La Vuelta Stage 15: Valverde Surprises Cбrdenas And Heras And Wins At La Pandera
The young rider from Murcia, Alejandro Valverde, of Kelme-Costa Blanca showed once again that he is becoming a star of cycling. He achieved the 15th stage win of the Vuelta a Espaсa 2003 that covered 172.1 kilometres between Valdepeсas and Alto de La Pandera.
The outcome of the race was sorted out at the mountains and the great protagonist was Roberto Heras; at the end Alejandro Valverde snatched the triumph from his hands. US Postal tried to set a very fast pace so as to weaken the Leader but the latter did not let them go until the very last part of the stage.
Isidro Nozal was helped by Marcos Serrano and Igor Gonzбlez de Galdeano. Thanks to their help he lost no more than a minute, not enough time to lose the Gold Jersey. Sevilla also did it very well today. The Colombian rider Fйlix Cбrdenas, of Labarca2 – Cafй Baquй was the one who suffered more despite having started his breakaway at the Villares climb. At the end he was second followed by Heras. Nozal, 1:13 behind the winner.
Stage 15 Results:
1єVALVERDE, Alejandro ESP KEL 4:20:39
2єCARDENAS, Felix COL L2C same time.
3єHERAS, Roberto ESP USP at 2
4єSEVILLA, Oscar ESP KEL at 10
5єMARTIN PERDIGUERO, Miguel ESP DVE at 56
6єPEREZ, Luis ESP COF at 56
7єRASMUSSEN, Michael DEN RAB at 56
8єBELTRAN, Manuel ESP USP at 56
9єMЦLLER, Klaus DEN MIL at 56
10єOSA, Unai ESP BAN at 1:02
Overall After Stage 15:
1єNOZAL, Isidro ESP ONE 50:01:40
2єGLEZ. GALDEANO, Igor ESP ONE at 3:03
3єHERAS, Roberto ESP USP at 4:02
4єBELTRAN, Manuel ESP USP at 5:22
5єVALVERDE, Alejandro ESP KEL at 6:37
6єMANCEBO, Francisco ESP BAN at 7:11
7єRASMUSSEN, Michael DEN RAB at 8:27
8єPEREZ, Luis ESP COF at 8:32
9єOSA, Unai ESP BAN at 9:59
10єGONZALEZ, Santos ESP DVE at 10:59
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