The roads of Asturias will host the last race before the Giro d’Italia
63rd Vuelta Ciclista a Asturias
From 30 April to 2 May
Three stages with a lot of demanding terrain and a few climbs on the roads of the Principality await the EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team from this Friday. The Vuelta a Asturias returns to the roads after the forced postponement of last year and it does it as the last commitment of the ProTeam of the Contador Foundation before his participation in the next Giro d’Italia.
To the Vueltina the EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team goes with a team formed by the Scotsman John Archibald, the Portuguese Daniel Viegas, the Spaniards Diego Pablo Sevilla and Sergio García, and the Italians Lorenzo Fortunato, Francesco Gavazzi and Luca Wackermann. Ahead, a mountain finish for the last day, a stage with a very demanding climb on the second day and a first day with a lot of spice. If there is one rider for whom this edition of the Vuelta a Asturias has a special meaning, it is Sergio García from Cádiz.
“I’m very excited”, says the Andalusian, who arrives after several days concentrated with the Spanish national team in a training camp with the most outstanding U23 riders of the national peloton. “Between the postponements of races that took place in February and a problem I had in my hand that forced me to stop, I have not been able to compete much and the truth is that I am very hungry for racing. We come with a very interesting team, because Diego, Francesco and Luca are very experienced and after a good race in Turkey”.
Sergio has not been able to compete as much as he would have liked because of the problem with his right hand. “On the last day of the training camp in Oliva Nova in February, we were going downhill very fast on a section and when I reached a crossroads I made a mistake and went to the ground. I slapped my hands on the ground and hurt myself. The X-rays didn’t show any injury or fracture and I didn’t think anything of it. In the Strade Bianche, where I was really looking forward to, I ended up in a lot of pain. It was not normal. I underwent a new MRI scan and it showed a small fracture. In the end I’ve spent a month as if I was in pre-season, walking and doing knee work. We’ve been pushing hard in the last few weeks and I think I’m in good shape, although the competition is still to come. We hope to do well in Asturias, which is always a beautiful race”.
30th April: Oviedo – Pola de Lena (184.5 km).
1st May: Candás – Cangas del Narcea (200.5 km).
2nd May: Cangas del Narcea – Monte Naranco (125.3 km).