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These Spanish riders are confusing meSpoiler
Jul 18, 2003 5:59 PM
Euskaltel-Euskadi has Haimar Zubeldia and Iban Mayo in 5th and 6th 4:29 back, and Roberto Laiseka in 15th, 9:43 back.
BUT
From cyclingnews.com
Riders David Etxebarria (Euskaltel) and Unai Etxebarria (Euskaltel) were given times of 1:14:59 and 1:14:49 respectively after their penalties, and were eliminated** from the race. (Elimination time: 1:13:12).

So this kills Euskaltel for the team classification. They have to defend against teams like Ibanesto.com who have Francisco Mancebo in 8th, 5 min back and Denis Menchov in 9th, 7 min back.

Will Tyler, Lance, Jan, or Vinokourov take advantage of the Spanish battle or will they be a victim of it? Or are the Spanish planning on taking advantage of the battle between top 4?