2003 Vuelta a España

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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)

Jersey awarded to the points classification winner 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

Rank Rider Team Time
1 Spain Roberto Heras US Postal 69h31'52"
2 Spain Isidro Nozal ONCE-Eroski '28"
3 Spain Alejandro Valverde Kelme-Costa Blanca 2'25"
4 Spain Igor González de Galdeano ONCE-Eroski 3'27"
5 Spain Francisco Mancebo iBanesto.com 4'47"
6 Spain Manuel Beltrán US Postal 5'51"
7 Denmark Michael Rasmussen Rabobank 5'56"
8 Colombia Félix Cárdenas Labarca 2-Cafe Baque 6'33"
9 Spain Unai Osa iBanesto.com 6'52"
10 Spain Luis Pérez Cofidis 7'56"
11 Spain Santos González Domina Vacanze-Elitron 9'08"
12 Spain Óscar Sevilla Kelme-Costa Blanca 9'52"
13 Italy Michele Scarponi Domina Vacanze-Elitron 10'13"
14 Spain Marcos Serrano Team ONCE 12'51"
15 Spain Félix Garcia Team Bianchi 14'18"
16 Spain Txema Del Olmo Milaneza-MSS 14'38"
17 Spain Óscar Pereiro Phonak Hearing Systems 17'05"
18 Spain Iker Flores Euskaltel-Euskadi 18'31"
19 Italy Guido Trentin Cofidis 29'34"
20 Spain Josep Jufre Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada 33'30"
21 Italy Dario Frigo Fassa Bortolo 40'19"
22 Spain Íñigo Cuesta Cofidis 41'18"
23 Italy Leonardo Piepoli iBanesto.com 46'45"
24 Spain Manuel Calvente Team CSC 47'54"
25 Spain Aitor Osa iBanesto.com 49'39"

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