Sunday, May 22, 2011

Nieve king in Giro queen-stage

Mikel Nieve has just bagged Euskaltel's second win in as many days in this Giro by blasting to an extraordinary win atop the Gardeccia at the end of the race's queen-stage. Nieve joined team-mate Aramendía in an early break of considerable size and eventually hung on to beat none other than Garzelli, the only other survivor of that 18-man break, by a huge 1:41. As a result he jumped up to a quite incredible sixth place overall, just half a minute down on team leader Antón who dropped to fifth after uncharacteristically blowing up on the penultimate climb and losing lots of time. Antón's demise can't take the sheen off another spectacular day for the team, though, as Euskaltel have now secured back-to-back mountain stage wins in Italy. And how's this for a statistic: Mikel Nieve has taken two wins in his career, and they're both queen-stages in GTs. Tune in later for results, pics and reactions.


Anonymous said...

Nieve!!! What a weekend for Euskaltel! AUPA!

Nick said...

unbelievable weekend!! cannot believe it!


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