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March 08, 2004

Murcia: Pagliarini takes Stage 5, Valverde overall crown

BBC SPORT | Valverde grabs Murcia crown

Alejandro Valverde held onto a 5-second lead at the Tour of Murcia on Sunday, when the day's stage was determined by a sprint finish, won by Brazil's Luciano Pagliarini, who edged Erik Zabel and Miguel Perdiguero.

Afterwards Valverde said: "I have fulfilled my childhood dream. I am the first Murcian to win the race."

US Postal's Daniel Rincon, a Colombian who joined the team this year, was 11th overall; Lance Armstrong was 23rd, and T-Mobile's Jan Ullrich was 71st, 24:18 back.

Posted by Frank Steele on March 8, 2004 in Alejandro Valverde, Jan Ullrich, Lance Armstrong 2004 | Permalink

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