Sunday, March 27, 2011

Catalunya stage 7

Euskaltel concluded the Volta a Catalunya today with a subdued performance. None of the riders really animated the race, and none of them managed to mix it up in the sprint. On a positive note they all came home with the peloton, and Rubén Pérez won the intermediate sprints jersey overall (which he, mathematically, actually did yesterday). On a less positive note is the fact that Romain Sicard failed to take the start, presumably due to his crash yesterday and/or knee pain. More on Sicard's status will follow as news come through. The final GC looks like this:

  • 25th, Miguel Mínguez
  • 26th, Igor Antón
  • 27th, Mikel Nieve
  • 87th, Rubén Pérez
  • 147th, Alan Pérez

Though Rubén Pérez's form in this race has been a plus, the overall team performance has not been up to scratch, a valuation I'm sure Galdeano would agree with. He would never say it though. Anyway, the team is still looking for it's first win, and with the Classics on the horizon I can't really see it coming anytime soon I'm afraid. It appears País Vasco might make or break the first part of Euskaltel's season once again.

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