Sunday, July 24, 2011

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  • Vuelta-bound duo Igor Antón and Mikel Nieve will headline a strong Euskaltel team in tomorrow's Clásica Ordizia. Last year's race was of course won in impressive fashion by Gorka Izagirre, and this year's revised parcours is likely to suit the strong duo. Joining them will be Oroz, Isasi, Bilbao, Aramendía and Jon Izagirre.
  • After a strong start to the year, Orbea will aim to kick off their second half of the season with a strong performance in Ordizia tomorrow, reports the team's website. The blue team will be represented by Bizkarra, Cadebo, Saez, Zabalo, Martín, García, Etxebarria, Bagües, Urain and Blázquez.
  • Over in Italy, in the Brixia Tour, Euskaltel haven't been overly successful. Koldo Fernández tried his hand in the third stage and grabbed a decent 8th place in the final sprint, while Mikel Landa climbed to a strong 16th place in yesterday's mountainous stage four won by diminutive climber Pozzovivo. Heading into the last stage, the talented climber from Murgia is the the team's best-placed overall in 24th.
  • Naturgas took part in yesterday's prestigious Bayonne-Pamplona one-day race with a roster consisting of Chetout, Baudron, García, Ocampos, Legarra, Guinea and Carazo. Results are yet to be published. The same seven riders, plus strong-men Martínez, Marino, Grijalba, González and Barbero, are at the time of writing taking part in a Torneo Lehendakari-race in Busturia.

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