Thanks for joining us today - tomorrow is a flat stage for the peloton to take it easy, and another chance for the sprinters, if they have any legs left after today.
1º Heras, Roberto Esp Lst 4:19:30
2º Perez, Santiago Esp Pho a 34
3º Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ibb a 53
4º Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel a 1:27
5º Nozal, Isidro Esp Lst a 1:27
6º Gomez, Angel Esp Alm a 1:38
7º Perez, Luis Esp Cof a 1:38
8º Garzelli, Stefano Ita Vin a 2:02
9º Arreitunandia, Peio Esp Baq a 2:17
10º Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc a 2:28
11º Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp a 2:28
12º Lara, Francisco José Esp Alm a 2:28
13º Blanco, David Esp Kel a 2:35
14º Cunego, Damiano Ita Sae a 3:06
15º Landis, Floyd Usa Usp a 3:06
16º Martin Perdiguero, M.a. Esp Sdv a 3:36
17º Serrano, Marcos Esp Lst a 3:36
18º Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Kel a 3:54
19º Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm a 5:37
20º Pasamontes, Luis Esp Reb a 6:30
21º Jimenez, Eladio Esp Kel a 6:30
22º Osa, Unai Esp Ibb a 6:30
23º Sevilla, Oscar Esp Pho a 8:10
24º Zaballa, Constantino Esp Sdv a 8:10
25º Plaza, David Esp Baq a 8:10
26º Calvente, Manuel Esp Csc a 8:10
27º Buenahora, Hernan Col Baq a 8:10
28º Rodriguez, Joaquin Esp Sdv a 8:10
29º Jaksche, Jörg Ger Csc a 8:10
30º Sanchez, Samuel Esp Eus a 8:53
31º Veneberg, Thorwald Ned Rab a 9:15
32º Gonzalez, Aitor Esp Fas a 9:15
33º Parra, Ivan Col Baq a 9:57
34º Peña, Victor Hugo Col Usp a 9:57
35º Jufre, Josep Esp Reb a 9:57
36º Horrach, Joan Esp Ibb a 9:57
37º Van Summeren, Johan Bel Reb a 10:07
38º Valjavec, Tadej Slo Pho a 10:09
39º Rebollo, Jose Luis Esp Reb a 10:43
40º Evans, Cadel Aus Tmo a 12:27
41º Gutierrez , José Esp Pho a 12:27
42º Plaza, Rubén Esp Kel a 12:27
43º Atienza, Daniel Esp Cof a 12:27
44º Vinokourov, Alexandre Kaz Tmo a 13:02
45º Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv a 13:48
46º Garrido, José Esp Qsd a 14:16
47º Arrieta, José Luis Esp Ibb a 15:11
48º Menchov, Denis Rus Ibb a 15:11
49º Cardenas, Felix Col Baq a 15:11
50º Baranowski, Dariusz Pol Lst a 15:33
51º Latasa, David Esp Kel a 15:33
52º Zubeldia, Haimar Esp Eus a 15:33
53º Mikhailov, Guennadi Rus Usp a 16:32
54º Szymyd, Sylvester Pol Sae a 17:08
55º Cioni, Dario David Ita Fas a 17:08
56º Casero, Rafael Esp Sdv a 17:08
57º Fernandez, Bingen Esp Cof a 17:08
58º Mazzoleni, Eddy Ita Sae a 17:08
59º Martinez, Alberto Esp Reb a 18:24
60º Garate, Juan Manuel Esp Lam a 19:43
61º Elias, José Miguel Esp Reb a 19:43
62º Gusev, Vladimir Rus Csc a 24:12
63º Caruso, Giampaolo Ita Lst a 24:33
64º Beloki, Joseba Esp Sdv a 24:33
65º Laiseka, Roberto Esp Eus a 24:33
66º Joachim, Benoit Lux Usp a 24:33
67º Weening, Pieter Ned Rab a 24:33
68º Sanchez, Julián Esp Fas a 24:33
69º Pascual Rodriguez, Javier Esp Kel a 24:33
70º Gil, Koldo Esp Lst a 24:49
71º Glez. Galdeano, Igor Esp Lst a 24:49
72º Den Bakker, Maarten Ned Rab a 26:42
73º Lopez, Joaquin Esp Alm a 31:51
74º Chaurreau, Iñigo Esp A2r a 31:51
75º Cañada, David Esp Sdv a 31:51
76º Paolini, Luca Ita Qsd a 31:51
77º Zabel, Erik Ger Tmo a 31:51
78º Hruska, Jan Cze Lst a 31:51
