Saturday, May 07, 2011

Bidasoa conclusion 2.0

OK so I screwed up big time yesterday. Saying the Vuelta a Bidasoa came to a close was a bit premature to say the least as there was still another stage to go. Don't know what I was thinking to be honest. Anyway, the last stage was held today, and it was a rather short but hilly and taxing stage on the menu for the riders. The Russian Lokomotiv team once again showed their superiority by taking yet another stage, this time through Artur Ershov. It was a harder day for Naturgas duo Merino and Grijalba though, as they dropped a few places on the final GC. Merino started out as number three but sadly just didn't have the legs to go with the best towards the end. He finished 15th at a full 2:43, meaning he dropped to a slightly disappointing 11th overall. Grijalba fared better, coming home eighth on the day, resulting in a sixth place overall for the young prodigy. Ardaiz, who spent most of the stage in the main break, finished 50th overall, Carazo was 53rd, Chetôut 54th and Guinea 56th. Jon Larrinaga crashed out of the race on day three, but as of yet there's no news on his status.

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