woensdag 11 juli 2007

Tdf Stage 4 Waregem - Compiègne

Today I went with a friend to the tour myself. Of course I wanted an autograph of some Euskaltel riders, especially Haimar Zubeldia, and I got 4 of them : Haimar Zubeldia, Mikel Astarloza, Inaki Isasi and Inigo Landaluze for Euskaltel and Romain Feillu for Agritubel. My friend and I also took a lot of pictures from everything from Euskaltel, but these will folow later.

Despite I was at the start, it didn't encourage the riders to do something great. It was one of the most boring stages of the tour I've ever seen untill 5km from the finish. There was an early escape with Nicolas Vogondy and Mathieu Ladagnous and later also with Stephane Auge and Frederik Willems. The peloton didn't think they should have a chance but they had to drive very hard to get them back. At the end there was a very confusing sprint and Fabian Cancellara took advantage of this and won the stage.

For Euskaltel only Mikel Astarloza showed himself. He took 4 seconds at the first and third intermediate sprint.

Stage Result
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 6.36.15 (35.81km/h)
2 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram ST
3 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre - Fondital ST
35. Inaki Isasi ST
62. Mikel Astarloza ST
68. Haimar Zubeldia ST
69. Ruben Perez ST
95. Jorge Azanza ST
99. Amets Txurruka ST
128. Gorka Verdugo ST
161. Inigo Landaluze ST
175. Igor Anton +0.43

General Ranking
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 15.12.08
2 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana +0.33
3 David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval - Prodir +0.41
10. Mikel Astarloza +0.49
22. Ruben Perez +0.56
76. Gorka Verdugo +1.14
92. Haimar Zubeldia +1.17
133. Inigo Landaluze +1.28
135. Amets Txurruka +1.28
150. Inaki Isasi +1.36
152. Jorge Azanza +1.36
171. Igor Anton +2.05

Points Classification
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep - Innergetic 80 pts
2 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Predictor - Lotto 74
3 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram 62
26. Ruben Perez 15
46. Mikel Astarloza 4

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