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Vuelta a Espana Stage 19 Live Report
By Podofdonny
Date: 9/24/2004
Vuelta a Espana Stage 19 Live Report

Good afternoon and welcome, dear reader, to stage 19 of the thrilling Vuelta a Espana between Ávila and Collado Villalba - 142 kms. Please remember to refresh this page by pressing the F5 button on your computer. Your commentators today: Locutus and podofdonny.

The antepenultimate stage of the Vuelta is yet another tough mountain stage: 142 kilometres from Ávila to Collado Villalba, including six categorised climbs which are: Valdelavia (3rd category), Santa María (2nd category), Robledondo (3rd category), Abantos (1st category), Robledondo (3rd category) and San Lorenzo del Escorial (3rd category).

The day´s most difficult climb, Abantos, is located some 60 kilometres from the finish line. 124 riders started this morning in Avila, which gve an especially warm welcome to local lad Paco Mancebo, who was in the thick of the action yesterday.

Luca Paolini, of the Quickstep team, did not start this morning and several riders had an early start to the day when between 7:45 and 8:25 riders from the following teams had blood tests: Fassa Bortolo, Illes Balears-Banesto, Cofidis, Alessio-Bianchi and Liberty Seguros. All riders were declared fit to continue in the race.

10 km covered. A few early attacks and no doubt Felix “the mountain cat” Cardenas is looking very active – he will have his eyes on the mountain points at the first climb of the day.

16km covered. The third category climb, Alto de Valdelavia once again Cardenas gets the maximum points ahead of Ruslan Ivanov, Eladio Jiminez, and Constantino Zaballa.

30 km covered. And a break of 20 riders have managed to gain a little gap – they are Marcos Serrano (Liberty Seguros), Eladio Jimenez, Francisco Cabello, David Latasa (CV-Kelme), Juan Manuel Garate (Lampre), José Luis Arrieta (Illes Balears-Banesto), Haimar Zubeldia, Roberto Laiseka (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Dario Cioni (Fassa Bortolo), Ruslan Ivanov (Alessio-Bianchi), Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola), Luis Pasamontes (Relax-Bergasol), Damiano Cunego, Eddie Mazzoleni (Saeco), Constantino Zaballa, Joaquin Rodriguez (Saunier Duval-Prodir), Benoit Joachim (US Postal), Felix Cardenas, David Plaza, Ivan Parra (Cafes Baque).

So an interesting break which includes most teams – no real threat to the overall. Stefano Garzelli, who incidently is classed by some Spanish commentators as half Spanish since he lives in Valencia, is best placed at 17:23 down.

When the race finished in Collado Villalba last year the Italian Filippo Simeoni won the stage, and he too had been part of a fairly large break. Simeoni has ridden well all season and has been selected for the Worlds Italian squad.

In 2002 the winner in Collado Villalba was Pablo Lastras – who of course is riding in support of Mancebo this year for IB Banesto – he is currently in 41st spot on GC.

In 1988 the winner and eventual race winner in Villalba was Sean Kelly in a time trial– his big rivals in the race were present day Phonak DS Alvaro Pino, while Robert Millar was also riding that year.

35 km covered. Intermediate Sprint of Las Navas del Marqués, Zaballa has a small gap on the other 19 escapees and takes the points ahead of Parra and Joachim Benoit. The break has around 4 minutes on the peloton.

44 km covered. Over the climb of the Santa Maria and Cardenas adds yet more points to his total in the KoM competition. So things looking good for the “Mountain cat” Cardenas in this competition.

46 km covered. The breakaways are swooping down the descent, on their way to the Robledondo (3rd category) climb.

50 km covered. Constantino Zaballa continues to push on his solo effort; he now has 1:26 on the 19 escapees who gave 3:46 on the Liberty-led peloton.

As we commented yesterday, Roberto Heras had a huge send-off from his home town of Bejar - amongst the well wishers was a very unusual cycling club - that of the Centro Penitenciario de Topas. That's the local prison - the inmates, who are allowed out on occasional day release, have a little cycling club, and they came to cheer Roberto Heras on. Heras met the inmates and gave them some cycling jerseys - "Thats what we need," said one, holding up his shirt proudly. "Liberty!"

