Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Koldo in the mix in Wevelgem

Koldo tried to sprint for the win in today's Gent-Wevelgem, but was sadly, like many other top sprinters, boxed in at the wrong time. Eventually he had to settle for 21st. That doesn't look like a really strong result, but he still beat riders like Bozic, McEwen, Usov, Cooke and Balducci, so he wasn't the only rider to mistime his sprint. When it became apparent that he wouldn't win, he sat up and let, at least, a handful of riders pass him. But still I'm pleased with his ride; he showed he can be up there in the big Belgian Classics. Markel and Juanjo also came in with the first group, and they deserve the outmost praise. The pair almost single-handedly brought Koldo back to the first group after the peloton split into several pieces after the last ascent of the infamous Kemmelberg. They brought a 50/60-man strong group back to the pack to help Koldo, but sadly he wasn't able to repay them. But there'll be other races, as always... Alán, Javier, Josu and Beñat all came in with a big group 5 minutes down, while Lander led home the last bunch of riders 10:25 adrift of winner Freire.

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