Sunday, April 06, 2008

Aitor Galdos 9th in GP Induráin

Aitor Galdos continued his strong run of form of late to clinch 9th in the Gran Premio Miguel Induráin today. Aitor came in with a small and strong group only six seconds down on winner Wegmann. But other than that though, it has to be said the race was a disappointment for the team. The race was ranked as one of the season highlights for the team, so, in fairness, I expected a little more. It started good though, with Jorge managing to infiltrate in the break of the day along with two others. The trio built up a handy 6-minute lead, but were as expected reeled back in. At the base of the last climb it was all back together, and Euskaltel were prominent on the front going into the last hill. But when it started most of them faded though. Iván did well to claim 33rd, only 34 seconds back, while Mikel and Egoi ended up 38th and 39th respectively, 41 seconds in arrears. Amets was 69th, 3 minutes down, while Iñaki came in 73rd, another 9 seconds back. The rest of the guys abandoned, and the team finished a lowly 9th in the team classification. Not the best of days, but not a disaster either. There'll be other races, starting tomorrow with Vlaanderen and then on Monday with País Vasco. When it comes to the cobbled classics I'm all smiles as long as nobody gets injured, so I'll keep my fingers crossed.

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