2001 Vuelta a España

The 56th edition of the Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), a long-distance stage race and one of the three Grand Tours, was held from 8 September to 30 September 2001. It consisted of 21 stages covering a total of 3,012 km (1,872 mi), and was won by Ángel Casero of the Festina cycling team at a speed of 42.534 km/h (26.429 mph).

2001 Vuelta a España
Race details
DatesSeptember 8–30, 2001 (2001-09-08 – 2001-09-30)
Stages21
Distance3,012.2 km (1,872 mi)
Winning time70h 49' 05"
Results
Winner  Ángel Casero (ESP) (Festina)
  Second  Óscar Sevilla (ESP) (Kelme–Costa Blanca)
  Third  Levi Leipheimer (USA) (U.S. Postal Service)

Points  José María Jiménez (ESP) (iBanesto.com)
Mountains  José María Jiménez (ESP) (iBanesto.com)
Sprints  César García Calvo (ESP) (Colchon Relax–Fuenlabrada)
  Team iBanesto.com
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This edition of the Vuelta was notable for its final-stage time trial, during which Casero overcame a 25-second lead held by Óscar Sevilla of Kelme–Costa Blanca to win, while American Levi Leipheimer of U.S. Postal Service managed to move past both teammate Roberto Heras and Juan Miguel Mercado to take third and become the first American ever to achieve a podium finish in the Vuelta. Additionally, Guido Trenti became the first American ever to win a stage in the race.[1]

TeamsEdit

A total of 21 teams were invited to participate in the 2001 Vuelta a España. Fifteen of the competing squads were UCI Division I teams, while the other six teams were UCI Division II. Mercury–Viatel, who were previously scheduled to ride, didn't start. Each team sent a squad of nine riders, so the Vuelta began with a peloton of 189 cyclists, a total of 139 riders made it to the finish in Madrid.

The 21 teams invited to the race were:

UCI Division I teams

UCI Division II teams

StagesEdit

Stage characteristics and winners
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 8 September Salamanca 12 km (7 mi)   Individual time trial   David Millar (GBR)
2 9 September Salamanca to Valladolid 147.2 km (91 mi)   Flat stage   Erik Zabel (GER)
3 10 September Valladolid to León 140.5 km (87 mi)   Flat stage   Erik Zabel (GER)
4 11 September 2001 León to Gijón 175 km (109 mi)   Flat stage   Erik Zabel (GER)
5 12 September Gijón to Lagos de Covadonga 160.8 km (100 mi)   Mountain stage   Juan Miguel Mercado (ESP)
6 13 September Cangas de Onís to Torrelavega 180.6 km (112 mi)   Medium-mountain stage   David Millar (GBR)
7 14 September Torrelavega 44.2 km (27 mi)   Individual time trial   Santiago Botero (COL)
8 15 September Reinosa to Alto de la Cruz de la Demanda (Valdezcaray) 195 km (121 mi)   Mountain stage   José María Jiménez (ESP)
9 16 September Logroño to Zaragoza 179.2 km (111 mi)   Flat stage   Igor González de Galdeano (ESP)
17 September Province of Barcelona Rest day
10 18 September Sabadell to La Molina 168.4 km (105 mi)   Mountain stage   Santiago Blanco (ESP)
11 19 September Alp to Estació de Pal (Andorra) 154.2 km (96 mi)   Mountain stage   José María Jiménez (ESP)
12 20 September Ordino to Estació d'Esquí d'Ordino-Alcalís (Andorra) 17.1 km (11 mi)   Mountain time trial   José María Jiménez (ESP)
13 21 September Andorra to Universal Studios Port Aventura 206 km (128 mi)   Hilly stage   Beat Zberg (SUI)
14 22 September Tarragona to Vinaròs 170.5 km (106 mi)   Flat stage   Juan Manuel Gárate (ESP)
15 23 September Valencia to Alto de Aitana 207.2 km (129 mi)   Mountain stage   Claus Michael Møller (DEN)
24 September Province of Valencia Rest day
16 25 September Alcoy to Murcia 153.3 km (95 mi)   Hilly stage   Tomáš Konečný (CZE)
17 26 September Murcia to Albacete 159.5 km (99 mi)   Flat stage   Robert Hunter (RSA)
18 27 September Albacete to Cuenca 154.2 km (96 mi)   Flat stage   Filippo Simeoni (ITA)
19 28 September Cuenca to Guadalajara 168 km (104 mi)   Hilly stage   Guido Trenti (USA)
20 29 September Guadalajara to Alto de Abantos 176.3 km (110 mi)   Mountain stage   Gilberto Simoni (ITA)
21 30 September Madrid 38 km (24 mi)   Individual time trial   Santiago Botero (COL)
Total 3,012.2 km (1,872 mi)

