Friday, December 07, 2007

Igor "attracted" by 2008 Vuelta parcours

First of all, I'm sorry for my absence the last few days. You see, the thing is, my keyboard hasn't been working properly of late. Well, it hasn't worked at all to be honest, so it's been close to impossible to write anything. Anyway, back to what really matters these days; the Vuelta 2008.

Miguel Madariaga, Igor González de Galdeano, Xabier Carbayeda, Mikel Astarloza and Igor Antón were all present at the unveiling of the Vuelta a España route in the Parque IFEMA in Madrid on Wednesday. Unipublic, the organiser, unveiled a mountainious parcours and, as Igor will probably captain the team next year, this was a good thing. "There are several mountain-stages", he told "If I'm in good form I can perform well I think. There are five summit-finishes, and other mountainious stages as well. The truth is that it's an attractive route for me, as well as the spectators". Mikel, who's more known for his skills against the clock than his climbing, wasn't just as pleased, but emphasized that the strongest man will prevail. "Next year's Vuelta will be different from this year's. There's only one flat time trial, and a lot of hard stages in the mountains. It starts with a team time trial, just like in the Giro this year, and that's always a good spectacle. All in all it's a Vuelta favourable for the climbers, but we'll take it as it comes. Anyway, the best one always wins in the end".

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