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Torrent Takes Rioja Lead

Carlos Torrent from Jazztel-Costa Almeria, is the first leader of the 42nd Vuelta Ciclista a La Rioja, after winning the first stage from Autol to Calahorra (159 kms). He won the sprint from 9 other break away companions who gained 9 minutes 24 seconds on the peleton. Denis Menchov (ibanesto.com), who was second, is probably the danger-man in the group, Antonio Cruz (USA) of US Postal was best placed North American in 7th. position at the same time as the winner, also Michael Barry (CAN) was 71st & South Africa Rudolph Wentzel who rides for Vlaanderen was 62nd in the bunch.

Tomorrow’s stage is a real hardman’s day, and apart from possibly Menchov, the top placings should be very different. Three first catogery, one second & two third cat climbs in 222 kilometers await the riders, between Bodegas LAN and Albelda De Iregua. Probably not a bunch sprint finish!

Stage Result & Overall.

1st. Torrent (JAZZ) 3h38m11s.

2nd.Menchov (iban) ”

3rd.Riera (Kelme) ”

4th.Florencio (ONCE) ”

5th. Noval (Relax) ”

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