Vuelta al País Vasco stage 2 April 5th
Vasli attacks for stage victory!
Belarusian rider Vasil Kiryienka attacked inside the final two kilometres of today’s second stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, surging clear on the descent to the line and then soloing to victory. Vasil Kirienka won his first stage for The Team Movistar when he reached the line two seconds clear of a large group of the race favourites, which was led home by Andreas Klöden (Team RadioShack), Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek), Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank SunGard) and last year’s race winner, Chris Horner (Team RadioShack). “I had spent two years without a win,” Vasili winner said. “It was about time for me after so much work for the team, to whom I want to thank for this victory. I was really close to home [he lives in Pamplona – ed.] and I’m used to these roads during my training rides, so I knew the route to perfection.“The Movistar Team has four riders at a very high level in this race and that always makes winning easier…we knew how to deal with that advantage. We don’t have a strong leader this season and we have to take chances.”
|4||Chris Anker Sorensen||(Saxo Bank-Sungard)||s.t.|
Stage 1: Medina de Rioseco – Palencia 179.4km
Ventoso victorious in Palencia!
“You might say Castilla y León is my ‘talisman race’,” said Ventoso. “This is my 5th stage victory in this tour and it seems like I’m really suited to it.
“In the final straight, I made the sprint a bit too long because the wind was blowing in our face. The sprinter from Sky had to launch it from really far because he had no teammates, and I was forced to start it alongside him.
“Now it’s time to enjoy the success, which I want to dedicate to my teammates as usual. They were perfect again. We have to think about tomorrow. I already won in Salamanca in 2007, it’s a slightly uphill sprint that suits me well.”
|Francisco José Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team||
|Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago – CSF Inox|
|Marko Kump (Slo) Geox-TMC|
|Luke Roberts (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard|
|Russell Downing (GBr) Sky Procycling|