Good afternoon, dear reader, and welcome to the penultimate stage of what has been, by far, the most exciting and dramatic Grand Tour of the year.
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Your commentators today are Anita van Crey, podofdonny, Andy McDobbin and our guest Bart Hazen, webmaster of http://www.cyclingfx.nl/
The 20th and last road stage of the Vuelta will take the riders along a 178 km route from La Vega de Alcobendas to Navacerrada. The last kilometres are ideal territory for the climbers left in the race.
La Vega de Alcobendas - Puerto de Navacerrada: 178 kms
There are no less than 4 1st category climbs in the stage (one of which is situated at the finish), as well as one 3rd category.
The final time trial in Madrid tomorrow will provide the last opportunity for Heras, Perez, Valverde and Mancebo to decide the winner of the race.
Once again several riders and teams had an early start: between 7:50 and 8:45, 19 riders of the following teams had blood tests: Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme, Phonak Hearing Systems, Costa de Almería-Paternina and CSC Team. All riders were declared fit to continue racing.
10 kilometres covered – and the break of the day escapes with 12 riders they are: Eladio Jimenez, David Latasa (CV Kelme), Joan Horrach (IB-Banesto), José Enrique Gutierrez (Phonak), Cedric Vasseur (Cofidis), Aitor Perez (Cafes Baque), Antonio Cruz (US Postal Service), Rafael Casero (Saunier Duval-Prodir), Maarten Den Bakker (Rabobank), Mauro Gerosa (Vini Caldirola), Manuel Quinziato and Daniele Righi (Lampre).
Jimenez is the best placed rider on GC, some 32 minutes down – the presence of the Kelme, Phonak and Banesto riders will be more a tactical move for later on in the race – they will be hoping that they can give their respective Captains, Valverde, Santi Perez and Mancebo a hand if and when they make their attacks.
41 km covered – the 12 men are building a good lead now around the ten minute mark, Liberty S control the peloton and the average speed for the first hour is 40.90 km/h.
47 km covered - At the first category mountain pass of Morcuera, Eladio Jimenez is the first man over the top and the break away still has about 10 minutes advantage.
62 km covered - the sprint in Rascafría, saw Rafael Casero (Saunier Duval), David Latasa (CV Kelme) and Mauro Gerosa (Vini Caldirola) take the main points the lead on the peloton still hovering around the 10 minute mark.
A quite interesting development today is that the 3 Grand Tours, Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta Espana, have declared that they will not take part in the coming ProTour. Unipublic, the Vuelta organizer, has confirmed it already on their website.
So, there has been big talk from the challengers today in their bid to challenge Mr. Cool Roberto Heras - Santi Perez said, "I am not going to be conservative, I would prefer to throw the dice and lose my second place than not try to win this race - cycling is not a game of chess and if I see a chance I will take it."
Santi Pérez spoke yesterday with Federico Martín Bahamontes, the legendary Spanish rider, winner of the Tour of 1959, and the two men were seen in deep debate about cyling tactics.
Perez has overtaken Oscar Sevilla as Spain's most popular rider, apparently - expect to see a lot of signs on the road today saying "Santi, ánimo, campeón," as his fan club is out in force.
In the Classica Alcobendas this year they also did a part of this stage with the finish on the Navacerrada, but today's stage has more mountains underway. Riders who did well in the Alcobendas stage and who are also in this year's Vuelta are Eladio Jimenez, Felix Cardenas, Angel Gomez, Atienza, Laiseka, Heras, Zubeldia, Buenahora and Sevilla. The time differences were not that high. ...except of the difference with stage winner Iban Mayo.
Current temperature in Spain is 13 degrees Centigrade...a bit different than the past few days. And the riders started 20 minutes later than planned since there is also a Davis Cup tennis match going on, between Spain and France...looks like it'll be all Spain on the roads today though.
15.31 CET. 73km to the finish with 3 climbs to go.
The break continues, the riders left the bunch at the ten km mark. The large break working quite well together in the lovely Spanish sunshine, the crowds as always out in force to cheer them on - they now have nearly 11 minutes.
Meanwhile, back in the peloton, Cafes Baque is working in the front of the bunch for Cardenas.
Liberty Seguros is riding very comfortably behind Cafes Baque. Valverde is once again at the back of the peloton - he seems to have the Voeckler approach to riding in the bunch...
In the meantime, Ivan Basso shows his great shape for the Worlds in Verona; he has won the Italian Semi-Classic Giro del Emilia. 2nd F. Casagrande, 3rd Nocentini, 4th Bertagnolli and 5th Ullrich. Casagrande clearly has obtained a new lease on life, suddenly, with Vini Caldirola: 8th in the midweek Copa Sabatini behind Ullrich, he's now beaten Der Jan today (who himself is looking great).
Of the breakaways, Eladio Jimenez - already a stage winner this year - is highest placed in the King of the Mountains competition, 9th with 44 points. He could move into the top five today.
Valverde must worry his DS, but he too has promised to attack today - and the battle between him and Mancebo will be very interesting. The 12 leaders have 9.15 on the peloton.
69 km to go, 9:13 the gap now, as we see Cedric Vasseur at the front of the break. He is the only French rider left in the race.
