Thursday, August 30, 2012

Santi Ramírez tops quality field in Lakuntza

Santiago Ramírez of Lizarte took his second win of the year on Wednesday when he came out tops in the Premio Lakuntza Fundaciones Sakana.

The race, taken out by a certain Adrián Sáez back in 2009, is part of the Torneo Euskaldun series, and was held over 129 kilometres in Lakuntza, Navarra. 21-year-old Ramírez, already a winner of the prestigious Subida a Gorla earlier this year (pictured above) and second only to Arkaitz Durán in the Subida a Altzo hill time trial, broke clear with ten others some 20 clicks from the line (according to the Basque Cycling Federation) and soloed in a full minute before Bidelan's speedy Unai Iparragirre in second place. Cespa-Euskadi's track specialist Unai Elorriaga came in third.

The cyclo-cross season is getting ever closer, showcased today by the presence of the likes of Orbea mountain biker Iñaki Lejarreta (fifth) and the all-conquering cyclo-cross star Egoitz Murgoitio of Hirumet-Taldea (tenth).

Three races remain in the Euskaldun series (Lekeitio 3/9, Alsasua 15/9 and Zaldibia 23/9). Azysa's Borja Abásolo continues to head up the overall standings.

Naturgas Energía did not line up.

  1. Santiago Ramírez (Lizarte), 3:06:28
  2. Unai Iparragirre (Bidelan-Kirolgi), 0:59
  3. Unai Elorriaga (Cespa-Euskadi), s.t.
  4. Sergio Rodríguez (Seguros Bilbao), s.t
  5. Iñaki Lejarreta (Orbea), s.t.
  6. Robert Lee Hassan (Ibaigane Opel), s.t.
  7. Higinio Fernández (Lizarte), 1:25
  8. Johan Van Zyl (Caja Rural), 1:37
  9. Niek van Geffen (Caja Rural), 1:50
  10. Egoitz Murgoitio (Hirumet Taldea), s.t.
Photo: el Diario Vasco

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