Monday, July 11, 2011

Agostinho and Madrid round-up

Orbea were active throughout but could not find success at the GP Internacional Torred Vedras - Joaquim Agostinho four-day race in Portugal. The race got off to a good start for the team in stage one with Adrián Sáez taking the lead in the Metas Volantes competition and Ricardo García finishing in the main group of favourites 1:21 down on eventual overall winner Mestre. García went close with a strong fourth on day two, whilst Zabalo's endeavors in the main break earned him a temporary second place in the climbers competition. García repeated his fourth-placed finish the following day by leading home a select group of favourites nine seconds down on solo winner Ribeiro, and defended his sixth place on GC with a fifth place on the final day to complete a good overall race for him. Team DS Álex Díaz deemed himself satisfied with his young charges despite missing out on the stated objective of a win when talking to the team's website earlier this morning.

The Vuelta a Madría proved to be a testing race for Naturgas Energía. The four-day event came to a close yesterday with Fernando Grijalba's ninth place on the final day their best result. On GC, Merino ended up a slightly disappointing 34th on GC. Damien García was 42nd, Grijalba 69th, Carazo 77th, Barbero 90th, Chetout 99th and González 104th. The team fared better in yesterday's Torneo Lehendakari race in Antzuola courtesy of Aitor Ocampos' sixth place finish.

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