samuel sanchez (euskatel-euskadi) took the mountain top finish ahead of joaquím rodríguez (katusha), at stage 1 of the vuelta a burgos. sanchez was the only rider that could stick rodríguez as he powered away from the peloton on the cat3 climb up to the line. and with the final grand tour looming just two weeks away, this race is great preparation for the peloton. it’s also apparent that sanchez is still in great form from the tour de france, and that rodríguez has been training hard since his adventures with contador (saxobank) at the giro.
photo from vuelta a burgos.