dinsdag 13 mei 2008

Giro 4 : Koldo 10th

The second chance for the sprinters was up in the Giro d'Italia. This time the early break was a man alone, belgian Rik Verbrugghe once maglia rosa in 2001. He had a maximum advantage of 11 minutes but the loneliness didn't play in his cards and the advantage quickly narrowed. He got reeled back in the peloton at 25 kilometres before the finish on a hill where Quick-step made the pace. Bettini tried to make the sprinters tired but that didn't really work out.

At 5 kilometres all the big sprinters were in front again, Koldo too together with Landaluze, Irizar and later two other Euskaltel riders. Koldo was placed well, but after a fall at 400 kilometres he got stuck between four others and he couldn't get out. Cavendish won his first stage in front of Förster and Bennati. Koldo became 10th, Alan 20th.

The stage for tomorrow can be something for a long escape, but when the pack gets together at the end riders like Rebellin will get their chance.

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team High Road 4.49.09 (37.558 km/h)
2 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner
3 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas
10. Koldo Fernandez ST
20. Alan Perez ST
24. Markel Irizar ST
58. Dionisio Galparsoro ST
78. Ivan Velasco ST
98. Iñigo Landaluze ST
170. Lander Aperribay +10:18
181. Josu Agirre +10:52
186. Aitor Galdos +10:52

General Rank
1 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 16.41.26
2 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Slipstream Chipotle +0.01
3 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR Brakes +0.07
69. Alan Perez +2:02
78. Markel Irizar +2:20
102. Iñigo Landaluze +6:50
106. Ivan Velasco +7:21
123. Koldo Fernandez +12:09
130. Dionisio Galparsoro +12:48
156. Josu Agirre +18:05
159. Aitor Galdos +18:26
177. Lander Aperribay +24:47

2 opmerkingen:

arnout zei

I was disappointed really. He was placed so well but just did not have the power and the room in the end. I saw he was disappointed himself too, he was doing something with his arm when he was just before the finishing line, so that makes me hope that it was more about the room then about the power.

Lizzard4567 zei

It was about the room I think. More luck next time :p