79º Schreck, Stephan Ger Tmo a 31:51
80º Horrillo, Pedro Esp Qsd a 31:51
81º Möller, Klaus Den Als a 31:51
82º Miholjevic, Vladimir Cro Als a 31:51
83º Sacchi, Fabio Ita Fas a 31:51
84º Cortinovis, Alessandro Ita Lam a 31:51
85º Barry ,Michael Can Usp a 31:51
86º Garcia, Francisco Esp Baq a 31:51
87º Gonzalez, Santos Esp Pho a 31:51
88º Posthuma, Joost Ned Rab a 31:51
89º Grabsch, Bert Ger Pho a 31:51
90º Cabello, Francisco Esp Kel a 31:51
91º Schleck, Frank Lux Csc a 31:51
92º Colom, Antonio Esp Ibb a 31:51
93º Hoj, Frank Den Csc a 31:51
94º Julia, José Esp Kel a 31:51
95º Burgos, Nacor Esp Reb a 31:51
96º Hamilton, Tyler Usa Pho a 31:51
97º Spezialetti, Alessandro Ita Sae a 31:51
98º Lopez De Munain, Alberto Esp Eus a 31:51
99º Trenti, Guido Usa Fas a 31:51
100º Pecharroman, J.Antonio Esp Qsd a 31:51
101º Florencio, Xavier Esp Reb a 31:51
102º Fornaciari, Paolo Ita Sae a 31:51
103º Luttenberger, Peter Aut Csc a 31:51
104º Pütsep, Erki Est A2r a 31:51
105º Caucchioli, Pietro Ita Als a 31:51
106º Gerosa, Mauro Ita Vin a 31:51
107º Pradera, Mikel Esp Ibb a 31:51
108º Hulsmans, Kevin Bel Qsd a 31:51
109º Van Goolen, Jurgen Bel Qsd a 31:51
110º Zanotti, Marco Ita Vin a 31:51
111º Milesi, Marco Ita Vin a 31:51
112º Sgambelluri, Roberto Ita Vin a 31:51
113º Fuentes, Juan Esp Sae a 31:51
114º Andriotto, Dario Ita Vin a 31:51
115º Lastras, Pablo Esp Ibb a 31:51
116º Tankink, Bram Ned Qsd a 31:51
117º Herrero, David Esp Alm a 31:51
118º De Weert, Kevin Bel Rab a 31:51
119º Roesems, Bert Bel Reb a 31:51
120º Calcagni, Patrick Sui Vin a 31:51
121º Petacchi, Alessandro Ita Fas a 31:51
122º Fernandez, David Esp Alm a 31:51
123º Velo, Marco Ita Fas a 31:51
124º Artetxe, Mikel Esp Eus a 31:51
125º Isasi, Iñaki Esp Eus a 31:51
126º Cruz, Antonio Usa Usp a 31:51
127º Piccoli, Mariano Ita Lam a 31:51
128º Sabaliauskas, Marius Ltu Sae a 31:51
129º Vasseur, Cedric Fra Cof a 31:51
130º Boven, Jan Ned Rab a 31:51
131º Astarloza, Mikel Esp A2r a 31:51
132º Silloniz, Aitor Esp Eus a 31:51
133º Perez, Aitor Esp Baq a 31:51
134º Quinziato, Manuel Ita Lam a 31:51
135º Gutierrez, Heberth Col Baq a 31:51
136º Ongarato, Alberto Ita Fas a 31:51
137º Vandborg, Brian Den Csc a 31:51
138º O'Grady, Stuart Aus Cof a 31:51
139º Andrle, Rene Cze Lst a 31:51
140º Gustov, Volodymir Ukr Fas a 31:51
141º Zabriskie, David Usa Usp a 31:51
142º Di Luca, Danilo Ita Sae a 31:51
143º White, Matthew Aus Cof a 31:51
144º Trentin, Guido Ita Cof a 31:51
145º Rastelli, Ellis Ita Als a 31:51
146º Garcia Acosta, José Esp Ibb a 31:51
147º Moreni, Cristian Ita Als a 31:51
148º Ivanov, Ruslan Mda Als a 31:51
149º Righi, Daniele Ita Lam a 31:51
150º Serrano, Ricardo Esp Baq a 47:49
Astarloa, Igor Esp Lam DNS
Goubert, Stephane Fra A2r DNF
Oriol, Christophe Fra A2r DNF
Cuesta, Iñigo Esp Cof DNF
Coyot, Arnaud Fra Cof DNF
Albizu, Joseba Esp Eus DNF
Scotto, Michele Ita Lam DNF
Del Rio, Ion Esp Alm DNF
Bayarri, Gonzalo Esp Pho DNF
Freire, Oscar Esp Rab DNF
Mutsaars, Ronald Ned Rab DNF
Dominguez, Juan Carlos Esp Sdv DNF
Bruun, Thomas Den Csc DNF
Tonkov, Pavel Rus Vin DNF
General Classification after Stage 12
1º Heras, Roberto Esp Lst 44:50:50
2º Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ibb a 35
