Good race of Polartec-Kometa in Burgos
40ª Vuelta Ciclista a Burgos
Stage 5: Salas de los Infantes-Lagunas de Neila (141 km)
The first presence of the continental Polartec-Kometa in the Burgos Cycling Tour concluded with a great final balance led by a great group performance, with an active presence in the race and the finishing touch of Matteo Moschetti’s victory in the massive arrival of Castrojeriz. The Andalusian Juan Pedro Lopez, the best climber in the squad, was not his best day and finished far from the top positions in a stage and a general standings where the young Colombian Ivan Ramiro Sosa (Androni, 20 years old) easily recovered his disadvantage of two seconds over his compatriot Miguel Angel López (Astana) in the final half kilometer of the climb to the Neila Lagoons.
“It was a great victory in a very important race for all of us. I’m very happy for myself and all my team-mates in the team,” Matteo Moschetti said. Battered by the crash of the previous day in the arrival to Clunia, wrapped by Moschetti himself, Ropero and Camacho, Lopez would enter the finish line penultimate. “When you can’t, you can’t; I’m sorry I couldn’t live up to it, but I couldn’t do anything else,” said Lopez, who fell to 77th place in the final standings. Austria’s Patrick Gamper, 61st in the standings, was the best in the final overall.
The Vuelta a Burgos was a very special race for Alejandro Ropero. The Spaniard, who has been with the squad until the end of the season, has brilliantly completed his first professional experience, working for his team-mates and even getting involved in a runaway during the second stage. “It was one of the most beautiful races I’ve ever run,” he sums up.
“The level is very high and in the pack you can feel the rhythms and the harshness of the courses. The truth is that I felt like I was here from day one, they welcomed me great, like one more, and I did everything I could to help the team. The team is a family to me. I hope to keep growing and that the people who have trusted me will be happy with my work during these days,” adds Ropero.
With little pause, the next competitive challenge of the Polartec-Kometa comes in a couple of days on Central European soil. Since Tuesday, the Madrid team has been facing the Vuelta a Hungría, an event of great importance for its sponsors. Juan Pedro López, who has been called up by the Spanish national team to compete in the Tour del Porvenir from next Friday, will not be present at this event.
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