Gorka Izagirre victorious in Spanish cyclo-cross race

Gorka Izagirre (Astana-Premier Tech)
Gorka Izagirre (Astana-Premier Tech) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Gorka Izagirre won the UCI C2-ranked cyclo-cross event, the Abadiño Udala Saria, in Spain on Sunday, but it was no fast, dry roadie course. The Basque rider endured heavy rains and a course churned into thick mud to claim the victory by 42 seconds on his nearest competitor, 20-year-old Gonzalo Inguanzo. Mario Junquera (Unicaja Banco-Gijon) was third, while Caja Rural-Seguros RGA rider Jonathan Lastra was fourth.

Izagirre, who will move to the Movistar Team in 2022, crossed the line with his arms aloft and his turquoise Astana kit completely obscured by mud after taking the lead on the second of six laps in the hour-long race.

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