dinsdag 18 maart 2008

Tirreno 7 : Iñigo & Egoi in duo-attack

In the seventh stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico we got to see something I never saw before ! Two Euskaltel riders attacked together and made the stage into a duo time trial. This happened because Juan Jose Oroz didn't manage to win the mountains classification. Due to a lack of attention Juanjo saw his jersey go to Lloyd Mondory who took all points on the last climb. Iñigo Landaluze and Egoi Martinez wanted to make this good and started this phenomenal time trial. They never got more than three minutes but when the sprinter teams started to make their train the two didn't stand a chance. Sadly enough it make a sprint and Chicchi won over Napolitano and Cavendish. Ruben Perez finished ok 15th but he had far more potential because at 500 metres he was still in the top 8 of the peloton ! Iñigo Landaluze was the first Euskaltel in the general rank with a 23th place, 7 minutes down on Cancellara.

1 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas 4.50.50 (36,309 km/h)
2 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre
3 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team High Road
15. Ruben Perez ST
42. Egoi Martinez ST
43. Iñigo Landaluze ST
71. Alan Perez +1:34
75. Javier Aramendia +1:34
117. Aitor Galdos +2:32
140. Juan Jose Oroz +5:04

General Rank
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 28.08.21
2 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Barloworld 0.16
3 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team HigRoad 0.40

23. Iñigo Landaluze +7:08
37. Ruben Perez +13:31
47. Egoi Martinez +18:46
59. Juan Jose Oroz +21:56
87. Aitor Galdos +27:19
101. Alan Perez +30:51
143. Javier Aramendia +56:37

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