Thursday, September 13, 2007

No luck in Poland

Luck is not on Euskaltel's side in the Tour of Poland. Today, with less than a 1000 metres to go, Aitor crashed in a bend and was of course out of the running for the win. Luckily though, he seems to be ok. Markel was once again active in the early parts of the stage and grabbed another bonus second, meaning he's still 15th overall going into the last two stages. Markel was also very active indeed when the sidewinds and the high pace split the peloton in three pieces. Most of the team got caught in the second group and it seemed they wouldn't be able to catch back on in time. But then Euskaltel came to the fore. Four Euskaltel riders set a frantic pace at the head of the second group and almost single-handedly reeled in the 60-man strong first group. There's some fighting spirit for all of you! I was really impressed when I watched it, but sadly the riders couldn't cap off an otherwise good peformance due to a crash. It's just not going for the guys down in Poland it seems... Jon was the best placed rider in the end, crossing the line 17th. Three of the riders didn't manage to follow the rhythm of the pack and came in afterwards. Iban Iriondo was 6 seconds back, while Lander and Antton both came home 14:23 in arrears. Tomorrow's stage is a rather hilly affair, so hopefully some of the boys will be active in the break of the day. Aupa!

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