Miguel Minguez made sure Euskaltel made a name for themselves in the Danish stages of this Giro by forming part of today's main, but ultimately unsuccessful, break.
The climber, already a veteran of one Giro, jumped clear with Navardauskas of Garmin, Christensen of Saxo Bank, Hollenstein of NetApp, Balloni of Farnese Vini and Keizer of Vacansoleil early on, but was never really able to open up a significant gap at the sprinters' teams kept them on a tight leash. Never enjoying more than approximately a three-minute lead, the break was duly caught inside the last 30 clicks despite some last minute heroics from home rider Christensen.
In the sprint everything went awry again, with Ferrari crashing into Cavendish, who in turn took down quite a number of riders in a high-speed, nasty-looking crash. None of the Euskaltel riders were near the front and thus not implicated. The climbers, including Nieve, all came in with the pack, while Minguez, Cazaux, Sáez and Cabedo all lost some time.
Speaking of the stage, Minguez was happy to have made an impression even though his try was doomed from the outset.
"We've prepared well for this race and were really motivated, and we showed that today", the native of Bilbao told the team's website. "We've done group rides, team camps... and now that we're here we have to make good of that preparation. Today's parcours was not ideal for me, but our DS told us to be attentive if a big break went up the road. The chances of making it to the finish were naturally limited, this kind of terrain is ideal for the peloton to keep control of a break, but you never know when the opportunity may arise so you have to pay attention. We've been in a break and showed how motivated we are and how eager we are to reach our targets".
- (1, Matthew Goss (GreenEdge), 4:20:53
- 85, Iván Velasco, s.t.
- 89, Amets Txurruka, s.t.
- 103, Juan José Oroz, s.t.
- 104, Mikel Nieve, s.t.
- 125, Jon Izagirre, s.t.
- 141, Adrián Sáez, 1:29
- 142, Victor Cabedo, s.t.
- 190, Pierre Cazaux, 2:46
- 194, Miguel Minguez, 4:43