15.28 CET. 55 km covered. Zaballa now has a minute on the other escapees and 5 minutes on the peloton.

The peloton have just crested the Robledondo (3rd category) and they swoop down the descent. Zaballa obviously took the maximum points and no prizes for guessing who was second - Felix Mountain Cat Cardenas - so he continues to gather points for his KoM jersey.

65 km covered. The 19 escapees are now through the feed zone on San Lorento - Zaballa is on a cobble stone section in the town and has decided to cycle on the pavement. Good crowds out to cheer the riders on - they will need encouragement - next up the Alto de Abantos - which is a wicked, cruel climb.

The Alto de Abantos profile can be viewed here: The climb starts mellow for the first two kilometers, but kicks up to an average of just under 10% for the next two kilometers. The middle section of the climb is fairly flat for two kilometers, and then it kicks way up again. Overall, a leg buster.

68 km covered. Tough cobbled section of the climb through San Lorenzo - Zaballa uses the pavement again - this section of the race is more Museeuw than Zaballa.

It is a staggering 15% - Zaballa is out of the saddle, really pushing hard. Cardenas seems to be enjoying this climb! He would... I bet Perez likes it too.

He leaves the rest of the breakaway behind and start to chase Zaballa down. He will be looking for the honour of being first to the top of Abantos.

15.47 CET. 67 km covered. The peloton is now on the steep cobbled section - still Liberty controlling things, Roberto "Mr. Cool" Heras right near the front of the peloton.

While Cardenas is dominating the mountains competition in Spain, in France the multiple King of the Mountains winner of the Tour de France, Richard Virenque, announced his retirement from the sport in a move that will surely send shockwaves through the French housewife community.

One of my many moments of amusement at the Tour this year was the sight of several young women screeching "Reechard!! Reechard!!" when the French hero rolled up to the start of the time trial up l'Alpe d'Huez. I also got to see him off the front on the Col de Forclaz when he was attacking with Simoni and Moreau, an impressive move that sealed his victory in the Polka-Dots.

Back to Spanish climbing, Zaballa has 1'56'' on group Cardenas - who have about 4 minutes on the peloton. The road now is getting narrow and er, steep. Once again we see the vultures gather on Abantos climb - those without good legs today will suffer.

72 km covered. It's all uphill and 169 Zaballa, the man from Santander, is still forging up the mountain; he won the 3rd stage of Vuelta a Aragon earlier this year and had a fair amount of success with Kelme before that.

Retiree Virenque looks forward to his future, which will no doubt include countless molestations at the market by French women... I also noticed that there were some women at the Tour starting to do that for Voeckler, though it wasn't quite as fervent (give him a few more years to ferment the love).

Yes, for sure Voeckler looks like the next French housewife's choice.

16.00 CET. 74 km covered. Ruslan Ivanov (Alessio) attacks from the 19 man break and tries to bridge the gap to Zaballa.

A lot of Lastras fans roadside again today - Zaballa still leads, then comes Ivanov - a minute back Cardenas leads the rest of the break, 4 minutes back the Liberty-led peloton. The Cardenas group catches Ivanov on this narrow, steep, badly surfaced road.

Roberto Heras was full of praise for his team this morning. He said that he will not attack over the next few days but will defend his lead with his very strong team. Heras particularly thanked Nozal for his sacrifices over the last two and a half weeks. Zaballa now has 7:42 on the Liberty blue train.

81 km covered. Zaballa crosses the top of the Abantos. 2:20 minutes later Cunego sprints across the top of the Abantos, Cardenas third, Garate and Joaquin Rodriguez follow - they are looking to reduce the numbers of the 19.

Liberty lead the peloton over the Abantos; they have managed to control the peloton all the way up the climb. They are now over 8 minutes behind Zaballa, who leads the race. In fact the gap is 8:42.

