Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Disappointing day in Murcia

Euskaltel did not have the best of days in the Vuelta a Murcia today. None of the riders were able to fight it out for the win but, to their credit, they tried at least. Jon, Jorge and Mikel were all active and looked strong as the stage progressed, but when the going got tough, they all went missing. Mikel was the first Euskaltel rider to cross the line, in a not-too-bad 19th place, 1:10 in arrears. Next in was Iñaki, who did well to claim 29th, 4:23 back. Samu was also quite good, considering he's not supposed to peak until July, coming home 34th, 6:08 back. Jorge was 12:15 down, in 51st place, while the rest of the lads, Koldo, Iván, Jon and Josu, all came in with the gruppeto, a massice 21:27 adrift. Best on GC is Mikel of course, in 16th, though that's probably too far down to fight for the overall win. Tomorrow is another sprinter-friendly stage, so I'm crossing my fingers for Koldo. Aupa!

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