3º Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel a 49
4º Nozal, Isidro Esp Lst a 1:12
5º Landis, Floyd Usa Usp a 2:19
6º Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp a 2:40
7º Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc a 3:16
8º Perez, Santiago Esp Pho a 4:22
9º Gomez, Angel Esp Alm a 5:07
10º Blanco, David Esp Kel a 6:12
11º Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Kel a 7:26
12º Cunego, Damiano Ita Sae a 7:36
13º Perez, Luis Esp Cof a 7:51
14º Garzelli, Stefano Ita Vin a 8:39
15º Lara, Francisco José Esp Alm a 9:45
16º Arreitunandia, Peio Esp Baq a 10:15
17º Martin Perdiguero, M.a. Esp Sdv a 10:41
18º Gonzalez, Aitor Esp Fas a 11:18
19º Serrano, Marcos Esp Lst a 12:49
20º Pasamontes, Luis Esp Reb a 14:42
21º Jimenez, Eladio Esp Kel a 15:26
22º Peña, Victor Hugo Col Usp a 15:43
23º Menchov, Denis Rus Ibb a 17:06
24º Jaksche, Jörg Ger Csc a 17:34
25º Sanchez, Samuel Esp Eus a 17:51
26º Sevilla, Oscar Esp Pho a 18:16
27º Plaza, Rubén Esp Kel a 18:47
28º Rodriguez, Joaquin Esp Sdv a 18:57
29º Zaballa, Constantino Esp Sdv a 19:30
30º Plaza, David Esp Baq a 19:38
31º Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm a 20:10
32º Calvente, Manuel Esp Csc a 20:45
33º Osa, Unai Esp Ibb a 22:48
34º Horrach, Joan Esp Ibb a 25:17
35º Garate, Juan Manuel Esp Lam a 25:28
36º Cardenas, Felix Col Baq a 27:46
37º Atienza, Daniel Esp Cof a 27:50
38º Van Summeren, Johan Bel Reb a 28:17
39º Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv a 29:49
40º Buenahora, Hernan Col Baq a 30:24
41º Baranowski, Dariusz Pol Lst a 30:51
42º Arrieta, José Luis Esp Ibb a 30:52
43º Elias, José Miguel Esp Reb a 32:22
44º Valjavec, Tadej Slo Pho a 34:19
45º Rebollo, Jose Luis Esp Reb a 39:40
46º Joachim, Benoit Lux Usp a 39:44
47º Evans, Cadel Aus Tmo a 39:56
48º Lastras, Pablo Esp Ibb a 40:03
49º Hamilton, Tyler Usa Pho a 41:15
50º Gutierrez , José Esp Pho a 41:20
51º Parra, Ivan Col Baq a 43:07
52º Zabel, Erik Ger Tmo a 44:09
53º Chaurreau, Iñigo Esp A2r a 44:59
54º Zubeldia, Haimar Esp Eus a 45:06
55º Cioni, Dario David Ita Fas a 48:48
56º Jufre, Josep Esp Reb a 49:10
57º Veneberg, Thorwald Ned Rab a 49:31
58º Garcia, Francisco Esp Baq a 49:39
59º Caruso, Giampaolo Ita Lst a 50:19
60º Schleck, Frank Lux Csc a 50:37
61º Cañada, David Esp Sdv a 50:44
62º Szymyd, Sylvester Pol Sae a 51:09
63º Trentin, Guido Ita Cof a 51:10
64º Van Goolen, Jurgen Bel Qsd a 51:47
65º De Weert, Kevin Bel Rab a 54:00
66º Gil, Koldo Esp Lst a 55:10
67º Vasseur, Cedric Fra Cof a 55:18
68º Mikhailov, Guennadi Rus Usp a 55:57
69º Fernandez, Bingen Esp Cof a 56:52
70º Pecharroman, J.Antonio Esp Qsd a 57:47
71º Perez, Aitor Esp Baq a 58:38
72º Latasa, David Esp Kel a 59:35
73º O'grady, Stuart Aus Cof a 59:54
74º Laiseka, Roberto Esp Eus a 59:55
75º Schreck, Stephan Ger Tmo a 1:00:20
76º Weening, Pieter Ned Rab a 1:01:24
77º Luttenberger, Peter Aut Csc a 1:02:45
78º Mazzoleni, Eddy Ita Sae a 1:02:52
79º Moreni, Cristian Ita Als a 1:03:06
80º Vinokourov, Alexandre Kaz Tmo a 1:03:37
81º Cortinovis, Alessandro Ita Lam a 1:03:42
82º Horrillo, Pedro Esp Qsd a 1:05:29
83º Lopez, Joaquin Esp Alm a 1:06:03