The Liberty boys are aware that tomorrow is a huge day - and will be taking it as easy as possible to save their legs - this will probably end up a stage for the breakaways. Tomorrow of course is the monstrous La Vega de Alcobendas - Puerto de Navacerrada stage.

Meanwhile Santi Pérez, who is lying 2nd overall, has been in discussions with his manager - a certain Mr. Tony Rominger - over his plans for next season. They are having discussions with Alvaro Pino to re-sign with Phonak, but Discovery, Quick step and Liberty Seguros are also said to be interested. However, no decision will be made until after the Vuelta.

Felix Cardenas is looking for his second consecutive mountains victory in the Vuelta - he won stage 16 last year on the climb up the Sierra Nevada, en route to his first overall victory in the mountains classification. Aitor Osa won the KoM competition in 2002, Jose Jimenez in 2001, Carlos Sastre in 2000, and Jimenez again in 1999.

16.25 CET. 50 km to go. Zaballa still ploughing a lonely furrow on his own - still 19 riders chasing about 2 minutes back, still Liberty leading the peloton 8 minutes back.

49 km to go. 1:45 Zaballa's advantage over the 19 man break and Joachim of US Postal has a little dig at the front, but Cunego pulls him back straight away.

Cunego... that's a familiar name. Didn't he do something big this some little race in Italy or something? No, that was his brother who could climb.

Di Luca and Perdiguero retire from the race - so the heat and climbs beginning to take their toll.

Zaballa took the Polka-Dot Mountains Jersey this year... in the Criterium International. Not exactly known for it's ferocious climbing, that race, but rest assured there were mountains, and Zaballa was first over most of them.

He's sitting in 15th in the mountains competition in this race - just under 100 points down on the leader. Must be some left-over Kelme programming getting him to chase mountains points...

16.35 CET. 42 km to go. Liberty start to eat into the gap, which drops below 7 minutes. All the favourites watching each other like hawks - Zaballa looking for solo glory; the 19 breakaways in the middle, with Cunego fairly active, will have to accelerate to stay away since the peloton is now one long string, as Liberty up the pace.

Zaballa looks incredibly determined today, he is out of the saddle a far bit. The yellow peril, Saunier Duval, have had bad luck though: Martin Perdiguero actually crashed on the descent of the Abantos - so we wish him the best and a speedy recovery.

Zaballa, not a beautiful climber, but then neither was Escartin, and he could climb mountains.

38 km to go. Zaballa on the Robledondo (3rd category), again out of the saddle, he takes a drink from the team car and pushes on.

Zaballa takes the points on the Robledondo (3rd category) climb, and Liberty still ring the bells at the front of the peloton.

Cardenas leads the breakaways over the Robledondo (3rd category) - no change there then - and again Cunego has a little attack on the descent.

Ah, Spanish tv - I watched Delgado introduce the Tour one year while the scenery fell down behind him...suddenly Paris was gone! Cool character though, he just kept going.

Zaballa started the attacking on Stage 17 that ended on the Covatilla the day before yesterday, but he was the first dropped by the six-man group that formed... and his breakaway companion Cardenas went on to win the stage. Zaballa seems to be going much better today.

Eddy Mazzoleni attacks his fellow breakaways - who start to become animated. Dario Cioni chases, the breakaways realise they must react to try and chase Zaballa down... 9 minutes the gap now for Zaballa to the peloton, as they cross the Robledondo (3rd category).

16.54 CET. So Zaballa in the lead, Mazzoleni on the attack, the rest of the breakaways attacking each other.

So Mazzoleni is dragged back by the rest of the breakaways. Plaza and Rastelli retire.

So putting all these mountains in the last week has made for some exciting racing, but it has also seemed to break the spirit of more than a few cyclists, who see no point pushing to the end with so little chance of success on the horizon. That, and everybody seems to be "resting for the Worlds."

30 km to go. Zaballa back on the cobbles of San Lorenzo, the 19 breakaways 1'52 behind - it is looking good for Zaballa unless he hits the wall.

Well, maybe more riders should take the example of Zabel, a true professional, who respects races.

