Who doesn’t like to see a breakaway succeed? It was underdog day at the helta- skelta-Vuelta.
David Lopez (Caisse d’Epargne) managed to shake lose from the rest of the escapados on the descent of the Alto del Revolcat, high tail it across the bridge to Alcoy and keep the legs pumping on the uphill finish.
Twisted Spoke likes guys who launch surprise attacks on downhills instead of the obvious uphills. A sneaky, bold, grab the Vuelta by the cojones move.
“I picked the right time to go alone and I suffered a lot to maintain my advantage until the finish line, but it was worth it,” said Lopez. “In the last kilometre I realized I couldn’t lose. The emotion this win generates is indescribable, I never imagined it could be so intense.”
Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas-Doimo) rolled in seven seconds later, got off his bike and started kicking himself. Ahh, just kidding but he let a stage win slips away and so did Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) who finished third.
Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) did his damn best to rip the red jersey off Igor Anton’s back by attacking the finish but the Euskatel rider never let Rodriguez get a gap. Igor is still red and Joaquin is still mad about it.
Our favorite Frenchie, yesterday’s stage winner David Moncoutie, continued to suck up king of mountain points on the six category 2 & 3 climbs. He’s working on his third Vuelta KOM crown in three years. Chapeau, frenchie climber.
Americano update: Tom and Tejay are still riding high on the GC. Garmin Big Transitions’ Danielson is 14th and Van Garderen of HTC-Columbia is 11th. We’re looking for Tommy D to wreck some havoc in the mountains and praying it actually happens.
Once again, Team Radio Shack was unable to make its presence felt during this Vuelta as none of the Shack riders even finished in the top 185 in today’s stage. Johan Bruyneel was unavailable for comment.