Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cobbled classics team revealed

Euskaltel's two favourite races are coming up in the space of just one week: the Ronde van Vlaanderen this coming Sunday, and Paris-Roubaix the Sunday after that. Euskaltel will actually send eight riders, the full allotment, to both races, instead of fielding just six like they did in Wevelgem almost a week ago. Two of the stand-out performers from that race, Gorka Izagirre and Javier Aramendía, are back, and will line up alongside Jonathan Castroviejo, who's back to full health after falling ill in the Critérium last weekend, Gorka's younger brother Jon, the ever-aggressive Daniel Sesma, sylf-like climber Miguel Mínguez, French all-rounder Pierre Cazaux and experienced stalwart Alan Pérez. Actually I quite fancy these riders to have a decent performance on Sunday. G Izagirre and Aramendía look adept at the cobbles, and I reckon they can stay with the main pack for quite a while alongside Castroviejo and Pérez if everything goes their way. Send Sesma or Cazaux up the road to give us a presence in the break, and this might just not turn out to badly.

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