Jersey progressEdit

Stage Winner General classification
Points Classification
Mountains Classification
Team Classification
1
(ITT)
David Millar David Millar David Millar David Millar Kelme–Costa Blanca
2 Erik Zabel
3 Erik Zabel Erik Zabel
4 Erik Zabel Santiago Botero Karsten Kroon Mapei–Quick-Step
5 Juan Miguel Mercado Óscar Sevilla Juan Miguel Mercado iBanesto.com
6 David Millar
7
(ITT)
Santiago Botero Santiago Botero Kelme–Costa Blanca
8 José María Jiménez Joseba Beloki Festina
9 Igor González de Galdeano
10 Santiago Blanco iBanesto.com
11 José María Jiménez Óscar Sevilla José María Jiménez
12 José María Jiménez José María Jiménez
13 Beat Zberg
14 Juan Manuel Gárate
15 Claus Michael Møller
16 Tomáš Konečný
17 Robert Hunter
18 Filippo Simeoni Erik Zabel
19 Guido Trenti
20 Gilberto Simoni José María Jiménez
21
(ITT)
Santiago Botero Ángel Casero
Stage Winner Ángel Casero
José María Jiménez
José María Jiménez
iBanesto.com

Final standingsEdit

Legend
  Denotes the winner of the general classification   Denotes the leader of the mountains classification
  Denotes the leader of the points classification   Denotes the winner of the sprints classification

General classificationEdit

Final general classification (1–10)
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Ángel Casero (ESP)   Festina 70h 49' 05"
2   Óscar Sevilla (ESP) Kelme–Costa Blanca + 0' 47"
DSQ   Levi Leipheimer (USA) U.S. Postal Service + 2' 59"
4   Roberto Heras (ESP) U.S. Postal Service + 3' 56"
5   Juan Miguel Mercado (ESP) iBanesto.com + 5' 45"
6   David Plaza (ESP) Festina + 5' 53"
7   José Luis Rubiera (ESP) U.S. Postal Service + 6' 57"
8   Claus Michael Møller (DEN) Milaneza–MSS + 7' 13"
9   Aitor Osa (ESP) iBanesto.com + 8' 32"
10   Fernando Escartín (ESP) Team Coast–Buffalo + 10' 31"

Points classificationEdit

Final points classification (1–10)
Rank Rider Team Points
1   José María Jiménez (ESP)   iBanesto.com 130
2   Erik Zabel (GER) Team Telekom 125
DSQ   Levi Leipheimer (USA) U.S. Postal Service 115
4   Santiago Botero (COL) Kelme–Costa Blanca 102
5   Óscar Sevilla (ESP) Kelme–Costa Blanca 101
DSQ   David Millar (GBR) Cofidis. 93
7   Claus Michael Møller (DEN) Milaneza–MSS 89
8   Ángel Casero (ESP) Festina 88
9   Juan Miguel Mercado (ESP) iBanesto.com 77
10   Sven Teutenberg (GER) Festina 70

Mountains classificationEdit

Final mountains classification (1–10)
Rank Rider Team Points
1   José María Jiménez (ESP)   iBanesto.com 162
2   Claus Michael Møller (DEN) Milaneza–MSS 110
3   Juan Miguel Mercado (ESP) iBanesto.com 88
4   Óscar Sevilla (ESP) Kelme–Costa Blanca 82
5   José Luis Rubiera (ESP) U.S. Postal Service 55
6   Gilberto Simoni (ITA) Lampre–Daikin 53
7   Roberto Heras (ESP) U.S. Postal Service 50
8   Íñigo Cuesta (ESP) Cofidis 49
9   Santiago Blanco (ESP) iBanesto.com 48
10   Félix Cárdenas (COL) Kelme–Costa Blanca 42

Sprints classificationEdit

Final sprints classification (1–10)
Rank Rider Team Time
1   César García Calvo (ESP)   Colchon Relax–Fuenlabrada 40
2   Robert Hunter (RSA) Lampre–Daikin 20
3   Óscar Laguna (ESP) Colchon Relax–Fuenlabrada 19
4   Erik Zabel (GER) Team Telekom 16
5   Pedro Díaz Lobato (ESP) Jazztel–Costa de Almería 14
6   José Manuel Vázquez (ESP) Colchon Relax–Fuenlabrada 12
7   Germán Nieto (ESP) Colchon Relax–Fuenlabrada 12
8   Juan Manuel Gárate (ESP) Lampre–Daikin 12
9   Karsten Kroon (NED) Rabobank 11
10   Guido Trenti (ITA) Cantina Tollo–Acqua e Sapone 11

Team classificationEdit

Final team classification (1–10)
Rank Team Time
1 iBanesto.com 212h 05' 24"
2 U.S. Postal Service + 23' 47"
3 Festina + 26' 08"
4 Kelme–Costa Blanca + 1h 01' 11"
5 Euskaltel–Euskadi + 1h 03' 31"
6 Milaneza–MSS + 1h 36' 55"
7 ONCE–Eroski + 1h 53' 28"
8 Cofidis + 1h 54' 12"
9 Mapei–Quick-Step + 2h 08' 36"
10 Domo–Farm Frites–Latexco + 2h 24' 36"

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