Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tirreno-Adriatico stage 5

Up-and-coming duo Jonathan Castroviejo and Jon Izagirre once again showed excellent form in today's fifth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico. Another hilly, 240km stage was on the menu today, and just like yesterday they stayed very close to the big guns on the short and punchy climbs littered along the road to Castelraimondo. The duo came in a mere 27 seconds back Gilbert, Cunego and co., Castroviejo in 21st and Izagirre in 25th. In their small group were names like Garzelli, Nuyens, Velits and Albasini, and mixing it up with those guys in a race of this stature is no mean feat. JJ Oroz also showed his form is coming along nicely by placing 33rd at 37 second, while Martínez crossed the line flanked by German duo Wegmann and Sinkewitz at 1:43. Txurruka and Velasco were a disappointing 7:46 in arrears, while Aramendía, who relinquished his mountains jersey underway, finished 15:07 back. Sesma finished in the gruppetto at 31 minutes. In the team rankings, Euskaltel are ranked a highly-creditable 5th overall with two stages remaining. If they manage to hold onto that ranking, they will have done awfully well I reckon.


Nick said...

If Castroviejo can stay close again in tomorrow's stage, he could put a stunning TT in to place quite high in the final GC.

Does Izagirre have a good TT? I couldn't gauge anything about it from his results on CQ.

Overall, great job by the Euskaltel youngsters to be so high up in the overall after a less than stellar opening TTT!

Magnus said...

I definetely have high hopes for Jonathan tomorrow as well. He might make top 15 on the stage and maybe top 20 overall. That would be superb.

Izagirre doesn't (yet, anyway) have a good time trial. According to his brother Gorka, Jon is supposed to be the better climber of the two, and I'm afraid I haven't seen him post a very good ITT before.


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