donderdag 22 mei 2008

Catalunya 3 : Haimar 6th

Unlike in the Giro, Euskaltel did a good job in the third stage of the Volta a Catalunya. There was an early break with Moreau, Riblon, Champion, Botcharov, F. Martinez, Chavanel and Ruben Perez got away. They got a maximum advantage of 6:30 minutes but on the last climb only Riblon and Botcharov stayed in the lead. In the descent they both fell so they lost their leading place. It was Dessel who attacked and got away. He was chased by a group of five with Pauriol, Jufre, Brajkovic, Uran and Haimar Zubeldia but they had to battle for the seconds place. Haimar left his others battle it out, got the sixth place but became with this effort third in the general rank. Gorka came in with a second group 58 seconds down and is now 11th in general.

1 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 5.10.30 (37.082 km/h)
2 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana +0.34
3 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Crédit Agricole
6. Haimar Zubeldia +0:34
11. Gorka Verdugo +0:58
63. Egoi Martinez +4:25
79. Amets Txurruka +11:32
105. Ruben Perez +18:01
115. Aitor Hernandez +24:57
140. Igor Anton +24:57

General Rank
1 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 9.23.03
2 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Crédit Agricole 0.18
3 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel 0.25
11. Gorka Verdugo +0:49
62. Egoi Martinez +4:21
85. Amets Txurruka +11:48
101. Ruben Perez +17:54
138. Igor Anton +25:21
145. Aitor Hernandez +25:57

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