Sunday, May 02, 2010

Beñat third overall as Asturias ends

Beñat clung onto his place on the podium in today's concluding Vuelta a Asturias stage. The stage was of the 'very hilly' type, and as expected Beñat struggled to impose himself on the stage. Tino Zaballa (why can't these Puerto riders just bugger off?) escaped to win the stage and the overall, while Beñat did remarkably well to claim eighth place and hang onto a place on the podium, finishing a splendid third overall. Awesome! Romain was also in the mood today, finishing 20th after spending most of the day at the services of the young climber from Amorebieta. Sadly, Gorka, Javier and Jonathan all abandoned along with something like 30 others. That makes for the following final general classification:
  • 3, Benat Intxausti
  • 19, Romain Sicard
  • 38, Jorge Azanza
  • 53, Miguel Minguez

As for Orbea, Jon Izagirre was once again impressive with his 18th place on the stage just 2:51 down. Mikel Landa and Andoni Blázquez were both rather disappointing, finishing in 48th and 49th place respectively, both 16:36 down. All the other guys threw in the towel. That leaves us with Jon in 17th overall, Mikel Landa in 32nd place and Blázquez in 49th place.


arnout said...

Jon is doing better than his brother at the moment.

Do you by the way think that Beñat is more of a time trialler than a hilly man? He showed in Pais Vasco that he is very good uphill. It seems he doesn't have the edge anymore though. I happened to see the stage and it seemed his tactic was to stay with the leader Duarte. They both got screwed by Zaballa, but at one moment only he was able to follow the pace set by Duarte uphill...

Magnus said...

Yeah, Jon is looking good indeed. I don't know, I think he's equally good at both. And that's fantastic for the team; to finally have a brilliant climber who can win TT. But in a couple of years he'll be even better uphill I promise!

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