Vuelta a España 2004
|59th Vuelta a España 2004 - final score|
|Route length||21 stages, 3,034 km|
|winner||Roberto Heras||77:42:46 h
(39.041 km / h)
|Second||Santiago Perez||+ 0:30 min|
|Third||Francisco Mancebo||+ 2:13 min|
|Fourth||Alejandro Valverde||+ 3:30 min|
|fifth||Carlos García Quesada||+ 7:44 min|
|Scoring||Erik Zabel||152 P.|
|Second||Alejandro Valverde||144 P.|
|Third||Roberto Heras||142 P.|
|Mountain scoring||Félix Cárdenas||167 p.|
|Second||Roberto Heras||111 P.|
|Third||Santiago Perez||110 p.|
|Combined rating||Roberto Heras||6 p.|
|Second||Santiago Perez||9 p.|
|Third||Francisco Mancebo||13 P.|
|Team evaluation||Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme||233: 04: 50 h|
|Second||Liberty Seguros||+ 27:22 min|
|Third||Illes Balears||+ 36:51 min|
The 59th Vuelta a España was from September 4 to 26. September 2004 discharged. After 21 stages with a total length of 3,034 kilometers, Roberto Heras won just ahead of Santiago Pérez .
After the opening win in the team time trial, US Postal shaped the first half of the race, in which four drivers of the team ( Floyd Landis , Max van Heeswijk , Benoît Joachim and Manuel Beltrán ) were able to wear the golden jersey of the front runner one after the other. On the 12th stage, defending champion Roberto Heras took over the lead in the overall standings with a stage win at the mountain finish in Calar Alto , which he defended until the end. After the last stage, his lead over runner-up Santiago Pérez was still 30 seconds. Pérez, who had barely appeared before this tour and was more than 4 minutes behind after 12 stages, advanced to discover the Vuelta with 3 stage wins. A little later, however, he was convicted of doping (blood transfusion).
The sprinter Alessandro Petacchi won 4 stages.
The outstanding team was Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme , which provided 4 different stage winners, won the team classification and was able to bring 3 drivers into the top 10 of the overall individual classification.
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- Vuelta a España 2004 in the Radsportseiten.net database