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stage 1 results:


1 Denis Menchov (RUS) Rabobank 09:45
2 Rik Verbrugghe (BEL) Quick Step +0:01
3 Bradley McGee (AUS) Francaise des Jeux +0:03
4 Carlos Sastre (ESP) Team CSC +0:07
5 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel +0:12
6 Ruben Plaza (ESP) Comunidad Valenciana +0:13
7 Roberto Heras (ESP) Liberty Seguros +0:15
8 David Bernabeau (ESP) Comunidad Valenciana +0:15
9 Santiago Botero (COL) Phonak +0:18
10 Gilberto Simoni (ITA) Lampre-Caffita +0:20
11 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC +0:20
12 Francisco Perez (ESP) Illes Balears +0:20
13 Angel Vicioso (ESP) Liberty Seguros +0:20
14 Francisco Javier Vila (ESP) Lampre-Caffita +0:21
15 Jose Ivan Gutierrez (ESP) Illes Balears +0:22
16 Roberto Laiseka (ESP) Euskaltel +0:23
17 Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (ESP) Phonak +0:24
18 Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP) Saunier Duval +0:24
19 Jose Azevedo (POR) Discovery Channel +0:24
20 Aitor Gonzalez (ESP) Euskaltel +0:26
 

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stage 2 results:


1 Leonardo Bertagnolli (ITA) Cofidis 4:52:27
2 Bradley McGee (AUS) Française des Jeux +0:00
3 Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP) Fassa Bortolo +0:00
4 Francisco Vila (ESP) Lampre +0:00
5 Angel Vicioso (ESP) Liberty Seguros +0:00
6 Unai Yus Kerejeta (ESP) Bouygues Telecom +0:00
7 Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP) Saunier Duval +0:00
8 Santos Gonzalez (ESP) Phonak +0:33
9 Carlos Garcia Quesada (ESP) Comunidad Valenciana +0:33
10 Pablo Lastras (ESP) Illes Balears +0:33
11 Erik Zabel (ALL) T-Mobile +0:44
12 Thor Hushovd (NOR) Crédit Agricole +0:44
13 Marcus Burghardt (ALL) T-Mobile +0:44
14 Alberto Ongarato (ITA) Fassa Bortolo +0:44
15 Rene Haselbacher (AUT) Gerolsteiner +0:44
16 Josep Jufre (ESP) Relax Fuenlabrada +0:44
17 Miguel Angel Perdiguero (ESP) Phonak +0:44
18 Michael Barry (CAN) Discovery Channel +0:44
19 Anthony Charteau (FRA) Bouygues Telecom +0:44
20 Torsten Schmidt (ALL) Gerolsteiner +0:44
 

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stage 3 results:


1 Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) Fassa Bortolo 03:48:40
2 Erik Zabel (GER) T-Mobile +0:00
3 Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick Step +0:00
4 Thor Hushovd (NOR) Credit Agricole +0:00
5 Giosue Bonomi (ITA) Lampre-Caffita +0:00
6 Max Van Heeswijk (NED) Discovery Channel +0:00
7 Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (ESP) Phonak +0:00
8 Tom Steels (BEL) Davitamon-Lotto +0:00
9 Marco Velo (ITA) Fassa Bortolo +0:00
10 Patrick Calcagni (SUI) Liquigas-Bianchi +0:00
11 Francisco Ventoso (ESP) Saunier Duval +0:00
12 Rene Hasselbacher (AUT) Gerolsteiner +0:00
13 Jimmy Casper (FRA) Cofidis +0:00
14 Adolfo Garcia Quesada (ESP) Comunidad Valenciana +0:00
15 Andre Korff (GER) T-Mobile +0:00
16 Unai Yus (ESP) Bouygues Telecom +0:00
17 Anthony Geslin (FRA) Bouygues Telecom +0:00
18 Guido Trenti (USA) Quick Step +0:00
19 Francisco Javier Vila (ESP) Lampre-Caffita +0:00
20 Luis Perez (ESP) Cofidis +0:00
 

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Overall standings:


1 B. McGee FDJ 008:50:32
2 L. Bertagnolli Cofidis + 000:00:32
3 J. Flecha Fassa Bortolo + 000:00:39
4 J. Rodriguez Phonak + 000:00:41
5 A. Vicioso Liberty Seguros + 000:00:41
6 J. Vila Lampre + 000:00:42
7 U. Yus Bouygues Telecom + 000:00:53
8 R. Verbrugghe Quick Step + 000:01:02
9 D. Menchov Rabobank + 000:01:12
10 C. Sastre CSC + 000:01:17
11 T. Danielson Discovery Channel + 000:01:17
12 R. Heras Liberty Seguros + 000:01:10
13 D. Bernabeu Communaute de Valence + 000:01:20
14 S. Gonzalez Phonak + 000:01:21
15 S. Botero Phonak + 000:01:23
16 G. Simoni Lampre + 000:01:25
17 C. Vandevelde CSC + 000:01:15
18 R. Laiseka Euskaltel + 000:01:28
19 A. Gonzalez Euskaltel + 000:01:31
 

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stage 4:

11:48 Today's stage is the longest in the Vuelta this year and it will be stifling out there in Don Quixote country. Already the temperatures this morning were around 36°c - expect that to increase over the course of the afternoon. The flat itinerary today allows for a few intermediate sprints but should come together for another bunch sprint, so expect the likes of Zabel, Boonen, Hushovd and, of course, Petacchi up there...
 

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77 km The lead of the three French musketeers is down to 2'37"... It won't last for much longer, but it's a rare occurance to see so much tricolor talent off the front of the bunch.

78 km Before Van Bon cracked, T-Mobile's Oscar Sevilla rode through his home town Ossa de Montiel. The Spaniard was allowed to great clear of the peloton to wave at all his friends and family. A great photo opportunity...
 

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22 km Torsten Schmidt gives it a go! The Gerolsteiner rider has a pop at a lone attack once Kern is swept up...

25 km But it all comes back together... THEN KERN TRIES AGAIN! What persistance from the Frenchman! He's determined to give it a go, but cannot manage to open up a gap of more than thirty metres, so might take the foot of the gas soon.
 

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7 km The Fassa men have moved to the front, lead by leader-out extraordinaire Fabio Baldato. Joachim and Schmidt throw in the towel as Pasamontes zips off the front to get some good air-time for his sponsor Relax Fuenlabrada. I have no idea what they do... maybe make beds or something? Or comfy cushions? Condoms even?

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2 km Petacchi's there... none of the other sprinters can be seen as yet... Wait, Zabel's there. It's really hard to see who's who due to the bright light - the colours are just bleached out...

3 km Not long to go now... Fassa have the monopoly on the front...

5 km It's all back to normal business now for Fassa as Pasamontes is gobbled up. Five km to go... ANOTHER ATTACK BY BOUYGUES! It stands no chance to work... and the lone rider gives up after a minute of intense effort.
 

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1 km Into the final kilometre... there's a big bend 350m from the end... Petacchi's out there alone... Boonen's completely out of it... STEELS GOES ON THE OUTSIDE! But Boonen is back, and HUSHOVD! The Norwegian zips down on the outside, but Petacchi flexes his muscles...
 
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