Friday, August 12, 2011

ENECO stage 3

Gorka Izagirre was at his usual aggressive best in stage three of the ENECO Tour earlier today. The wily Ormaiztegi native attacked the pack with approximately 12 kilometres left to ride in a bid for the stage win but didn't get any company and was eventually forced to sit up as he realized his move wasn't going anywhere. It was still a sign of intent and form though, so expect to see him in the thick of the action in the coming days. The peloton splintered into several fractions towards the end as Gilbert's quite extraordinary attack left everyone grasping for air. None of the guys in orange managed to stay with the main select group coming in eight seconds down on the irrepressible Belgian, but Koldo, A Pérez, Izagirre and Castroviejo all came in with the second group at just 37 seconds. The latter is thus placed 24th overall heading into tomorrow's ITT. Urtasun ended up 11:02 in arrears in 115th, Minguez was 16:27 down in 126th, and Rubén Pérez and Sesma both came home with the gruppetto at 18:02. Pérez took a tumble and a hit to the chest midway through the stage but nonetheless managed to finish the stage.

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