Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) has won the first stage of the Vuelta a Pais Vasco after a timely attack on the Zumarraga climb, which was steep enough that numerous riders in the peloton had to walk. Rodriguez launched his sprint a bit early but still managed to hold off the ever-second Samuel Sanchez (who did BTW win the GP Miguel Indurain). Oh well, at least Sanchez beat Kloden.
Vuelta a Pais Vasco Top Five
1. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha)___4h32′:42″
2. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel)
3. Andreas Kloden (Radioshack)
4. Chris Horner (Radioshack)______+:01″
5. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin)________+:06″