Vuelta a Murcia Results - Stage 2
Gutierrez wins time trial; Armstrong beats Ullrich.
Following a fifth place finish in today's second stage - a 21.3 kilometer time trial - Lance Armstrong moved to second overall at the Tour of Murcia in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
"It was a good performance from Lance today, and also from Michael Barry and Jurgen ( van den Broeck )," said USPS team sports manager Johan Bruyneel. "Lance did a good first part of the race but the second part was a little more difficult, which shows that he is not in top shape yet, which was expected."
"Overall, it was a good test. We are going to sit down tonight and go over some stuff on positioning and things like that. But overall, it was OK," Bruyneel continued.
Barry placed 12th in the stage, 50 seconds of the pace of Gutierrez, while van den Broeck finished 19th at .
"It was a good sign for such a young guy," said Bruyneel about van den Broeck, the 2001 world junior time trial champion. "It was a long time trial as well and to be in the top 20 is definitely a sign he has the qualities of a time trialist. He was very nervous and very motivated and rode at 100%. Looking back at yesterday and today, I really like what I saw in him."
Yesterday's stage winner, Max van Heeswijk , finished 46th in the time trial, just under two minutes off the pace. However, due to van Heeswijk's stage win, the team's sixth victory this season, Bruyneel said the team will take a relaxed approach at the remainder of the race, which concludes on Sunday.
"Our objective at
March 4, 2004: Stage 2: Lorca - Lorca (21 km ITT):
1 Jos? Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto 00:25:39
2 Michael Rich (Ger) Gerolsteiner 0.03
3 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre 0.27
4 Torsten Schmidt (Ger) Gerolsteiner 0.28
5 Lance Armstrong (USA) U.S. Postal Service-Berry Floor 0.29
6 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Com.Valenciana-Kelme 0.35
7 Hector Guerra (Spa) Relax-Bodysol 0.37
8 David Blanco (Spa) Com.Valenciana-Kelme 0.38
9 Jos? Alberto Martinez (Spa) Relax-Bodysol 0.42
10 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Com.Valenciana-Kelme 0.47
11 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0.48
12 Michael Barry