Monday, October 03, 2011

D'Emordá: Garcia wins stage, Sáez 3rd overall

Orbea enjoyed a hugely successful end to their season this weekend at the Tour d'Empordá. Ricardo García took an impressive win on stage two, while Adrián Sáez - who'll join Euskaltel next year - took fourth on stage 1 and third on stage 3 on his way to third overall. In such a high-class field, it couldn't really have been better.

A break including Sáez was allowed to go all the way to the line on stage one. Paul Voss distanced his breakaway companions to take the honours, while the Orbea rider had to settle for fourth on the day, 25 seconds back. Aritz Etxebarria came home with a big group at 5:15, while the rest of the guys ended up in the gruppetto at 20:12.

García made the most of his day in the break on day two to snatch the win ahead of Ángel Vallejo - his first win of the year. Aberasturi sprinted to 12th place in the main pack at 5:16 - a pack also including Sáez. Bagües and Bizkarra came in eight seconds further back, while Etxebarria came in 25:25 in arrears.

Ahead of today's last stage into Figueras, Sáez was lying pretty in fourth overall. However, the peloton splintered on the run-in and Sáez was able to advance to third overall by grabbing third place on the stage behind the two Prades brothers of team Tarragona-Mopesa. A huge pile-up inside the last kilometre brought a lot of riders down, including overall leader Voss, but it had no effect on the GC. García placed seventh on the day at three seconds, Bizkarra was 20th at 34, Bagües 32nd at 1:41, Aberasturi 66th at 8:33 and Etxebarria 72nd at 13:36. On GC, Sáez placed third, García 24th, Bizkarra 38th, Bagües 46th, Aberasturi 58th and Etxebarria 72nd.

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