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Vuelta a Espana Stage 17 Live Coverage
 
By Podofdonny
Date: 9/22/2004
Vuelta a Espana Stage 17 Live Coverage
 

Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of Stage 17 of the Vuelta, which could well be a decisive stage in what has been an enthralling and exciting race. Today the race heads towards one of its most feared climbs, La Covatilla.

Our commentary today by Jan Janssens, Locutus and podofdonny. Please refresh this page (F5) to view the latest information.

The racing has started with its normal passion and it was Constantino Zaballa (Saunier Duval-Prodir) who attacked after the first kilometre.

He was joined by 5 other riders, so a break of six men are ahead of the peloton, they are: Constantino Zaballa (Saunier Duval-Prodir), Felix Cardenas (Cafes Baque), Volodymir Gustov (Fassa Bortolo), Tadej Valjavec (Phonak Hearing Systems), José Luis Arrieta (Illes Balears-Banesto) and Alberto Lopez De Munain (Euskaltel-Euskadi).

The riders face the following climbs: Piornal (1st category), Honduras (1st category), Cerro (3rd category) and, finally, the 1960 metre Covatilla ski station (special category).

52.7 km – the breakaway crosses the Piornal Climb and it is Cardenas followed by Arrieta and Zaballa who have about 9 minutes on the peloton.

The paper El Diario Vasco's cycling section opens with: "The Vuelta to be decided in Heras´ territory", in reference to Wednesday´s stage finish in La Covatilla (1960 metres), close to Heras´ home town, may provide the Liberty Seguros rider with the advantage he needs to hold off rivals during the Madrid Time Trial.

Vicente Belda´s team, Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme, is practically assured of winning the team classification in this year´s Vuelta. José Cayetano Juliá´s victory yesterday means that the Valencia-based team now has a lead of more the 20 minutes over second-placed Liberty Seguros.

Meanwhile, Alberto Ongarato of the Fassa team has abandoned the race after 47 kilometeres - so another rider has found what has been an exceptionally tough race just a little too hard.

The weather on Covatilla is perfect today, blue cloudless Spanish skies, well, nearly cloudless; there are a few white clouds in the distance, the cows are grazing on the last of the summer grass and the stage is set for high drama.

15.14 CET. 90 km to go for the peloton, which is being driven by the Liberty Segueros squad of race leader Roberto Heras. Cardenas, de Munain, Gustov, Arrieta, Valjavec, Zaballa up front, with 9 minutes lead. A nice collection of climbing legs, that.

It's a home game for the race leader, this is his region...and it should suit him, too. The final climb is 20 kms long, with a final kilometer having a 10% average gradient.

89 km to go and Boven (Rabobank), who was in yesterday's break, has also retired. 8:24 the lead now on the 6 man break.

At the first intermediate sprint this was the order of passage: 1. Valjavec, 2. De Munain, 3. Arrieta.

Hruska is pulling the peloton for Liberty, with the lead dropping to 8.10. The peloton is now on the footsteps of the Puerto de Honduras - a first cat climb which will no doubt see the weaker riders struggle, and the peloton split.

The Liberty Seguros-led peloton is now winding itself up the wood covered lower slopes; the Liberty boys are setting a high pace while higher up the mountain the 6 escapees, whose lead is down to 7 minutes, are passing more barren slopes.

Maybe "murderous" is a better adjective, pod. They're trashing the leaders' lead, and the peloton is suffering like hell in this heat.

Yes - certainly Moreni, the Italian champ, is now suffering on the climb.

Here is the profile of that last climb in detail: http://www.salite.ch/covatilla.htm

We see Hruska is already among the guys dropping from the back. He was one of the guys pacing a few minutes ago - that says a lot about the general tempo!

The Covatilla doesn't start very steeply, but about 12km in it jumps up to an average of 10.6% for two kilometers. At the 16km point it levels a bit to 6.5%, but kicks back up to over 8% near the top. A long climb with lots of changes in the gradient, where it will be more difficult to just get into a steady rhythm.

There was a whopping 44 degrees Celsius predicted for today's stage....while it's not that hot, it's still not very healthy. Yeah, it's way hotter like on Mercury. That's the kind of weather where you make raisins, for God's sake.

So the question remains - can the Liberty segerous pace setting inflict enough damage on CV Kelme, Phonak and IB-Banesto to give Heras the advantage he needs?

