Sunday, May 29, 2011

Bayern Rundfahrt conclusion

A lacklustre Bayern Rundfahrt came to a close today with a sprinters' stage into Moosburg. Koldo Fernández, still finding his feet mind you, came in ninth in a field not too littered with top sprinters, whilst the rest of the guys in orange cruised home with the peloton. Those results lead to Alan Pérez being the top-ranked rider overall in 30th place. Koldo was 34th, Urtasun 38th, R Pérez 47th, Landa 49th, and Bilbao ended his first race with the team in 89th place. Not too good a performance from the team obviously, but at least Koldo grabbed a couple of top ten stage placings to show for the team's efforts. More importantly, young hopeful Bilbao completed the race and came through relatively unscathed. These five days of hard racing will set him up nicely for the rest of the season. DS Gorka Gerrikagoitia lamented the fact that none of his charges made it into the decisive 11-man break on stage three, but was relatively pleased with Koldo "getting back into the mix in the sprints". Still no word on why Txurruka abandoned the race, but hopefully whatever caused it won't put his Tour de France at risk.

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