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Tour of Spain- Roberto Heras in the end- 09/18/05
Tour of Spain- Plaza top time- 09/17/05
Tour of Spain- Haussler takes victory- 09/16/05
Tour of Spain- Sorensen takes the win- 09/15/05
Tour of Spain- Quesada alone- 09/14/05
Tour of Spain- Bettini takes over in Valladolid- 09/13/05
Tour of Spain- Double coup for Heras- 09/11/05
Tour of Spain- Victory for Jimenez- 09/10/05

Tour of Spain- Roberto Heras in the end- 09/18/05

The Spaniard Roberto Heras (Liberty) on Sunday won the 60th Tour of Spain at the
completion of the 21st and last stage with the start and finish in the Spanish capitol (136.5
km), a stage which was won in a sprint by the Italian Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo).

Heras, already the winner in 2000, 2003, and 2004, becomes the first rider to win the Tour
of Spain four times.  He equaled the number of consecutive wins set by Tony Rominger.  
The Swiss won in 1992, 1993, and 1994.  The 31 year old rider took over the Vuelta lead  
during the 15th stage between Cangas de Onis and Pajares over 191 km.

The Spaniard, helped strongly by his team, demonstrated his power in one of the last
mountain stages, in the rain and cold, and took the leader’s jersey.  The Russian Denis
Menchov, until then leading easily, was not able to stay with Heras on the descent of the col
de la Colloidal (1st category) and finished over five minutes behind.  And thus the Tour was

Menchov finished second in the general classification at 4’36” behind Roberto Heras.  The
Spaniard Carlos Sastre completed the podium, 4’54” behind his compatriot.

Tour of Spain- Plaza top time- 09/17/05

The Spaniard Ruben Plaza (Valence) on Saturday won the 20th and next to last stage of
the Tour of Spain, an individual time trial over 38.9 km between Guadalajara et Alcala de
Henares.  His compatriot Roberto Heras (Liberty) held onto the reins of the general
classification.  Given the same time as Plaza (41’31”), Heras was  separated by only one
hundredth of a second in this third race against the clock.  He nevertheless made a huge
statement and should be crowned the winner on Sunday in Madrid after the last stage.  
This will be his fourth victory in the Vuelta after three other successes (2000, 2003, 2004).

The Russian Denis Menchov, 2nd in the general classification and winner of the other two
time trials, finished 4th, six seconds behind the day’s winner.  The Spaniard Carlos Sastre
took third place at 4 seconds behind Plaza, assuring himself a spot on the podium.  His
compatriot Francisco Mancebo, who had held third place in the general classification,
finished the time trial in 5th position, 10 seconds behind, and must be content with 4th
place in the general classification.

Tour of Spain- Haussler takes victory- 09/16/05

The German Heinrich Haussler (Gerolsteiner) on Friday won the 19th stage of the Tour of
Spain between San Martin de Valdeiglesias and Alcobendas, north of Madrid, contested
over 142.9 km.  The Spaniard Roberto Heras held onto the leader’s jersey at the end of the

Tour of Spain- Sorensen takes the win- 09/15/05

The Danish rider Nicki Sorensen took the 18th stage of the Tour of Spain, which started
and finished in Avila over 197.5 km.  Sorensen beat in a sprint the Spaniard Javier Pascual
Rodriguez  with whom he led an escape in the final kilometers.  The two riders in front were
joined by the Spaniard José Vicente Garcia Acosta, who was in the front a long time before

Garcia Acosta didn’t give up after he caught up.  But he had made a huge effort to come
back and after having made one final attack, he fell back in the last kilometer, leaving
Sorensen and Pascual Rodruguez to decide the outcome.  The Spaniard Francisco
Mancebo, who once again attacked all out, took only three seconds back from the leaders,
who included Roberto Heras.

The group of leaders finished a little less than four minutes behind Sorensen.  In the
general classification, Heras still holds a lead of 4’30” in front of Denis Menchov before the
last three stages, and his margin seems more than enough to hold up in the individual time
trial on Saturday.

Tour of Spain- Quesada alone- 09/14/05

The next to last mountain stage in the Tour of Spain 2005 smiled on Carlos Garcia
Quesada, winner in la Granja de San Ildefonso after a long solo escape.  The Spaniard of
the Communidad Valenciana team parted company with a group of leaders with 25 km to
the finish line, and he held off the charge of Francisco Mancebo (Iles Baléares) and Santos
Gonzalez (Phonak).  At 27 years of age, Quesada, 5th in the general classification, won the
first big victory of his career.

The leader Roberto Heras (Liberty Seguros) didn’t falter and is heading towards the victory
in Madrid.  The Spaniard was content to stay with his rivals, Denis Menchov (Rabobank)
and Carlos Sastre (CSC).  He remains 4 minutes and 30 seconds ahead of the Russian, a
gap that is large enough for victory even with an individual time trial on Saturday.  
Tomorrow the peleton will embark on the last mountain stage of this Vuelta, to be raced
around Avila.

Tour of Spain- Bettini takes over in Valladolid- 09/13/05

The Italian Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) won in a sprint finish on Tuesday the 16th stage of
the Vuelta (Tour of Spain) which took place over 162.5 km between Leon et Valladolid.  
With panache, the Olympic champion in 2004 in Athens successfully held off his compatriot
Alessandro Petacchi, one of the highly decorated sprinters in the peleton.  The Spaniard
Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Phonak) took third place.  Bettini won his first stage victory
in the 2005 Vuelta.

In the general classification, the Spaniard Roberto Heras (Liberty Seguros) held onto the
leader’s jersey, and with five days until the finish in Madrid has a 4’30” lead over the
Russian Denis Menchov.

Tour of Spain- Double coup for Heras- 09/11/05

Roberto Heras packed a big punch during the 15th stage of the Tour of Spain between
Cangas De Onis and Valgrande Pajares.  The leader of the Liberty Seguros team went out
alone for the victory on the last climb of the day, the col de Pajeres, and he took advantage
of the black day of Denis Menchov to take leader’s jersey.

The Russian, who had the race lead since the time trial at Lloret del Mar, completely
cracked in this last mountain stage, in which he had held up perfectly well until today,
notably in the major stage on Saturday won by Jimenez.  He literally exploded, finishing
more than five minutes behind Heras, who is essentially assured to win his fourth Tour of
Spain.  The 16th stage takes the riders from Léon to Valladolid.

Tour of Spain- Victory for Jimenez- 09/10/05

The Spaniard Eladio Jimenez (Valence) on Saturday won the 14th stage of the Tour of
Spain raced between La Penilla and the Lacs de Covadonga (172 km).  The Russian Denis
Menchov (Rabobank) held onto first place in the general classification with a 47” lead over
the three time winner, the Spaniard Roberto Heras (Liberty Seguros).

For this high altitude finish (1110 m), Jimenez won a prestigious victory since he won by
himself, having escaped the peleton at kilometer 160.  His compatriot, Inigo Cuesta finished
second, over a minute behind.  The Italian Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) came in third and the
Spaniard Carlos Sastre (CSC) was fourth.

Denis Menchov and his pursuer in the general classification (Heras), finished side by side
at more than 1’40” behind Jimenez.  Carlos Sastre had a good day.  Fourth in the general
classification before this stage, he came in 8” ahead of Menchov and moved into third
place overall, to the detriment of Francisco Mancebo (Iles Baléares), only 10th on Saturday
at more than 2’30” behind the stage winner.
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