Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Giro d`Italia stage 11

Igor Antón once again finished inside the group of favourites on today's testing uphill finish to Castelfidardo and thus keeps his 11th place overall. Antón looked cool and composed on the final climb, seemingly intent on doing nothing more than necessary, and crossed the finish line in 15th place on the same time as winner Gadret. Gadret grabbed his famous win by usurping Daniel Moreno, who'd been in the break all day, inside the last 20o metres. A big group of riders got away on this stage that looked destined for a break to succeed, so it was disappointing to not see Euskaltel represented at all. Everyone but Antón struggled towards the end as well, with Nieve finishing 36th at 47 seconds, Isasi 45th at 50, Azanza 56th at 1:23, Oroz 60th at 1:42, while Sesma, Cazaux, Minguez and Aramendía rolled home with the gruppetto at 15 minutes 10 seconds. Hopefully the team is keeping a low profile just to conserve their strength for this weekend's numerous mammoth mountain stages, 'cause they were never really present today at all. Antón was left to fend for himself on the trickly climb with no team-mates in view. Let's hope it isn't a precursor of things to come.

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