Actually the Vuelta has had an undeserved reputation for being a Spanish only affair. The first twelve editions of the Vuelta saw a greater number of Spanish participants than foreigners. An equal level of participation (50 Spaniards and 50 foreigners) was registered for the first, and probably only, time during the 13th edition, held in 1958.
From then on, although with certain exceptions, the number of foreign competitors has risen steadily, outstripping the number of Spanish riders and converting the Vuelta into a truly international race.
The maximum difference was registered in 1997, when 156 foreign riders competed against 42 Spaniards. The presentation edition saw 81 Spaniards and 106 foreign riders take the start.
Also interesting for those who argue that the Tour de France has a stronger line up than Vuelta - 3 of the top 5 UCI riders are in this year's Vuelta, the Tour could only manage 2...
The difference is now 9 minutes for the breakaway. The sprint at Alpedreta is reached. At this pre-last day in the last grand tour of this season, there are 40 km to be climbed.
They are beginning at the Alto del Leon - this is a climb of the first category, the third category 1 climb of the day. The climb is 7,7 km in distance and has a average of 7,5%.
Mind you podofdonny, the number of riders abandoning the Vuelta has been a higher percentage already than the other GTs. Its proximity to the Worlds is definitely damaging; though the mountainous parcours this year - even more so than other years arguably - has shattered some tired legs.
Well, there has also been a lot of illness too, mainly from the peloton drinking my badly made cups of tea.
15.50 CET. 60 km to go. The escapados head towards the Alto del Leon - one rider who has been another disappointment in this race is Oscar Sevilla - he did crash on stage 14 put he had not really produced much. He is leaving Phonak for T-Mobile next season.
Talking to T-Mobile about his transfer, Sevilla said, "Ullrich is one of the best cyclists around. With my help and the help of Vinokourov, we have a team that is capable of challenging Armstrong's dominance of the Tour."
Maybe he should start by trying to show some dominance in the Vuelta?
I think the stage will get a new "boost" at the last climb. With 12 leaders and the peloton at 9 minutes the stage isn't that interesting so far. It should be noted that gusty winds are forecast for the mountains today. Current gap is 9 minutes and ten seconds.
Sevilla's gone off the rails since 2002 where he struggled to turn pedals on the tortuous Angliru - and got attacked by then-teammate Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez, who went on to win overall. Though all the girls still love his boyish looks (and isn't that what matters at the end of the day!?)
So the escapados head upwards on the climb of the Alto del Leon, and the Cafe Baques team work hard to bring them back into the bunch. Liberty Seguros remains in the stream of Cafes Baque.
Liberty Seguros have been superb this year - Dariusz Baranowski and Marcos Serrano have done selfless work in the mountains, chasing down breaks, while Izidro Nozal has also on occasions sacrificed his own ambitions to help Heras - both lie in the top five currently.
Antonio Cruz at the head of the escapees, but in truth the escapees seem to have tired legs and I can't see them staying away today.
8.47 left for the 12 leaders now. The leaders are again: Eladio Jimenez, David Latasa (CV Kelme), Joan Horrach (IB-Banesto), José Enrique Gutierrez (Phonak), Cedric Vasseur (Cofidis), Aitor Perez (Cafes Baque), Antonio Cruz (US Postal Service), Rafael Casero (Saunier Duval-Prodir), Maarten Den Bakker (Rabobank), Mauro Gerosa (Vini Caldirola), Manuel Quinziato and Daniele Righi (Lampre).
16.05 CET. 7:52 for the leaders - the gap is dropping like a stone. The peloton is becoming smaller on the Alto del Leon as riders struggle to hold the wheels - Cafes Baque are making it difficult for those not feeling so strong today. Parra and Buenahora are doing a great job for the Spanish Baque team. Liberty S looking very confident and vigilant, as I suppose a team sponsored by an insurance company should. The Kelme team is now taking over the job of Cafes Baque.
Does Valverde have a plan?
Great advert for their sponsors, the Liberty S has demonstrated strength and sportsmanship, and their sponsors must be very happy with the massive publicity they have gained across Europe.
The gap is reducing very fast now with CV-Kelme in the lead.
Valverde compared his team to "guerillas" yesterday - he has promised to attack if he has the legs - and if he doesn't have the legs the race is over for him, since there is nowhere to hide on the Navacerrada.
The Comunitat Valenciana-Kelme team almost look like a throwback to the 1930's with their team colours and blue shades - they look like they should be riding for Bottechia.
Well, they've almost been sponsoring cycling for that long...
58 km to go - the escapados cross the Alto del Leon.
Now Mancebo attacks! Early action from the Spanish champ - he is marked by Sammy Sanchez. Liberty Seguros is now back in control.
Alarm bells ringing - it is the start of the war of attrition...
Mancebo and Sanchez - the lions of the Alto del Leon.
If you see the faces of Valverde and Santi Perez you might think they are brothers. Quesada of Kelme tries to bridge the gap. Now Liberty say Enough! and really start chasing! The peloton now consists of about 20 riders. The gap is now 5.35 - Mancebo and Samuel are almost caught again. The peloton over the top of Alto del Leon is in pieces after that action. They could hold a meeting in a phone box...
