Saturday, March 09, 2013

Verdugo crashes out of Paris-Nice

The general classification contenders kept their powder dry for tomorrow's Paris-Nice decider, but there was ill fortune for one of Euskaltel's most trusted riders on the sixth and penultimate leg of the French stage race.

Super domestique Gorka Verdugo crashed on the way from Manosque to Nice and abandoned the race, but so far there's been no word on whether he sustained any serious injuries. The usually solid stage-racer has had a slow start to 2013 and was lying in a lowly 138th place almost 45 minutes down heading into the stage.

As for Euskaltel's only interesting rider as far as the battle for GC goes, Gorka Izagirre had a quiet day in the saddle as he came in 50th inside a 60-man strong peloton. In that first group was also team-mates Ion Izagirre and Mikel Astarloza. The rest of the riders, who'd done a lot of hard work at the head of the pack as Euskaltel missed out on the break, came in several minutes down.

Heading into the 9,6km hill time trial to the Col d'Èze, Gorka Izagirre is 15th overall.

Results (full results here):
  • (1, Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), 5:14:23)
  • 39, Ion Izagirre, s.t.
  • 45, Mikel Astarloza, s.t.
  • 50, Gorka Izagirre, s.t.
  • 84, Rubén Pérez, 8:40
  • 90, Mikel Nieve, s.t.
  • 109, Romain Sicard, 21:34


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