|Welcome back to today's Live coverage of the Vuelta a España stage seven from Teruel to Vinaros. The 212.5 km-long ride includes three Cat 3 climbs, all located in the first half of the course, as well as three intermediate sprints on a fast downhill route to coastal finish town Vinaros, located only 10 metres above sea level (with the stage departing in 1000 metres altitude!). The peloton will surely be glad to leave behind those mountains for today! A bunch sprint finish is pretty likely at the sea, with top favourite "Ale-Jet" Petacchi being a good bet... |
14:36 CEST At the sea side finish, it is a mild 26° out this Friday, with a light breeze coming from South-East. Perfect conditions for a bike race, unlike in the year 2001, when the Vuelta first finished in Vinaros: We still can remember the torrential rain of that day, with the sky being so dark that it was hard for the cameras to record the moment when Juan Manuél Gárate won the stage.
14:44 CEST Stage seven of this year's Vuelta started fast and furious, with a series of attacks: At first, it was Phonak's Oscar Pereiro who wanted to make up for his teammate, Floyd Landis' abandon yesterday. But his jump didn't evolve into a real break, and after 10 kilometres of racing, a group of three emerged: Rik Verbrugghe (Quick.Step), Eladio Jimenez Sanchez (Comunidad Valenciana) and Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel) made it as the route steepened for the first of the climbs, the Puerto de Cabigordo (km 20). http://www.cyclingnews.com/road/2005/vuelta05/?id=live/vuelta057