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60th Vuelta a España Stage 15 Live Report
 
By Staff
Date: 9/11/2005
60th Vuelta a España Stage 15 Live Report
 

Welcome to Stage 15 of the Vuelta a España!

Stage 15: Cangas de Onís - Estacion de Esqui Valgrande/Pajares, 191.0 km

So today is the last killer mountain stage, although next week there is still some climbing. Today the riders have five climbs, two Cat 3s, two Cat Ones and then the uphill finish on the Pajares. The weather is rainy, and the temperatures will be cool atop the Pajares.

Here is the profile for the Pajares: http://www.salite.ch/pajares2.htm.

So there is a very large group out front. However, Heras (Liberty Seguros) has not waited until the final climb to attack today. He has gone early, sparking a reaction from all the big leaders. So there is a very elite chasing group after the large lead group.

Vastaranta, Montgomery and Dean have all retired from the race. That means Rabo has 5 riders left in the race.

On the Cat 1 climb of the Alto de la Colladiella, Heras went for it. His group is still some 4' behind the large pack of leaders, which includes his teammates Beloki and Scarponi. Meanwhile, Menchov is isolated again.

It's rainy and cloudy on the Pajares - you don't see anything on this climb.

Alexander Botcharov (Credit Agricole) in the lead, Heras has now 20 seconds on Menchov. Heras dropped Menchov in the descent, but the group Menchov is coming back, 14 seconds. Heras has 3 teammates working for him.

That lead group included Botcharov, mountains leader Joaquin Rodriguez (Saunier Duval), Angel Vicioso, Giampaolo Caruso and Joseba Beloki (Liberty Seguros).

Menchov now at 34 seconds, together with Van Bon, Sastre and Carlos Garcia Quesada. Beloki, Caruso and Scarponi waited for Heras and are now riding in the lead of the Heras group.

So Heras said they would change their tactics today, and it appears to be working. Heras has a much stronger team, so he sent them up the road. He then dropped Menchov and now has an armada to help pace him through the final section of the race.

Heras has now 40 sec on Menchov - the lack of a strong team has finally caught up with Menchov.

Davitamon rider Van Bon is now helping Menchov. Van Bon is doing a kind of "Ardila." Ardila did the same in the Giro for Savoldelli. Roberto Heras is now virtual leader at 48 seconds. Van Bon and Ardila are teammates.

6 leaders now. Heras has almost a minute.

Heras is about 56" behind the front men in the stage. That group has Niki Sorenson, Joaquin Rodriguez, and Botcharov.

Davitamon helping the "race-leaders" when they are in trouble...interesting.

The Heras group is getting rather large now... it is driven by the Liberty Seguros train, and they are hauling. They have over 1' on Menchov now.

1601 CEST - Heras now 1'09" on Menchov. 25 km to go. Carlos Garcia Quesada (Comunidad Valenciana) is still with Menchov's group, but he's not helping chase.

So the Heras group has now caught the lead group...Heras has a few men driving him at the front of the race, constantly distancing themselves from Menchov. Wow, what a stage!

Mancebo rides now 2'19" behind Heras. That's about a minute behind Menchov.

1606 CEST - The Heras group is about twenty men. They are all strung out. Heras has now 1'39" on Menchov. 21 km left. In about 5 km the Pajares begins.

Menchov now gets some help from CSC, who are working for Sastre.

Mancebo about 30 seconds behind the group Menchov. They are coming back. It looks like Menchov is having a bad day...he is having trouble following the pace of Sastre and his teammate.

Heras is wearing the Fishy Shirt of points leader again today. Poor man, he really wants that Gold Jersey. So the Heras group is being driven by Beloki, Vicioso, and Scarponi. 18 km to go.

I don't understand why JP Rodriguez and Adolfo Garcia Quesada are not waiting for Carlos Garcia Quesada. Carlos is their best man in the GC and these two are still riding in the Heras group...

So the chase group of Menchov includes five men: Sastre, Sorenson (CSC), Menchov, Carlos Garcia Quesada, and Ventoso (Saunier Duval).

Beloki is really turning himself inside out, putting in a great ride once again for Heras. Great to see Beloki at the sharp end of a grand tour again, even if he is racing for somebody else.

Well Heras almost has 2' on Menchov now, and they haven't hit the hard part of the final climb yet.

Meanwhile, Robbie McEwen has had a great weekend. He won Paris Brussels yesterday, and then today the GP Fourmies, according to Belgian TV.

The Mancebo group of eight men is almost 3' behind Heras. Beloki still driving the Heras group.

2'10" for Heras - in case you haven't guessed, the GC has already been blown to hell today, and they are just starting the final climb.