Yeah, you've got to give that Zabel credit... he comes in 2nd a lot, but he's old school, and is always in it when he races, too. Zaballa back on the pavement now.

After yesterday's stage Van Looy, the T-Mobile DS, said, "Erik took the chance, when he got it, to pick up more sprint points. That impressed me. He and Stephan Schreck also managed to stay with Heras's group until the last climb. It is unbelievable how well the pair have ridden here in the mountains".

That kind of ride by a sprinter like Zabel probably has Mario Cipollini turning over... on his beach towel, that is. (And this from a Mario fan who rides a Mario bike...)

20 km to go for the gutsy Zaballa. 1:45 seconds advantage on the 19 other escapees for Zaballa. Can Zaballa hold off the 19 who have started to ride together?

The peloton hits the cobbled section now - good practice for next spring for those Spanish teams in the Pro Tour, who will be looking forward to races like the RVV...

Some are probably thinking that they've got a flat tire or something... why has the ride suddenly become so bumpy? Hmmm...and the ones who have taken to the sidewalk (pavement) are surprising the fans standing there...

Cardenas now has 167 points in the KoM and is 60 points clear of Heras.

17.12 CET. 15 km to go. Zaballa 1:44 on the breakaways - the peloton a calendar month behind. Zaballa has been stung by a bee! It's the yellow - they think he's a sunflower.

12 km to go. Zaballa is making a huge effort - it's a great ride but he is looking tired - can he hold on? Meanwhile, back in the peloton, Heras notices a speck of lint on the back of one of his teammate's jerseys.

11.5 km to go. Zaballa, head down, is time trialing his way - the chasers 1.31 behind.

10 km to go. It will be Saunier Duval's second stage victory after Piepoli's win earlier...if Zaballa can hold on. CSC helping with the chase now from the peloton, trying to keep Sastre comfortably in his 6th position on GC. Zaballa - it's a long straight road, he is out of the saddle, again, the gap still 1:31. Now the Iron Man from Irun, Garate, starts the chase, which is not organised.

8 km to go. Zaballa is charging along - he is putting in a huge effort.

The Kelme men, Garate and Cunego leading the chase but the gap is still 1.31!!

6 km to go - Zaballa working like a trojan - a yellow trojan - 1.31 the gap remains.

5 km to go - the man from Santander is storming along! 1.29 the gap.

He is 1.75 m tall, 66 kg heavy, a pulse of 46 pp/min and he is on 52/11 looking for his 1st stage victory in the Vuelta...

3km to go - Zaballa has over 1 km lead on his chasers - the gap 1.31 - he must surely win!

2km to go - the yellow man is under the yellow kite! It is going to be a great victory for the Saunier Duval team - they have kept fighting after Beloki's retirement and deserve this great moment.

Flamme Rouge - Zaballa has attacked all race and now...he finally sits up, zips his jersey...

...kisses the sky, arms aloft, and wins the stage. Tremendous stuff!

The pursuers come in. Ivanov and Cunego, second and third.

The results:
1º Constantino Zaballa ESP SDV 3:33:32
2º Ruslan Ivanov MDA ALS a 1:23
'' Damiano Cunego ITA SAE mt.
'' Jose Luis Arrieta ESP IBB mt.
'' Eddy Mazzoleni ITA SAE mt.
'' Juan Manuel Garate ESP LAM mt.
'' Felix Cardenas COL BAQ mt.
'' Stefano Garzelli ITA VIN mt

The peloton is now hammering along - 2km to go for the peloton.

Zaballa gets a trophy, flowers, and some smootchies from some podium models, and now sprays the crowd with champagne... all before the peloton has even crossed the 1km banner. Now the peloton comes in - Mancebo and Valverde fighting over the second difference.

Interviewed by Spanish TV, Zaballa says this is the biggest victory of his career. He also dedicates his victory to his girlfriend ("mi novia"), and says that he is very happy ("muy contento").

Quesada moves ahead of Sastre from 7th to 6th place on GC. So a marvelous long lone break, Quesada keeps up Kelme's storming race, and tomorrow, after a day of relative peace today, the GC boys will be back at each other's throats.

