Euskaltel have been absolutely horrible this race. And not just have the riders been bad, their tactics have been disastrous as well. I hope they'll get a stage victory here as well, but it's probably not gonna happen even though I think this won't be between the sprinters.
The only thing I will remember from today's final stage of the Vuelta.
It's great to see how Euskadi was a real team with stars like Samu, prototype basque riders like Anton or Verdugo, young promising guns like Landa, loyal domestiques like Urtasun, Azanza, Oroz, Martinez and of course the one and only Mikel Nieve: a rider that improved into so much more than a basque light weight. He add a sense of epicness to that, showing how a true pure climber can still be a factor with these days controlled tactics. One of my favourite riders ever and it won't be the same to see him winning in the future wearing some jersey other than the Orange he totally pulled off. Good luck to everyone of them.
Wow, only 47 posts. Pretty boring stage then, someday a GT really needs to make the final stage decisive. Finish it off on top of the Angliru, or Zoncolan, or Ventoux. That would be far better then a ceremonial crit.
But I digress, good win for Matthews, good to see him delivering when given the chance. And +1 to Trevim's post, glad to see the carrots take the team competition (although I would have liked to see them creating a little more chaos this vuleta).
Uh, this may not endear me to some (most?) people here, but here goes.
Euskaltel were an embarrassment. An orange Radioshack. Apart from Anton on Penas Blancas and Nieve on one of the stages the big 3 did nothing. Oroz and Egoi Martinez were the usual people in the break. Says it all.
Nerz and Arroyo deserve praise. The carrots deserve nothing for creaking and croaking their way to the final podium.
And I was one of the people crossing my fingers for Laiseka to hold off VdB in 1999.