T-Mobile's Oscar Sevilla has won the Vuelta Asturias this week, his first victory in four years and his first stage race win ever. The Spaniard, 29, went into the final stage with a lead of only six seconds over second-placed Eladio Jimenez Sanchez (Valenciana), but was able to build it up to 1'20 in the final stage, where he finished second, seven seconds behind stage winner Ruben Plaza (Valenciana).
"I am extremely happy for Oscar," said T-Mobile Directeur Sportif Valerio Piva. "He is a very quiet and determined worker. This win is the just reward for his efforts."
Sevilla's victory improved his chances of being named to the T-Mobile Tour squad that was announced today. "Oscar has been in good form here and was able to control the race right throughout," according to Piva. "His form curve shows he's peaking at exactly the right time, which proves that he knows exactly how to go about his preparations."
A dark cloud hanging over Sevilla is the fact that he was allegedly filmed entering the building where the incriminated Dr. Fuentes has his offices, in the Spanish Operation Puerto affair. Sevilla claimed not to have been involved with the controversial doctor and has assured his team of his innocence in a written statement.