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By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright 2001 AFP
Spain’s Oscar Laguna (Relax-Fuenlabrada), soloed in for victory at the fifth stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Monday, coming in 10 seconds ahead of New Zealander Julian Dean of the U.S. Postal Service. Laguna was part of an eight-man breakaway group, and the Spanish rider escaped 12km from the finish to capture the victory, while ONCE’s Marcus Serrano retained the leader’s white jersey.
On the flat, 178km transitional stage from Granada to Vila Seca, the breakaway group attained a maximum lead of more than nine minutes, which made Laguna the virtual leader on the road. However, Serrano’s ONCE squad, unrepresented in the break, went to the front and eventually brought the gap down to five minutes. The leader’s jersey thus remained on Serrano’s shoulders on the eve of the first of three mountain stages.
Tuesday’s sixth stage is the longest of the Tour of Catalonia at 184.2km, and takes the riders on a mountainous journey ending at the ski station of Boi Taull.
Tour of Catalonia, Stage 5. June 25
1. Oscar Laguna (Sp), Colchon Relax, 178.2 km in 4:24:26.
2. Julian Dean (NZL), U.S. Postal Service, at 0:10.
3. Koos Moerenhout (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites, at 0:13.
4. Pietro Caucchioli (I), Alessio, at 0:16.
5. Cristian Gasperoni (I), Cantina Tollo, at 0:17.
6. Félix Cardenas (Col), Kelme-Costa Blanca
7. José V. Garcia Acosta (Sp), iBanesto.com m.t.
8. Carlos Golbano (Sp), Jazztel at 23.
9. Sven Teutenberg (All), Festina, at 5:00.
10. Edouard Gritsoun (Rus), Coast, s.t.
25. Bobby Julich (USA), Credit Agricole, s.t.
44. Jonathan Vaughters (USA), Credit Agricole
52. Levi Leipheimer (USA), U.S. Postal Service
58. Chann McRae (USA), Mercury-Viatel
83. Antonio Cruz (USA), U.S. Postal Service
85. Roberto Heras (Sp), U.S. Postal Service
88. Pavel Tonkov (Rus), Mercury-Viatel
112. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Domo-Farm Frites, all s.t.
1. Marcos Serrano (Sp), ONCE, 16:06:53.
2. Igor Gonzalez (Sp), ONCE, at 0:05.
3. Joseba Beloki (Sp), ONCE, at 0:06.
4. Jaime Javier Hernandez (Sp), Festina, at 0:47.
5. Aitor Gonzalez (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca at 0:50.
6. Oscar Sevilla (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca, s.t.
7. Angel Luis Casero (Sp), Festina, at 0:52.
8. Santiago Botero (Col), Kelme-Costa Blanca at 0:53.
9. Félix M. Garcia (Sp), Festina, at 0:56.
10. Luis Pérez (Sp), Festina, s.t.
27. Vaughters, at 1:39
33. Heras, at 2:13
34. Julich, at 2:36
39. Tonkov, at 3:00
46. Dean, at 4:39
50. Rodriguez, at 6:25
81. Leipheimer, at 12:43
88: Cruz, at 16:41
95. McRae, at 18:00