Samuel Sanchez goes on while Mancebo is back in the peloton again.
Sanchez is caught again.
16.24 CET. 51.3 km to go - the escapados in San Rafael. The peloton regroups on the descent of Alto del Leon - and order is restored in the peloton. The famous Buenahora has to work again in front of the peloton. On the Alto de los Angeles des San Rafael, Maarten den Bakker seems to attack, but the others come back.
Now another group goes off the front of the peloton -Blanco, Perez, Sanchez, Osa, Van Goolen and Zaballa in the contra-attack. But the 6 are caught again. Amazing to see Zaballa on the attack again - but Liberty have an iron fist on the peloton at the moment. The gap 5:41 to the escapados.
And the peloton is about 80 riders strong again, with another group trying to chase back on.
The scenery today is in actual fact pretty much like the area around Los Angeles in the USA, which is appropriate since the break is on the climb of - er, Los Angeles. The escapees reach the top of the Alto de los Angeles, 3rd category.
16.31 CET. 44 km to go - over the top of the climb, now the riders have a small period of easier roads before the dreaded Puerto de Navacerrada.
The Puerto Navacerrada is officially 7km in distance, but it's a bit longer.
42 km to go - the break working well together, but they have a nice headwind to keeps the legs warmed up... the race today fits in perfectly with the landscape....not much happening apart from some attacks in the break.
Tea time for the tickerers...sorry - the bad news is, no biccies, but the good news is Madeira cake!
16.43 CET. So - the peloton speeds towards the Puerto de Navacerrada, the break still has a gap of about 5'30''. The stage is set for high drama in central Spain.
The favourites still all around Heras like bees around a golden flower, Cafe Baques still forcing the pace, Liberty S en masse just behind.
5.56 the gap now. So who will win today? The stage might be a little too tough for Piepoli, Sastre will fancy his chances, and Beltran can climb a bit. The main group seems to be hunting the break down bit by bit, chewing carefully, and have it swallowed maybe in time before the finish line is reached. 30 km to go.
Just time for a little tale from the Vuelta - Delio Rodríguez was the oldest of five cycling brothers; in addition to the great sprinter, the Rodríguez "team" was completed by José, Pastor, Emilio and Manuel. With the exception of the second named brother, who left cycling to take up football, all the brothers took part in the Vuelta. In fact, during the 1950 edition, Emilio and Manuel took 1st and 2nd in the General Classification, whilst in 1945 and 1946, Emilio, Delio and Pastor all participated in the race.
29 km to go - the escapees pass the huge dam wall - very spectacular.
And I just heard a story that Michele Bartoli, who isn't selected again for the Worlds, has threatened to become a Malaysian... not sure what the threat is about, either the Malaysians get scared or it indeed will be Kam Po Bartoli. (That is courtesy Kevin Kempf of Cycling4fans.)
16.53 CET. 27km to go - the peloton strung out as they try to pull back the 12 escapees.
But why shouldn't Kam Po the Warrior Bartoli from Kuala ride with Tonton? Tonton - is that Susanto? Yes - Bartoli's half brother. Maybe he can join the Malaysian team Wismilak (wish me luck).
Okay now, 25 km to go for the escapees - 5'40'' the gap.
The final ascent begins at about 20 km to go, so we are getting close to the battle of the uphill finish.
The mountains start to loom in the distance for the 12 escapees as the peloton stream through Revenga.
In the Giro della Emilia which we mentioned earlier, only 37 riders reached the finish. It was a difficult race with lots of riders who crashed today.
Michele Scarponi will ride next year with Cofidis, due that fact Kevin van Impe will not become a member of this team and has to search again for another team. Cofidis have also signed young Stephen Roche - who has a quite famous father...
The last km to the finish line today on the Navacerrada is 8%.
17.02 CET. 20 km to go. The gap is now 4.55.
In 1998 the winner on Navacerrada was Andrei Zintchenko - a rider of extraordinary talent who won three stages in that edition - the race winner was Olano.
While Floyd Landis has his home in Girona, the other one living in that Spanish city, Lance Armstrong, at this very moment with his DS Johan Bruyneel is riding the Ride of the Roses in Canada.
Still Cafes Baque working hard, Liberty S watching the peloton like hawks, the escapees start to attack each other. Gerosa and Quinziato start things off. The break seems to be exhausting itself.
17.07 CET. 16 km to go for the escapees - huge crowds cheer the riders through the town, and Jimenez of Kelme attacks the breakaways. 4.40 remaining in the gap to the peloton. Jimenez, who has won a stage already, starts the long climb. Valverde said that he would do the last climb at 40 km/h, but then, perhaps he hasn't seen the last km...
15km to go. Eladio Jiminez is a great climber and will be hoping for a stage win; 4:40 minutes back Cafes Baque still trying to close the gap. They have worked hard but whether they left the chase until too late remains to be seen.
Gutierrez is the first chaser behind Jimenez, Den Bakker attacks again. 13 km to go - Jimenez has a good lead and Den Bakker starts to try and bridge the gap. He sure is having one hell of a day today. Gutierrez and Jimenez now both in the lead. The two start to work together - they are both excellent mountain men as they head up through the trees. Jimenez discards his helmet - with 12 km to go.
