zondag 18 mei 2008

Giro 9 : Koldo 5th

We got to see a boring race in the Giro today. Luckily Koldo ended it with quite a happy ending. From the start Mickael Buffaz and Yuriy Krivtsov broke away. They built up an advantage of over 10 minutes but with the upcoming sprint, the sprint teams made the pace in the peloton. On the last climb of the day Bettini, Ricco and Sella rode away but the first two didn't continue. Sella reached the two breakaways alone and left them behind. The raging peloton got him back at 10 kilometres so everything was ready for the sprint.

In the sprint Daniele Bennati showed once again that he's the best sprinter in this Giro, beating Bettini with only a few centimetres. Koldo was able to place himself good thanks to the help of some team mates but in the last metres he had to make up some space because he got a bit locked in. He made one of the greatest jumps of all the sprinters and with that, we can hope for something better than a 5th place.

Tomorrow there will be a rest day (no worries, the volta a Catalunya starts so their will be something to read). Tuesday we will get a time-trial, Euskaltel's favourite race !

1 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 5.30.06 (39.624 km/h)
2 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step
3 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence - Lotto
5. Koldo Fernandez ST
51. Ivan Velasco +0:04
85. Iñigo Landaluze +0:04
91. Markel Irizar +0:04
104. Dionisio Galparsoro +0:04
108. Alan Perez +0:04
161. Lander Aperribay +7:36
173. Josu Agirre +10:00

General Rank
1 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quick Step 42.14.16
2 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner +0.34
3 Gabriele Bosisio (Ita) LPR Brakes +5.53
51. Alan Perez +14:59
65. Ivan Velasco +24:31
85. Markel Irizar +35:09
108. Iñigo Landaluze +48:12
115. Dionisio Galparsoro +50:33
140. Koldo Fernandez +1:04:36
169. Josu Agirre +1:25:14
170. Lander Aperribay +1:28:14

2 opmerkingen:

arnout zei

Really, if he got a sprinting team like that of Zabel and Bennati, he will win much and much more. His jump was just marvellous!

Lizzard4567 zei

Yeah I know ! They should train on it or something and then Aitor should do this job together with Ivan and Alan but he wasn't in shape anymore :(