Garcia Quesada has attacked the Menchov group. He has a bit of a gap. He had been just sitting on.

Now he is chased back, and goes right to Menchov's wheel again. Group Heras is eight riders strong. And Scarponi is leading the pace.

There is an Euskaltel rider in there, I think it is Laiseka. Scarponi, Heras, Plaza, Sanchez and Sevilla are the riders who are now in the lead. The others have been dropped.

Sastre dropped Menchov - Menchov is having a really bad day, while Michele "the Shredder" Scarponi has done his magic once again... he took a group of about 15 men and reduced it to about five. Very impressive.

Sastre and Garcia Quesada alone in the pursuit. Menchov is alone, again.

Sastre is in the combination jersey today, you know, the court jester one. He's looking to move up to the fishy shirt perhaps?

And Menchov has been a bit dumb. In the previous mountain stages he was sitting in Heras' wheel. But I'm sure when he attacks he had more advantage on the Spaniard.

It's not Sevilla but Paco Lara in the Heras leading group. The gap is up to 2' 30" for Heras over Menchov.

1620 CEST - 12 km to go. There are men spread all over the road between the Heras group and Menchov. And it's not Plaza but Javier Pascual Rodriguez.

So Scarponi, Heras, Samuel Sanchez, Lara and JP Rodriguez in the lead. Sammy Sanchez is the Euskaltel rider in the Heras group, not Laiseka as we thought. Sanchez is having a great Vuelta... he's already won a stage.

Maybe if Scarponi and Heras drop the other 3 riders, Roberto can give Scarponi the stage win for all the hard work.

Not sure where men like Sevilla and Danielson are... the race split into small groups on the penultimate climb, and the cameras have stuck with Heras and Menchov. So all the other little groups out there on the road are pretty much a mystery, though as of a few km ago, Danielson was in the Mancebo group at almost 4.00 behind the Heras group.

"Shredder" Scarponi is still setting the pace. What will happen when Heras really launches? Menchov 2.45 down, and Mancebo 4.10 off Heras. We could see many riders eliminated on time today... this race went on early, and the time gaps are getting monstrous up this final climb.

Four leaders left - Lara dropped. Sastre has now an advantage of 27 seconds on Menchov. Heras is now looking good to become the all time leader in Vuelta wins. He is really putting the thumbscrews to Menchov, who is still fighting along valiantly, trying to limit his losses. He is still alone. 10 km to go.

The rain has started up again. The camera lenses are sprinkled with spots and the road looks like glass. At least they don't have any descents left.

Scarponi is doing a great job helping Heras but also a great job for his own GC. He is now 13th but can jump into the top 10 again after today's stage.

Sastre has now 40 sec on Menchov. Menchov is actually flying by some of the men from that original large break. He goes by a Relax and a Liquigas rider like they were standing still. He's motoring, but he's still losing time to the flying Heras and Sastre. And Heras has almost 3 minutes advantage.

1631 CEST - 8 km to go. The gap is up to 3' 10" now between Heras and Menchov. Sanchez is sitting on Heras' wheel... he could get another stage win if he can hang on. It could be that Sastre will be the new GC 2nd after today's stage...

So it is Scarponi, Heras, Sanchez, and Javier Pascual Rodriguez in the lead, riding in that order. Heras has asked Scarponi too slow down a bit. It's going a bit too fast for Roberto, I think...

1634 CEST - 7 km to go. Atienza (Cofidis), Bettini (Quick Step), and Pereiro (Phonak) are now in a group with Sastre... Sastre caught them from behind.

Heras has 2'28" on Sastre, the brothers Quesada, Bettini, Atienza, Pereiro and Julian Sanchez. 6 km to go.

Sastre, Carlos Garcia Quesada and Julian Sanchez remain now in the pursuit. The others dropped - Scarponi his work is done and he is dropped. (Julian) Sanchez is doing well... his Fassa Bortolo jersey looks out of place near the front of a climb like this...

Heras attacks.

Wow, Roberto "Spanish Fly" Heras is living up to his name... he is buzzing away. 5 km to go, and that's about 2 km of climbing. Samuel Sanchez is coming back at Heras (it looks like).

Heras really is smiting the opposition, once again asserting his position as king of the mountain smurfs. If he can win this stage, this will be a resounding victory. But Sammy Sanchez looks strong.

If Sanchez can hold this gap in the last 2-3 km, he can come back in the flatter part of the climb. 4 km to go. Menchov 3'50" off Heras.

Heras is now on a part that is a 14% grade. The Puerto de Pajares ends about 3km from the finish... there is still some uphill after that, but it's flat in the final kilometer.

