Monday, March 29, 2010

Criterium International

Contador and Armstrong flop at Criterium

The race is one of the more interesting races on the pro calander as a sort of mini tour! First stage is a hard mountain stage on sat then sun a criterium style race with a sprint finish in the morning followed by a time trial to finish on the sun afternoon.

Stage one

Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong suffered shock failures in the first stage of the Criterium International on Saturday.

Spaniard Contador, who had been expected to attack in the final ascent of the 175.5-km trek, finished more than a minute behind stage winner Pierrick Fedrigo of France, his face a mask of pain as he crossed the line.

Cadel finished in the top pack with fellow ozzie roger's. Both looked good on long climb. Cadel looked very strong, but there were not to many of team mates around him!

Stage two

The Team Sky rider Russell Downing won a bunch sprint at the end of a 75-km effort around Porto Vecchio, finishing ahead of Swiss Michael Albasini.

Stage three - TT

A stunning start in the tt through tight village streets then on to rolling country roads. Contador set the early mark with a solid effort. Millar topped this time setting the new bench mark. Rodger's missed these times crossing in provisional third.

Cadel looked good in bmc kit - no rainbow for the TT. Starting 27 sec down to Pierrick Fedrigo at the start cadel had it all to do. In the end the Ozzie finished 8th and was not able to make an impression in the tt. Rodgers third in the tt got him second overall and on the podium 15 sec down! Cadel finished sixth.

Pierrick Fedrigo of France ran away with it in the end with a big attack on the first stage and a valiant tt to hold his jersey.


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