Sunday, September 08, 2013

Sánchez - That was one of the hardest days ever

Samuel Sánchez was forced to reflect on an equally epic and painful day in the saddle on Saturday as he battled the elements to claim a morale-boosting fifth place on a mountainous 14th stage of the Vuelta a España.

The Euskaltel leader looked close to his best as he climbed with some of the top climbers in the world in the torrential rain and freezing cold that made the 155,7km leg from Baga to the top of the Collada de  la Gallina such a memorable day - for the spectators anyway.

Only leader Vincenzo Nibali, main rival Chris Horner and Joaquin Rodríguez lasted the distance better than 'Samu', the Asturian rising to 11th overall as a result.

"That was one of the hardest days I've ever endured on a bike", he told reporters after finishing the first day in the Pyrenees. "Days like these don't come along that often, so I'll remember this stage being just as tough as it was as time passes. It was a very hard day, and on Sunday we've got some 220 kilometres ahead of us.

"What's important now is to recuperate from this very taxing effort".

Also showing improving form was Sánchez's fellow orange-clad climbers. Mikel Landa, Mike Nieve and Igor Antón came through for 9th, 12th and 17th respectively, securing Euskaltel its third team prize of the race.

  • (1, Daniele Ratto (Cannondale), 4:24:00)
  • 5, Samuel Sánchez, 4:19
  • 9, Mikel Landa, 5:17
  • 12, Mikel Nieve, 5:33
  • 17, Igor Antón, 6:27
  • 38, Egoi Martínez, 12:30
  • 45, Juan José Oroz, 16:49
  • 68, Gorka Verdugo, 22:19
  • 69, Pablo Urtasun, s.t.
  • 74, Jorge Azanza, 23:16
Photo: Orbea


Mary and Tony Zanca said...

Samu is peaking perfectly for the 3rd and final week. I still think he can get top 7 and a stage win.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who didn't understand Samu's tactics yesterday. He definetely seemed to be one of the weakest in the group but instead of trying to hold on he desperately tried to get away just to be detached after he was brought back. I think by maintaining a steady pace he could have stayed with the Nibali-group..

oakleyses said...

ugg boots, polo outlet, replica watches, tiffany jewelry, louis vuitton outlet, longchamp outlet, louboutin pas cher, tiffany and co, oakley sunglasses, gucci handbags, tory burch outlet, oakley sunglasses, jordan pas cher, ugg boots, kate spade outlet, polo ralph lauren, longchamp pas cher, burberry pas cher, longchamp outlet, prada handbags, christian louboutin, nike outlet, prada outlet, louis vuitton, jordan shoes, nike roshe, louis vuitton, louis vuitton outlet, christian louboutin uk, replica watches, christian louboutin outlet, nike air max, nike free, christian louboutin shoes, ray ban sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, air max, oakley sunglasses, polo ralph lauren outlet online, nike free run, sac longchamp pas cher, uggs on sale, michael kors pas cher, chanel handbags, longchamp outlet, louis vuitton outlet, cheap oakley sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, oakley sunglasses wholesale

oakleyses said...

true religion outlet, nike air max uk, timberland pas cher, true religion outlet, michael kors, guess pas cher, michael kors, ray ban uk, michael kors outlet online, hollister uk, nike free uk, burberry outlet, michael kors outlet online, kate spade, mulberry uk, coach outlet store online, uggs outlet, nike air max, north face, sac vanessa bruno, new balance, coach outlet, vans pas cher, replica handbags, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet online, nike blazer pas cher, lululemon canada, converse pas cher, oakley pas cher, michael kors outlet, ray ban pas cher, true religion outlet, burberry handbags, sac hermes, hogan outlet, nike roshe run uk, nike air force, north face uk, coach purses, michael kors outlet online, abercrombie and fitch uk, polo lacoste, nike air max uk, true religion jeans, michael kors outlet, uggs outlet, hollister pas cher, ralph lauren uk

oakleyses said...

vans outlet, nike roshe run, hollister, iphone cases, north face outlet, insanity workout, beats by dre, nike trainers uk, ralph lauren, soccer jerseys, timberland boots, nike air max, bottega veneta, celine handbags, ferragamo shoes, mac cosmetics, chi flat iron, nike huaraches, lululemon, oakley, hollister, asics running shoes, herve leger, hollister clothing, baseball bats, ghd hair, north face outlet, valentino shoes, lancel, vans, jimmy choo outlet, hermes belt, giuseppe zanotti outlet, abercrombie and fitch, babyliss, mcm handbags, louboutin, ray ban, p90x workout, reebok outlet, nike air max, wedding dresses, mont blanc pens, soccer shoes, converse outlet, nfl jerseys, longchamp uk, gucci, new balance shoes, instyler

oakleyses said...

wedding dresses, thomas sabo, pandora charms, swarovski crystal, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, karen millen uk, canada goose outlet, links of london, ugg pas cher, doudoune moncler, ugg uk, supra shoes, canada goose jackets, moncler outlet, coach outlet, swarovski, canada goose outlet, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, louis vuitton, canada goose outlet, pandora jewelry, moncler, louis vuitton, hollister, pandora uk, pandora jewelry, louis vuitton, canada goose, toms shoes, canada goose uk, replica watches, moncler, louis vuitton, moncler uk, louis vuitton, montre pas cher, ugg, moncler outlet, moncler, juicy couture outlet, canada goose, canada goose, moncler, marc jacobs, juicy couture outlet


web site counter
ISP Internet Providers