Heras, knee bandage, rain pouring down, is out of the saddle, driving it up this insanely steep portion of road. It will be over soon. There are lots of fans in rain slickers and umbrellas going crazy. Some are running alongside with umbrellas... sketchy. The part of the climb they are now on reminds me of the Angliru.

Carlos Garcia is dropping Sastre and Devolder who was catching up past these two. The crowd is monstrous at the top, going bonkers. They are happy to see the home boy finally pulling away from everyone else. Devolder is also riding a good Vuelta so far, for a non climber. 3 km to go.

Yes, great job by the young Devolder (Discovery Channel) to be in that big break and to hold on this long near the front of the race.

Heras takes the maximum KOM points on the Pajares. Menchov down 4.27 on Heras now. The last 2 km for Heras.

Strange to see the fishy shirt of the points leader up destroying the field on a crazy climb like this. But Heras will be in the Gold Jersey tonight... no more fishy shirt for him.

Heras has 23 seconds on Sammy Sanchez.

Whoa, there was a big swinging curve on the flatter section of road... with the rain, that was very tricky for Heras. I wouldn't be surprised to see some riders dump it in that corner before the end of the day.

Manolo Saiz pulls up in the Liberty Seguros car to shout "Venga!! Venga!!" at Heras, as if the three-time winner needs to hear that now.

Flamme Rouge. Heras is on the final little uphill section. He's in the barriers, and he'll win the stage.

He looks over his shoulder to see how much he has on Sanchez. Quite a bit, Roberto.

The crowd is again monstrous, but thankfully they are behind the barriers at the finish. And Roberto Heras of Liberty Seguros Wurth wins the stage! He can thank his whole team for the good job they did today.

Heras pierces the misty gloom, flying along to get maximum time, and briefly raises his arms as he crosses.

Samuel Sanchez 2nd at 33 seconds, JP Rodriguez 3rd at 45 seconds.

Heras is also the new leader with a comfortable lead on the others - two to three minutes, surely. That's the kind of cushion he wanted heading into that final time trial.

Scarponi 4th at 2'30" - brave ride of the young Scarponi. He will really move up the GC today, though he was riding tactically for his team leader.

Ardila 5th at 3'12", Carlos Garcia Quesada 6th same time, Aerts 7th at 3'24", Pereiro 8th at 3'46", Sastre 9th same time, Devolder 10th at 4'08".

Also a brave ride from the two Belgians, Aerts and Devolder. These 2 are fighting for a spot at the Worlds selection for Belgium. Mancebo is in at 13th at 4.47.

Mancebo passed Menchov - Menchov at 5.16. Sevilla finished with Mancebo. Menchov really blew up near the end of that climb. Mercado (Quick Step) finished with Menchov.

New GC:

1 Heras
2 Menchov at 4'30"
3 Sastre at 4'50"
4 Mancebo at 6'45"
5 Carlos Garcia at 8'02"
6 Sevilla at 11'16"
7 Plaza at 11' 30"
8 Danielson at 12' 05"
9 Mercado at 13' 32"
10 Santos Gonzalez at 14' 20"

You know, it looks like Devolder moved into the top twenty with that ride today... sure, he's 46' 22" behind, but top 20? Not bad for the grand tour rookie. Of course this is still provisional as more riders have yet to come in - some guys may move ahead of him.

A brave ride from the young Fassa rider Julian Sanchez who was 16th today. He is still searching for a new team now that Fassa will stop. I don't know if he can join Feretti in his new IKEA-team. But if I was Feretti I would give him a contract.

Joaquin Rodriguez has basically wrapped up the climbers jersey today. He has 176 points, and 2nd is Eladio Jimenez with 109 points.

The main rider of the IKEA team will be (more or less sure) Gilberto Simoni.

Looking around my living room, I'm glad to say I already support that cycling sponsor... perhaps a bit too much. Maybe they will get some more "do it yourself" riders...

The team mottos: "Some assembly required" and "Hope you can read Swedish instructions." (Only joking...)

More stage results:

10 Devolder, Stijn BEL DSC a 4:09
11 Plaza, Ruben ESP ECV a 4:33
12 Sevilla, Oscar ESP TMO a 4:45
13 Mancebo, Francisco ESP IBA a 4:47
14 Danielson, Tom USA DSC a 5:03
15 Atienza, Daniel ESP COF a 5:08
16 Sanchez Pimeinta, Julian ESP FAS a 5:09
17 Mercado, Juan Miguel ESP QST a 5:17
18 Menchov, Denis RUS RAB a 5:17
19 Lara, Francisco José ESP TMO a 5:17
20 Garcia Quesada, Adolfo ESP ECV a 5:17
21 Bettini, Paolo ITA QST a 5:23

The Swedish/Italian Ikea Team: Now they can say to other riders, "No way dude, you don't have to help us. We have instructions from our DS to solve the problems ourselves". That would be a good slogan.

