4.19.2014

Vuelta al Pais Vasco Sum Up

I missed the final stage because I was traveling toward Paris-Roubaix. It was an ITT and Tony Martin won it. Alberto Contador won the overall and that means two short tours in a row. That also means that El Pistolero will be a serious contender in the next Tour de France, more than last year when he was the only serious bother for Froome but not a real threat.
Kwiatowski, we know. Valverde, we know. A nice - relative - surprise is Damiano Cunego: strong in the mountains and even able to make a time in the final itt. Back to a decent level after so long? 
Quite good also Cadel Evans, who started his season eralier than usual, then took a break and now he's ready to play a role again. Very good - again - J.C. Peraud: his previous results made me expect an interesting performance but 3rd overall is more than that! Very good also Wout Poels: a stage win and a beautiful 10th place in the final GC. More to come, no doubt.  
TFR Team was awfully unlucky in this race so Robert Kiserlovski's top 20 result is almost incredible (and he has been in the top 10 the most of the week). The still young Bob Jungels was very active in the mountains and scored a good 13th in the final itt. Keep an eye on him next week. Finally ORICA-GE neo pro Simon Yates got an excellent 12th place in the final GC and that's simply great by such a young guy.  
But my favourite moment of this race has been Ben Swift's victory: simply perfect. Can he do it again in the Amstel? it would be extremely cool, but hard. Anyway I'm sure he's going to collect more good results this year. 
I love Vasco as I love Euskal Herria. Every year I tell I go but I'm very busy at school in that period. One day hopefully...!

RESULTS
ITT 
1 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:38:33
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:07
3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:15
4 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha 0:00:16
5 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:35
6 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:38
7 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:41
8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:02
9 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:01:05
10 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:01:25
11 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:27
12 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:31
13 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:33
14 Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:01:38
15 Iurii Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:01:44
16 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:47
17 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge
18 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:01:51
19 Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:01:56
20 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:57

FINAL GC
1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 21:09:11
2 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:49
3 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:04
4 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha 0:01:07
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team
6 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:01:56
7 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
8 Iurii Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:02:13
9 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:02:14
10 Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:02:26
11 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida
12 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge 0:03:17
13 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp 0:03:32
14 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:03:36
15 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:03:47
16 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing 0:04:05
17 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:06:04
18 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:08:55
19 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 0:09:43
20 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano 0:10:20

ALL STAGES
Source http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Vuelta_Ciclista_al_Pais_Vasco_2014-Stages

07.04 Stage 1 | Ordizia » Ordizia CONTADOR Alberto   CONTADOR Alberto 153.4
08.04 Stage 2 | Ordizia » Dantxarinea (Urdazabi) MARTIN Tony   CONTADOR Alberto 155.8
09.04 Stage 3 | Urdazabi-Urdax » Vitoria-Gasteiz MATTHEWS Michael   CONTADOR Alberto 194.7
10.04 Stage 4 | Vitoria-Gasteiz » Eibar (Arrate) POELS Wout   CONTADOR Alberto 151
11.04 Stage 5 | Eibar » Markina-Xemein SWIFT Ben   CONTADOR Alberto 160.2
12.04 Stage 6 (ITT) | Markina-Xemein » Markina-Xemein MARTIN Tony  
25.9
12.04
General Classification CONTADOR Alberto  

12.04
Points Classification KWIATKOWSKI Michal  

12.04
Mountains Classification VILLELLA Davide  

12.04
Teams Classification BMC RACING TEAM  

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