Oh la la - Aitor Gonzalez in trouble. Elias and Cañada already dropped. It's been a rough couple of years for the former Vuelta champ. Ever since he left Kelme it hasn't been the same for him.

They've started thinning out the peloton very, very early today, 6.50 left for the leaders, and Liberty continues with their masterplan of bringing down the lead on this mountain.

Meanwhile - pity the poor Domestique, we see Casero (Saunier Duval) drop back for bottles on the climb, he will have to wok hard to get those back to the front of the peloton and Piepoli. Valverde is at the back of the peloton! Maybe that's the reason why Liberty is working so hard, because they see Valverde might be in problems. Then again, Valverde seems to have accelerated back up through, maybe he had just dropped back a little to get a drink and help out his domestiques.

Giampaolo Caruso (Liberty Seguros) is working hard for his captain at the front of the peloton. Ongarato, Martinez, Burgos abandon.

Here is the profile of the Puerto de Honduras, the Cat. 1 climb the riders are currently ascending: http://www.salite.ch/honduras.htm

The first twelve kilometers are mostly pretty steady and between 5.5-8.0%, but after that it flattens out quite a bit. The speed for a climb of this difficulty is quite astonishing - Liberty are putting the hammer down like a black smith in a furnace.

Sevilla, "El Nino," drops off the peloton to get water bottles - he must work for Perez from now on in. Landis is bonking, and has to let go of the peloton. This is probably his farewell from the top 10.

As the trees on the mountainside thin out - so is the peloton, it is no place for faint hearts, weak legs. Mmm, looks like I was wrong, he looked like he was bonking but he's now fetching water bottles. But that doesn't bode well either, if you're fetching bottles as the best placed rider of the team...that could mean he's not feeling very well.

Indeed - unless the Postal have decided to throw their weight behind Beltran for a stage victory today.

Caruso, shirt undone, forcing the pace at the front of the peloton, looks back to see what damage he has done - quite a lot Giampaolo, quite a lot.

Once over the top of this climb, the riders still have 69 kms of racing left and a 3rd cat, and then the Covatilla to climb.

Cardenas takes the points at the top, becoming the leader of the mountains ranking again...but with Heras so close and the 30 points that are waiting on the final climb, he's far from done.

Felix "The Cat" Cardenas is very keen to try and keep the KoM jersey he won last year; he is a gutsy climber whose season's ambitions will be achieved if he wins the jersey again.

All the trees (and shade) have now disappeared, and the peloton winds it way past rocky shrublands and scree... no big crowds here as we see Stephan Schreck (T-Mobile) drop back for bottles.

15.57 CET. The peloton crosses the top of the climb - 6:29 behind the 6 escapados - so 70 km of leg aching-racing left. Santiago Perez is attentively up front in the peloton, so we can assume he's feeling okay.

The road here is very narrow, in fact, USA readers would probably consider it a side walk. The descent is steep and winding, and the escapados are already back into the shady woods of the lower slopes on the descent.

So the 16 points Cardenas got for that climb now put him ahead of Heras in the KoM standings - all he has got to do now is hold off the Liberty Seguros hordes, which may not be that easy.

Meanwhile, let's hear it for Juan Carlos Luis, who was the winner of the 13th stage of the Vuelta Junior ´04. A piercing, a crest, and part of his hair dyed...the rider was not missing any modern decoration.

The escapees go through the sprint at Hervas and now head towards Covatilla, over flatter lands.

16.10 CET. Still Liberty Seguros heading the peloton, they too are now zooming through tree-lined descents, along shadowed roads, they are a team on a mission to catch the escapees.

119 km covered, 50 km to go. The escapees are through the feed zone, the gap is now 6:48.

Heras, white helmet, dark shades, gold jersey, looks as cool as a race leader with a strong team - maybe because he is race leader with a strong team.

The 6 escapees are now heading towards the Cerro (3rd category) climb. Hamilton is now on the tele...footage from yesterday's press conference, in which he said he is 100% innocent. WADA will have the B test results tomorrow according to this, though other press today says it could be several days.

So on the Alto Cerro, and Gustov is in trouble and immediately dropped - so 6 become 5.

The five: Constantino Zaballa (Saunier Duval-Prodir), Felix Cardenas (Cafes Baque), Tadej Valjavec (Phonak Hearing Systems), José Luis Arrieta (Illes Balears-Banesto) and Alberto Lopez De Munain (Euskaltel-Euskadi).

