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Bad weather takes toll on Martin

Posted 03 April 2012

Heavy rain and fog made the going tough on stage two of the Tour of the Basque Country with Dan Martin finishing over two minutes down after Darly Impey (GreenEdge) claimed the stage win with a last gasp solo attack.

The 165.7 kilometre stage from Guenes to Vioria-Gasteiz was dominated by a five-man break.

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ – Big Mat), Mads Christian (Saxo Bank) and Jerome Pineau (Omega Pharma Quickstep) initiated the move after seven kilometres.

Gabriele Bossio (Utelsilnord) and Julian Sanchez (Caja Rural) bridged to the trio after 32 kilometres, shortly before the second climb of the day.

Their lead peaked at 6’52” over the climb and held steady at near enough to six minutes over the three third category climbs that characterised the next 100 kilometres of racing.

Martin’s Garmin Barracuda team combined with the Rabobank team to rein them in and did much of the work on the final climb of the third category Alto De Zaldiaran to finally close the gap.

Their efforts paid off with the peloton holding together over the top of the climb where the Astana team of Francesco Gavazzi took charge of affairs as the Italian sought to improve his top ten GC position.

The Garmin Barracuda team continued working to maintain the top ten positions occupied by Fabian Wegmann and Ryder Hesjedal as heavy rain made for a tricky ten kilometre descent to the finish.

Impey moved to the head of the race as his GreenEdge team worked to set up a lead out train for sprinter Allan Davis but the South African managed to make a small gap for himself as the race entered the final kilometre.

He clung on to his slender lead with a powerhouse performance while Davis finished second ahead of Sky’ Davide Appollonio to complete a rewarding day for the Australian team.

Martin finished 144th on the stage coming home as part of a fifteen strong group who were 2'14" down.

Jose Joaquin Rojas (Moviestar) continues to lead the race heading into stage three.


Vuelta al Pais Vasco

Stage 2: Guenes - Vitoria-Gasteiz, 165.7 kilometers

1.  Daryl Impey (RSA) GreenEdge Cycling Team 4:10:07  
2.  Allan Davis (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
3.  Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling  
4.  Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team  
5.  Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
6.  Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
7.  Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
8.  Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Barracuda  
9.  Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
10. Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD

144. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Barracuda at 2 minutes, 14 seconds


General classificiation after stage 2:


1.  Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 8:07:51  
2.  Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
3.  Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Barracuda  
4.  Daryl Impey (RSA) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
5.  Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
6.  Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
7.  Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda  
8.  Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
9.  Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling  
10. Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team


123. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Barracuda at 2 minutes, 14 seconds

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