zondag 4 mei 2008

Romandie 6 : Mikel 5th in end rank

It didn't go well for the Euskaltel riders in the ultimate stage of the Tour of Romandie. After 12 kilometres Jorge Azanza quit the race. No reason was given (yet) but he wasn't good yesterday either when he came in as one of the last. Hopefully it's nothing bad ! Then there was a crash with Haimar Zubeldia, Amets Txurruka and Ruben Perez. Luckily none of them was hurt and they could all continue the race. Now for the good stuff : In the last 3 kilometres we could see 4 men of Euskaltel in front. Mikel was placed extremely good but with his sprinting skills he couldn't really accelerate and battle for the victory, he became 10th.

In the end rank he finished on a good 5th place, although he should have been able to get a few spots higher imo. Haimar ended on a 12th place, probably an ok result as he's still preparing for the Tour.

1 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 3.43.39 (42.763 km/h)
2 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner
3 Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana
10. Mikel Astarloza ST
17. Iñaki Isasi ST
24. Ruben Perez ST
34. Haima Zubeldia ST
60. Amets Txurruka ST

General Rank
1 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 16.43.20
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
39. Amets Txurruka +11:49
52. Iñaki Isasi +18:37
54. Ruben Perez +20:26

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