Monday, September 08, 2008

Egoi's Vuelta Yellow Jersey

Some good news for Euskaltel Euskadi and the Basque cycling fans, Egoi Martinez is the yellow jersey at the Vuelta. Here you have the info via Earth Times:

Egoi Martinez takes over golden jersey; van Avermaet takes stage

Posted : Mon, 08 Sep 2008 16:55:01 GMT

Sabinanigo, Spain - Spain's Egoi Martinez on Monday took over the leaders' golden jersey at the Tour of Spain, giving his Basque Euskatel team a historic first-ever overall Vuelta lead. Although Martinez finished tenth in a sprint finish during Monday's ninth stage behind Belgium's Greg van Avermaet, who rides for the Silence-Lotto team, it was enough to give him the overall lead with 33 hours, 23 minutes 56 seconds.

American Levi Leipheimer is second 11 seconds behind, while Alberto Contador is third a further 21 seconds behind.

Martinez and van Avermaet were part of a group of ten cyclists that managed to get away from the peloton and finished 6.42 minutes ahead of the pack at the end of the 200 kilometre-long stage from Vielha to Sabinanigo.

Martinez, who went into the stage 6:41 minutes behind the leading Leipheimer, managed to make up a further ten seconds in a sprint classification during the stage.

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