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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Great Day For Tommy D

Tom Danielson finally had a great day today during stage 16 of the Vuelta e Espana. Unfortunately for Tommy D, he started the day 7:46 out of the lead on GC.

Danielson was aggressive from the start, joining a breakaway of nearly 20 riders in the first 20 km of today's stage. Finally an escape was permitted to gain an advantage, but it was Danielson's teammate and KOM contender Egoi Martinez in the break.

Danielson then hung with the contenders until it was down to six men at the front up the final "beyond category" climb. The remaining riders were Valverde, Vino, Sastre, Samuel Sanchez, Igor Anton and our own Tommy D. The final climb was very active. Sastre attacked and was covered. Vino of course attacked several times and at one point dropped Sastre and Tommy D. Valverde and Vino then paused along the lead riders to regroup, and Danielson attacked twice in succession. Unfortunately for Tommy D, Sanchez was marking any moves to help Anton, and Vino was trying to drop Valverde and Sastre. Danielson could never get away. Anton and Sanchez played team tactics, and the young Euskatel rider Anton was able to escape and win the stage.

It was 15 stages too late, but it was great to see Tommy D in top form and hanging with the big GC contenders and climbers.

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