Monday, July 25, 2011

Youth to the fore in Ordizia

Jon Izagirre and Peio Bilbao showed their considerable promise in today's Clásica Ordizia. Both youngsters made it into the final seven-man selection that formed on the hilly parcours and ended up fourth and seventh respectively. The latter never got the chance to sprint as he crashed in the very last curve leading to the line and thus had to console himself with a slightly disappointing seventh. Izagirre, who's brother took out the race a year ago, was bested by Frenchman Simon and compatriots Moreno and Lastras in the dash for the line. Oroz came home with a big group two minutes down in 29th, while Nieve and Antón finished up 37th and 40th at 3:43 and 4:51 respectively. Isasi was 48th a further 90 seconds back. Through his fourth-place finish, Jon Izagirre naturally took out the U23 and Local Rider classifications.

Orbea also enjoyed a decent race as Bizkarra and García both finished inside the top 20 (15th and 19th). Zabalo and Cabedo came in with Oroz and García's group at two minutes, while Blázquez and Sáez came in alongside Antón at 4:51. Aritz Bagües finished outside the time limit.

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