2002 Vuelta a España

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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)

Jersey awarded to the points classification winner 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 Garcia
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)

Rank Rider Team Time
1 Spain Aitor González Kelme-Costa Blanca 75h13'52"
2 Spain Roberto Heras US Postal 2'14"
3 Spain Joseba Beloki ONCE-Eroski 3'11"
4 Spain Óscar Sevilla Kelme-Costa Blanca 3'26"
5 Spain Iban Mayo Euskaltel-Euskadi 5'42"
6 Spain Ángel Casero Team Coast 6'33"
7 Italy Francesco Casagrande Fassa Bortolo 6'38"
8 Spain Félix García Casas Bigmat Auber 93 6'46"
9 Spain Manuel Beltrán Team Coast 8'29"
10 Italy Gilberto Simoni Saeco Macchine per Caffè–Longoni Sport 9'22"
11 Spain Haimar Zubeldia Euskaltel-Euskadi 9'49"
12 Denmark Claus Michael Møller Milaneza - MSS 10'16"
13 Switzerland Fabian Jeker Milaneza - MSS 11'45"
14 Spain David Plaza Team Coast 11'50"
15 Italy Guido Trentin Cofidis 15'27"
16 Portugal Rui Miguel Barbosa Milaneza-MSS 16'36"
17 Spain Pablo Lastras iBanesto.com 19'33"
18 Slovenia Tadej Valjavec Fassa Bortolo 23'11"
19 Spain Carlos García Quesada Kelme-Costa Blanca 24'01"
20 Italy Danilo Di Luca Saeco Macchine per Caffè–Longoni Sport 30'35"
21 Spain Mikel Zarrabeitia ONCE-Eroski 31'57"
22 Spain Luis Pérez Team Coast 39'42"
23 Italy Pietro Caucchioli Alessio 43'54"
24 Croatia Vladimir Miholjević Alessio 50'13"
25 United States Christian Vande Velde US Postal 52'50"


  1. "Heras conquers l'Angliru, taking the stage and the race lead". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2008-01-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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