Thursday, August 25, 2011

Team Liquigas Takes No Prisoners at the Vuelta

A sensational performance by the Italian team in today's stage of the Vuelta de Espana. After chasing down a four-man breakaway on the descent following the last climb of the day, four Liquigas riders, including stage winner Peter Sagan and G.C.-contender Vincenzo Nibali, created a break of their own (along with one rider from Movistar). They never getting more than a 10-second advantage over the hard-chasing peloton, but as the road flattened out in the last few kilometers, a crosswind prevented the peloton from closing the gap. Sagan took the stage win. Defending-champion Nibali moved up to third in the general classification.

I cannot remember the last time I saw a team execute a late break so brilliantly. Heck, I can't remember ever seeing a breakaway (let alone one that survived to win the stage) with four of five riders from a single team. Really brilliant stuff.

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