woensdag 12 maart 2008

Paris-Nice 4 : Gorka 3rd in General

The riders got the first decisive stage in this years Paris-Nice and it sure made some big changes in the general rank. Early in the race there was a break with L'Hottelerie, McGee and Carlström but McGee wasn't able to stay with the two others on the last climb so the two battled it out for the victory, since the peloton let them go. Carlström beat L'Hottelerie in a sprint. In the peloton there were some breaks. First to finish was a groupe of 13, with among them Igor Anton and Gorka Verdugo. Anton showed some great things on the last climb, first letting go the pack and then coming back and attacking. But it was Gorka who stole the show because he finished 10th and with this good result he became 3rd in the general rank !

1 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas 4.39.14 (35.56 km/h)
2 Clément L'Hottelerie (Fra) Skil-Shimano ST
3 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Crédit Agricole +0.43
10. Gorka Verdugo +0:43
12. Igor Anton +0:43
60. Aitor Hernandez +17:06
61. Markel Irizar +17:06
66. Haimar Zubeldia +17:06
74. Dioni Galparsoro +17:06
100. Lander Aperribai +19:36

General Rank
1 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis 12.37.01
2 Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne +0.03
3 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi +0.08
15. Igor Anton +2:45
62. Haimar Zubeldia +20:28
71. Dioni Galparsoro +22:18
73. Markel Irizar +23:09
125. Lander Aperribai +33:48
148. Aitor Hernandez +49:28

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