Friday, August 26, 2011

Vuelta stage 7 & Poitou Cha. stage 5

Euskaltel, unlike most other teams, came through today's crash-marred stage seven unscathed. A big pile-up 200 metres from the line claimed a lot of victims but for once the riders in orange were not in the middle of it all. The Euskaltel riders were for the most part of the stage seen close together and luckily escaped the mishaps. Everyone bar Pierre Cazaux, who got caught out by the sidewind prominent in the latter part of the stage, finished mid-pack. The diminutive Frenchman ended up 6:51 in arrears.

Jon Izagirre grabbed a creditable fourth-place finish in today's fifth and final stage of the Tour de Poitou Charentes. The youngster tried his luck with a bold attack inside the last kilometre but was caught within sight of the line and in the end had to settle for fourth. Sky starlet Alex Dowsett finished solo six seconds ahead of the pack to take an impressive win. Along with Izagirre, Velasco, Fernández and Astarloza came home with the pack. Minguez struggled a bit on the demanding 171,4km stage and ceded 1:12, while Bilbao and Landa both ended up 1:35 in arrears. Final GC:
  • 21, Astarloza
  • 29, Izagirre
  • 49, Fernández
  • 61, Velasco
  • 71, Minguez
  • 72, Bilbao
  • 82, Landa

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