Thursday, July 11, 2013

Nieve loses big in time trial

Mikel Nieve dropped to 15th overall in the Tour after losing more than five minutes in Wednesday's individual time trial to Mont Saint-Michel.

It was a disheartening showing from the fans' favourite. While he's never been a specialist against the clock, 157th on the day, 5:21 in arrears, was way below expectations.

If Nieve was the disappointment of the day, Ion Izagirre was no doubt the surprise. Ion ended up 31st after a consistent ride, showing his form is in the ascendancy.

Igor Antón had another sub-par ride, though, coming home 96th and dropping to 20th on GC as a consequence.

  • (1, Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), 36:29)
  • 31, Ion Izagirre, 2:37
  • 96, Igor Antón, 4:20
  • 97, Mikel Astarloza, 4:22
  • 101, Romain Sicard, 4:27
  • 152, Juan José Oroz, 5:17
  • 147, Mikel Nieve, 5:21
  • 158, Gorka Izagirre, 5:23
  • 168, Rubén Pérez, 5:41
  • 179, Juan José Lobato, 6:13
Photo: BCPT


Stephen said...

Hard to understand really as the need for a consistant power output is the same for climbing as it is for TT....some of the best climbers recently have been pretty good at the TT and it was the TT power output that convinced Wiggins' coaches that he could be a decent idea where it is going wrong but its hurting our guys year in year out.

azanca02 said...

Yeah I would think the power to weight ratio should make them better at the TT. Maybe they need to hit the gym twice a week?!

Magnus said...

Yeah, doesn't make much sense. The likes of Haimar, Ibán, Samu, Landaluze, Egoi etc. all had decent time trials in them in the past...


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