That climb on stage 1 was rather steep, Horner most definitely outclimbed Sanchez there. Sanchez said afterwards that he had a bad day, and that he had no idea why. On the Eibar stage, Sanchez (plus Valverde and Gesink) only caught Horner on the descent. Horner outclimbed him there as well.Libertine Seguros said:Why did Horner beat Samu in País Vasco?
Samu lost 1'39" when Valverde and the Caisse d'Epargne boys put the pressure on a small climb in stage 1 when the wind was blowing and split up the field.
From that point on Samu was never outside the top 5. He took a couple of seconds out of him on the Arrate, beat him to the finish at Orio, but lost 23 seconds in the ITT.
At no point did Horner outclimb Samu, and if they'd come in to the ITT closer I don't know whether Samu could have ridden any better with national/regional pride on the line (I know, he's an Asturian, but an orange jersey in the Euskal Herriko Itzulia = massive support).