zaterdag 10 november 2007

Jorge Azanza in 2007

It was Jorge Azanzas first year with Euskaltel and he immediately showed himself as a promising stage rider. He started his year with some smaller spanish races. There he got some very good results like a 27th place in the Trofeo Soller, a 27th place in the general rank in the Tour of Andalucia, and a 21th place in the second stage of the french race Criterium International. Euskaltel saw he was able to perform good in stage races so they put him up for the Tour of the Basque Country, the Dauphiné Liberé and the Tour de France. He started these great races good with a 26th place in the third stage in the Basque Country but then he had to give up there. In the Dauphiné it didn't go well and he finished 109th, but ofcourse he had to work for his teammates Zubeldia and Astarloza. In the Tour he had to do the same thing so he didn't really have the chance to go for his own classification and he ended 82th. Almost as a punishment he had to ride the Eneco Tour but he wasn't really inspired and got a 82th place.

Next year I would love to see him getting a little bit closer to the victory, starting with some top ten spots in smaller spanish races, and then maybe a good attack in the Tour or Vuelta.

Trofeo Mallorca : 130
Trofeo Pollenca : 31
Trofeo Soller : 27
Andalucia : 31/35/21/36/22 => 27
Clasica Almeria : 59
Marcia : 94/31/35/45 => 88
Criterium International : 55/21/62 => 29
Basque Country : 51/86/26/46/29 X
Dauphiné Liberé : 141/105/139/130/112/98/84/114
Tour : 167/156/74/95/128/91/84/100/98/115/84/126/108/84/85/70/99/104/111/97 => 82
Eneco Tour : 142/71/62/105/105/113/103/95 => 82

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Arnout zei

Yeah, EnecoTour is not the stagerace for Euskaltel. I was surprised by the fact that Mikel did start there, but he wasn't good enough.