Friday, December 07, 2012

Murgoitio hits back in Asteasu

Egoitz Murgoitio got back to winning ways in Asteasu yesterday, besting the in-form Aitor Hernández in convincing fashion.

Hernández's breathless run of form - that's seen him claim nine wins already this year - has resulted in an unusual dry spell for the Hirumet-Taldea star, who's been juggling racing overseas with domestic races since the start of the season.

He was on fire on Thursday, though, never giving the Ermua-Orbea rider a look-in en route to his third triumph of the campaign, finishing half a minute ahead of the former roadie. The pair were in a class of their own, with Constantino Zaballa, set for a return to the European road peloton next year, coming in third a full 2:29 in arrears.

Murgoitio's team-mate Jonathan Lastra continued to impress, taking fourth ahead of a recovering Javier Ruiz de Larrinaga. Lastra's brother, Kevin, was also racing, but could only finish 39th.

Results, Asteasu (full results here):
  1. Egoitz Murgoitio (Hirumet Taldea), 1:01:53
  2. Aitor Hernández (Ermua-Orbea), 0:30
  3. Constantino Zaballa (Zugor-Bikes), 2:29
  4. Jonathan Lastra (Hirumet-Taldea), 3:40
  5. Javier Ruiz de Larrinaga (MMR-Spiuk), 4:31
  6. Erlantz Uriarte (Opel Ibaigane), 5:32
  7. Josep Betalú (GSport-Valencia Terra i Mar), 6:30
  8. Asier Arregi (, 6:52
  9. Martin Haring (CK Banska Bystrica), 7:36
  10. Alain Mendijur (, 8:34
Belgian Arne Poelvorrde bested Alex Aranburu to the junior's title, while Jokin Alberda won the cadetes race. Olatz Odriozola won the women's race ahead of Mercè Pacios and Eider Merino, whilst Paula Lanz of Caja Rural was best among the juniors.

The weekend of 'cross continues tomorrow with a Superprestigio race in Itsasondo, before the big one in Igorre on the famed Olabarri circuit concludes the weekend of racing on Sunday.

Photo: Iñaki Azanza

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