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82nd Volta a Catalunya (HC), Spain.
Tour of Catalonia

June 17 - June 23, 2002

Volta a Catalunya podium history

Sunday, June 23: 7th and final stage, Moncada i Reixac - Barcelona (Sacrada Familia). Sort of a roller-coaster stage, 3 category 3 climbs and 2 cat 2's. The final cat 2 climb is about 15 kms from the finish.

1. Dmitriy Fofonov (Cofidis) 2hr 44min 12sec
2. Javier Pascual Rodriguez (iBanesto) s.t.
3. Raimondas Rumsas (Lampre) s.t.
4. Benjamin Noval (Relax) s.t.
5. Fernando Escartin (Coast) s.t.

Final GC:

1. Roberto Heras (US Postal) 17hr 27min 20sec. 713.9 km ridden at an average speed of 40.898 km/hr
2. Aitor Garmendia (Coast) @ 31sec
3. Luis Perez (Coast) @ 44sec
4. Mikel Zarrabeitia (ONCE) @ 51sec
5. Fernando Escartin (Coast) @ 1min
6. Leonardo Piepoli (iBanesto) @ 1min 4sec
7. David Plaza (Coast) @ 1min 38sec
8. Francisco Mancebo (iBanesto) @ 1min 47sec
9. Benjamin Noval (Relax) @ 1min 48sec
10. Jose Antonio Garrido (Jazztel) @ 1min 51sec
11. Raimondas Rumsas (Lampre) @ 1min 56sec
12. Vladimir Karpets (Itera) @ 1min 58sec
13. Javier Pascual Rodriguez (iBanesto) @ 2min 28sec
14. Dmitriy Fofonov (Cofidis) @ 2min 38sec
15. Daniel Atienza (Cofidis) @ 2min 57sec
16. Jose Luis Rebollo (Relax) @ 3min 5sec
17. Alvaro Gonzalez (ONCE) @ 3min 35sec
18. Volodymir Gustov (Fassa Bortolo) @ 4min 3sec
19. Jose Manuel Vazquez (Relax) @ 4min 14sec
20. Jose Manuel Maestre (Relax) @ 5min 16sec

Saturday, June 22: Stage 6, Llivia - Moncada i Reixac, 180.1 km. This is a mostly downhill run. Llivia is at 1166 meters elevation, the finish line is at 30. There is one rated climb, a 3rd category at km 70.

1. Tom Steels (Mapei) 4hr 10min 40sec
2. Robbie McEwen (Lotto) s.t.
3. Fabio baldato (Fassa Bortolo) s.t.
4. Danilo Hondo (Telekom) s.t.
5. Carlos Torrent (Jazztel) s.t.

GC after Stage 6:

1. Roberto Heras (US Postal) 14hr 43min
2. Aitor Garmendia (Coast) @ 31sec
3. Luis Perez (Coast) @ 44sec
4. Mikel Zarrabeitia (ONCE) @ 51sec
5. Fernando Escartin (Coast) @ 1min

Friday, June 21: Stage 5, Andorra la Vella - Llivia, 141.3 km. Some real climbing:

Km 58, Alt de Masella, Category 1, 1625 meters.
Km 98, Alt d'Eyne, Category 2, 1630 meters
Km 124, Coll d'Egat, Category 1, 1662 meters. The finish is still 17 kms away.

1. Jose Manuel Maestre (Relax) 3hr 20min 6sec
2. Alejandro Valverde (Kelme) @ 26sec
3. Fernando Escartin (Coast) s.t.
4. Benjamin Noval (Relax) s.t.
5. Inigo Landaluze (Euskaltel) s.t.

GC after Stage 5:

1. Roberto Heras (US Postal) 10hr 32min 28sec
2. Aitor Garmendia (Coast) @ 31sec
3. Luis Perez (Coast) @ 44sec
4. Mikel Zarrabeitia (ONCE) @ 51sec
5. Fernando Escartin (Coast) @ 1min

News: Thursday, June 20. The 4th stage of the Catalonian Tour has been shortened to 52 kilometers because of the Spanish general strike.

Thursday, June 20: Stage 4, Barreura - Andorra, 197.3 kms. Writing this on Wednesday evening, no one knows what will happen Thursday. There is a general strike planned in Spain for Thursday. Will the riders participate? This was to be one of the tough mountain stages with a Cat 1 hill-top finish.

km 24: Category 3 climb.
Km 97: Port de Canto, Category 1
Km 174: Coll de Montaup, Category 1
Finish: Estacio de Pal, Category 1.

1. Jose Antonio Garrido (Jazztel) 1hr 39min 23sec
2. Luis Perez (Cost) @ s.t.
3. Fernando Escartin (Coast) @ 28sec
4. Francisco Mancebo (iBanesto) s.t.
5. Mikel Zarrabeitia (ONCE) s.t.
6. Roberto Heras (US Postal) @ 30sec

GC after Stage 4:

1. Roberto Heras (US Postal) 7hr 11min 56sec
2. Aitor Garmendia (Coast) @ 31sec
3. Luis Perez (Coast) @ 44sec
4. Mikel Zarrabeitia (ONCE) @ 51sec
5. Fernando Escartin (Coast) @ 1min

Wednesday, June 19: Stage 3, 10.8 km individual time trial, Sant Climent de Taull. This is an uphill time trial starting at 1,450 meters and ending at 2,030 meters elevation at Boi Taull.

1. Aitor Garmendia (Coast) 22min 16sec
2. Roberto Heras (US Postal) @ 6sec
3. Raimondas Rumsas (Lampre) @ 18sec
4. Benjamin Noval (Relax) @ 14sec
5. Leonardo Piepoli (iBanesto) @ 36sec

GC after Stage 3:

1. Roberto Heras (US Postal) 5hr 32min 3sec
2. Aitor Garmendia (Coast) @ 15sec
3. Raimondas Rumsas (Lampre) @ 37sec
4. Mikel Zarrabeitia (ONCE) @ 53sec
5. Fernando Escartin (Coast) @ 1min 2sec

Tuesday, June 18: Stage 2, La Senia - Les Borges Blanques, 182.9 km. This stage has 3 rated climbs:

Falset, Cat 3, 518 meters, km 104
Porrera, Cat 3, 530 meters, km 119
Alt de Prades, Category 1, 919 meters, km 143. The peak is about 40 kilometers from the finish.

1. Danilo Hondo (telekom) 4hr 35min 5sec
2. Oscar Freire (Mapei) s.t.
3. Andrea Tafi (Mapei) s.t.
4. Dmitri Konyshev (Fassa Bortolo) s.t.
Boonen and McRae were in a groupetto that came in 13min later.

GC after Stage 2:

1. George Hincapie (US Postal) 5hr 9min 41sec
2. Roberto Heras (US Postal) s.t.
3. Christian Vandevelde (US Postal) s.t.
4. Michael Barry (US Postal) s.t.
5. Mikel Zarrabeitia (ONCE) @ 3sec

Monday, June 17: Stage 1, 30.9 km Team Time Trial, St. Jaume D'Enveja - Deltebre.

1. US Postal 34min 36sec
2. ONCE @ 3sec
3. Mapei @ 10sec
4. Coast @ 21sec
5. Lampre @ 25sec

GC after 1st stage:

1. Tom Boonen 34min 36sec
2. George Hincapie s.t.
3. Michael Barry s.t.
4. Roberto Heras s.t.
5. Chann McRae s.t.