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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 September 2005, 15:48 GMT 16:48 UK
Heras into overall lead after win
Roberto Heras
Home favourite Heras is bidding for his fourth title in 2005
Spaniard Roberto Heras took a major step towards a record-breaking fourth Tour of Spain title when he snatched the overall lead by winning stage 15.

Heras made a spectacular attack 50km from the stage finish to overhaul overnight race leader Denis Menchov.

On the final climb, Heras pulled away from a group containing three other riders to secure the 10th Tour of Spain stage win of his career.

Samuel Sanchez took second with Javier Pascual Rodriguez in third.


Stage 15 results:
1. Roberto Heras (Spain / Liberty Seguros) 4:53:51"
2. Samuel Sanchez (Spain / Euskaltel) +32"
3. Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spain / Comunidad Valenciana) +46"
4. Michele Scarponi (Italy / Liberty Seguros) +2:28"
5. Mauricio Ardila (Colombia / Davitamon - Lotto) +3:11"
6. Carlos Garcia Quesada (Spain / Comunidad Valenciana) +3:12"
7. Mario Aerts (Belgium / Davitamon - Lotto) +3:19"
8. Oscar Pereiro (Spain / Phonak) +3:47"
9. Carlos Sastre (Spain / Team CSC)
10. Stijn Devolder (Belgium / Discovery Channel) +4:09"

Overall classification:
1. Roberto Heras (Spain / Liberty Seguros) 61:47:40"
2. Denis Menchov (Russia / Rabobank) +4:30"
3. Carlos Sastre (Spain / Team CSC) +4:50"
4. Francisco Mancebo (Spain / Illes Balears) +6:45"
5. Carlos Garcia Quesada (Spain / Comunidad Valenciana) +8:02"
6. Oscar Sevilla (Spain / T-Mobile) +11:16"
7. Ruben Plaza (Spain / Comunidad Valenciana) +11:30"
8. Tom Danielson (United States / Discovery Channel) +12:05"
9. Juan Miguel Mercado (Spain / Quick-Step) +13:32"
10. Santos Gonzalez (Spain / Phonak) +14:20"



SEE ALSO
Jimenez climbs to stage victory
10 Sep 05 |  Cycling
Laiseka claims Spanish stage win
06 Sep 05 |  Cycling
Mancebo notches Spanish victory
05 Sep 05 |  Cycling
Bertagnolli pulls off stage win
28 Aug 05 |  Cycling
Menchov takes Tour of Spain lead
27 Aug 05 |  Cycling


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