Well, Devolder is at 30th on GC... DOH! So much for that idea.

So tomorrow is the second rest day for the riders, and they have a short transfer into Leon, compared to the huge amount of travel they had to do on their first rest day. Tuesday is a flat stage, and hopefully it will be a true transition stage, rather than the crash-mess we saw on the last one.

Please join us again on Tuesday for more Vuelta a Espana racing, and thanks for joining us today!

Commentary today by Locutus and Bart Hazen, webmaster of the great Cyclingfx.nl website.

Results

1 Heras, Roberto Esp Lsw 4:53:53
2 Sanchez, Samuel Esp Eus a 32
3 Pascual Rodriguez, Javier Esp Ecv a 46
4 Scarponi, Michele Ita Lsw a 2:28
5 Ardila, Mauricio Col Dvl a 3:11
6 Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Ecv a 3:12
7 Aerts, Mario Bel Dvl a 3:19
8 Pereiro, Oscar Esp Pho a 3:47
9 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc a 3:47
10 Devolder, Stijn Bel Dsc a 4:09
11 Plaza, Ruben Esp Ecv a 4:33
12 Sevilla, Oscar Esp Tmo a 4:45
13 Mancebo, Francisco Esp Iba a 4:47
14 Danielson, Tom Usa Dsc a 5:03
15 Atienza, Daniel Esp Cof a 5:08
16 Sanchez Pimienta, Julian Esp Fas a 5:09
17 Mercado, Juan Miguel Esp Qst a 5:17
18 Menchov, Denis Rus Rab a 5:17
19 Lara, Francisco José Esp Tmo a 5:17
20 Garcia Quesada, Adolfo Esp Ecv a 5:17
21 Bettini, Paolo Ita Qst a 5:23
22 Botcharov, Alexandre Rus C.a a 6:29
23 Rodriguez, Joaquin Esp Sdv a 6:42
24 Kern, Christophe Fra Btl a 6:54
25 Sorensen, Nicki Den Csc a 7:42
26 Gonzalez, Santos Esp Pho a 7:48
27 Van Goolen, Jurgen Bel Qst a 8:44
28 Martinez, Egoi Esp Eus a 8:47
29 Pasamontes, Luis Esp Ref a 8:51
30 Calcagni, Patrick Sui Liq a 9:56
31 Lastras, Pablo Esp Iba a 11:22
32 Martin Perdiguero, M. a. Esp Pho a 11:55
33 Cuesta, Iñigo Esp Sdv a 11:55
34 Blanco, David Esp Ecv a 11:55
35 Jufre, Josep Esp Ref a 12:10
36 Osa, Unai Esp Iba a 12:10
37 Fernandez, Bingen Esp Cof a 12:10
38 Peña, Victor Hugo Col Pho a 12:10
39 Szmyd, Sylvester Pol Lam a 12:10
40 Vandevelde, Christian Usa Csc a 12:42
41 Montgomery, Sven Sui Gst a 12:57
42 Moerenhout, Koos Ned Dvl a 12:57
43 De Weert, Kevin Bel Qst a 13:03
44 Barry, Michael Can Dsc a 13:53
45 Laiseka, Roberto Esp Eus a 14:10
46 Serrano, Marcos Esp Lsw a 14:10
47 Horrach, Joan Esp Iba a 16:32
48 Burgos, Nacor Esp Ref a 17:08
49 Elias, Jose Miguel Esp Ref a 17:34
50 Aldag, Rolf Ger Tmo a 17:34
51 Gonzalez, Aitor Esp Eus a 17:40
52 Cañada, David Esp Sdv a 17:42
53 Calvente, Manuel Esp Csc a 19:07
54 Kolobnev, Alexandr Rus Rab a 22:28
55 Caruso, Giampaolo Ita Lsw a 24:16
56 Beloki, Joseba Esp Lsw a 24:16
57 Ghisalberti, Sergio Ita Dom a 24:16
58 Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv a 24:16
59 Zaballa, Constantino Esp Sdv a 24:16
60 Pérez, Francisco Esp Iba a 24:16
61 Verbrugghe, Rik Bel Qst a 24:16
62 Vicioso, Angel Esp Lsw a 24:16
