A day of madness at the Classic of Ordizia
95ª Prueba Villafranca-Clásica de Ordizia
25 July: Ordizia-Ordizia (165.7 km)
The Ordiziako Klasika took another step into its century with an edition marked by the very high speed from the initial shot in which the Mitchelton-Scott, a priori great favorite for the victory with Simon Yates, signed a double with the Australian Robert Power and the British, first and second in the Gudarien Etorbidea of Ordizia. The Sevillian Juan Pedro López, was the first classified runner of the Polartec-Kometa. The Andalusian and Dutchman Kevin Inkelaar arrived in the main group that reached the finish line, almost nine minutes from the winner.
The Polartec-Kometa sought to integrate into the good leak, a leak that took time to consolidate itself in the framework of multiple attempts. “It’s been going at a very high rate all day, all day long, at full speed. And the first ascent to Abaltzisketa was very rare, with only twenty or thirty runners, at most crowning. He was leaving with his pulse racing through the clouds,” explains López.
Miguel Ángel Ballesteros has tried to join in in a first attempt to escape where Yates was already showing off but did not bear fruit and, immediately afterwards, he worked with Juan Camacho and Isaac Camacho at the head of the pack to close the gap with respect to a later attempt where the Madrid formation had not managed to have a presence.
“He’s gone very, very fast the first four laps. It took a long time for the breakaway to take shape, but in the end it was the strongest teams that consolidated it,” Inkelaar adds.
(automatic translation, sorry for mistakes)
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