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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Vino Thrashes the Vuelta Field

Vino attacked with 3 or 4 km left in stage 18, and quickly put Valverde, Sastre, Tommy D and all of the other contenders in difficulty. The final climb had several long pitches of 14 - 18% grades that shattered the legs of the leaders. Kashechkin ultimately bridged up to Vino, and the two Kazakh riders worked to the finish. Vino gifted the stage win to his teammate Kashechkin.

Vino has now increased his lead over Valverde to 53 seconds with 3 stages left in the Vuelta. There is a TT on Saturday. Sastre finished 10th on the stage and dropped to 4th on GC. Kashechkin moved up to the final podium place. Tommy D held on to his 6th place on GC. Tommy D was right in the mix with all of the strongmen to the end.

Vino had another gear that all of the other riders were lacking. Look for Vino to get in Valverde's head tomorrow and demoralize him further in Saturday's TT.

It was a very exciting finish!

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