Monday, April 07, 2008

Egoi grabs climber's jersey

Today's Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco opener went well for the team. Egoi got into the break of the day and looked as strong as ever. He was also clearly keen on the climber's jersey, and amassed a massive 24 points underway. He therefore leads that particular competition going into the second stage. The break though wasn't given a big gap, but that wasn't really a surprise as the Astana riders know what Egoi is capable of. Egoi and Mayoz, the former Euskaltel rider, were the last two to get reeled back in by the Astana-led pack with 15 clicks to go. On the last climb of the day, Contador was able to get away and take the win. Behind him, the group of favourites was wittled down to 26 riders, among them Mikel and Igor, in 12th and 17th respectively. This group came in only 8 seconds back. Jorge, Amets, Iván and Iñigo all came in with the same group, 1:59 in arrears, while Egoi ended up 101st, 3:44 down, and Iñaki 108th, 4:42 down. Tomorrow's stage will be another hilly affair, of course, so perhaps Igor and Mikel will be able to snatch a top placing then. Aupa!

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