Well I must say, he definitely sniveled onto the ninth place wheel rather nicely!  He was actually quite active in the race made the selection of 10 riders over the Jaizkibel.  Read the full report on cyclingnews here.

Here are some Sirotti photos from the rather enjoyable looking race along the spectacular coastlines of Spain:

Go Richie!

You can see Richie there in the background losing contact after Vino and Sanchez turned on the heat

Near the top of the Jaizkibel, Luis Leon Sanchez split the group with Vino and Sastre the only ones able to come with him

Vino was forced to lead out the sprint in the final 200m and Sanchez takes the biggest win of his career.  Still no sponsor for the team next year however…

Sanchez and Sanchez

1 Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
2 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana
3 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
4 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Team Radioshack 0:00:34
5 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:00:37
6 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin – Transitions
7 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank
8 Nicholas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
9 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
10 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    Go Richie!