Den Bakker back in the lead. 4.33 the gap to the peloton as the helmets get off their heads...so Den Bakker, Jimenez and Gutierrez are the three leaders, the other escapees seem to have lost their chance.
10 km to go for the three leaders - in about 3 km the real climb to the Navacerrada starts. The 3 have 25 seconds on the others.
José Enrique Gutierrez (Phonak) gives his helmet to the team car, Jimenez (CV Kelme) and Den Bakker still lead, but the peloton is really speeding up now. The big names in the hunter's bunch are watching the competition. I think that Mancebo will start with attacks again. In the meantime, in the final climb most of the riders get rid of their helmets.
Now Liberty pick up the pace; they will keep the speed high for Roberto Heras, to discourage attacks. 8km to go for the three leaders.
Maarten den Bakker had his best years in the years '98 and '99 of the last century. He finished once second in the Fleche Wallonne and third in Liege-Bastogne-Liege. He suffered from depression but has recovered, and became a dad for the first time last April.
Vasseur gets back in the front while Gutierrez attacks.
7 km to go. Gutierrez digs deep, he has a tractor-type style but it is a climbing tractor. 3:49 the gap - the peloton at 8 km to go.
Saeco with Cunego and Mazzoleni also in front of the peloton.
17.25 CET. The race winds its way up the shadow speckled road as Gutierrez reaches 6km to go. Sevilla and Valjavec attack from the peloton. Valjavec goes on while Sevilla is back in the peloton again. 3:34 the gap - Santi Perez has a plan I'm guessing...
Valjavec caught, Luis Perez on the charge, Heras has found the back wheel of Santiago. 5 km for Gutierrez at the front.
Luis Perez is causing real damage to the peloton, Heras looks cool, Valverde still has men in support. Ferrio attacks. 3:27 the gap. Nozal doing herioc work for Heras.
4 km to go. Perez and Ferrio back in the group Heras again.
Nozal, Heras, Luis Perez, Valverde, Mancebo and Santi Perez all have 5 km to go.
The top 3 riding all abreast now. Garcia Quesada the next to attack. Cardenas dropped. Santi Perez attacks!
Tom Boonen has in the meantime won the 3rd stage of the Franco Belge.
Heras responds. Santi Perez opens an instant gap, Heras holds his wheel, the 1st and 2nd locked in duel.
Mancebo and Valverde are now 16 seconds back with Garcia Acosta trying to pace Valverde. Heras is the one now who has to be attentive. 3km to go for Santi Perez and Heras.
Valverde and Mancebo 22'' down.
Santi Perez takes a drink - Heras has not had time to take off his helmet - they have 25'' now.
Heras sits cooly on the wheel of Perez. 28'' the gap.
Perez goes away!!! He leaves Heras. 2 km to go, Santi Perez is setting the mountainside on fire! Meanwhile, last km for Gutierrez.
Heras now has to dig deep - almost brought down by a flag! Heras now leaves Den Bakker (a more or less non-climber) behind. He seems to have found his better legs again. And Phonak is doing a great job. José Enrique Gutierrez (Phonak) has not far to go for the stage victory.
Perez has 11 sec on Heras. Last km for Santi...
Now 17 sec for Perez, while José Enrique Gutierrez zips his shirt, raises his arms and takes the stage.
Eladio Jimenez 2nd at 35 seconds, Latasa 3rd. Now we are anxiously awaiting the gap between Perez and Heras...Santi Perez 4th at 1.36...
Heras 6th at 2.06 - exactly 30 seconds between Perez and Heras. Mancebo takes over the 3rd place of Valverde. Den Bakker crosses the line - brave ride from the Dutchman today.
Heras has about 43 sec. left on Santi Perez for the last stage tomorrow - the time trial.
Nozal comes across - he has, once again, been a true and brave lieutenant for Roberto Heras.
Had Perez attacked 1 km earlier back on La Covatilla he would have the leader's jersey now instead of Heras, but he waited to long.
José Enrique Gutierrez gets the kisses from the misses and the flowers and book - a good end for what has been a difficult week for Phonak. He is too tired to open the champagne!!
No worries - there are a lot of people on the mountain who will help him do that!
With 4 stage win and the 2nd place so far in the overall ranking, Phonak is one of the best teams in this year's Vuelta. This gives the Swiss sponsor better media exposure than the recent talking about blood tests.
One thing is sure: Felix Cardenas is the overall winner of the mountains jersey. Cardenas the mountain cat is a deserving and worthy winner, for sure. He is dwarfed by the "giant" podium girls - or maybe he is a small Colombian climber...
In the general classification, Mancebo takes 8 sec. on Valverde - he was one second down. He now has 7 seconds on Valverde for tomorrow, so it will be a nice battle between these 2 for the 3rd place overall. So tomorrow's time trial will be nail biting stuff...