These five are still in the lead, the peloton is thinning out under Liberty Seguros pressure, the tension of the big climb is beginning to mount...

Landis drops back again to the team car, it looks like he has radio problems; he is also taking the opportunity to take some food, and Aitor Gonzalez is back in the peloton.

Heras still has 4 teammates working for him at the front of the peloton, who are now starting the climb of Cerro.

16.27 CET. 130km covered, 39 to go. Five escapees down the road, Liberty in charge of the peloton, the showdown looms.

Well, the break is now down to 4 men: Felix Cardenas (Cafes Baque), Tadej Valjavec (Phonak Hearing Systems), José Luis Arrieta (Illes Balears-Banesto) and Alberto Lopez De Munain (Euskaltel-Euskadi). The man who started the break, Zaballa, has found the pace too much.

This, of course, is Heras country and we see his name written on the road quite frequently, as Caruso still sets a cracking pace.

Cunego in trouble at the back of the peloton - this third cat climb is tougher than it looks on paper - then again, all climbs are tougher on asphalt than paper.

Could be the heat catching up with Cunego, too. Cardenas is setting the pace for the 4 escapees - he is determined to win that jersey again.

"Banos con Heras" say the roadside flags - his fans will be letting off fireworks tonight if he wins.

Well, well, we have a giant cowboy and indian watching the race - and a giant Bishop! Valverde still near the rear of the peloton, but he looks very cool on this climb so far.

16.38 CET. 6:46 still the gap - the 4 escapees have done remarkably well to hold the gap against the pressure from Liberty Seguros-led peloton.

The crowds in force atop the Cerro as the 4 breakaways cross the top. Cardenas takes the points, and the 4 escapees have 38 kilomteres to go.

Arrieta was second and Valjavec third. De Munain of Euskaltel is fourth over - but his legs are looking tired.

The peloton passes the giant cowboys and indians; finally Caruso pulls off the front - he has been a great workhorse for Heras today.

35.8 km to go for the 4 escapees. Cardenas gets a drink from his team car. The escapees have been very gallant today in resisting the Liberty charge. Their gap still over six minutes.

Tadej "Mahal" Valjavec has really found his legs in this last week of the Vuelta. He was in that long break yesterday, and then again today on this much harder stage. The 27 year old has not had a win this season, but was 4th in the Tour of Romandy and 9th in the Giro. Last year he was the Slovenian national champ, too.

With a top ten already in a grand tour (the Giro d'Italia) this year, Valjavec is no slouch... and he must be gratified today to be off the front while Giro winner Cunego is off the back.

The riders are now in the valley leading up to the climb of La Covatilla. The escape still has over 6'. The peloton still has quite a few riders, but will surely explode on the lower slopes of the climb.

Heras will likely wait until the steep section, 12km in, to hit the gas... the gradient gets to over 10% there, which is his kind of terrain.

17.03 CET. Soon the escape of four men will hit the final sprint in Béjar, but they won't care... today is all about the final climb. They all want the stage win, and Cardenas is gunning for the King of the Mountains competition.

35 km for the peloton as they head through El Cerro, a small stone built village, with typical Spanish charm and beauty. Felix Cardenas (Cafes Baque), Tadej Valjavec (Phonak Hearing Systems), José Luis Arrieta (Illes Balears-Banesto) and Alberto Lopez De Munain (Euskaltel-Euskadi) still in the lead with around 6 minutes advantage on the peloton, which is “toujours Liberty” at the front.

Cardenas has 96 points in the KoM competition and is now clear leader in that competition.

28.2 kilometres to go for the four escapees, as they pass through Puerto Bejar. The final AG2R rider, Putsep. has retired.

23.8 km to the finish – Valjavec takes his turn at the front, the four men working well together and the peloton reaches Puerto Bejar as Rodriguez of Kelme attacks.

Rodriguez, a very experienced rider, won the Ruta del Sol in 2003, and turned pro in 1995 with the Santa Clara team - but he has been riding for Kelme since 1997 apart from two years with the Banesto team.

Stage winner Zabriskie (US Postal/Berry Floor) has also pulled out of the race. The heat and the climbs continue to take their toll.

Liberty do not react to the attack but keep the pace high for Roberto Heras.

The 4 escapees head up through Bejar, huge crowds cheering them on, Munain, Cardenas and Arrieta go through the intermediate sprint, in that order.

