Monday, February 18, 2008

Mikel second in Andalucía

Mikel came oh so close to grabbing his first win in an Euskaltel shirt, and the team's first for the season, in today's second stage of the Vuelta a Andalucía. Mikel was part of a 19-man break that got clear on the first climb of the day. Evans took the win out of that first group, with Mikel notching a brilliant 2nd only 4 seconds back. The rest of the guys didn't perform particularly well, except for Igor, who at first was a part of the break, and Jorge who came in with the first chase group. Igor was 26th, 4:05 back, while Jorge ended up 5:56 down in 35th place. Dioni, Aitor and Jon came in with a big group 18:27 in arrears, while Josu ended up 18:54 down on the winner. That leaves Mikel in a great 4th place overall, only 2:27 down on overall leader Clément Lhotellerie with three hilly stages left to go.


azanca02 said...

Did everyone see that Iban Mayoz got tenth today in the Ruta Del Sol. I know he is no longer with the team but its good to see former riders doing pretty well

Magnus said...

Yeah I saw it, good riding. But then it's not really surprising is it? Iban was always quite strong, and I'm sure I read in an interview with Madariaga that he was sad Iban had to leave the team...


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