84º Calcagni, Patrick Sui Vin a 1:06:19
85º Pascual Rodriguez, Javier Esp Kel a 1:06:19
86º Sgambelluri, Roberto Ita Vin a 1:08:09
87º Beloki, Joseba Esp Sdv a 1:09:47
88º Cruz, Antonio Usa Usp a 1:09:58
89º Tankink, Bram Ned Qsd a 1:12:16
90º Herrero, David Esp Alm a 1:12:56
91º Florencio, Xavier Esp Reb a 1:13:19
92º Barry ,Michael Can Usp a 1:13:46
93º Miholjevic, Vladimir Cro Als a 1:14:45
94º Fuentes, Juan Esp Sae a 1:16:23
95º Möller, Klaus Den Als a 1:16:35
96º Isasi, Iñaki Esp Eus a 1:17:16
97º Paolini, Luca Ita Qsd a 1:18:00
98º Sacchi, Fabio Ita Fas a 1:18:21
99º Fernandez, David Esp Alm a 1:24:03
100º Glez. Galdeano, Igor Esp Lst a 1:25:25
101º Martinez, Alberto Esp Reb a 1:25:27
102º Zabriskie, David Usa Usp a 1:26:10
103º Lopez De Munain, Alberto Esp Eus a 1:26:15
104º Di Luca, Danilo Ita Sae a 1:26:18
105º Colom, Antonio Esp Ibb a 1:26:34
106º Garrido, José Esp Qsd a 1:28:21
107º Pradera, Mikel Esp Ibb a 1:28:26
108º Ivanov, Ruslan Mda Als a 1:28:27
109º Gonzalez, Santos Esp Pho a 1:29:20
110º Casero, Rafael Esp Sdv a 1:30:23
111º Grabsch, Bert Ger Pho a 1:31:10
112º Gustov, Volodymir Ukr Fas a 1:31:38
113º Hulsmans, Kevin Bel Qsd a 1:32:47
114º Quinziato, Manuel Ita Lam a 1:33:06
115º Sabaliauskas, Marius Ltu Sae a 1:33:46
116º Milesi, Marco Ita Vin a 1:34:05
117º Hruska, Jan Cze Lst a 1:36:00
118º Cabello, Francisco Esp Kel a 1:38:45
119º Posthuma, Joost Ned Rab a 1:38:58
120º Den Bakker, Maarten Ned Rab a 1:39:27
121º Gerosa, Mauro Ita Vin a 1:39:42
122º Astarloza, Mikel Esp A2r a 1:41:13
123º Andriotto, Dario Ita Vin a 1:41:33
124º Caucchioli, Pietro Ita Als a 1:43:18
125º Sanchez, Julián Esp Fas a 1:46:52
126º Andrle, Rene Cze Lst a 1:47:13
127º Piccoli, Mariano Ita Lam a 1:48:07
128º Artetxe, Mikel Esp Eus a 1:48:49
129º Gutierrez, Heberth Col Baq a 1:49:13
130º Julia, José Esp Kel a 1:49:48
131º Roesems, Bert Bel Reb a 1:50:15
132º Hoj, Frank Den Csc a 1:50:43
133º Burgos, Nacor Esp Reb a 1:53:32
134º Trenti, Guido Usa Fas a 1:54:49
135º Garcia Acosta, José Esp Ibb a 1:57:04
136º Pütsep, Erki Est A2r a 1:57:05
137º Gusev, Vladimir Rus Csc a 1:57:08
138º Velo, Marco Ita Fas a 1:58:07
139º Righi, Daniele Ita Lam a 1:59:44
140º Boven, Jan Ned Rab a 2:00:10
141º Petacchi, Alessandro Ita Fas a 2:00:55
142º Zanotti, Marco Ita Vin a 2:02:15
143º Silloniz, Aitor Esp Eus a 2:02:55
144º Vandborg, Brian Den Csc a 2:03:05
145º Ongarato, Alberto Ita Fas a 2:04:53
146º Spezialetti, Alessandro Ita Sae a 2:04:56
147º Rastelli, Ellis Ita Als a 2:05:09
148º Fornaciari, Paolo Ita Sae a 2:05:13
149º Serrano, Ricardo Esp Baq a 2:11:33
150º White, Matthew Aus Cof a 2:13:17
Points Classification after Stage 12
1º O'Grady, Stuart Aus Cof 130
2º Zabel, Erik Ger Tmo 128
3º Petacchi, Alessandro Ita Fas 95
4º Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel 86
5º Heras, Roberto Esp Lst 72
6º Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ibb 59
7º Nozal, Isidro Esp Lst 57
8º Landis, Floyd Usa Usp 51
9º Menchov, Denis Rus Ibb 50
10º Zabriskie, David Usa Usp 49
11º Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv 44
12º Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp 43
13º Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc 38