63 Simoni, Gilberto Ita Lam a 24:16
64 De Groot, Bram Ned Rab a 24:56
65 Ventoso, Francisco José Esp Sdv a 25:05
66 Van Bon, Leon Ned Dvl a 26:09
67 Dueñas, Moises Esp Ref a 26:33
68 Gerdemann, Linus Ger Csc a 26:33
69 Latasa, David Esp Ecv a 26:33
70 Lopez, David Esp Eus a 26:33
71 Bernucci, Lorenzo Ita Fas a 26:33
72 Peron, Andrea Ita Csc a 28:11
73 Ongarato, Alberto Ita Fas a 30:02
74 Casper, Jimmy Fra Cof a 30:02
75 Sacchi, Fabio Ita Fas a 30:02
76 Zabel, Erik Ger Tmo a 30:02
77 Vaugrenard, Benoît Fra Fdj a 30:02
78 Velo, Marco Ita Fas a 30:02
79 Scheirlinckx, Staf Bel Cof a 30:02
80 Duclos-Lassalle, Hervé Fra Cof a 30:02
81 Gerosa, Mauro Ita Liq a 30:02
82 Casero, Rafael Esp Sdv a 30:02
83 Cortinovis, Alessandro Ita Dom a 30:02
84 Jurco, Matej Svk Dom a 30:02
85 Trenti, Guido Usa Qst a 30:02
86 Marzano, Marco Ita Lam a 30:02
87 Pradera, Mikel Esp Iba a 30:02
88 Petacchi, Alessandro Ita Fas a 30:02
89 Lombardi, Giovanni Ita Csc a 30:02
90 Gutierrez, Ignacio Esp Pho a 30:02
91 Ordowski, Volker Ger Gst a 30:02
92 Garcia, Jorge Esp Ref a 30:02
93 Mcleod, Ian Rsa Fdj a 30:02
94 Peña, Aketza Esp Eus a 30:02
95 Gonzalez De Galdeano, Igor Esp Lsw a 30:02
96 Zanotti, Marco Ita Liq a 30:02
97 Mugerli, Matej Slo Liq a 30:02
98 Nardello, Daniele Ita Tmo a 30:02
99 Ziegler, Thomas Ger Gst a 30:02
100 Haussler, Heinrich Ger Gst a 30:02
101 Baranowski, Dariusz Pol Lsw a 30:02
102 Veneberg, Thorwald Ned Rab a 30:02
103 Baldato, Fabio Ita Fas a 30:02
104 Gomez, Angel Esp Sdv a 30:02
105 Florencio, Xavier Esp Ref a 30:02
106 Jimenez, Eladio Esp Ecv a 30:02
107 Ljungqvist, Marcus Swe Liq a 30:02
108 Roy, Jérémy Fra Fdj a 30:02
109 Horrillo, Pedro Esp Rab a 30:02
110 Noval, Benjamin Esp Dsc a 30:02
111 Tosatto, Matteo Ita Fas a 30:02
112 Backstedt, Magnus Swe Liq a 30:02
113 Van Hecke, Preben Bel Dvl a 30:02
114 Bernabeu, David Esp Ecv a 30:02
115 Miorin, Devis Ita Liq a 30:02
116 Fuentes, Juan Esp Lam a 30:02
117 Matzbacher, Andreas Aut Lam a 30:02
118 Peschel, Uwe Ger Gst a 30:02
119 Garcia Acosta, José Vicent Esp Iba a 30:02
120 Kohl, Bernhard Aut Tmo a 30:02
121 Gonzalez, Gorka Esp Eus a 30:02
122 Gates, Nick Aus Dvl a 30:02
123 Steegmans, Gert Bel Dvl a 30:02
124 Vogondy, Nicolas Fra C.a a 30:02
125 Klier, Andreas Ger Tmo a 30:02
126 Geslin, Anthony Fra Btl a 30:02
127 Wegelius, Charles Gbr Liq a 30:02
128 Dockx, Bart Bel Dvl a 30:02
129 Burghardt, Marcus Ger Tmo a 30:02
130 Korff, André Ger Tmo a 30:02
131 Nuritdinov, Rafael Uzb Dom a 30:02
132 Charteau, Anthony Fra Btl a 30:02
133 Coyot, Arnaud Fra Cof a 30:02
134 Voeckler, Thomas Fra Btl a 30:02
135 Haselbacher, René Aut Gst a 32:50
136 Le Mevel, Christophe Fra C.a a 36:45
137 Gene, Yohann Fra Btl a 38:48
138 Elmiger, Martin Sui Pho a 39:27
139 Johansen, Allan Den Csc a 39:38
140 Chavanel, Sébastien Fra Btl a 40:47
141 Finot, Frédéric Fra Fdj a 41:51