17.14 CET. 18 km to go for the 4 escapees, the gap still around 6 minutes, the banners out for Heras in Bejar, the four riders are starting to look a little tired now.

Arrieta accidently hits the camera man with his bidon. He waves to apologise...while Rodriguez is pulled back by the peloton still led by - yep, you guessed it. Liberty. 4.53 the gap now.

18km to go and 1030m climbing - the Covatilla looms - as the 4 escapees have 15 kilomnetres of uphill agony to go. One man to watch on today's final climb (in addition to the men at the top of the GC) is T-Mobile's Alexandre Vinokourov. He likely won't attack unless he has a shot at the stage win, but the man who started as a hot favorite for the overall victory is over his illness and back in form. He was 4th on the Sierra Nevada, which means the attack-crazy man from Kazahkstan is a real threat again.

Valverde now moves to the front of the peloton, Heras, Mancebo and Perez all close by - Valverde discards his helmet and puts his cotton cap on. Cardenas attacks on the climb.

Valjavec is fimnished so is de Munain - shelled out the back. So just Arrieta and Cardenas in the front. 4:08 the gap. 15 km for the peloton.

The peloton is on the section that is about 5.2%. Liberty and Kelme now at the front of the peloton, Perez on his own, Heras just behind him.

Still Liberty forcing the pace - as the two escapees have 12 kilometres to go.

Arrieta and Cardenas will be looking for a famous victory, but Valjavec fights back to join them. So 11.5 kilometres to go for the 3 leaders.

17.26 CET. The peloton just gets faster and faster at the front, Dariusz Baranowski now leads the peloton. The gap down to 3:40...

12 km to go for the peloton - the gap dropping like a barometre. 10 km to go for the three leaders - Sevilla and Landis in trouble at the back of the peloton. The peloton down to about 35 riders now.

Only 2km until the leaders hit the steep section of over 10%. The gap down to 3:07 for the three leaders.

Dariusz Baranowski, Serrano and Nozal still leading the peloton, Valverde "the Hurricane" looking cool on the wheel of Heras.

NEWSFLASH- Hamilton suspended by Phonak team.

Sastre, 6.12 down on GC, puts in an early attack. Cardenas is now on his own at the front, 7km to go. Sastre is on the attack 2:14 behind. Liberty still leading the peloton. 9% the gradient, Cardenas pushing on.

Luis Perez (Cofidis) is still up there, Nozal in trouble, 7km to go for the peloton.

Beltran is in trouble behind the peloton. Perdiguero is dropped. Lara now leads the peloton, Serrano behind him, but Lara gets a gap. So Cardenas leads - then Sastre, then Lara. Still nobody up the road that Heras will worry about too much. Then the peloton, which is down to about 10 men but Piepoli is dropped.

Cardenas has 6 km to go. Vinokourov is still in the Gold Jersey group. Valverde ahead of Heras, then Santi Perez, and Heras attacks!

Heras and Santi Perez are on their own! Valverde is in trouble! Heras and Perez pass Lara.

Valverde is fighting desperately to try and claw his way back. Crisis de Valverde, crisis de Valverde! LOL, these Spanish announcers are beside themselves!

Cardenas still pushing on in the lead, Heras and Perez chasing hard, Valverde suffering. Perez is now setting the pace, working with Heras to put the wood to Valverde.

20" the gap, Valverde will not give up - 5 km to go for Heras and S Perez who are working together. Mancebo and Vinokourov are in that group with Valverde.

Carlos García Quesada is working hard to pace Valverde up the climb. Cardenas has 4 km to go.

He is out of the saddle - making a huge, bold bid for stage victory. Heras and Perez now have 32 seconds on Valverde.

Heras and Perez have 4 kilometres to go. 49 seconds behind, Valverde is suffering.

This is bad for Valverde, as the climb is a brute from here on out...and it kicks up towards the end. Heras ups the pace, he is now trying to shake off Perez, who clings limpet-like to his wheel. Perez responds and works with him.

Cardenas 3km to go. Perez and Heras now have 57'' on Valverde.

Cardenas has 1 minute advantage on the chasers. Perez started today only 1' 40" behind Valverde, and 1' 45" behind Heras.

Huge crowds in the late afternoon sunshine. The mountaintop drops off as the riders continue their climb. Valverde is not giving up, though he is still fighting he is under the 3 km banner 1'08 down on Heras and Perez.

Heras and Perez under the 2 km banner. Heras, Heras, Heras painted on the road. Amazing, it is looking like Cardenas might actually pull this off.

