Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Paris-Nice stage 3

The biggest news of the day as far as Euskaltel were concerned, came before the race had even started. Romain Sicard decided not to start the stage as he's suffering from severe pain in his right knee. It's a major let-down for the rider and team alike, but hopefully it's short-term. There's no word yet on how long he might be sidelined for, but you can rest assured I'll tell you all as soon as I find out.

As for the racing, it was unspectacular at best. After the day's breakaway-quintet had been reeled in, the wily Thomas Voeckler launched a perfectly anticipated counter-move. Gorka Izagirre tried desperately to go with him, but his legs let him down and he was soon back in the peloton. Euskaltel did not succeed in fighting for the top placings in the sprint, but at least the seven remaining riders came home safe and sound in the peloton.


azanca02 said...

I'll be honest... This year is disapointing. I think the team has been in less breakaways than they have been in crashes. I know crashes happen but they really need to start stepping up their game and go for some wins or at least a jersey of some sort...

Bolsen3 said...

The season just started for real (Het Nieuwsblad is the start of the season in my opinion) so I think we should wait some weeks before we can say anything about how the year is going :)

But crashes seems to be a real problem for the team, and has been for years! Some of the guys need some specific training on bike handling!

Magnus said...

Definetely, they seem to be crashing all over the place these days, much like in the Tour last year.


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