zaterdag 12 april 2008

Pais Vasco 5 : Egoi wins mountains jersey

In the fourth and penultimate stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco Egoi Martinez managed to consolidate his mountains jersey. Just as yesterday there was a rain of attacks in the beginning with a lot of Euskaltel riders in them. First we got Iñaki Isasi and Ivan Velasco, then Amets Txurruka, but it was Egoi Martinez who managed to get away together with Bernard Kohl. Egoi took another 9 points for his jersey and with tomorrows time-trial, he was sure of the win. The two got caught again and then the real race started.

On the last climb a group was formed with Igor Anton and Mikel Astarloza. They both tried to attack but didn't get away. It became a sprint with a small group but due to a fall of David Herrero Mikel couldn't sprint for the victory. He took a good 9th place in the same time as winner Cunego. Igor became 10th.

Tomorrow there's a time-trial on the schedule and with only 8 second behind the first in the general rank, Contador, Mikel has still some great chances of getting at least in the top 3. It's not sure if Amets will participate in the time-trial because he fell three times in the last stage.

1 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre 4.02.48 (40.033 km/h)
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana
3 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank
9. Mikel Astarloza ST
10. Igor Anton +0:20
54. Egoi Martinez +6:08
56. Amets Txurruka +8:24
84. Jorge Azanza +21:06
91. Iñaki Isasi +30:27
92. Iñigo Landaluze +30:27
98. Ivan Velasco +30:27

General Rank
1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 20.34.49
2 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre +0.08
3 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team High Road
6. Mikel Astarloza +0:08
12. Igor Anton +0:28
49. Egoi Martinez +9:52
52. Amets Txurruka +11:15
75. Jorge Azanza +26:01
86. Ivan Velasco +32:26
87. Iñigo Landaluze +34:50
91. Iñaki Isasi +37:20

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