Osa Wins Stage 2
Aitor Osa, the winner of the Vuelta Pais Vasco, carried on his good form to take to-days stage of the tour of Rioja, 222 kilometres in 5 hours 41 minutes 45 seconds, but did not do enough to shift Carlos Torrent (Jazztel) from the leaders jersey, six of the nine riders from yesterdays break away are still holding a 9 minute lead on the rest.
Osa also took the last 3 climbs, but Jesus Maria Manzano (Kelme) who baged the two 1st. cat climbs put on the mountains jersey at the end of the day. Michael Barry (USP) of Canada, moved up to 29th. overall and is best placed N. American, although he will probably have to work for his team leadars, Victor Peсa (COL) & Roberto Heras (ESP), who are at the same time. As expected some riders lost some time to-day, not the track riders, they were amongst the abandoners (17 all together), it was three Russians from the ITERA team who lost 42 minutes.
Tomorrows stage, 155 kms from Haro to Logroсo and has three sizeable hills the last two at over 1,000 metres and a 25kms down hill run into the finish.
1st. Osa (iban) 3.41.45
2nd. DeLos Angeles (Kelme) same time.
3rd. Torrent (Jazz) at 12 secs.
4th. Menchov (iban) ”
5th. Bayarri (Jazz) ”