Rodriguez takes narrow sprint victory in Basque Country

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Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) scored the narrowest of sprint victories over Olympic Champion Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) in a thrilling finale to the opening stage of the Tour of the Basque Country today.

Rodriguez and Sanchez were two of the four riders that went clear over the top of the ultra-steep La Antigua climb close to the finish in Zumarraga, with only two former winners of the Basque Country, Chris Horner and Andreas Klöden (both RadioShack) able to follow them.

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