Saturday, September 11, 2010

Future watch: stage 6

Mikel Landa showed what he's made of with a hugely impressive third place on today's queen-stage in the Tour de l'Avenir. The young prodigy took third behind unstoppable Colombian Quintana Rojas and future Garmin-Cervelo rider Talansky to move in to fourth overall ahead of tomorrow's concluding stage. The 204km stage took in the climbs of Pennes, Cabre, Bachasette, Vernier and d'Espréaux on it's way to a mountain-top finish on the cat. 1 Risoul. The Colombian won solo with a 39-second margin over the Talansky and Orbea's swashbuckling climber. The stage wasn't exactly tailor-made for a rider of Jon Izagirre's characteristics, Gorka's younger brother placing 68th, 19:05 back. Landa is now just three seconds off the podium in fourth place, and just 41 seconds away from taking the race outright, so he'll be motivated for sure tomorrow.

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