zondag 4 mei 2008

Romandie 5 : Euskaltel coulours the stage

Euskaltel played a good role in the queen stage of the Tour of Romandie. In the beginning of the race Amets Txurruka tried to get in a break, but they didn't get away. It was Haimar who placed himself in the good break of the day together with some good riders as Lopez Garcia, Halgand and Albasini. In the mountains Haimar should have been the best but you could clearly see that in the end he didn't have his tour-shape yet. When De Bonis rode away no one could follow him and the others were taken back.

In the peleton of twenty riders Astana made the pace for Klöden until there was only a small group left. Then Klöden had to do it himself with Mikel Astarloza constantly in the first five of the group. John Gadret was the first to take De Bonis back but this was at 500 metres to go and the neo-prof wouldn't let this victory go so he took Gadret back and won the stage. Mikel finished in the group of Klöden, Kreuziger and Menchov on a tenth place. He's now 5th in the general rank. Haimar finished 16th and is 12th now in the GR.

1 Francesco De Bonis (Ita) Gerolsteiner 3.28.06 (36.472 km/h)
2 John Gadret (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale 0.03
3 Manuel Beltran Martinez (Spa) Liquigas 0.05
10. Mikel Astarloza +0:07
16. Haimar Zubeldia +0:28
35. Amets Txurruka +5:09
45. Iñaki Isasi +7:27
70. Ruben Perez +16:37
133. Jorge Azanza +29:57

General Rank
1 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 12.59.41
2 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 0.35
3 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team High Road 0.43
5. Mikel Astarloza +0:54
12. Haimar Zubeldia +2:00
44. Amets Txurruka +11:49
54. Iñaki Isasi +18:37
58. Ruben Perez +20:26
91. Jorge Azanza +34:02

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