Thursday, July 31, 2008

Koldo just misses out... again

Koldo once again missed out on victory today when he came second in the Cicuito de Getxo. Koldo was, very surprisingly, beaten by some guy called Reinier Honig from the P3 Transfer-Batavus team. Though a 2nd place is a great acheivement, it must have been terribly disappointing for him. I don't really understand how a guy as fast as Koldo can be beaten by that rider, but that's cycling I guess, and it sucks so bad. Euskaltel must have racked up a scaringly high number of runner-up spots this year.... The rest of the team were very active and did their best to set up Koldo for the win. Alán formed part of the 7-man break today and looked to be in good shape; a good sign for Saturday's big race. Eventhough Alán was in the break, the team reeled the break back in. A flurry of attacks started, Alán once again among them, but it came down to a sprint between 12 riders, with a second group coming home 2 seconds back. How that sprint unfolded I'm not sure, but the result of it is quite strange. First of all, of course, this Honig guy took his first win of his career by beating one of the fastest men around. And JJ Rojas, a reknown sprinter, ended dead last in that 12-man sprint. And another fast guy, Manuel Vázquez, ended up in 7th behind a bunch of also-rans. Weird... The rest of the guys did okay. Markel and Aitor H came in with this small second group, while Alán and Javier came in with the next big group 1:45 adrift. Lander came home with the gruppetto in 91st place at 7:20. The rest of the guys, Dioni, Beñat, Antton and Andoni, all abandoned.

4 comments:

arnout said...

And that Dutchman has a big gap on Koldo. There must have happened something very strange... It is not an uphill sprint, is it?

Ah well, all those second places are better than cycling around anonymously I guess, though I don't like the result even while I am a Dutchman...

Magnus said...

The picture's from the Vuelta a Murcia in fact, JJ Haedo winning..:p

arnout said...

:D

Anonymous said...

http://cyclingnews.com/photos.php?id=/photos/2008/jul08/getxo08/Photo1

it was quite close, actually :(

 

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