Sunday, June 08, 2008

Euskaltel strong in Dauphiné prologue

Euskaltel got off top a surprisingly good start in the Dauphiné Libéré today. All three captains, Haimar, Mikel and Samu, placed inside the top 20 on the prologue. Haimar was 10th and looked awesome. Has he finally refound his crono skills? Time will tell, but based on the prologue, yes indeed. He was only 14 seconds off the pace set by Leipheimer, while Mikel was 15th, only one second adrift of Haimar. Samu also looked sharp, as always, coming home 18th, another second back. The five other riders performed okay, with Juanjo posting the 60th best time, 27 seconds down. Iñaki ended up 62nd at the same time as Juanjo, while Rubén was 93rd, 33 seconds down, Beñat was 138th, 43 seconds down, while Jon ended up next-to-last in 142nd place 53 seconds in arrears. If the prologue is a sign of things to come, we're in for a hell of a race...

4 comments:

arnout said...

Haimar is in a hell of form, he ended up 8th today! And he was not within the first 15 of the peloton when the sprint began! As far as I saw though. But that means Haimar really is in great form and I am remembering 2003 already :D

Magnus said...

To be honest, he looks better than ever...

Anonymous said...

hopefully not too early, lioke moreau last year

arnout said...

Well, a win in the Dauphiné for Haimar and a win in the Tour for Sanchez is also oke :D

Sanchez is doing good too, he is not in topform yet but is close to it. I expect him to pick a stage one of these days.

 

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