Valverde now 1'25'' down - as Heras cannot hold the wheel of Perez!!!!! Perez on the rampage!

He has blown the defending champ off his wheel in the champ's own back yard! Heras is digging deep - but Perez has flown!

Cardenas under the Flamme Rouge - a historic ride - a great victory!

The Colombian looks exhausted - zips his jersey and wins the stage!!! But Perez is not far behind! 29 seconds back. This will also increase his lead in the KOM competition.

Now Heras - comes in the clock is ticking ... he loses about 32 seconds to Perez. Perez will move up to second place overall, Valverde will drop to third.

Mancebo dropped Valverde a while back and finishes strong... he has really ridden well. He'll be back in the fight for the podium. Luis Perez finishes too, a great ride for him today.

Sastre in, a trio of Paternina riders - now Valverde.

So the stage has once again blown the race wide open - Heras still in Gold, but the danger is coming from Santi Perez now. A day that will be remembered for an astonishing ride by Cardenas and the day Perez made his challenge - and Valverde faltered.

Nozal and Serrano finished in the Valverde group... nice to see that Nozal figured out you are supposed to sit on a rival when he gets dropped by your team leader instead of towing him up the climb. Good work, Isidro!

Valjavec was also able to hold on to the back of the Valverde group... a great ride from him today. Beltran finished in 21st at 4' 08"... that might be good enough to keep him in the top ten.

Valverde lost 2' 10" to Heras and 2' 42" to Perez. He also dropped 1' 56" to Mancebo. Vinokourov also finished in the Valverde group. He had no shot at the stage with Cardenas so far ahead, so he probably saved his bullets for another day. That means that Valverde should still be in 3rd place by about 1" over Mancebo... wow, the fight for all of the places on the podium is wide open still.

Brief Results - Provisional
1 CARDENAS, Felix COL BAQ 4:52:08
2 PEREZ, Santiago ESP PHO a 29
3 HERAS, Roberto ESP LST a 1:01
4 MANCEBO, Francisco ESP IBB a 1:15
5 PEREZ, Luis ESP COF a 2:05
6 GOMEZ, Angel ESP ALM a 2:18
7 FERRIO, Jorge ESP ALM a 2:18
8 LARA, Francisco José ESP ALM a 2:18
9 SASTRE, Carlos ESP CSC a 2:45
10 MARTIN PERDIGUERO, M.A. ESP SDV a 3:03
11 SANCHEZ, Samuel ESP EUS a 3:06
12 GARCIA QUESADA, Carlos ESP KEL a 3:11
13 ARRIETA, José Luis ESP IBB a 3:11
14 VALVERDE, Alejandro ESP KEL a 3:11
15 SERRANO, Marcos ESP LST a 3:11
16 NOZAL, Isidro ESP LST a 3:11
17 VALJAVEC, Tadej SLO PHO a 3:11
18 VINOKOUROV, Alexandre KAZ TMO a 3:11
19 PARRA, Ivan COL BAQ a 4:06
20 PLAZA, David ESP BAQ a 4:06

General Classification - Provisional
1 HERAS, Roberto ESP LST 63:28:41
2 PEREZ, Santiago ESP PHO a 1:13
3 VALVERDE, Alejandro ESP KEL a 2:15
4 MANCEBO, Francisco ESP IBB a 2:16
5 NOZAL, Isidro ESP LST a 5:55
6 SASTRE, Carlos ESP CSC a 7:56
7 GOMEZ, Angel ESP ALM a 10:08
8 GARCIA QUESADA, Carlos ESP KEL a 11:09
9 BELTRAN, Manuel ESP USP a 11:51
10 PEREZ, Luis ESP COF a 12:25

Well, this concludes our coverage of today's racing action. Thanks for reading today and please join us again tomorrow for more climbing. Full results and classifications to come.

