Thursday, November 08, 2007

Euskaltel round-up evaluation 2007


  • Best performance(s): Vuelta a España, Tour de France and Clásica San Sebastián
  • Worst performance: Giro d'Italia
  • Best stage-performance: Stage 15 of the Vuelta a España
  • Most disappointing performance: Vuelta al País Vasco
  • Most surprising performance: 11th in the UCI team rankings
  • Most unlucky performance: Tour de France
  • Most improved area: team-work and team-spirit
  • Least improved area: time trialling and cobbles
  • Season highlight: Amets Txurruka's "Most aggressive rider"-prize in the Tour de France
  • Season let-down: Aketza Peña's positive A-sample
  • Overall ranking (from 1 to 10): 6
  • Better than last year?: yes indeed
  • Best question: When is Aketza Peña's B-sample coming back?
  • Best answer: Dont' ask the UCI

14 comments:

Arnout said...

Peña, that was in the Giro I believe?

And agree with you on most points. Euskaltel did a good season, but had to win some more to get a higher mark.

Magnus said...

definetely, they lack wins. Aketza's positive was revealed while riding the Giro, but was actually taken in the Giro di Trention. I think that was in April or something!! What's happening with that test???

Lizzard4567 said...

Yeah the Giro sucked big time, but I don't think Euskaltel will ride it next year. What do you mean with the Tour as most unlucky performance ??

Arnout said...

Fighting so hard for a stagewin, but couldn't grab one.

Lizzard4567 said...

Oh ok, yeah that's true, they really deserved it

Monika said...

Aketza's B sample is in Greece... that was the last news we had from it, and this is... long time ago!!

Magnus said...

Yeah, I heard Greece was mentioned as well. Do we have a new false positive on our hands???

Arnout said...

Think so. Also Euskaltel (on Dutch forums) has a dopingreputation. "I don't trust Basque riders", they say. Always become angry then of course.

Magnus said...

Why is that you think?

Arnout said...

I don't understand it at all.

Also Spain in general is all doping in their opinion. That is he only reason I can give...

Magnus said...

Well, I can agree on that. I read an interview with Roberto Heras today... Man, his attitudes are lame...

Bolsen3 said...

Spain and Italy aren't really good ambassadors for anti-doping attitude, I think we all know that! They really need to change their attitude... But, of course that doesn't mean that people should suspect every Spanish and Italian rider for using drugs... But I don't blame people for being skeptical, they haven't done anything to deserve a better reputation...

Arnout said...

But Euskaltel is one of the cleanest teams of the peleton.

Magnus said...

Yeah, probably...

 

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