Saturday, March 22, 2008


I'm back just in time for La Classicissima. It doesn't seem like I've missed all that much while I've been away, but, anyway, here's a quick sum-up of this weekend's goings-on:

  • First things first: there's no news on Iban's case. There's nothing on his website, nothing in the papers. Nothing. I visited CAS' website, but that was, as expected, a waste of time. It's been three weeks now... or soon 8 months if you like. Zzzz zzzz....
  • Juanjo sadly didn't manage to hold onto his green mountains jersey in the Tirreno-Adriatico, which concluded on Tuesday. How the team screwed that up, I don't know, but if you are to believe several race-reports, they just weren't paying attention. I find that hard to believe, as surely they must have tried, but still, it's not good enough. With one last climb on the menu it shouldn't be that difficult. 4 days have gone, but I'm still annoyed at not winning that jersey... At least Iñigo and Egoi tried to make up for the blunder by breaking clear shortly afterwards. The duo performed remarkably well to stay away as long as they did. You don't see two riders from the same team alone in front every day, so bravo to them, great job. Iñigo ended up as the best Euskaltel rider overall, finishing a respectable 23rd. That's not bad, but I'm sure there's more to come from the ex-Dauphiné winner.
  • Antton dropped out of the Tirreno-Adriatico during the second stage. At the time it was a mystery, but it's now been revealed that he threw in the towell because of personal reasons. What these "personal reasons" are, is of course impossible to tell, but I hope he sortes them out and will be back riding as soon as possible. Aupa Antton!
  • Antton espectedly dropped out of the line-up for San Remo as well. Koldo will take his place, and he'll probably be the team's best shot for a win tomorrow. Koldo came in with the pack last year, so he knows he can tackle the Cipressa and the Poggio. As usual with Koldo, and Euskaltel for that matter, it'll be a question of positioning. Iñigo, Egoi, Aitor Galdos, Rubén, Alán, Javier and Juanjo will be there to support him.

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