Friday, February 29, 2008

Gorka 5th overall with one stage to go

Gorka was once again Euskaltel's best man in the Vuelta a Valenciana today. By claiming 11th on the stage he is now 5th overall, which is a great performance from the super domestique. Amazingly, he beat Petacchi in the sprint! He was the only Euskaltel rider among that first 20-man strong lead group. Rubén, Haimar and Markel came in with the next group, 14 seconds back. Also worth mentioning was Juanjo's aggressive riding. He got into one of the early breaks and clinched some sprint points underway but, due to dangerman Contador's presence in the escape, it was reeled back in. Stage results:

  • 11th, Gorka Verdugo, 0:00
  • 32nd, Rubén Pérez, 0:14
  • 33rd, Markel Irizar, s.t.
  • 36th, Haimar Zubeldia, s.t.
  • 79th, Beñat Albizuri, 1:00
  • 88th, Juan José Oroz, 1:14
  • 115th, Alán Pérez, 2:34
  • 116th, Andoni Lafuente, 2:54


arnout said...

The last km was a 12% climb, maybe that's why he could beat Petacchi :)

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