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Re: Vuelta al País Vasco
« on: April 07, 2018, 07:05 »
great stage yesterday, it definitely turned out to be a good decision to move the time trial to the middle of the race :cool.

Movistar (mainly in person of de la Parte) put the hammer down on the Elosua, isolating Roglic, and the Basque duo of Landa and Brother Ion attacked on the penultimate climb and bridged to their team mates Rojas & Padun from the early breakaway ahead. In the end they couldn't shake off Roglic, but if you come from 7th and 10th in gc and move on the podium in your home race there's not much to complain about I guess.

#mitchelton Carlos Verona was the last to be caught from the early breakaway on the descent to Eibar while #astana Fraile initially was dropped by his compatriots relatively early, but he somehow managed to glue to Roglic wheel when the leader's group passed him on the last kilometers of the final climb and win the sprint in the end, celebrating his first win for his new team, on home soil.



There was not much to celebrate for #bora Patrick Konrad though, dropping from 4th to 14th in gc after a mechanical on the climb, which apparently cost him a lot of time, with no team car but only Großschartner (more or less) in sight



Also #bahrain Gorka Izagirre, #fdj Rudy Molard and #ag2r Romain Bardet dropped out of gc contention. #quickstep Alaphilippe was also struggling but managed to limit his losses with the help of team mate Enric Mas.

Today we have the new Arrate climb to finish off the race with, which should be fun again. Roglic looks more or less safe to win the gc, but who knows, weather looks pretty sh*t, so maybe #katusha Simon Spilak can still make up his 22 minutes deficit :P
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