Thanks very much for joining us today, and please be sure not to miss tomorrow's final mountain epic, the Navacerrada! Full results to come.


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

Fernandez, David Esp Alm Fuera De Control
Paolini, Luca Ita Qsd  No Salidos
Plaza, Rubén Esp Kel Retirados
Rastelli, Ellis Ita Als  Retirados
Di Luca, Danilo Ita Sae Retirados
Martin Perdiguero, M.a. Esp Sdv  Retirados

General Classification after Stage 19

1 Heras, Roberto Esp Lst 72:13:01
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 6:08
6 Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Kel a 6:16
7 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc a 7:56
8 Gomez, Angel Esp Alm a 10:21
9 Garzelli, Stefano Ita Vin a 12:21
10 Perez, Luis Esp Cof a 12:25
11 Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp a 12:56
12 Blanco, David Esp Kel a 14:13
13 Serrano, Marcos Esp Lst a 14:59
14 Lara, Francisco José Esp Alm a 20:07
15 Plaza, David Esp Baq a 26:27
16 Sanchez, Samuel Esp Eus a 26:38
17 Cunego, Damiano Ita Sae a 27:56
18 Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm a 28:29
19 Pasamontes, Luis Esp Reb a 30:50
20 Jimenez, Eladio Esp Kel a 32:55
21 Osa, Unai Esp Ibb a 33:31
22 Sevilla, Oscar Esp Pho a 33:45
23 Garate, Juan Manuel Esp Lam a 36:15
24 Atienza, Daniel Esp Cof a 42:31
25 Horrach, Joan Esp Ibb a 42:47
26 Parra, Ivan Col Baq a 43:35
27 Valjavec, Tadej Slo Pho a 43:37
28 Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv a 45:15
29 Arrieta, José Luis Esp Ibb a 45:53
30 Calvente, Manuel Esp Csc a 46:14
31 Buenahora, Hernan Col Baq a 48:04
32 Cardenas, Felix Col Baq a 48:49
33 Zaballa, Constantino Esp Sdv a 50:41
34 Baranowski, Dariusz Pol Lst a 52:43
35 Gutierrez , José Esp Pho a 59:36
36 Garcia, Francisco Esp Baq a 1:08:29
37 Van Summeren, Johan Bel Reb a 1:08:46
38 Rodriguez, Joaquin Esp Sdv a 1:10:57
39 Vasseur, Cedric Fra Cof a 1:11:24
40 Lastras, Pablo Esp Ibb a 1:12:02
41 Elias, José Miguel Esp Reb a 1:13:28
42 Chaurreau, Iñigo Esp A2r a 1:16:05
43 Zubeldia, Haimar Esp Eus a 1:16:23
44 Jaksche, Jörg Ger Csc a 1:17:13
45 Peña, Victor Hugo Col Usp a 1:19:24
46 Zabel, Erik Ger Tmo a 1:19:34
47 Cioni, Dario David Ita Fas a 1:25:21
48 Cañada, David Esp Sdv a 1:25:47
49 Schleck, Frank Lux Csc a 1:28:43
50 Rebollo, Jose Luis Esp Reb a 1:29:36
51 Joachim, Benoit Lux Usp a 1:30:59
52 Pecharroman, J.Antonio Esp Qsd a 1:31:09
53 Veneberg, Thorwald Ned Rab a 1:31:12
54 Pascual Rodriguez, Javier Esp Kel a 1:31:59
