Sunday, April 29, 2012

Disappointing end to Romandie

Euskaltel ended an otherwise encouraging Tour de Romandie on a low ebb today with an anonymous time trial performance.

Mikel Astarloza was lying pretty in 16th going into the concluding 16,1km hill time trial on Crans-Montana, but failed to make an impression, finishing 34th, and thus ending up 25th on GC. Verdugo, so strong throughout the week in Switzerland, didn't find the course to his liking, coming in 36th en course to a 28th overall. Climbing specialist Mikel Landa was off-colour, finishing in 63rd place.

Stage results:
  • (1, Bradley Wiggins (Sky), 28:56
  • 34, Mikel Astarloza, 1:36
  • 36, Gorka Verdugo, 1:41
  • 63, Mikel Landa, 2:27
  • 79, Egoi Martínez, 2:56
  • 84, Ricardo García, 3:01
  • 89, Romain Sicard, 3:08
  • 94, Jorge Azanza, 3:16
  • 127, Alán Pérez, 4:53
Final general classification:
  • (1, Bradley Wiggins (Sky), 18:05:40)
  • 25, Mikel Astarloza, 1:55
  • 28, Gorka Verdugo, 2:06
  • 35, Mikel Landa, 3:00
  • 71, Egoi Martínez, 18:13
  • 78, Jorge Azanza, 20:56
  • 80, Romain Sicard, 22:36
  • 97, Ricardo García, 29:04
  • 133, Alán Pérez, 50:02
Full results here



Kristof said...

Astarloza has had his time, one of those many guys who was top in another cycling age, well we know why. I read he will do the TDF, I'm not so happy about that. Landa should improve in TT, but he (and Verdugo) did a very good Romandie, if you know they lost their most important man Anton. If Landa rides Vuelta, beware I think he'll overpower Anton. And Sicard, I get my doubts if he ever become as strong as some years ago with the younger guys.

Magnus said...

Astarloza will indeed do the Tour. Not too pleased either... Landa and Antón in the Vuelta will be superb. Sicard will get there, no doubt!


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