Wall-to-wall action today, but let's recap before we get totally confused:
- Denmark. That's the race where Topsport's Michael Van Stayen took a couple Jakob Fuglsang roundhouse punches yesterday to take command in round two. Round three today promises to be more of the same.
- Burgos saw that closing cat 3 climb separate Samu and Jiggy (sammy Sanchez and Jose Ivan Gutierrez) from the pack for a several second lead over a flotilla of riders. Today's 21.3 km TTT on tap. The TT will set things up nicely for the climbing stage 5 finale on Sunday.
- Portugal meanwhile saw Oleg Chuzhda of Caja Rural escape for a 1:32 lead on GC over Candido Barbosa of Palmeiras Resort. Stage 2 today finishes with a big climb which is sure to shake and bak the field again. (Hey! Notice I got the stage number right um and the rest of ya?)
- Finally Poland saw Dan Martin of shh-garmin TRANSITIONS (gotta give some respect to the second name of the team) take off on the final climb while his rivals wrung their hands in fear. He's got a 20 second lead over nine other guys heading into stage 6 and its razor sharp course profile including another uphill finish. With stage 7 being downhill to the end, today's stage will probably determine the final GC.
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