Brief Results - Provisional
1º GUTIERREZ, José ESP PHO 4:52:20
2º JIMENEZ, Eladio ESP KEL a 38
3º LATASA, David ESP KEL a 1:25
4º PEREZ, Santiago ESP PHO a 1:37
5º PEREZ, Aitor ESP BAQ a 2:03
6º HERAS, Roberto ESP LST a 2:07
7º VASSEUR, Cedric FRA COF a 2:07
8º MANCEBO, Francisco ESP IBB a 2:10
9º FERRIO, Jorge ESP ALM a 2:18
10º VALVERDE, Alejandro ESP KEL a 2:18
11º GARCIA QUESADA, Carlos ESP KEL a 2:24
12º PIEPOLI, Leonardo ITA SDV a 2:27
13º SASTRE, Carlos ESP CSC a 2:27
14º PEREZ, Luis ESP COF a 2:27
15º DEN BAKKER, Maarten NED RAB a 2:39
16º CUNEGO, Damiano ITA SAE a 2:48
17º HORRACH, Joan ESP IBB a 2:49
18º LAISEKA, Roberto ESP EUS a 2:56
19º SANCHEZ, Samuel ESP EUS a 2:57
20º CASERO, Rafael ESP SDV a 3:01
General Classification - Provisional
1º HERAS, Roberto ESP LST 77:07:28
2º PEREZ, Santiago ESP PHO a 43
3º MANCEBO, Francisco ESP IBB a 2:19
4º VALVERDE, Alejandro ESP KEL a 2:26
5º GARCIA QUESADA, Carlos ESP KEL a 6:33
6º NOZAL, Isidro ESP LST a 7:16
7º SASTRE, Carlos ESP CSC a 8:16
8º GOMEZ, Angel ESP ALM a 12:11
9º PEREZ, Luis ESP COF a 12:45
10º GARZELLI, Stefano ITA VIN a 14:35
Thanks very much for joining us today. The Vuelta a Espana concludes tomorrow with a 30 kilometre individual time trial in Madrid, and it will be something not to miss. So we hope to see you again tomorrow! Full results and classifications to come, right here.
1 Gutierrez, José Esp Pho 4:52:20
2 Jimenez, Eladio Esp Kel a 38
3 Latasa, David Esp Kel a 1:25
4 Perez, Santiago Esp Pho a 1:37
5 Perez, Aitor Esp Baq a 2:03
6 Heras, Roberto Esp Lst a 2:07
7 Vasseur, Cedric Fra Cof a 2:07
8 Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ibb a 2:10
9 Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm a 2:18
10 Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel a 2:18
11 Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Kel a 2:24
12 Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv a 2:27
13 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc a 2:27
14 Perez, Luis Esp Cof a 2:27
15 Den Bakker, Maarten Ned Rab a 2:39
16 Cunego, Damiano Ita Sae a 2:48
17 Horrach, Joan Esp Ibb a 2:48
18 Laiseka, Roberto Esp Eus a 2:56
19 Sanchez, Samuel Esp Eus a 2:57
20 Casero, Rafael Esp Sdv a 3:01
21 Blanco, David Esp Kel a 3:04
22 Serrano, Marcos Esp Lst a 3:15
23 Nozal, Isidro Esp Lst a 3:15
24 Cruz, Antonio Usa Usp a 3:21
25 Gomez, Angel Esp Alm a 3:57
26 Osa, Unai Esp Ibb a 3:57
27 Van Goolen, Jurgen Bel Qsd a 4:11
28 Zaballa, Constantino Esp Sdv a 4:13
29 Cardenas, Felix Col Baq a 4:13
30 Atienza, Daniel Esp Cof a 4:15
31 Pecharroman, J.Antonio Esp Qsd a 4:21
32 Lara, Francisco José Esp Alm a 4:21
33 Garzelli, Stefano Ita Vin a 4:21
34 Van Summeren, Johan Bel Reb a 4:21
35 Ivanov, Ruslan Mda Als a 4:21
36 Veneberg, Thorwald Ned Rab a 4:24
37 Righi, Daniele Ita Lam a 4:24
38 Garate, Juan Manuel Esp Lam a 4:24
39 Weening, Pieter Ned Rab a 4:30
40 Arrieta, José Luis Esp Ibb a 4:50
41 Plaza, David Esp Baq a 4:55
42 Herrero, David Esp Alm a 5:13
43 Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp a 5:19
44 Elias, José Miguel Esp Reb a 5:21
45 Tankink, Bram Ned Qsd a 5:21
46 Sevilla, Oscar Esp Pho a 5:41
47 Valjavec, Tadej Slo Pho a 5:41
48 Quinziato, Manuel Ita Lam a 6:05
49 Baranowski, Dariusz Pol Lst a 6:18
50 Lastras, Pablo Esp Ibb a 6:18
51 Jufre, Josep Esp Reb a 6:26
52 Rebollo, Jose Luis Esp Reb a 6:26
53 Pasamontes, Luis Esp Reb a 6:26
54 Schleck, Frank Lux Csc a 6:47
55 Sanchez, Julián Esp Fas a 6:55
56 Gusev, Vladimir Rus Csc a 7:37
57 Zabel, Erik Ger Tmo a 8:36
