Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Déjà-vu finish called off

If you were watching today’s final kilometers in Vuelta Pais Vasco, I could imagine you were having the same thoughts as me when Daryl Impey attack and team mate Allan Davis started his sprint. “Would Davis do like Kim Kirchen in 2008?” – For a long time I thought he would, but luckily for Daryl Impey he managed to do what Morris Possini couldn’t do 4 years ago and ended up winning the stage.

Kim Kirchen passing Possoni on the final
meters and takes the stage win in 2008.
For those (few, I hope) who don’t know what I’m talking about, let me explain. The last time Vuelta Pais Vasco had a stage finish in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Morris Possoni had been in a long breakaway the whole stage and looked like he would take the stage even though the peloton got very close on the final few hundred meters. With just 25 meters to go the young Italian seemed to have secured the stage win, but on the final meters the peloton caught the breakaway and team mate Kim Kirchen passed Possoni and snatched the stage win.

Today Allan Davis was just about to do the same, but this time history didn’t repeat itself and Daryl Impey took his first victory this season.

Tomorrow we have the traditional stage finish on Arrate. Overall favorite Samuel Sanchez has won this stage the last two years in a row and is once again the big favorite. Will he manage to make a hat-trick?

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