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Stormy weather halts TT at Euskal Bizikleta

Vladimir Efimkin won

Vladimir Efimkin won (Image credit: Christine Grein)

By Sue George

Saturday's second stage of the day in the Euskal Bizikleta was stopped near the end due to a downpour and strong winds. The race was cancelled with six riders still left to go: David De la Fuente (Saunier Duval-Prodir), Eladio Jiménez (Karpin-Galicia), Oscar Sevilla (Relax-GAM), Gómez Marchante (Saunier Duval-Prodir), Fernández de la Puebla (Saunier Duval-Prodir), and Vladimir Efimkin (Caisse d´Épargne).

The fastest rider already done with his time trial was Rigoberto Urán (Unibet.com), who will be considered the stage's winner; however, none of the results today will count toward the GC.

Given the decision to call the stage, Vladimir Efimkin kept his overall lead, two seconds ahead of Fernández de la Puebla and eight seconds over a trio made of Oscar Sevilla, Eladio Jiménez and a José Ángel Gómez Marchante. Efimkin won the first stage of the day.

Sunday's third stage and final stage is the major one, the queen stage. Racers will cover seven mountains during 152.5 kilometres from Iurreta to Arrate. With only 2.4km between the last climb and the finish, a GC shakedown is expected.

For complete coverage of the Euskal Bizikleta, click here.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.