zaterdag 8 september 2007

Vuelta Stage 8 Samuel 19th, Devolder in Gold

I'm a little bit confused at the moment because I don't know how to feel. As a belgian I'm very proud and happy about Stijn Devolder because he's the leader in the vuelta now and he has a chance of winning it and for Belgium this would be major ! We should also not forget the great performance from Maxim Monfort who's still fifth in the General Rank

As an Euskaltelfan I'm not that happy, Samuel did ok with a 19th place but I expected more from him since he's still too much behind the other favorites. Samuel was the only good point because all the others just weren't good or didn't do their best.

The victory was for Bert Grabsch who rode early and overclassed Bodrogi with 34 seconds. In the general rank Devolder and Menchov did a great job but Evans, Sastre and Efimkin disappointed so they will have to attack in the next two mountain stages that are going to be very though. Seeing Iñigo's time trial I think he will attack tomorrow.

Stage Results
1 Bert Grabsch (Ger) T-Mobile Team 57.05 (54.87 km/h)
2 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Crédit Agricole +0.34
3 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel +0.48
...
19. Samuel Sanchez +3.34
49. Iñaki Isasi +5.14
53. Haimar Zubeldia +5.22
67. Alan Perez +5.49
70. Igor Anton +6.01
89. Aitor Hernandez +6.32
100. Koldo Fernandez +6.48
133. Iñigo Landaluze +7.42
149. Dionisio Galparsoro +8.19

General Rank
1 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel 29.25.55
2 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank +0.30
3 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne +1.28
4 Cadel Evans (Aus) Predictor - Lotto +1.54
5 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Cofidis +2.12
...
11. Samuel Sanchez +4.09
19. Igor Anton +6.37
37. Dionisio Galparsoro +9.58
63. Iñigo Landaluze +15.45
78. Iñaki Isasi +21.53
110. Haimar Zubeldia +32.31
113. Aitor Hernandez +33.11
136. Alan Perez +39.13
139. Koldo Fernandez +40.33

5 opmerkingen:

Anoniem zei

it was too flat and wide for samu

Lizzard4567 zei

Yeah ok, but still, when he would be in great shape he could enter top 10, I think

Arnout zei

He isn't a very good time-trialer I thought?

He lost some time indeed, but that was calculated.

There can still happen a lot in the Vuelta (read: next two days).

After tomorrow and the day after, the Vuelta is nearly over. Don't like the profiles that much this year.
Why not a Pandera in the last week?

Anoniem zei

I never liked the profiles in this race...

Lizzard4567 zei

He became second last year in a time trial, don't know the profile but when you can do that, you should be able to get a top10/15 spot here