dinsdag 14 augustus 2007

Deutschland Tour 5 Sonthofen - Soelden

Another day in the Tour of Germany, another bad day for Euskaltel. Although a basque won, it wasn't someone from Euskaltel. The only good thing about today was the great performance of Alan Perez, who was in an escape with Alexander Efimkin that ended 10km before the finish.

Alan was in a break with seven but on the hardest climb of the Deutschland-tour, the Rettenbachferner, only Alan could follow Alexander Efimkin. But in the peloton all the favourites made a really fast pace so there was no way they could stay in front. With 15 great riders we went to the top and it promised to be a thrilling end.

The first ones who had to pass were Levi Leipheimer and Davide Rebellin who couldn't follow the pace of Voigt, Ten Dam, Gesink, Lopez Garcia and Cunego. Then Lopez Garcia attacked and he got a nice advantage. Voigt tried to get in his wheel but he coudn't reach it, while only Robert Gesink could follow Jens' wheel. In this order they went to the finish where Jens Voigt maintained his Yellow Jersey and David Lopez Garcia got his first victory of his carreer.

Stage result
1 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 4.21.07 (36.028 km/h)
2 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC +0.12
3 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank +0.20
34. Dionisio Galparsoro +5.16
42. Jon Bru +6.26
60. Anton Luengo +7.48
74. Juan Jose Oroz +10.16
90. Unai Uribarri +13.31
146. Alan Perez +19.56
149. Koldo Fernandez +20.01
168. Aitor Galdos +25.01

General Rank
1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC 18.54.44
2 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne +0.33
3 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank +1.14
46. Jon Bru +9.11
47. Dionisio Galparsoro +9.49
73. Juan Jose Oroz +16.23
96. Anton Luengo +24.10
122. Alan Perez +34.09
136. Koldo Fernandez +39.13
141. Unai Uribarri +40.49
160. Aitor Galdos +52.19

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