58 Evans, Cadel Aus Tmo a 8:36
59 Schreck, Stephan Ger Tmo a 8:36
60 Fuentes, Juan Esp Sae a 9:38
61 Zubeldia, Haimar Esp Eus a 9:38
62 Mazzoleni, Eddy Ita Sae a 9:38
63 Fernandez, Bingen Esp Cof a 9:38
64 Cañada, David Esp Sdv a 9:38
65 Buenahora, Hernan Col Baq a 9:38
66 Pascual Rodriguez, Javier Esp Kel a 9:38
67 Gerosa, Mauro Ita Vin a 9:38
68 Andriotto, Dario Ita Vin a 11:19
69 Miholjevic, Vladimir Cro Als a 11:19
70 Cioni, Dario David Ita Fas a 11:19
71 Pradera, Mikel Esp Ibb a 11:19
72 Calcagni, Patrick Sui Vin a 11:19
73 Posthuma, Joost Ned Rab a 11:19
74 De Weert, Kevin Bel Rab a 11:19
75 Gustov, Volodymir Ukr Fas a 11:19
76 Mikhailov, Guennadi Rus Usp a 11:19
77 Grabsch, Bert Ger Pho a 11:19
78 Rodriguez, Joaquin Esp Sdv a 12:44
79 Gil, Koldo Esp Lst a 12:44
80 Caruso, Giampaolo Ita Lst a 13:34
81 Glez. Galdeano, Igor Esp Lst a 13:34
82 Cabello, Francisco Esp Kel a 13:34
83 Jaksche, Jörg Ger Csc a 13:34
84 Peña, Victor Hugo Col Usp a 13:34
85 Trentin, Guido Ita Cof a 13:34
86 Joachim, Benoit Lux Usp a 14:46
87 Garcia, Francisco Esp Baq a 16:00
88 Parra, Ivan Col Baq a 16:00
89 Chaurreau, Iñigo Esp A2r a 24:57
90 Garcia Acosta, José Esp Ibb a 24:57
91 Fornaciari, Paolo Ita Sae a 24:57
92 Colom, Antonio Esp Ibb a 24:57
93 Lopez, Joaquin Esp Alm a 24:57
94 Hruska, Jan Cze Lst a 24:57
95 Velo, Marco Ita Fas a 24:57
96 Florencio, Xavier Esp Reb a 24:57
97 Horrillo, Pedro Esp Qsd a 24:57
98 Piccoli, Mariano Ita Lam a 24:57
99 Cortinovis, Alessandro Ita Lam a 24:57
100 Julia, José Esp Kel a 24:57
101 Lopez De Munain, Alberto Esp Eus a 24:57
102 Möller, Klaus Den Als a 24:57
103 Sgambelluri, Roberto Ita Vin a 24:57
104 Spezialetti, Alessandro Ita Sae a 24:57
105 Luttenberger, Peter Aut Csc a 24:57
106 Szymyd, Sylvester Pol Sae a 24:57
107 Isasi, Iñaki Esp Eus a 24:57
108 Calvente, Manuel Esp Csc a 24:57
109 Gutierrez, Heberth Col Baq a 24:57
110 Sabaliauskas, Marius Ltu Sae a 24:57
111 White, Matthew Aus Cof a 24:57
112 Hoj, Frank Den Csc a 24:57
113 Silloniz, Aitor Esp Eus a 24:57
114 Artetxe, Mikel Esp Eus a 24:57
115 Garrido, José Esp Qsd a 24:57
116 Trenti, Guido Usa Fas a 24:57
117 Andrle, Rene Cze Lst a 24:57
118 Hulsmans, Kevin Bel Qsd a 24:57
119 Milesi, Marco Ita Vin a 24:57
General Classification after Stage 20
1 Heras, Roberto Esp Lst 77:07:28
2 Perez, Santiago Esp Pho a 43
3 Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ibb a 2:19
4 Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel a 2:26
5 Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Kel a 6:33
6 Nozal, Isidro Esp Lst a 7:16
7 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc a 8:16
8 Gomez, Angel Esp Alm a 12:11
9 Perez, Luis Esp Cof a 12:45
10 Garzelli, Stefano Ita Vin a 14:35
11 Blanco, David Esp Kel a 15:10
12 Serrano, Marcos Esp Lst a 16:07
13 Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp a 16:08
14 Lara, Francisco José Esp Alm a 22:21
15 Sanchez, Samuel Esp Eus a 27:28
16 Cunego, Damiano Ita Sae a 28:37
17 Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm a 28:40
18 Plaza, David Esp Baq a 29:15
19 Jimenez, Eladio Esp Kel a 31:26
20 Pasamontes, Luis Esp Reb a 35:09
21 Osa, Unai Esp Ibb a 35:21
22 Sevilla, Oscar Esp Pho a 37:19
23 Garate, Juan Manuel Esp Lam a 38:32
24 Horrach, Joan Esp Ibb a 43:28
25 Atienza, Daniel Esp Cof a 44:39
26 Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv a 45:35
27 Valjavec, Tadej Slo Pho a 47:11
28 Arrieta, José Luis Esp Ibb a 48:36
29 Cardenas, Felix Col Baq a 50:55
30 Zaballa, Constantino Esp Sdv a 52:47
