Saturday, March 19, 2011

Milano-San Remo

Not the best of days for Euskaltel at the Primavera today. Everyone but Egoi Martínez were stuck in the second group after the big pile-up off of the Manie climb halfway through, and thus the race was pretty much over for the team. Egoi performed admirably to stay with the top 15 to the top off the Poggio, but an untimely tumble on the descent put paid to his chances of glory. Eventually a bruised but otherwise unscathed Egoi Martínez crossed the line in 32nd place, almost two minutes down. The other guys didn't enjoy the best of luck either. Castroviejo went down with that big crash early on, but luckily remounted without any signs of serious injury. Castroviejo, Oroz and in particular Txurruka did their best to regain contact with the first group through some aggressive riding, but it wasn't to be. Oroz crossed the line in 57th place, while Velasco, Castroviejo and Txurruka finished 130th, 131st and 132nd respectively. Aramendía and Sesma, worn-out by their chasing at the front of the second peloton, finished inside the last group in 52nd and 153rd place. Everyone but Jon Izagirre finished the race, and that's no mean feat for young and inexperienced riders like Sesma, Aramendía and Castroviejo.

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