For those who remained in the cafe bars of Andorra la Vella
, there was enough optimism to wonder if Bale's goal could soon be recalled as fondly and as importantly.
Stage 8 (176.5km, Andorra la Vella
to Saint-Girons): 1 L L Sanchez 4:31.50, 2 S Casar, 3 M Astarloza, both same time, 4 4 V Efimkin +0.03, 5 J J Rojas +1.54, 6 C Ribln, 7 P Velits, 8 S Minard, 8 J Roy, 9 T Voeckler, all same time.
guest co.uk, halfboard in On our final day we took a bus trip to Andorra La Vella
, where we had a walk on the riverside, did some duty-free shopping in the dirtcheap Hipa Andorra and had lunch in one of the tapas bars.
Just one example of the new-look Andorra is the unique Caldea public spa centre in the capital, Andorra la Vella
- an impressive sparkling glass and steel pyramid structure, the largest of its kind in Europe, containing 6,000 square metres of swimming pools, and a warren of saunas, Jacuzzis, massage rooms, Aztec and Roman themed areas and just about every kind of relaxation to end a tough day on the slopes.
After two days of skiing/falling, my out-of-condition body was screaming for a rest so I spent a relaxing afternoon at the Caldea spa centre in the capital Andorra La Vella
WHAT THE BOOKIES SAY Wales 1/33, draw 16/1, Andorra 50/1 LAST TIME THEY MET The countries' only previous meeting was that nervy contest in September last year on the plastic pitch in Andorra la Vella
where Lima's opener was cancelled out by a Bale header in the first-half before the Real Madrid man won it with a free-kick with nine minutes to go.
Ahead of the qualifier in the capital Andorra La Vella
, Wales manager Chris Coleman chose to train his squad on traditional grass surfaces rather than 3G pitches for fear of his players picking up injuries.
Last week UEFA announced that more work needed to be done on the new artificial 3G surface at the national stadium in Andorra la Vella
before the September 9 qualifier can go ahead.
UEFA announced that more work needed to be done on the new artifi-cial 3G surface at the national stadium in Andorra la Vella
The Spaniard, who rides for Caisse d'Epargne, fell back on the shoulder of Sandy Casar about 100 metres out before breezing past the Frenchman to take glory in some style at the end of the 176.5km hike from Andorra La Vella
to St Girons.