2003 Vuelta a España

2003 Vuelta a España
Race details
Dates 6–28 September
Stages 21
Distance 2,957 km (1,837 mi)
Winning time 69h 31' 52"
Winner  Roberto Heras (ESP) (US Postal)
Second  Isidro Nozal (ESP) (ONCE-Eroski)
Third  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (Communidad Valenciana-Kelme)

Points  Erik Zabel (GER) (Team Telekom)
Mountains  Félix Cárdenas (COL) (Cage Maglierie)
Team iBanesto.com

The 58th Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), a long-distance bicycle stage race and one of the 3 grand tours, was held from September 6 to September 28, 2003. It consisted of 21 stages covering a total of 2,957 km, and was won by Roberto Heras of the US Postal cycling team.

Isidro Nozal lead the general classification for much of the race until succumbing to the pressure posed by Roberto Heras who closed the gap to Nozal over the final days and took the jersey in the final time trial. The points jersey was won by Erik Zabel from Germany, the mountain jersey was won by Félix Cárdenas from Colombia and the combination jersey was won by Alejandro Valverde. iBanesto.com was the winner of the team ranking. Alessandro Petacchi, an Italian sprinter won four stages.

Jersey Progress

Stage Winner General classification Points classification Mountains classification Combination classification Team classification
1 ONCE-Eroski Igor González de Galdeano Igor González de Galdeano Jan Hruška Igor González de Galdeano ONCE-Eroski
2 Luis Pérez Joaquim Rodríguez Joaquim Rodríguez Luis Pérez Luis Pérez
3 Alessandro Petacchi
4 Unai Etxebarria Isidro Nozal David Etxebarria Félix Cárdenas Isidro Nozal
5 Alessandro Petacchi Alessandro Petacchi
6 Isidro Nozal
7 Michael Rasmussen
8 Joaquim Rodríguez Joaquim Rodríguez Joan Horrach
9 Alejandro Valverde Isidro Nozal Félix Cárdenas
10 Erik Zabel Alessandro Petacchi Alejandro Valverde
11 Erik Zabel Erik Zabel
12 Alessandro Petacchi Isidro Nozal
13 Isidro Nozal
14 Alessandro Petacchi Alessandro Petacchi
15 Alejandro Valverde Erik Zabel Alejandro Valverde
16 Félix Cárdenas
17 David Millar
18 Pedro Diaz Lobato
19 Filippo Simeoni
20 Roberto Heras Roberto Heras Alejandro Valverde iBanesto.com
21 Alessandro Petacchi Erik Zabel
Final Roberto Heras Erik Zabel Félix Cárdenas Alejandro Valverde iBanesto.com

General classification

1Spain Roberto HerasUS Postal 69h31'52"
2Spain Isidro NozalONCE-Eroski '28"
3Spain Alejandro ValverdeKelme-Costa Blanca 2'25"
4Spain Igor González de GaldeanoONCE-Eroski 3'27"
5Spain Francisco ManceboiBanesto.com 4'47"
6Spain Manuel BeltránUS Postal 5'51"
7Denmark Michael RasmussenRabobank 5'56"
8Colombia Félix CárdenasLabarca 2-Cafe Baque 6'33"
9Spain Unai OsaiBanesto.com 6'52"
10Spain Luis PérezCofidis 7'56"
11Spain Santos GonzálezDomina Vacanze-Elitron 9'08"
12Spain Óscar SevillaKelme-Costa Blanca 9'52"
13Italy Michele ScarponiDomina Vacanze-Elitron 10'13"
14Spain Marcos SerranoTeam ONCE 12'51"
15Spain Félix GarciaTeam Bianchi 14'18"
16Spain Txema Del OlmoMilaneza-MSS 14'38"
17Spain Óscar PereiroPhonak Hearing Systems 17'05"
18Spain Iker FloresEuskaltel-Euskadi 18'31"
19Italy Guido TrentinCofidis 29'34"
20Spain Josep JufreColchon Relax-Fuenlabrada 33'30"
21Italy Dario FrigoFassa Bortolo 40'19"
22Spain Íñigo CuestaCofidis 41'18"
23Italy Leonardo PiepoliiBanesto.com 46'45"
24Spain Manuel CalventeTeam CSC 47'54"
25Spain Aitor OsaiBanesto.com 49'39"

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