31 Buenahora, Hernan Col Baq a 55:35
32 Baranowski, Dariusz Pol Lst a 56:54
33 Parra, Ivan Col Baq a 57:28
34 Gutierrez , José Esp Pho a 57:29
35 Calvente, Manuel Esp Csc a 1:09:04
36 Van Summeren, Johan Bel Reb a 1:11:00
37 Vasseur, Cedric Fra Cof a 1:11:24
38 Lastras, Pablo Esp Ibb a 1:16:13
39 Elias, José Miguel Esp Reb a 1:16:42
40 Rodriguez, Joaquin Esp Sdv a 1:21:34
41 Garcia, Francisco Esp Baq a 1:22:22
42 Zubeldia, Haimar Esp Eus a 1:23:54
43 Zabel, Erik Ger Tmo a 1:26:03
44 Jaksche, Jörg Ger Csc a 1:28:40
45 Peña, Victor Hugo Col Usp a 1:30:51
46 Cañada, David Esp Sdv a 1:33:18
47 Pecharroman, J.Antonio Esp Qsd a 1:33:23
48 Schleck, Frank Lux Csc a 1:33:23
49 Veneberg, Thorwald Ned Rab a 1:33:29
50 Rebollo, Jose Luis Esp Reb a 1:33:55
51 Cioni, Dario David Ita Fas a 1:34:33
52 Latasa, David Esp Kel a 1:34:51
53 Laiseka, Roberto Esp Eus a 1:37:44
54 Chaurreau, Iñigo Esp A2r a 1:38:55
55 Pascual Rodriguez, Javier Esp Kel a 1:39:30
56 Van Goolen, Jurgen Bel Qsd a 1:42:56
57 Joachim, Benoit Lux Usp a 1:43:38
58 Gil, Koldo Esp Lst a 1:44:27
59 Schreck, Stephan Ger Tmo a 1:45:13
60 Weening, Pieter Ned Rab a 1:45:42
61 Evans, Cadel Aus Tmo a 1:47:15
62 Jufre, Josep Esp Reb a 1:47:31
63 Mikhailov, Guennadi Rus Usp a 1:49:52
64 Tankink, Bram Ned Qsd a 1:53:20
65 Calcagni, Patrick Sui Vin a 1:55:45
66 Perez, Aitor Esp Baq a 1:58:53
67 Fernandez, Bingen Esp Cof a 1:59:17
68 Mazzoleni, Eddy Ita Sae a 1:59:21
69 Lopez, Joaquin Esp Alm a 1:59:50
70 Cruz, Antonio Usa Usp a 2:00:38
71 Caruso, Giampaolo Ita Lst a 2:01:43
72 De Weert, Kevin Bel Rab a 2:02:13
73 Herrero, David Esp Alm a 2:03:16
74 Szymyd, Sylvester Pol Sae a 2:05:14
75 Casero, Rafael Esp Sdv a 2:07:26
76 Trentin, Guido Ita Cof a 2:16:46
77 Miholjevic, Vladimir Cro Als a 2:17:35
78 Ivanov, Ruslan Mda Als a 2:19:09
79 Sgambelluri, Roberto Ita Vin a 2:23:25
80 Möller, Klaus Den Als a 2:24:31
81 Fuentes, Juan Esp Sae a 2:30:39
82 Pradera, Mikel Esp Ibb a 2:34:51
83 Cortinovis, Alessandro Ita Lam a 2:35:31
84 Den Bakker, Maarten Ned Rab a 2:38:04
85 Luttenberger, Peter Aut Csc a 2:38:57
86 Grabsch, Bert Ger Pho a 2:44:14
87 Isasi, Iñaki Esp Eus a 2:45:38
88 Sabaliauskas, Marius Ltu Sae a 2:46:13
89 Horrillo, Pedro Esp Qsd a 2:46:32
90 Lopez De Munain, Alberto Esp Eus a 2:47:00
91 Florencio, Xavier Esp Reb a 2:47:21
92 Posthuma, Joost Ned Rab a 2:52:27
93 Quinziato, Manuel Ita Lam a 2:56:03
94 Gusev, Vladimir Rus Csc a 2:56:35
95 Gerosa, Mauro Ita Vin a 2:57:24
96 Glez. Galdeano, Igor Esp Lst a 2:59:29
97 Gustov, Volodymir Ukr Fas a 2:59:34
98 Garrido, José Esp Qsd a 3:05:32
99 Colom, Antonio Esp Ibb a 3:08:35
100 Hruska, Jan Cze Lst a 3:09:13
101 Julia, José Esp Kel a 3:09:17
102 Cabello, Francisco Esp Kel a 3:09:32
103 Andriotto, Dario Ita Vin a 3:11:14
104 Sanchez, Julián Esp Fas a 3:18:13
105 Garcia Acosta, José Esp Ibb a 3:18:27
106 Hulsmans, Kevin Bel Qsd a 3:19:58
107 Righi, Daniele Ita Lam a 3:22:34
108 Artetxe, Mikel Esp Eus a 3:22:42
109 Milesi, Marco Ita Vin a 3:26:57
110 Andrle, Rene Cze Lst a 3:32:39
111 Gutierrez, Heberth Col Baq a 3:38:26
112 Hoj, Frank Den Csc a 3:45:02
113 Trenti, Guido Usa Fas a 3:48:14
114 Piccoli, Mariano Ita Lam a 3:49:46
115 Spezialetti, Alessandro Ita Sae a 3:49:48
116 Velo, Marco Ita Fas a 3:49:57
117 Fornaciari, Paolo Ita Sae a 4:02:21
118 Silloniz, Aitor Esp Eus a 4:07:54
119 White, Matthew Aus Cof a 4:11:25
Points Classification after Stage 20
1 Zabel, Erik Ger Tmo 152
2 Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel 142
3 Heras, Roberto Esp Lst 128
