Thursday, July 14, 2011

Samu takes epic win at Ardiden

Ten years after Roberto Laiseka climbed to Euskaltel's first win in the Tour de France at Luz Ardiden, Samu grabbed his first ever in the French GT atop the same behemoth in stunning fashion a few minutes ago. The Olympic Champ attacked a full 13 kilometres from the top, right at the foot of the climb, and got the impressive Belgian Vanendert for company. The two quickly distanced the main group of favourites and reeled in the remnants of the break to build an unassailable lead. Samu was at his limit inside the last five kilometres but still had enough to easily out-sprint the young Omega Pharma-Lotto rider and take the team's first win at the race since Ibán's win atop Alpe d'Huez 170 stages ago (not counting Astarloza's infamous victory in 2009). In the process Samu climbed to 8th overall. Stay tuned for reactions and full results later this evening.


kKDu said...

Wonderfull :)
To bad that I was not able to watch it.

arnout said...

Excellent, I've been waiting a long time to see Sanchez ride with this kind of courage!

Brilliant stuff.

azanca02 said...

Incredible!!!! This was awesome to watch. This will give him big confidence for the mountains!

bike master said...

that was a fantastic ride... it seemed for a few moments that he would be overtaken right on the line, but everything went the right way this time. looking forward to more of the same from the Euskatel.

how i would love to be on Plateau de Beille on saturday!

Kristof said...

Woohoow! Fantastic, Samu was incredible. The team was incredible. Bigg class they can show this in the mountains after losing two of their best climbers!


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