Sunday, March 16, 2008

Gorka finishes Paris-Nice in 7th

Gorka successfully defended his 7th place overall on Paris-Nice's last stage today. Gorka came in with the group of favourites, together with a very lively Igor, in 26th place, and therefore secured his best result so far in his career. Bravo Gorka! He never looked troubled in a very hilly last stage, sitting comfortably on the wheels of Rebellin, Nocentini etc. all through the stage. Another Euskaltel rider who deserves praise, is Igor. Igor infiltrated in a large breakaway group early on, and was active in all attacks all day long. He looked especially strong on the climbs, putting in some attacks on Cunego and co. Eventually, his group got reeled in with a few kilometres to go, but he still finished inside the main pack. Haimar came in with the next group, 3:29 back, while Aitor ended up 15:28 in arrears. Markel, Dioni and Lander abandoned, like 33 others did, halfway through, meaning the team ended the race with four riders. Gorka ended up, as mentioned, a great 7th, while Igor was 28th, Haimar 30th, and Aitor 66th. As a team, Euskaltel grabbed an okay 9th. Though, what the team rankings mean these days, I have no idea...

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