maandag 10 september 2007

Vuelta Stage 10 : Samuel 3th, Anton 8th

4 euskaltel riders entertained the stage today. First of all Dionisio Galparsoro and Alan Perez were in the early break which lasted untill the last climb. Alan showed himself good by following the escapes from the others, but it turned out pointless at the end. Then the favorites took over on maybe the most important climb of the whole vuelta.

A group of 6 rode away with Menchov, Sastre, Evans, Efimkin, Piepoli and Beltran but Samuel wouldn't let them go and came back, but at each attack he had to let go but every time he managed to come back. Then at 1km before the finish Igor Anton popped up out of nowhere and he helps Samuel to close the final gap and even tries to attack, this didn't work so it became a sprint. In the sprint Menchov was the strongest but Samuel came in as third, very good of course. He's now on a sixth place in the general rank, only 7 seconds away from the fifth.

Stage Results
1 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 5.47.05
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) Predictor-Lotto ST
3 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi ST
8. Igor Anton +0.07
44. Alan Perez +5.12
54. Haimar Zubeldia +7.58
74. Iñaki Isasi +12.08
82. Dionisio Galparsoro +15.50
88. Aitor Hernandez +18.54
158. Iñigo Landaluze +28.10
170. Koldo Fernandez +41.05

General Rank
1 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 39.41.51
2 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne +2.01
3 Cadel Evans (Aus) Predictor-Lotto +2.27
6. Samuel Sanchez +4.42
13. Igor Anton +7.58
41. Dionisio Galparsoro +28.43
71. Iñaki Isasi +45.24
74. Haimar Zubeldia +48.57
91. Iñigo Landaluze +55.18
92. Aitor Hernandez +55.25
97. Alan Perez +58.48
162. Koldo Fernandez +1.37.13

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