Vuelta Stage 2

Well, it didn't take Cipo long to drop out. After much-to-do about guaranteeing his presence so that his Domina squad could keep their invitation, Cipo dropped out after Stage 1. Domina will be allowed to continue racing, but in the future... I guess Petacchi will get to go for the sprinter's glory - he's all record himself in the books by winning a stage in all three of the grand tours... if he can win one (or more) at the Vuelta before he catches mountain sickness and drops out.

As for today's stage, Perez and Sastre broke away on the final big climb. A chase group of four got close but was caught by the peloton. Perez and Sastre held on in the final kilometers with Perez easily outsprinting Sastre for the finish. Heras kept himself close enough and finished with a large pack 15" behind Perez/Sastre, which leaves Heras only 10" behind in the GC. Joaquin Rodriguez of ONCE gets to don the golden jersey, though probably not for long.
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