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Murcia Gone with the Wind

At the last stage of the Vuelta a Murcia this Sunday, it was more important to the peloton to ride inside the boundaries of the road than to actually race. "It was an absolutely unbelievable stage," said Gerolsteiner's Peter Wrolich. "I have never seen anything like that in my career. The wind was so strong that at times riders were being blown off the road. As a result there were a lot of crashes."

Finally, event organisers decided to stop the race 25 km before the finish line and start it again 2000 metres before the finish. "With 25 kilometres left, the race was stopped and then came the most unbelievable decision by the race organizers: We rode a neutralized race up to the two km-mark and then the sprinters were turned loose. I can't understand that decision at all," continued Wrolich, but of course the Austrian was glad that teammate Heinrich Haussler won the stage - the second victory of the promising young talent this season.

Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

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