14º Gonzalez, Aitor Esp Fas 38
15º Garzelli, Stefano Ita Vin 37
16º Peña, Victor Hugo Col Usp 36
17º Horrillo, Pedro Esp Qsd 35
18º Martin Perdiguero, M.a. Esp Sdv 31
19º Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm 29
20º Jimenez, Eladio Esp Kel 28
21º Joachim, Benoit Lux Usp 28
22º Hamilton, Tyler Usa Pho 27
23º Zanotti, Marco Ita Vin 27
24º Perez, Santiago Esp Pho 22
25º Cruz, Antonio Usa Usp 22
Mountains Classification after Stage 12
1º Heras, Roberto Esp Lst 57
2º Cardenas, Felix Col Baq 56
3º Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ibb 53
4º Elias, José Miguel Esp Reb 48
5º Jimenez, Eladio Esp Kel 39
6º Lara, Francisco José Esp Alm 36
7º Fernandez, David Esp Alm 35
8º Nozal, Isidro Esp Lst 32
9º Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv 31
10º Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel 30
11º Perez, Santiago Esp Pho 25
12º Quinziato, Manuel Ita Lam 20
13º Osa, Unai Esp Ibb 19
14º Lastras, Pablo Esp Ibb 17
15º Serrano, Marcos Esp Lst 16
16º Menchov, Denis Rus Ibb 14
17º Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm 14
18º Valjavec, Tadej Slo Pho 14
19º O'Grady, Stuart Aus Cof 14
20º Pascual Rodriguez, Javier Esp Kel 14
21º Ivanov, Ruslan Mda Als 14
22º Garate, Juan Manuel Esp Lam 13
23º Gomez, Angel Esp Alm 13
24º Perez, Luis Esp Cof 13
25º Fuentes, Juan Esp Sae 12
All Around Classification after Stage 12
1º Heras, Roberto Esp Lst 7
2º Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ibb 11
3º Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel 17
4º Nozal, Isidro Esp Lst 19
5º Landis, Floyd Usa Usp 43
6º Perez, Santiago Esp Pho 43
7º Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp 44
8º Jimenez, Eladio Esp Kel 46
9º Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc 47
10º Menchov, Denis Rus Ibb 48
11º Lara, Francisco José Esp Alm 57
12º Gomez, Angel Esp Alm 58
13º Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv 59
14º Garzelli, Stefano Ita Vin 64
15º Gonzalez, Aitor Esp Fas 64
16º Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm 67
17º Perez, Luis Esp Cof 72
18º Cardenas, Felix Col Baq 81
19º Elias, José Miguel Esp Reb 89
20º Zabel, Erik Ger Tmo 90
21º Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Kel 92
22º O'Grady, Stuart Aus Cof 93
23º Cunego, Damiano Ita Sae 95
24º Arreitunandia, Peio Esp Baq 104
25º Osa, Unai Esp Ibb 119
Teams Classification after Stage 12
1º Comunidad Valenciana - Kelme KEL 134:38:56
2º Liberty Seguros LST a 5:43
3º US Postal Service presented by B. USP a 13:05
4º Illes Balears - Banesto IBB a 19:40
5º Costa de Almeria - Paternina ALM a 20:14
6º Saunier Duval - Prodir SDV a 28:24
7º Team CSC CSC a 29:07
8º Phonak Hearing Systems PHO a 32:21
9º Cafes Baque BAQ a 34:48
10º Relax-Bodysol REB a 46:24
11º Cofidis, le credit par telephone COF a 51:13
12º Saeco SAE a 1:06:22
13º T-Mobile Team TMO a 1:24:37
14º Euskaltel - Euskadi EUS a 1:41:14
15º Fassa Bortolo FAS a 1:46:16
16º Rabobank RAB a 1:52:53
17º Quick Step - Davitamon QSD a 2:03:18
18º Vini Caldirola -Nobili Rubinetterie VIN a 2:06:11
19º Lampre LAM a 2:23:53
20º Alessio - Bianchi ALS a 2:58:18
21º AG2R Prevoyance A2R a 3:02:47