Saturday, June 07, 2008

Igor 6th in Euskal opener

Sorry for not updating yesterday, but I really never had the time actually, as I was away the whole day. But here's how the opener of the Euskal Bizikleta unfolded:

At first Amets tried to break away with 13 others, among them eventual stage-winner Moreno. But it never worked out for this group, and they were reeled back in quite quickly. Straight afterwards a group of 15 went away, and this group managed to establish a gap. Euskaltel, amazingly, had no one in it so, together with Tinkoff, who'd suffered the same fate, they had to chase. The two teams controlled the break wonderfully, and on the descent of the last climb the lead-group, among them a lively Igor, had reeled in all the escapees. It came down to a sprint among the 10 strongest riders, a sprint in which Dani Moreno of Caisse d'Epargne prevailed in. Igor came in 6th, but was later promoted to 5th overall as Moreno was handed a 10-second penalty for hanging onto a car going up the last climb. The other Euskaltel riders finished way back, totally exhausted after leading the peloton all day. Antton sadly had to abandon due to some respiratory problems. Results:
  • 6th, Igor Antón, 0:00
  • 47th, Amets Txurruka, 8:45
  • 67th, Egoi Martínez, 13:20
  • 86th, Jorge Azanza, 20:03
  • 87th, Andoni Lafuente, s.t.
  • 89th, Aitor Hernández, s.t.
  • 91st, Koldo Fernández, s.t.

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