VII Trofeo Víctor Cabedo
Vila-real (Castellón), 16 and 17 March
The province of Castellón, hand in hand with the second weekend around which the Victor Cabedo Trophy is developed, once again becomes the competitive destination of the junior squad of the Fundación Alberto Contador. The Kometa Cycling Team, after a very complete first weekend in which it has achieved the two partial successes in Onda and Segorbe, has managed to show the leadership of the hand of Carlos Rodríguez and Javi Serrano and has also set the general with two and a half minutes of income that achieved three of their riders (Javi Serrano, Fernando Tercero and Raul García) in the XXXI Trofeo Entrada de Toros y Caballos.
On Saturday will be disputed in the streets of Vila-real the time trial by teams of 6 kilometers, a discipline in which traditionally it has always shone the formation in this test. The structure comes from winning the last two team time trial of the Cabedo Trophy. In fact, since the birth of the race in 2013, the current Kometa Cycling Team only did not win this squad time trial in 2016.
For Sunday, again in Vila-real, and in a race that parallelly supposes the starting pistol of the Spanish Cup junior, turn of the Memorial Joan Bautista Llorens. The thirteenth edition of this race returns to the duality of hosting the start of the National Cup of the category and at the same time the fourth and final race of the Trofeo Victor Cabedo. A 102-kilometre race with two thirds of complicated, broken and sinuous orography, in which the passes through the mountain pass of Araya and Infantería are faced.
Two names join the team directed by Guillermo Gutiérrez with respect to the eight that took part this past weekend in the first two appointments: Gerard Bofill from Girona and Manuel Jesús Carrellán from Andalusia. For both it will also be his first race with the bulk of the squad, although Bofill has already enjoyed some very outstanding performance in tests of the Catalan Cup. “I can’t wait to get back into the competition and be at the same level as the team. The truth is that with the successes this weekend is quite a challenge. And a satisfaction”, explains Carrellán. “The training sessions so far have gone well, I am feeling quite well and improving the numbers day by day. I’m very happy, in short.
The second weekend of the Cabedo will begin with Javi Serrano as leader, with six seconds of margin on Fernando Tercero and Raúl García. “I’m really looking forward to next weekend and I’m confident that we can continue doing well and that we can win the overall classification that has been so favorable to us,” said Tercero from a group perspective, squad. Beyond the topic, a very important weekend. Carlos Rodríguez, Juanjo Rosal and Pablo Gutiérrez complete the team.
The stages of the second weekend.
16 March: Vila-real – Vila-real (6 km CRE).
17 March: XIII Memorial Joan Bautista Llorens (102 km).
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