Sunday, June 15, 2008

Igor conquers the Flumserberg

Igor took his first win of the season in stunning fashion today in the Tour de Suisse. Igor jumped clear of a select group of favourites with 300 metres to go to the summit, eventually winning the second stage 6 seconds ahead of Kim Kirchen to take his team's fifth win of the season. It was sweet revenge for the mercurial climber who narrowly lost out on a stage and overall win in last week's Euskal Bizikleta.

It was clear for everybody that the outcome of the stage would be decided on the tough 10-kilometre climb of Flumserberg. Martin Elmiger went on a solo move from the off, but was easily reeled back in by the chasing pack at the base of the climb. A select group was quickly formed, containing names like Cunego, Devolder, Kirchen, the Schleck brothers and of course Igor. The last kilometres were chaotic to say the least, as riders went on the attack right and left before losing contact and then bridging up again. It was anyone's guess as to who the winner might be with 500 metres to go. But Igor's late surge was simply unbelievable, leaving the rest of the riders to fight it out for 2nd. Igor won by several bike lengths, and raised his arms in celebration when crossing the line. Igor now emerges, as I predicted, as the man to beat for the overall crown, but it's still early days. Stay tuned for post-stage interviews. Stage results:

  • 1st, Igor Antón, 0:00
  • 46th, Jorge Azanza, 3:33
  • 48th, Gorka Verdugo, 3:38
  • 67th, Dionisio Galparsoro, 8:08
  • 118th, Koldo Fernández, 12:37
  • 143rd, Andoni Lafuente, s.t.
  • 151st, Aitor Hernández, 13:30
  • 152nd, Iñigo Landaluze, s.t.


arnout said...

For the last kilometre (click on "laatste kilometer" next to the image if you want to see the great jump of Igor).

Great win, he really was the strongest in the end! I want to see him riding in topform in la Fleche Wallone for once actually, I believe he can win that race.

Magnus said...

definetely, I think he can win any race on the top of a climb if he's in top form


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