Friday, May 06, 2011

Vuelta a Bidasoa round-up

The prestigious three-day Vuelta a Bidasoa came to a close today, and Naturgas Energía certainly put their mark on the race. Co-leaders Igor Merino and Fernando Grijalba were up there throughout and eventually finished an impressive 3rd and 4th overall respectively. As expected, standout Russian Shalunov ran away with the race from day one and easily won the overall. The duo went close to stage-wins, though, with Grijalba taking 3rd on day two and 5th on day three, while Merino grabbed 10th on the second day and 3rd on the last. Overall they got second and third as I just mentioned, whilst Carazo was 68th, Ardaiz 72nd, Chetôut 82nd and Guinea 87th. The team ended up ninth in the team rankings, while Merino took out the Gran Euskaldun competition. No idea wthat that particular competition is, but he'll be pleased anyway. Considering the level of competition present, it was a great campaign by the red brigade. Merino and Grijalba in particular seem to go from strength to strength so expect to see them in blue rather than red next season.

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