2002 Vuelta a España

2002 Vuelta a España
Race details
Dates 7–29 September
Stages 21
Distance 2,957 km (1,837 mi)
Winning time 75h 13' 52"
Winner  Aitor González (ESP) (Kelme-Costa Blanca)
Second  Roberto Heras (ESP) (US Postal)
Third  Joseba Beloki (ESP) (ONCE-Eroski)

Points  Erik Zabel (GER) (Team Telekom)
Mountains  Aitor Osa (ESP) (iBanesto.com)

The 57th Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), a long-distance bicycle stage race and one of the 3 grand tours, was held from September 7 to September 29, 2002. It consisted of 21 stages covering a total of 2,957 km, and was won by Aitor González of the Kelme-Costa Blanca cycling team.

Joseba Beloki, the second-place finisher of the 2002 Tour de France was part of the winning ONCE-Eroski team that won the opening team time trial of the race. Beloki held the lead until the fifth stage when he lost it to a teammate but on the sixth stage which was won by Roberto Heras. Beloki lost considerable time to other general classification contenders Óscar Sevilla, Aitor González and Heras. Sevilla took the leader's jersey which he had worn for much of the previous edition of the Vuelta. After the first individual time trial, his teammate Aitor González was within one second of the jersey. On stage 15, González increased the pace of the group and put Sevilla in difficulty. Heras profited from this and attacked to take the stage win and the lead.[1] Heras kept the lead until the final day when there was an individual time trial. Heras started the day with a lead of one minute and eight seconds over González but he lost this in the first 25 km of the time trial. González took the lead and won the Vuelta, Heras came second and Beloki recovered to eventually finish third overall. The Vuelta was also marked by three stage wins of Italian sprinter Mario Cipollini who retired from the race after his third stage win to prepare for the World Championships.

Jersey Progress

Stage Winner General classification Points classification Mountains classification Combination classification Team classification
1 ONCE-Eroski Joseba Beloki no award no award Joseba Beloki ONCE-Eroski
2 Danilo di Luca Danilo di Luca Mederic Clain Vitoriano Fernandez
3 Mario Cipollini Erik Zabel Mederic Clain
4 Mario Cipollini Vitoriano Fernandez
5 Guido Trentin Mikel Zarrabeitia Guido Trentin
6 Roberto Heras Óscar Sevilla Félix García Casas
7 Mario Cipollini
8 Aitor González Gilberto Simoni Óscar Sevilla
9 Pablo Lastras
10 Aitor González Kelme-Costa Blanca
11 Pablo Lastras
12 Alessandro Petacchi
13 Giovanni Lombardi Team Coast
14 Sergei Smetanine
15 Roberto Heras Roberto Heras Roberto Heras Kelme-Costa Blanca
16 Santiago Botero Aitor Osa
17 Angelo Furlan
18 Santiago Blanco Roberto Heras
19 Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta Aitor Osa
20 Angelo Furlan
21 Aitor González Aitor González
Final Aitor González Erik Zabel Aitor Osa Roberto Heras Kelme-Costa Blanca

General classification (final)

1Spain Aitor GonzálezKelme-Costa Blanca 75h13'52"
2Spain Roberto HerasUS Postal 2'14"
3Spain Joseba BelokiONCE-Eroski 3'11"
4Spain Óscar SevillaKelme-Costa Blanca 3'26"
5Spain Iban MayoEuskaltel-Euskadi 5'42"
6Spain Ángel CaseroTeam Coast 6'33"
7Italy Francesco CasagrandeFassa Bortolo 6'38"
8Spain Félix García CasasBigmat Auber 93 6'46"
9Spain Manuel BeltránTeam Coast 8'29"
10Italy Gilberto Simoni Saeco Macchine per Caffè–Longoni Sport 9'22"
11Spain Haimar ZubeldiaEuskaltel-Euskadi 9'49"
12Denmark Claus Michael Møller Milaneza - MSS 10'16"
13Switzerland Fabian JekerMilaneza - MSS 11'45"
14Spain David PlazaTeam Coast 11'50"
15Italy Guido TrentinCofidis 15'27"
16Portugal Rui Miguel BarbosaMilaneza-MSS 16'36"
17Spain Pablo LastrasiBanesto.com 19'33"
18Slovenia Tadej ValjavecFassa Bortolo 23'11"
19Spain Carlos García QuesadaKelme-Costa Blanca 24'01"
20Italy Danilo Di Luca Saeco Macchine per Caffè–Longoni Sport 30'35"
21Spain Mikel ZarrabeitiaONCE-Eroski 31'57"
22Spain Luis PérezTeam Coast 39'42"
23Italy Pietro CaucchioliAlessio 43'54"
24Croatia Vladimir MiholjevićAlessio 50'13"
25United States Christian Vande VeldeUS Postal 52'50"


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