dinsdag 29 september 2009

Sammy to ride the Tour in 2010

Samuel Sanchez has already announced that he will ride the Tour de France next year. Igor Galdeano said 'Now that he finished third and second in the Vuelta, it will be the time for him to try the Tour once again next year. The first part of the season will consist of Paris-Nice, la Vuelta al Pais Vasco and the northern classics and then he will concentrate on both Tour and Vuelta. It's clear that we are a team born for the Tour de France and we will try to give it all".

This year Sammy has three races left to do, Paris - Tours, Giro di Piemonte and the Giro di Lombardia. I hope he can get the victory in that last classic, as I love the race and Samuel came close to the victory before!

maandag 28 september 2009

SamSan 4th at WC

World Championships are probably the most stressful races of the year. You get a 7 hours broadcast but you know only the last our depends, you know only the last lap really matters, that's when your heartbeat goes up to an impossible rate and you just feel history will be made. That's what happened yesterday and it was incredibly thrilling to see that our favourite Samuel Sanchez was in great shape, the best of the Spaniards I think. He stayed in the wheel of Fabian Cancellara and never let go. At a certain moment it looked like the two would get away but the small bunch of favourites came back. When the final cut was made, Samu had to stay because Rodriguez was already there. That way he couldn't compete for the victory and missed out a great opportunity to become world champion. But at least he rode a great race and I'm sure he will get other opportunities in the futur!

zondag 27 september 2009

Romain Sicard World Champion!

What we all hoped, came true yesterday! Next year Euskaltel will at least have on World Champion among their men. The French Basque Romain Sicard won the under 23 title in an amazing way, after winning the Tour de l'Avenir only one month ago. In the last twenty kilometres he attacked together with Michel Kreder from The Netherlands but on the last climb of the day Romain was too strong and road solo to the world title. A nice way to enter the prof peloton next year, I would say. Hopefully he can admit to the pace in the prof peloton and show us what he's really worth! Jonathan Castroviejo ended on a good 13th spot, Gorka Izagirre 47th.

vrijdag 25 september 2009

4 representatives at the WC!

As you probably all now, this weekend the World Championships are held in the beautiful Suisse city Mendrisio. The time trial has already been won by who else than Fabian Cancellara, but the road race promises to become a more exciting race. Samuel Sanchez will represent Euskaltel and as I see it he will be the second leader of the team, right after Valverde. When the parcours will be hard enough and Valverde, as usual, doesn't get in the right place, it will be up to Samsan to go for the victory, just at the Olympics.
The younger riders will also fight for a World Champions title, that one for boys under 23 years. Here Euskaltel will be presented by Romain Sicard, winner of the Tour de l'Avenir, Jonathan Castroviejo, stage winner in the Tour de l'Avenir, and Gorka Izagirre. This race will be hard to predict but I think our guys definitely have a chance. It would be nice to have a young World Champion in our team!

woensdag 9 september 2009

Intxausti and Izagirre are coming home!

Great news on the transfer front for Euskaltel. Next year our orange troops will be stronger by adding two young and promising guys to it. Gorka Izagirre is a 21-year old guy with a lot of grinta and I'm sure he can evolve to a great one-day racer. The other one you'll probably know already ... Beñat Intxausti. Named one of the most promising Spanish riders, but in my opinion not taken good care of with Saunier Duval/Fuji. I would love to see what he can do with Euskaltel. So we already have Sicard, Izagirre and Intxausti, now I would also like Castroviejo :D

zaterdag 5 september 2009

Sicard & Castroviejo in Tour de l'Avenir

Today the Tour de l'Avenir started, probably the most important race for young stage riders in the world. Ar first sight this might not be interesting for us, but Romain Sicard the guy that already has a contract with Euskaltel is competing. And he immediately impressed everyone by getting second in the first stage. It became a sprint with another good french rider Bérard but unfortunately he couldn't beat him. There were also two other interesting riders there cause there are rumours they would join Euskaltel too. Jonathan Castroviejo became 39th, Gorka Izaguirre gave up.

donderdag 3 september 2009

Aitor H. King of he mountains

Finally we got some action from Euskaltel in the Vuelta. In the fifth stage Aitor Hernandez got in the right break and crossed the finish on the only climb of the day and got ten points for the mountains classification out of it, enough to get in the lead in that ranking. Besides that, it looks like the whole team is very motivated to make Sanchez win the Vuelta, Aupa!

woensdag 2 september 2009

Raindrops kept falling on their heads

The fourth Vuelta stage through The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium was coloured by some typical belgian weather. Due to the heavy rainfall, a lot of falls could be seen in the peloton and Egoi Martinez, Iñaki Isasi and Rubén Pérez were all part of a fall. Luckily without any real injuries. At the finish the whole peloton was spread because of a fall in the last two kilometres but no changes in the general rank. Samuel Sanchez came in first on a 25th spot.

1. Andre Greipel COLUMBIA 5:43:05
2. Wouter Weylandt QUICK STEP ST
3. Bert Grabsch COLUMBIA ST
25. Samuel Sanchez ST
62. Amets Txurruka ST
74. Igor Anton ST
81. Iñaki Isasi ST
134. Alan Perez ST
135. Aitor Hernandez +4:53
136. Markel Irizar+4:53
137. Egoi Martinez +4:53
175. Ruben Perez +8:09

dinsdag 1 september 2009

No balls no glory

We can be short about the performances of Euskaltel in the third stage of the Vuelta, not much. I know these ain't the stages Euskaltel is aiming for, but still a little bit of action would be nice. Iñaki Isasi was the first to cross the finish line on a 27th spot.

1. Greg Henderson COLUMBIA 4:41:01
3. Oscar Freire RABOBANK ST
27. Iñaki Isasi ST
60. Markel Irizar ST
70. Rubén Pérez ST
83. Samuel Sanchez ST
123. Igor Anton ST
145. Alan Perez ST
147. Aitor Hernandez ST
157. Amets Txurruka ST