Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Antón's double-whammy

Igor Antón blasted his way to a superb solo win in today's 11th and first stage in the high mountains, in the process catapulting himself back into the red jersey of overall leader at the expense of Purito Rodríguez. The stage ended atop the 10km Pal climb into Andorra, and Igor eventually distanced all his GC rivals to take his second win of the race. After a peculiar and worrying start to the climb, when Igor could be seen dangling at the very back of the rapidly-diminishing front group, he worked his way past Schleck, then sprinted past jersey holder Rodríguez, who blew up spectacularly, before catching and distancing Nibali and then Mosquera to claim the team's 15th win of the season. He's now back in the lead, 45 seconds or thereabouts ahead of Nibali, who showed that, despite coming of age in GTs this year, his abilities in the high mountains are still limited. Tune in later this evening for full results and reactions.

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