woensdag 9 april 2008

Pais Vasco 2 : Landaluze in break

It was a day full of activity in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco for Euskaltel. Iñigo Landaluze was in the break of the day together with Horrach, Arrieta and Albasini. He took all the points for the mountains classification, 22 in total, placing him second in the mountains classification after fellow Euskaltel rider Egoi Martinez with 25 points; he took one point on the first mountain of the day. The break got reeled in with another 10 kilometres to go and it became a very thrilling last 10 kilometres. A lot of riders tried to escape like Alberto Contador and Amets Txurruka but they didn't get away, so it became a sprint. Mikel Astarloza placed himself constantly in front of the bunch, and this paid out because at 200 metres of the finish there was a big crash. No Euskaltel rider was part of it. In the sprint Kim Kirchen beat Paolo Bettini. Iñaki Isasi became 10th. Due to his place in the first big group Mikel rose to the 8th place in the general rank.

1 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team High Road 3.40.42 (41.594 km/h)
2 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step
3 David Herrero Llorente (Spa) Karpin Galicia
10. Iñaki Isasi ST
19. Mikel Astarloza ST
37. Igor Anton ST
55. Egoi Martinez ST
62. Amets Txurruka ST
64. Ivan Velasco ST
74. Jorge Azanza ST
107. Iñigo Landaluze ST

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