Ruta Del Sol, Final Stage: Overall for Pascual Llorente And Stage for Ivanov
Javier Pascual Llorente of Kelme, in his 8th. year as a pro, has taken his biggest victory in the 49th. Vuelta Ciclista a Andalucia, “Ruta Del Sol”.
This last stage from Ganada to Benalmadena (178 kms) was controled by Kelme, watching all the big teams. The smaller “equipos” were all trying some-thing to-day. A break of 17 managed to go up the road, little by little gaining time and shrinking in size down to four, Ivanov (Alessio), Blanco (Relax) Martinez (Paternina) and Chaurreau (AG2R).
On the run in, Chaurreau was dropped, leaving the other three to battle it out. Ivanov jumped early, Martinez towed Blanco back up. It looked like Blanco had it in the bag, but he had been collecting points towards the mountains jersey which had blunted his sprint, Ruslan Ivanov was too strong for him in the up-hill battle to the line.
The group of the overall leader, Pascual Llorente, came in two and a half minutes later, no problems for Kelme to take the second win of the new season in Spain. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) took the points jersey, Zabel (Telekom) was in 3rd.
Stage 5 Result:
1st. R.Ivanov (ALE) 4.40.15.
2nd. S.Blanco (REL) at 2 secs.
3rd. J.Martinez (PAT) at 4 secs.
4th. I.Chaurreau (AG2R) at 25 secs.
5th. G.Toledo (PAT) at 1.06 secs.
6th. S.Sanchez (EUSK) at 2.17 secs.
1st. J.Pascual Llorente (KEL) 21.58.34.
2nd. D.Rebellin (GEROL) at 8 secs.
3rd. A.Valverde (KEL) at 9 secs.
4th. G.Caruso (ONCE) at 9 secs.
5th. J.Gutierrez (iBAN) at 16 secs.
6th. L.Paolini (QUICK) at 18 secs.
7th. F.Cabello (KEL) at 18 secs.
8th. A.Noe (ALE) at 21 secs.
9th. M.Zarrabeitia (ONCE) at 21 secs.
10th. J.Pascual Rodriguez (Iban) at 27 secs.