4 Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ibb 114
5 Perez, Santiago Esp Pho 110
6 Nozal, Isidro Esp Lst 76
7 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc 62
8 Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv 56
9 Garzelli, Stefano Ita Vin 53
10 Jimenez, Eladio Esp Kel 52
11 Horrillo, Pedro Esp Qsd 51
12 Cardenas, Felix Col Baq 50
13 Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm 47
14 Perez, Luis Esp Cof 46
15 Zaballa, Constantino Esp Sdv 44
16 Gomez, Angel Esp Alm 44
17 Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp 43
18 Cruz, Antonio Usa Usp 42
19 Parra, Ivan Col Baq 40
20 Joachim, Benoit Lux Usp 39
21 Cunego, Damiano Ita Sae 36
22 Peña, Victor Hugo Col Usp 36
23 Ivanov, Ruslan Mda Als 35
24 Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Kel 34
25 Pascual Rodriguez, Javier Esp Kel 33
Mountains Classification - Final
1 Cardenas, Felix Col Baq 167
2 Heras, Roberto Esp Lst 111
3 Perez, Santiago Esp Pho 110
4 Jimenez, Eladio Esp Kel 110
5 Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ibb 92
6 Zaballa, Constantino Esp Sdv 80
7 Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel 67
8 Quinziato, Manuel Ita Lam 54
9 Elias, José Miguel Esp Reb 50
10 Fuentes, Juan Esp Sae 44
11 Gutierrez , José Esp Pho 44
12 Lara, Francisco José Esp Alm 42
13 Nozal, Isidro Esp Lst 40
14 Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm 37
15 Parra, Ivan Col Baq 37
16 Pascual Rodriguez, Javier Esp Kel 36
17 Valjavec, Tadej Slo Pho 34
18 Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv 32
19 Gomez, Angel Esp Alm 31
20 Casero, Rafael Esp Sdv 30
21 Arrieta, José Luis Esp Ibb 29
22 Perez, Luis Esp Cof 28
23 Garate, Juan Manuel Esp Lam 26
24 Buenahora, Hernan Col Baq 24
25 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc 23
26 Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Kel 20
All Around Classification after Stage 20
1 Heras, Roberto Esp Lst 6
2 Perez, Santiago Esp Pho 10
3 Mancebo, Francisco Esp Ibb 12
4 Valverde, Alejandro Esp Kel 13
5 Nozal, Isidro Esp Lst 25
6 Jimenez, Eladio Esp Kel 33
7 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc 39
8 Cardenas, Felix Col Baq 42
9 Gomez, Angel Esp Alm 43
10 Ferrio, Jorge Esp Alm 44
11 Perez, Luis Esp Cof 45
12 Zaballa, Constantino Esp Sdv 51
13 Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv 52
14 Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Kel 55
15 Lara, Francisco José Esp Alm 58
16 Garzelli, Stefano Ita Vin 61
17 Parra, Ivan Col Baq 67
18 Beltran, Manuel Esp Usp 69
19 Gutierrez , José Esp Pho 71
20 Valjavec, Tadej Slo Pho 72
21 Cunego, Damiano Ita Sae 73
22 Arrieta, José Luis Esp Ibb 87
23 Buenahora, Hernan Col Baq 88
24 Garate, Juan Manuel Esp Lam 90
25 Elias, José Miguel Esp Reb 93
Teams Classification after Stage 20
1 Comunidad Valenciana - Kelme KEL 231:16:36
2 Liberty Seguros LST a 27:19
3 Illes Balears - Banesto IBB a 34:33
4 Costa de Almeria - Paternina ALM a 52:29
5 Phonak Hearing Systems PHO a 58:38
6 Cafes Baque BAQ a 58:44
7 Saunier Duval - Prodir SDV a 1:30:11
8 Cofidis, le credit par telephone COF a 1:40:05
9 US Postal Service presented by B. USP a 1:40:30
10 Team CSC CSC a 1:49:24
11 Relax-Bodysol REB a 2:44:22
12 Saeco SAE a 2:48:35
13 Euskaltel - Euskadi EUS a 3:00:34
14 T-Mobile Team TMO a 3:33:29
15 Vini Caldirola -Nobili Rubinetterie VIN a 4:10:43
16 Rabobank RAB a 4:14:34
17 Quick Step - Davitamon QSD a 4:16:17
18 Fassa Bortolo FAS a 5:05:51
19 Lampre LAM a 5:22:01
20 Alessio - Bianchi ALS a 5:59:50