Thursday, June 19, 2008

Igor loses lead

Igor finally surrendered his overall lead in the Tour de Suisse today. The 6th stage was a stage suited to Igor's characteristics, but the final climb was just 2 kilometres too long for him to hang on to the yellow jersey. Kirchen took both the stage and the overall lead, while Igor finished a very creditable 8th on the stage, only 29 seconds back. He's now 3rd overall, but he may still win it as he's only 33 seconds in arrears. He's probably a bit disappointed right now, but losing the jersey might, just might, be a blessing in disguise. The team will get to chill out a bit instead of riding TTT at the front of the pack all the time, and as a result he might get a bit more help on the climbs as his team-mates won't be totally worn out come the last climbs. Today Iñigo, Andoni, Aitor H and and Dioni did a massive job at the head of the peloton but, sadly, it was to no avail. The team should nonetheless be proud though; they've already won a stage and lead the race for three days. Chapeau!

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