Sunday, May 01, 2011

Cabedo solos to sensational Asturias win

Orbea's talented youngster Víctor Cabedo soloed to a mightily impressive win in today's fourth stage of the Vuelta a Asturias. The 21-year-old took off from his breakaway companions inside the last 10 k on a short but taxing uphill and held off the late charge of Rory Sutherland to land a resounding win that's sure to secure him a ride with Euskaltel next year. In that breakaway was also Rubén Pérez who showed good form by hanging on for fourth on a day marked by torrential rain and chaotic racing. The limelight was on Cabedo though, who took his first professional victory in some manner. "I'm very, very happy", he naturally told Euskaltel's wesbite after having a shower and arriving back at the hotel. He then went on to dedicate his win to a relative, something which seems to be the norm in cycling these days. "It was a very nice win, one which I dedicate to my grandfather. He passed away two years ago, but he used to support me, encourage me and he followed my career. And of course I dedicate it to my team-mates and Miguel Madariaga. Miguel gave me the opportunity to be a part of this team (he came over from Seguros Bilbao prior to this season), and this team is a bunch of friends." His team-mate Ricardo García also had a good ride today, placing 16th at just 48 seconds. Sáez wasn't far back in 34th place at 54 seconds, while Bagües and Martín ended up ceding 1:10 and Bizkarra and Zabalo 1:32. Besides Pérez's fourth place, Euskaltel didn't really have a lot to cheer about. Aramendía failed to finish the stage, while Izagirre dropped to 11th overall after losing 54 seconds today. Urtasun, who kept hold of his metas volantes jersey, finished at 1:24 while Sesma finished up in 100th place at 9 minutes 45 seconds. With one stage to go, Izagirre is 4:44 adrift in 11th place.

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