Results

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

Retirements
Pütsep, Erki Est A2r Retirados
Arreitunandia, Peio Esp Baq Retirados
Ongarato, Alberto Ita Fas Retirados
Boven, Jan Ned Rab Retirados
Martinez, Alberto Esp Reb Retirados
Burgos, Nacor Esp Reb Retirados
Vandborg, Brian Den Csc Retirados
Zabriskie, David Usa Usp Retirados

General Classification after Stage 17

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

Points Classification after Stage 17

1 Zabel, Erik Ger Tmo 148
2 Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel 128
3 Heras, Roberto Esp Lst 113
4 Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ibb 99
5 Perez, Santiago Esp Pho 92
6 Nozal, Isidro Esp Lst 76
7 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc 57
8 Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv 52
9 Landis, Floyd Usa Usp 51
10 Horrillo, Pedro Esp Qsd 51
11 Gomez, Angel Esp Alm 44
12 Moreni, Cristian Ita Als 43
13 Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp 43
14 Gonzalez, Aitor Esp Fas 43
15 Cruz, Antonio Usa Usp 42
16 Cardenas, Felix Col Baq 41
17 Perez, Luis Esp Cof 41
18 Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm 40
19 Garzelli, Stefano Ita Vin 38
20 Martin Perdiguero, M.a. Esp Sdv 37
21 Peña, Victor Hugo Col Usp 36
22 Fernandez, David Esp Alm 33
23 Vinokourov, Alexandre Kaz Tmo 30
24 Joachim, Benoit Lux Usp 29
25 Jimenez, Eladio Esp Kel 28

Mountains Classification after Stage 17

1 Cardenas, Felix Col Baq 126
2 Heras, Roberto Esp Lst 107
3 Perez, Santiago Esp Pho 102
4 Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ibb 90
5 Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel 67
6 Elias, José Miguel Esp Reb 50
7 Lara, Francisco José Esp Alm 42
8 Jimenez, Eladio Esp Kel 42
9 Nozal, Isidro Esp Lst 40
10 Fernandez, David Esp Alm 35
11 Zaballa, Constantino Esp Sdv 35
12 Valjavec, Tadej Slo Pho 34
13 Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv 32
14 Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm 32
15 Gomez, Angel Esp Alm 31
16 Arrieta, José Luis Esp Ibb 29
17 Perez, Luis Esp Cof 28
18 Vinokourov, Alexandre Kaz Tmo 28
19 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc 23
20 Quinziato, Manuel Ita Lam 20
21 Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Kel 19
22 Osa, Unai Esp Ibb 19
23 Lastras, Pablo Esp Ibb 17
24 Pascual Rodriguez, Javier Esp Kel 17
25 Lopez De Munain, Alberto Esp Eus 17

All Around Classification after Stage 17

1 Heras, Roberto Esp Lst 6
2 Perez, Santiago Esp Pho 10
3 Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel 10
4 Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ibb 12
5 Nozal, Isidro Esp Lst 20
6 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc 32
7 Gomez, Angel Esp Alm 33
8 Perez, Luis Esp Cof 44
9 Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm 50
10 Cardenas, Felix Col Baq 50
11 Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp 52
12 Lara, Francisco José Esp Alm 52
13 Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv 53
14 Jimenez, Eladio Esp Kel 54
15 Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Kel 55
16 Landis, Floyd Usa Usp 58
17 Valjavec, Tadej Slo Pho 66
18 Garzelli, Stefano Ita Vin 69
19 Gonzalez, Aitor Esp Fas 79
20 Martin Perdiguero, M.a. Esp Sdv 80
21 Blanco, David Esp Kel 85
22 Vinokourov, Alexandre Kaz Tmo 90
23 Zabel, Erik Ger Tmo 90
24 Elias, José Miguel Esp Reb 91
25 Zaballa, Constantino Esp Sdv 98

Teams Classification after Stage 17

1 Comunidad Valenciana - Kelme KEL 190:33:31
2 Liberty Seguros LST a 16:28
3 Illes Balears - Banesto IBB a 24:37
4 Costa de Almeria - Paternina ALM a 34:19
5 Phonak Hearing Systems PHO a 41:52
6 Cafes Baque BAQ a 52:58
7 US Postal Service presented by B. USP a 1:06:53
8 Saunier Duval - Prodir SDV a 1:18:29
9 Team CSC CSC a 1:23:29
10 Cofidis, le credit par telephone COF a 1:23:57
11 Relax-Bodysol REB a 2:09:35
12 Euskaltel - Euskadi EUS a 2:21:21
13 Saeco SAE a 2:27:02
14 T-Mobile Team TMO a 2:30:22
15 Vini Caldirola -Nobili Rubinetterie VIN a 3:39:12
16 Fassa Bortolo FAS a 3:42:49
17 Rabobank RAB a 3:49:28
18 Quick Step - Davitamon QSD a 3:54:06
19 Lampre LAM a 4:23:35
20 Alessio - Bianchi ALS a 5:01:20


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