Perez Wins Stage 15 of Vuelta
Santiago Perez (Phonak) has won his second consecutive stage of the Vuelta a Espana.
Santiago Perez (Phonak) has won his second consecutive stage of the Vuelta a Espana. By doing so, the Spaniard has vaulted into contention in the overall. Perez won the 29.6-km mountain time trial from Granada to Sierra Nevada in 1:02:29. Alejandro Valverde (Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme) finished second at 1:07, and Roberto Heras (Liberty Seguros) took third at 1:51. Heras remains the overall leader, but his lead has narrowed.
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Alexander Vinokourov (T-Mobile) set the early standard with a 1:05:35. His time held up more than an hour and half. Perez then shattered it with his stage-winning time. Behind him, Heras and Valverde fought for the overall lead.
At the beginning of the stage, Heras led Valverde by 0:35. At 13 km, Valverde had shaved 0:05 from Heras?s lead. By 20 km, Heras?s lead was 0:05. For Valverde, the overall lead was ripe for the picking, but Heras summoned an enormous effort in the final km to keep the overall lead.
In the overall, Heras leads Valverde by 0:05 and Perez by 1:45. Tomorrow will be the Vuelta?s second rest day, and Stage 16 will probably not shake up the standings. The flat, 190.1-km run from Olivenza to Caceres should end in a bunch sprint. Who will win it? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!
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