2004 Vuelta a España

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2004 Vuelta a España
Race details
Dates 4–26 September
Stages 21
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Winning time 77h 42' 46"
Winner  Roberto Heras (ESP) (Liberty Seguros)
Second  Santiago Pérez (ESP) (Phonak)
Third  Francisco Mancebo (ESP) (Illes Balears–Banesto)

Jersey awarded to the points classification winner Points  Erik Zabel (GER) (T-Mobile Team)
Mountains  Félix Cárdenas (COL) (Orbitel)
Team Comunidad Valenciana–Kelme

The 59th Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), a long-distance bicycle stage race and one of the 3 grand tours, was held from September 4 to September 26, 2004. It consisted of 21 stages covering a total of 2,925 km, and was won by Roberto Heras of the Liberty Seguros cycling team.

Halfway through the 2004 Vuelta, it appeared it would become an easy win for Heras, but in the last week his fellow countryman Santiago Pérez won two heavy mountain stages, thus becoming an important rival. Eventually Heras won with only 30 seconds advantage on Pérez. Francisco Mancebo, also from Spain took third. The first non-Spaniard was Stefano Garzelli from Italy in 11th. 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 Roberto Heras. Kelme was the winner of the team ranking. Alessandro Petacchi, an Italian sprinter won four stages, but he didn't finish the Vuelta. Pérez Fernández won three stages.

Phonak hearing systems teammates Tyler Hamilton and Santiago Pérez would later test positive for blood doping from blood samples taken during the race.[1]

Teams and riders

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Jersey progress

General classification
Points Classification
Mountains Classification
Combination Classification
Team Classification
0Stage 1 (TTT)
(U.S. Postal Service)
Floyd Landis Floyd Landis Floyd Landis Floyd Landis U.S. Postal Service
0Stage 2
(Alessandro Petacchi)
Max van Heeswijk Erik Zabel
0Stage 3
(Alejandro Valverde)
Benoît Joachim Stuart O'Grady
0Stage 4
(Alessandro Petacchi)
Erik Zabel
0Stage 5
(Denis Menchov)
Manuel Beltrán Stuart O'Grady Juan Manuel Gárate
0Stage 6
(Óscar Freire)
Francisco Mancebo Manuel Beltrán
0Stage 7
(Alessandro Petacchi)
Erik Zabel Denis Menchov
0Stage 8
(Tyler Hamilton)
Floyd Landis Floyd Landis
0Stage 9
(Leonardo Piepoli)
David Fernández Francisco Mancebo
0Stage 10
(Eladio Jiménez)
Stuart O'Grady José Miguel Elias Comunidad Valenciana–Kelme
0Stage 11
(David Zabriskie)
Alejandro Valverde
0Stage 12
(Roberto Heras)
Roberto Heras Roberto Heras Roberto Heras
0Stage 13
(Alessandro Petacchi)
Erik Zabel
0Stage 14
(Santiago Pérez)
0Stage 15 (ITT)
(Santiago Pérez)
0Stage 16
(José Julía)
0Stage 17
(Félix Cárdenas)
Félix Cárdenas
0Stage 18
(Javier Pascual Rodriguez)
0Stage 19
(Constantino Zaballa)
0Stage 20
(José Enrique Gutiérrez)
0Stage 21 (ITT)
(Santiago Pérez)
Final Roberto Heras Erik Zabel Félix Cárdenas Roberto Heras Comunidad Valenciana–Kelme

General classification (final)

Rank Rider Team Time
1  Roberto Heras (ESP) Liberty Seguros 77h42'46"
2  Santiago Pérez (ESP) Phonak 30"
3  Francisco Mancebo (ESP) Illes Balears–Banesto 2'13"
4  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Comunidad Valenciana–Kelme 3'30"
5  Carlos García Quesada (ESP) Comunidad Valenciana–Kelme 7'44"
6  Carlos Sastre (ESP) Team CSC 8'11"
7  Isidro Nozal (ESP) Liberty Seguros 8'32"
8  José Ángel Gómez Marchante (ESP) Paternina-Costa De Almeria 13'08"
9  Luis Pérez (ESP) Cofidis 13'24"
10  David Blanco (ESP) Comunidad Valenciana–Kelme 15'15"
11  Stefano Garzelli (ITA) Vini Caldirola–Nobili Rubinetterie 16'33"
12  Marcos Serrano (ESP) Liberty Seguros 17'14"
13  Manuel Beltrán (ESP) U.S. Postal Service 17'43"
14  Francisco José Lara (ESP) Paternina-Costa De Almeria 24'16"
15  Samuel Sánchez (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi 29'23"
16  Damiano Cunego (ITA) Saeco Macchine per Caffè 29'51"
17  Jorge Ferrio (ESP) Paternina-Costa De Almeria 30'49"
18  David Plaza (ESP) Cafe Baque 31'24"
19  Eladio Jiménez (ESP) Comunidad Valenciana–Kelme 34'35"
20  Luis Pasamontes (ESP) Relax-Bergasol 37'49"
21  Unai Osa (ESP) Illes Balears–Banesto 38'06"


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