Unai And Nozal On The One Hand, Sevilla And Petacchi On The Other Hand
When talking about cycling, happiness, suffering and sadness are the three main protagonists. Everyday some win and others lose; but there are times when bad luck is very painful. In this fourth stage of the edition 58th of the Vuelta a Espaсa, the one which covered the way between Santander and Burgos, there was a higher number of riders who suffered than those who were successful.
Isidro Nozal, the rider from Cantabria, came out the happiest. Now he is the leader overall and with an advantage of nearly one minute. For Manolo Saнzґs rider, the most important thing is the time and not the position he gets at the finish line. Happier still in Burgos was the Venezuelan-born Basque, Unai Etxevarrнa. At the moment of truth Julian Gorospeґs rider was the bravest and cleverest one. He was one of the contenders in the break along with seven more riders and dared to leave them behind in the very moment when all of them are thinking that someone else will attempt the break.
Those who suffered most were Oscar Sevilla and Alessandro Petacchi. The young leader of Kelme- Costa Blanca paid today the consequences of the blows he suffered next to the beach of El Sardinero on Monday. Sevilla arrived at the Escudo climb very early and his team had to help him reach the peak without losing much time. Petacchi got more tired than he expected when the cross-wind came and Fassa Bortolo wasted more energy than predicted to keep him among the favourite sprinters who were incapable to catch up with the riders of the break.
Felix Cбrdenas also made his team, Labarca2-Cafй Baque, happy. The Colombian rider has just returned with new strength and style from his country and he seems to be ready to fight for the great mountain prize. He was the best in el Escudo and in Carrales. Cбrdenas initiated all the attempts to break and he formed the best group of the day along with David Etxebarrнa, Unai, Gutiйrrez, Nozal, Laguna, Van Goleen and Fabian Jeker. It is very probable that the latter of these was the strongest out of the ones who managed to arrive in Burgos with an advantage, but in the last leg of the race he suffered an accident and fell over badly.
Unai and Nozal proved that anything is possible in La Vuelta and that there will be more tense stages to follow. It is evident that there are moments of strength and weakness in every situation.
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