55 Gil, Koldo Esp Lst a 1:33:50
56 Latasa, David Esp Kel a 1:35:33
57 Laiseka, Roberto Esp Eus a 1:36:55
58 Lopez, Joaquin Esp Alm a 1:37:00
59 Schreck, Stephan Ger Tmo a 1:38:44
60 Mikhailov, Guennadi Rus Usp a 1:40:40
61 Evans, Cadel Aus Tmo a 1:40:46
62 Van Goolen, Jurgen Bel Qsd a 1:40:52
63 Szymyd, Sylvester Pol Sae a 1:42:24
64 Jufre, Josep Esp Reb a 1:43:12
65 Weening, Pieter Ned Rab a 1:43:19
66 Calcagni, Patrick Sui Vin a 1:46:33
67 Tankink, Bram Ned Qsd a 1:50:06
68 Caruso, Giampaolo Ita Lst a 1:50:16
69 Fernandez, Bingen Esp Cof a 1:51:46
70 Mazzoleni, Eddy Ita Sae a 1:51:50
71 De Weert, Kevin Bel Rab a 1:53:01
72 Perez, Aitor Esp Baq a 1:58:57
73 Cruz, Antonio Usa Usp a 1:59:24
74 Herrero, David Esp Alm a 2:00:10
75 Sgambelluri, Roberto Ita Vin a 2:00:35
76 Möller, Klaus Den Als a 2:01:41
77 Trentin, Guido Ita Cof a 2:05:19
78 Casero, Rafael Esp Sdv a 2:06:32
79 Miholjevic, Vladimir Cro Als a 2:08:23
80 Cortinovis, Alessandro Ita Lam a 2:12:41
81 Luttenberger, Peter Aut Csc a 2:16:07
82 Ivanov, Ruslan Mda Als a 2:16:55
83 Isasi, Iñaki Esp Eus a 2:22:48
84 Fuentes, Juan Esp Sae a 2:23:08
85 Sabaliauskas, Marius Ltu Sae a 2:23:23
86 Horrillo, Pedro Esp Qsd a 2:23:42
87 Lopez De Munain, Alberto Esp Eus a 2:24:10
88 Florencio, Xavier Esp Reb a 2:24:31
89 Pradera, Mikel Esp Ibb a 2:25:39
90 Grabsch, Bert Ger Pho a 2:35:02
91 Den Bakker, Maarten Ned Rab a 2:37:32
92 Garrido, José Esp Qsd a 2:42:42
93 Posthuma, Joost Ned Rab a 2:43:15
94 Colom, Antonio Esp Ibb a 2:45:45
95 Hruska, Jan Cze Lst a 2:46:23
96 Julia, José Esp Kel a 2:46:27
97 Glez. Galdeano, Igor Esp Lst a 2:48:02
98 Gerosa, Mauro Ita Vin a 2:49:53
99 Gustov, Volodymir Ukr Fas a 2:50:22
100 Gusev, Vladimir Rus Csc a 2:51:05
101 Quinziato, Manuel Ita Lam a 2:52:05
102 Garcia Acosta, José Esp Ibb a 2:55:37
103 Hulsmans, Kevin Bel Qsd a 2:57:08
104 Cabello, Francisco Esp Kel a 2:58:05
105 Artetxe, Mikel Esp Eus a 2:59:52
106 Andriotto, Dario Ita Vin a 3:02:02
107 Milesi, Marco Ita Vin a 3:04:07
108 Andrle, Rene Cze Lst a 3:09:49
109 Sanchez, Julián Esp Fas a 3:13:25
110 Gutierrez, Heberth Col Baq a 3:15:36
111 Righi, Daniele Ita Lam a 3:20:17
112 Hoj, Frank Den Csc a 3:22:12
113 Trenti, Guido Usa Fas a 3:25:24
114 Piccoli, Mariano Ita Lam a 3:26:56
115 Spezialetti, Alessandro Ita Sae a 3:26:58
116 Velo, Marco Ita Fas a 3:27:07
117 Fornaciari, Paolo Ita Sae a 3:39:31
118 Silloniz, Aitor Esp Eus a 3:45:04
119 White, Matthew Aus Cof a 3:48:35

