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Saturday’s EuroFile: Raisin unchanged; Gomez Marchante scores stunning win in Pais Vasco

Saul Raisin’s condition remains unchanged two days after surgery to relieve pressure from a ruptured cerebral edema, according to the Crédit Agricole team physician. Dr. Joel Menard told AFP that the pressure on Raisin's brain was "stable, just above normal," and that doctors at the hospital in Angers hoped to be able to decrease the amount of drugs being given him. Meanwhile, Raisin’s uncle, Phil, told The Dalton Daily Citizen in Georgia that his parents, Jim and Yvonne, arrived in Paris on Friday. “They have seen Saul,” Phil Raisin said. “They’re doing as good as possible under the

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By Agence France Presse, and staff reports

Saul Raisin’s condition remains unchanged two days after surgery to relieve pressure from a ruptured cerebral edema, according to the Crédit Agricole team physician.

Dr. Joel Menard told AFP that the pressure on Raisin’s brain was “stable, just above normal,” and that doctors at the hospital in Angers hoped to be able to decrease the amount of drugs being given him.

Meanwhile, Raisin’s uncle, Phil, told The Dalton Daily Citizen in Georgia that his parents, Jim and Yvonne, arrived in Paris on Friday.

“They have seen Saul,” Phil Raisin said. “They’re doing as good as possible under the circumstances.”

The 23-year-old American crashed Tuesday in the first stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe, breaking a clavicle and a rib, and has been in a medically induced coma since the hematoma burst on Thursday.

Gomez Marchante scores stunning win in Pais Vasco
Spaniard Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Saunier Duval) scored a shock win in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco on Saturday, edging out earlier leader Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) to bag overall victory following a 24km time trial at Zalla.

Gomez Marchante, 25, had been nine seconds adrift going into the finale but burnt up the track to see off all comers, coming in six seconds ahead of fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne), whom he beat in the overall standings by seven seconds.

“I thought I might squeeze into the top three, but I never thought I’d win. It’s a great surprise,” Gomez Marchante said.

Another home rider, Antonio Colom, placed third as Gomez Marchante landed his first Pro Tour victory in his third year as a professional after a whirlwind ride on the hilly course around Zalla.

Valverde appeared to have done enough over the first three-quarters of the course to end up on top but could not quite hold the pace over the final few kilometers.

Colom had also looked set for a glorious finish after setting the best time over the opening 6km. But he too was unable to keep that form going to the end.

Sanchez, along with fellow fancied riders Davide Rebellin, Cadel Evans and Jose Azevedo, also found the going increasingly tough as their respective challenges fell away.

Sanchez slid all the way back to sixth overall following his 15th place on the final day, having lost 45 seconds on the first half of the course.

Stage
1. Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Sp), Saunier Duval, 32:44
2. Alejandro Valverde (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne-Illes Balears, at 0:06
3. Antonio Colom (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne-Illes Balears, at 0:08
4. Eugeni Petrov (Rus), Lampre, at 0:16
5. Patrik Sinkewitz (G), T-Mobile, at 0:18
6. Janez Brajkovic (Slo), Discovery Channel, same time
7. Carlos Sastre (Sp), Team CSC), at 0:28
8. Alberto Contador (Sp), Liberty Seguros, at 0:29
9. Juan Jose Cobo (Sp), Saunier Duval, at 0:36
10. Andriy Grivko (Ukr), Milram, at 0:37

Final overall
1. Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Sp), Saunier Duval, 20:31:47
2. Alejandro Valverde (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne-Illes Balears, at 0:07
3 Antonio Colom (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne,-Illes Balears, same time
4. Patrik Sinkewitz (G), T-Mobile, at 0:19
5. Alberto Contador (Sp), Liberty Seguros, at 0:20
6. Samuel Sanchez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 0:42
7. M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Sp), Phonak, at 0:44
8. Cadel Evans (Aus), Davitamon-Lotto, at 1:11
9. Francisco Javier Vila (Sp), Lampre, at 1:21
10. Jose Azevedo (Por), Discovery Channel, 1:24