Sunday, June 22, 2008

Igor finishes 3rd

Igor defended his third place overall without problem on the Tour de Suisse's last stage today. The victory on the 9th stage went to arguably the best rider in the world, Fabian Cancellara (again!). Igor, Jorge and Gorka all came in with the pack, while the rest of the guys, exhausted from a gruelling stage-race, came in several minutes adrift. Dioni ended up 1:36 back, Iñigo 1:46, Aitor 3:06 and Andoni 4:40 down. The final general classification looks like this:

  • 3rd, Igor Antón, 1:55
  • 53rd, Gorka Verdugo, 34:56
  • 61st, Jorge Azanza, 38:03
  • 92nd, Iñigo Landaluze, 55:43
  • 114th, Dionisio Galparsoro, 1:06:29
  • 129th, Aitor Hernández, 1:39:49
  • 130th, Andoni Lafuente, 1:54:09

Speaking to reporter's post-podium appearance, Igor expressed his satisfaction with his overall performance: "I'm very pleased with the Tour de Suisse", he said. "I'm happy with my results. I had good form in the Euskal Bizikleta (where he ended up 2nd), but that's a different type of race. The Tour de Suisse is a harder race. People like Klöden and Cunego have participated, and every day is tough. I'm tired now; 9 days of competition is difficult. Especially yesterday's ITT was hard. A stage-win, four days in yellow and 3rd overall is a remarkable achievement. The team have worked well, and we go back home satisfied. Those of us who won't do the Tour will now get a chance to rest, but it's important still to not fall asleep. I'll prepare for the Vuelta a España now, so, really, I can't relax for too long." With the form he's been showing this year, I can't wait for the Vuelta...

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