Points Classification after Stage 19

1 Zabel, Erik Ger Tmo 152
2 Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel 136
3 Heras, Roberto Esp Lst 118
4 Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ibb 106
5 Perez, Santiago Esp Pho 96
6 Nozal, Isidro Esp Lst 76
7 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc 59
8 Garzelli, Stefano Ita Vin 53
9 Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv 52
10 Horrillo, Pedro Esp Qsd 51
11 Cardenas, Felix Col Baq 50
12 Zaballa, Constantino Esp Sdv 44
13 Gomez, Angel Esp Alm 44
14 Perez, Luis Esp Cof 44
15 Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp 43
16 Cruz, Antonio Usa Usp 42
17 Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm 40
18 Parra, Ivan Col Baq 40
19 Joachim, Benoit Lux Usp 39
20 Cunego, Damiano Ita Sae 36
21 Peña, Victor Hugo Col Usp 36
22 Ivanov, Ruslan Mda Als 35
23 Pascual Rodriguez, Javier Esp Kel 33
24 Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Kel 29
25 Jimenez, Eladio Esp Kel 28

Mountains Classification after Stage 19

1 Cardenas, Felix Col Baq 167
2 Heras, Roberto Esp Lst 107
3 Perez, Santiago Esp Pho 102
4 Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ibb 90
5 Zaballa, Constantino Esp Sdv 80
6 Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel 67
7 Elias, José Miguel Esp Reb 50
8 Fuentes, Juan Esp Sae 44
9 Jimenez, Eladio Esp Kel 44
10 Lara, Francisco José Esp Alm 42
11 Nozal, Isidro Esp Lst 40
12 Parra, Ivan Col Baq 37
13 Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm 36
14 Pascual Rodriguez, Javier Esp Kel 36
15 Valjavec, Tadej Slo Pho 34
16 Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv 32
17 Gomez, Angel Esp Alm 31
18 Arrieta, José Luis Esp Ibb 29
19 Perez, Luis Esp Cof 28
20 Garate, Juan Manuel Esp Lam 26
21 Buenahora, Hernan Col Baq 24
22 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc 23
23 Quinziato, Manuel Ita Lam 20
24 Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Kel 20
25 Osa, Unai Esp Ibb 20

All Around Classification after Stage 19

1 Heras, Roberto Esp Lst 6
2 Perez, Santiago Esp Pho 10
3 Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel 11
4 Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ibb 12
5 Nozal, Isidro Esp Lst 22
6 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc 36
7 Gomez, Angel Esp Alm 38
8 Perez, Luis Esp Cof 43
9 Cardenas, Felix Col Baq 44
10 Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm 48
11 Zaballa, Constantino Esp Sdv 50
12 Garzelli, Stefano Ita Vin 52
13 Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv 53
14 Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Kel 54
15 Jimenez, Eladio Esp Kel 54
16 Lara, Francisco José Esp Alm 55
17 Parra, Ivan Col Baq 56
18 Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp 58
19 Cunego, Damiano Ita Sae 67
20 Valjavec, Tadej Slo Pho 69
21 Arrieta, José Luis Esp Ibb 82
22 Garate, Juan Manuel Esp Lam 83
23 Buenahora, Hernan Col Baq 84
24 Blanco, David Esp Kel 89
25 Elias, José Miguel Esp Reb 89

Teams Classification after Stage 19

1 Comunidad Valenciana - Kelme KEL 216:35:15
2 Liberty Seguros LST a 23:03
3 Illes Balears - Banesto IBB a 29:59
4 Costa de Almeria - Paternina ALM a 46:14
5 Cafes Baque BAQ a 51:54
6 Phonak Hearing Systems PHO a 55:41
7 Saunier Duval - Prodir SDV a 1:24:51
8 US Postal Service presented by B. USP a 1:24:52
9 Cofidis, le credit par telephone COF a 1:35:37
10 Team CSC CSC a 1:36:54
11 Saeco SAE a 2:30:52
12 Relax-Bodysol REB a 2:32:35
13 Euskaltel - Euskadi EUS a 2:49:24
14 T-Mobile Team TMO a 3:12:02
15 Vini Caldirola -Nobili Rubinetterie VIN a 3:49:46
16 Quick Step - Davitamon QSD a 4:06:45
17 Rabobank RAB a 4:07:22
18 Fassa Bortolo FAS a 4:40:39
19 Lampre LAM a 5:11:29
20 Alessio - Bianchi ALS a 5:23:34

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