vrijdag 27 maart 2009

Close but no catch for Euskaltel in Castilla

This week the vuelta a Castilla y León came to an end and Euskaltel came a few times close to the victory but unfortunately couldn't grab another victory. The second stage was a 28 kilometres long time trial were Markel Irizar once again excelled and became 6th. A good uphill sprint was the requirement for the third stage, of course no problem for mister Valverde and he won, but for Euskaltel it was once again Rubén Pérez who fought for the victory, this time ending up 5th. In the queens stage it was Aitor Hernández who came through as the best climber of the team on a 14th spot, just in front of newbie Mikel Nieve who became 17th. In the last stage Caisse d'Epargne made the pace to get Alejandro Valverde in a good position for the sprint. He did and won, but Pablo Urtason came very nice 3rd! Overall Aitor Hernández was the best one, ranking 13rd, a great result for him.

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