General Classification after Stage 15

1 Heras, Roberto Esp Lsw 61:47:40
2 Menchov, Denis Rus Rab a 4:30
3 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc a 4:50
4 Mancebo, Francisco Esp Iba a 6:45
5 Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Ecv a 8:02
6 Sevilla, Oscar Esp Tmo a 11:16
7 Plaza, Ruben Esp Ecv a 11:30
8 Danielson, Tom Usa Dsc a 12:05
9 Mercado, Juan Miguel Esp Qst a 13:32
10 Gonzalez, Santos Esp Pho a 14:20
11 Scarponi, Michele Ita Lsw a 14:53
12 Sanchez, Samuel Esp Eus a 15:33
13 Ardila, Mauricio Col Dvl a 15:56
14 Blanco, David Esp Ecv a 22:21
15 Martin Perdiguero, M. a. Esp Pho a 24:14
16 Lara, Francisco José Esp Tmo a 24:31
17 Osa, Unai Esp Iba a 29:49
18 Atienza, Daniel Esp Cof a 29:54
19 Jufre, Josep Esp Ref a 30:11
20 Szmyd, Sylvester Pol Lam a 34:25
21 Aerts, Mario Bel Dvl a 34:41
22 Botcharov, Alexandre Rus C.a a 34:47
23 Serrano, Marcos Esp Lsw a 35:32
24 Peña, Victor Hugo Col Pho a 36:54
25 Kern, Christophe Fra Btl a 39:49
26 Calvente, Manuel Esp Csc a 42:29
27 Horrach, Joan Esp Iba a 42:59
28 Moerenhout, Koos Ned Dvl a 43:23
29 Gonzalez, Aitor Esp Eus a 46:20
30 Devolder, Stijn Bel Dsc a 46:22
31 Rodriguez, Joaquin Esp Sdv a 47:26
32 Pereiro, Oscar Esp Pho a 49:56
33 Lastras, Pablo Esp Iba a 50:38
34 Pasamontes, Luis Esp Ref a 50:49
35 Laiseka, Roberto Esp Eus a 53:53
36 Garcia Quesada, Adolfo Esp Ecv a 55:00
37 Cuesta, Iñigo Esp Sdv a 1:00:25
38 Bettini, Paolo Ita Qst a 1:00:47
39 Vandevelde, Christian Usa Csc a 1:05:23
40 Martinez, Egoi Esp Eus a 1:06:09
41 Sanchez Pimienta, Julian Esp Fas a 1:06:40
42 Bernabeu, David Esp Ecv a 1:07:10
43 Piepoli, Leonardo Ita Sdv a 1:08:11
44 Simoni, Gilberto Ita Lam a 1:08:46
45 Van Goolen, Jurgen Bel Qst a 1:10:18
46 Cañada, David Esp Sdv a 1:11:08
47 Beloki, Joseba Esp Lsw a 1:13:55
48 Sorensen, Nicki Den Csc a 1:14:04
49 Pérez, Francisco Esp Iba a 1:14:15
50 Barry, Michael Can Dsc a 1:14:17
51 Elias, Jose Miguel Esp Ref a 1:14:46
52 Jimenez, Eladio Esp Ecv a 1:15:50
53 Noval, Benjamin Esp Dsc a 1:16:05
54 Fernandez, Bingen Esp Cof a 1:16:13
55 Vicioso, Angel Esp Lsw a 1:17:08
56 Calcagni, Patrick Sui Liq a 1:17:12
57 Haussler, Heinrich Ger Gst a 1:19:33
58 Aldag, Rolf Ger Tmo a 1:19:40
59 Vogondy, Nicolas Fra C.a a 1:21:17
60 Kolobnev, Alexandr Rus Rab a 1:21:36
61 Gonzalez, Gorka Esp Eus a 1:21:48
62 Dueñas, Moises Esp Ref a 1:23:29
63 Pascual Rodriguez, Javier Esp Ecv a 1:26:15
64 Ziegler, Thomas Ger Gst a 1:26:26
65 Wegelius, Charles Gbr Liq a 1:29:04
66 Caruso, Giampaolo Ita Lsw a 1:31:17
67 Casero, Rafael Esp Sdv a 1:31:36
68 Fuentes, Juan Esp Lam a 1:32:47
69 De Groot, Bram Ned Rab a 1:33:34
70 Zaballa, Constantino Esp Sdv a 1:36:15
71 Nardello, Daniele Ita Tmo a 1:36:53
