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Vuelta Stage 3: A Hot Day In The Saddle

A very hot day to-day on the flat road between San Vincente Del Raspeig and Murcia (134,2kms). The stage winner Mario Cipollini (Acqua & Sapone), race number 13, unlucky for some, was also fined 171 euros for no sleeves on his jersey. An early break by Van Goolen (Domo) reached 7 minutes 15 seconds at 47 kilometres. The sprinters teams, Mapei, Telekom and Acqua & Sapone started to step it up a bit, until at 88 kilometres he was reeled in to ready things for the big sprint.

At the line it was all the usual faces – Zabel looked good, but Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo), who always goes well in Spain, nearly dethroned the Lion King. As usual Mario was too good. Overall no change.

Tomorrow: Same Again.

Behind the scenes interest to-day was the Spanish tennis player Juan Carlos Ferrero, winner of the Masters in Montecarlo & finalist in Roland Garros. This is the second year he has visited the Vuela Espaсa, he met the riders at the sign on and saw the race from a helicopter and was at the finish line.

And this report from our own Michele Tomasi: The president of the spanish cycling magazine “Ciclismo a fondo”, Chico Perez, said that the most dangerous foreigner for the spanish teams is Simoni. 1st because he won a Giro d’Italia, and 2nd because the team is looking to save a bad season. Talking about the
favourite spanish rider for the final victory “I think that Heras is the strongest one. If we were at the Tour de France, I should say Beloki, but here we are in another race. Tour is a ‘closed’ race, Vuelta is a ‘open’ race. About Angliru, he just said “…esta un casino!..” .

Stage 3 Result:
1st. M.Cipollini ACQ 3,07,39.
2nd. A.Petacchi FAS all same time.
3rd. E.Zabel TEL ”
4th. O.Freire MAP ”
5th. S.Teutenberg PHO ”

Overall after Stage 3:

1st. J.Beloki ONC 7,33,39.
2nd. M.Zarrabeitia ONC same time.
3rd. I.Glez. Galdeano ONC same time.
4th. J.Azevedo ONC same time.
5th. M.Serrano ONC same time.
6th. J.Jaksche ONC same time.
7th. J.Gutierrez KEL at 9”.
8th. E.Zabel TEL at 12”.
9th. R.Heras USP at 14”.
10th. C.Vandevelde USP at 14”.
27th. D.Millar COF at 26”.
79th. M.Barry USP AT 1,10.

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