72 Burgos, Nacor Esp Ref a 1:37:43
73 Zabel, Erik Ger Tmo a 1:40:44
74 Le Mevel, Christophe Fra C.a a 1:41:10
75 Burghardt, Marcus Ger Tmo a 1:45:13
76 Pradera, Mikel Esp Iba a 1:45:19
77 Gutierrez, Ignacio Esp Pho a 1:45:24
78 Charteau, Anthony Fra Btl a 1:45:55
79 Peron, Andrea Ita Csc a 1:47:59
80 Garcia, Jorge Esp Ref a 1:48:28
81 Sacchi, Fabio Ita Fas a 1:50:08
82 Baranowski, Dariusz Pol Lsw a 1:51:58
83 Roy, Jérémy Fra Fdj a 1:52:55
84 Latasa, David Esp Ecv a 1:53:51
85 Van Hecke, Preben Bel Dvl a 1:54:20
86 Gerdemann, Linus Ger Csc a 1:54:31
87 Verbrugghe, Rik Bel Qst a 1:58:30
88 Geslin, Anthony Fra Btl a 1:59:12
89 Bernucci, Lorenzo Ita Fas a 2:00:07
90 Ongarato, Alberto Ita Fas a 2:00:08
91 Lopez, David Esp Eus a 2:00:36
92 Gomez, Angel Esp Sdv a 2:00:37
93 Cortinovis, Alessandro Ita Dom a 2:03:06
94 Ventoso, Francisco José Esp Sdv a 2:03:23
95 Petacchi, Alessandro Ita Fas a 2:06:46
96 Gonzalez De Galdeano, Igor Esp Lsw a 2:07:01
97 Matzbacher, Andreas Aut Lam a 2:10:01
98 Garcia Acosta, José Vicente Esp Iba a 2:11:11
99 Peña, Aketza Esp Eus a 2:12:25
100 Trenti, Guido Usa Qst a 2:13:31
101 Veneberg, Thorwald Ned Rab a 2:13:41
102 Scheirlinckx, Staf Bel Cof a 2:13:58
103 Montgomery, Sven Sui Gst a 2:15:32
104 De Weert, Kevin Bel Qst a 2:17:46
105 Florencio, Xavier Esp Ref a 2:17:51
106 Dockx, Bart Bel Dvl a 2:18:25
107 Mugerli, Matej Slo Liq a 2:19:19
108 Ghisalberti, Sergio Ita Dom a 2:21:09
109 Velo, Marco Ita Fas a 2:22:22
110 Marzano, Marco Ita Lam a 2:22:28
111 Kohl, Bernhard Aut Tmo a 2:23:46
112 Van Bon, Leon Ned Dvl a 2:24:27
113 Peschel, Uwe Ger Gst a 2:24:36
114 Voeckler, Thomas Fra Btl a 2:26:32
115 Ordowski, Volker Ger Gst a 2:27:43
116 Horrillo, Pedro Esp Rab a 2:28:22
117 Klier, Andreas Ger Tmo a 2:30:26
118 Miorin, Devis Ita Liq a 2:30:34
119 Tosatto, Matteo Ita Fas a 2:31:49
120 Elmiger, Martin Sui Pho a 2:32:34
121 Mcleod, Ian Rsa Fdj a 2:34:24
122 Coyot, Arnaud Fra Cof a 2:36:38
123 Lombardi, Giovanni Ita Csc a 2:36:43
124 Gerosa, Mauro Ita Liq a 2:38:15
125 Ljungqvist, Marcus Swe Liq a 2:40:30
126 Zanotti, Marco Ita Liq a 2:41:27
127 Steegmans, Gert Bel Dvl a 2:41:55
128 Backstedt, Magnus Swe Liq a 2:43:20
129 Nuritdinov, Rafael Uzb Dom a 2:46:20
130 Duclos-Lassalle, Hervé Fra Cof a 2:48:41
131 Korff, André Ger Tmo a 2:49:13
132 Baldato, Fabio Ita Fas a 2:52:54
133 Haselbacher, René Aut Gst a 2:54:01
134 Gates, Nick Aus Dvl a 2:54:14
135 Johansen, Allan Den Csc a 3:01:57
136 Jurco, Matej Svk Dom a 3:05:55
137 Casper, Jimmy Fra Cof a 3:08:13
138 Finot, Frédéric Fra Fdj a 3:11:09
139 Vaugrenard, Benoît Fra Fdj a 3:19:27
140 Chavanel, Sébastien Fra Btl a 3:22:35
141 Gene, Yohann Fra Btl a 3:23:54

Points Classification after Stage 15

1 Heras, Roberto Esp Lsw 132
2 Menchov, Denis Rus Rab 117
3 Petacchi, Alessandro Ita Fas 104
4 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc 92
5 Zabel, Erik Ger Tmo 89
6 Mancebo, Francisco Esp Iba 78
7 Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Ecv 64
8 Martin Perdiguero, M. a. Esp Pho 60
9 Sanchez, Samuel Esp Eus 58
10 Ardila, Mauricio Col Dvl 50
11 Plaza, Ruben Esp Ecv 49
12 Zanotti, Marco Ita Liq 44
13 Pereiro, Oscar Esp Pho 41
14 Sevilla, Oscar Esp Tmo 40
15 Gonzalez, Santos Esp Pho 40
16 Danielson, Tom Usa Dsc 38
17 Cuesta, Iñigo Esp Sdv 36
18 Haussler, Heinrich Ger Gst 36
19 Scarponi, Michele Ita Lsw 35
20 Laiseka, Roberto Esp Eus 33
21 Mercado, Juan Miguel Esp Qst 29
22 Blanco, David Esp Ecv 29
23 Rodriguez, Joaquin Esp Sdv 28
24 Jimenez, Eladio Esp Ecv 27
25 Verbrugghe, Rik Bel Qst 27

Mountains Classification after Stage 15

1 Rodriguez, Joaquin Esp Sdv 176
2 Jimenez, Eladio Esp Ecv 109
3 Heras, Roberto Esp Lsw 106
4 Menchov, Denis Rus Rab 66
5 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc 60
6 Mancebo, Francisco Esp Iba 53
7 Cuesta, Iñigo Esp Sdv 52
8 Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Ecv 49
9 Martin Perdiguero, M. a. Esp Pho 43
10 Ardila, Mauricio Col Dvl 41
11 Verbrugghe, Rik Bel Qst 34
12 Sanchez, Samuel Esp Eus 34
13 Laiseka, Roberto Esp Eus 32
14 Garcia Quesada, Adolfo Esp Ecv 32
15 Scheirlinckx, Staf Bel Cof 27
16 Scarponi, Michele Ita Lsw 26
17 Pereiro, Oscar Esp Pho 26
18 Beloki, Joseba Esp Lsw 26
19 Mercado, Juan Miguel Esp Qst 23
20 Zaballa, Constantino Esp Sdv 21
21 Vicioso, Angel Esp Lsw 21
22 Pascual Rodriguez, Javier Esp Ecv 21
23 Simoni, Gilberto Ita Lam 20
24 Aerts, Mario Bel Dvl 18
25 Lastras, Pablo Esp Iba 13

All Around

1 Heras, Roberto Esp Lsw 5
2 Menchov, Denis Rus Rab 8
3 Sastre, Carlos Esp Csc 12
4 Mancebo, Francisco Esp Iba 16
5 Garcia Quesada, Carlos Esp Ecv 20
6 Martin Perdiguero, M. a. Esp Pho 32
7 Sanchez, Samuel Esp Eus 33
8 Ardila, Mauricio Col Dvl 33
9 Scarponi, Michele Ita Lsw 46
10 Plaza, Ruben Esp Ecv 47
11 Mercado, Juan Miguel Esp Qst 49
12 Sevilla, Oscar Esp Tmo 51
13 Rodriguez, Joaquin Esp Sdv 55
14 Gonzalez, Santos Esp Pho 57
15 Danielson, Tom Usa Dsc 59
16 Cuesta, Iñigo Esp Sdv 61
17 Pereiro, Oscar Esp Pho 62
18 Laiseka, Roberto Esp Eus 68
19 Blanco, David Esp Ecv 69
20 Jimenez, Eladio Esp Ecv 78
21 Lastras, Pablo Esp Iba 87
22 Aerts, Mario Bel Dvl 90
23 Garcia Quesada, Adolfo Esp Ecv 92
24 Simoni, Gilberto Ita Lam 94
25 Pasamontes, Luis Esp Ref 100

Teams Classification after Stage 15

1 Comunidad Valenciana ECV 185:45:48
2 Liberty Seguros - Würth Team LSW a 25:31
3 Phonak Hearing Systems PHO a 30:28
4 Team CSC CSC a 32:03
5 Illes Balears - Caisse D'Epargne IBA a 40:43
6 Euskaltel - Euskadi EUS a 44:41
7 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team DSC a 44:42
8 Davitamon - Lotto DVL a 1:02:20
9 Quick Step - Innergetic QST a 1:11:37
10 T- Mobile Team TMO a 1:13:49
11 Saunier Duval - Prodir SDV a 1:43:16
12 Lampre - Caffita LAM a 1:45:36
13 Relax Fuenlabrada REF a 1:54:46
14 Cofidis, le credit par telephone COF a 2:14:40
15 Rabobank RAB a 2:25:40
16 Credit Agricole C.A a 2:40:48
17 Bouygues Telecom BTL a 3:09:02
18 Fassa Bortolo FAS a 3:51:38
19 Team Gerolsteiner GST a 3:55:06
20 Liquigas - Bianchi LIQ a 4:11:28
21 La Francaise Des Jeux FDJ a 5:48:12
22 Domina Vacanze DOM a 6:09:12


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