Carlos Rodríguez finished fifteenth and Fernando Tercero finished twenty-fourth in the last edition of the Ghent Wevelgem junior, first race of a Nations Cup in the category in which the victory went to the bag of the American Quinn Simmons and the first Spanish cyclist was the Basque Igor Arrieta, tenth. Arrieta, Rodríguez and Tercero arrived in a group of 28 units that came just over half a minute from the winner.
Worse luck was Raúl García, the third of the Kometa Cycling Team riders called for this race, who went to the ground during his dispute. “Entering one of the climbs fell right in front of me and I hit one of the hips, although it’s nothing serious,” he says.
On Saturday, in the Valencian town of Pinedo, there was a new edition, the XXII, of the Manuel González Memorial. The race was held on a 3.1 kilometre urban circuit in which the runners had to complete 20 laps. The victory corresponded to the Alicante Pedro Beneit, who won the sprint after having made several previous escape attempts.
This Sunday, the first edition of La Matinal Junior de la Volta a Catalunya was held, a test prior to the last stage of the Catalan round that was held in the circuit of Montjuïc on a circuit of 3.8 kilometers and scoring for the Catalan Cup category (fourth appointment in the calendar). Juan José Rosal and Gerard Bofilll were there: “We tried to break the race in the ascent, in the end we achieved it and we could arrive quite ahead”, explains Bofill.
In the 63rd edition of the Trofeo Laguna de La Tenderina, an 80 kilometre race that flew at an average speed of more than 42.6 km/h, the two Cantabrians of the Kometa Cycling Team Junior were present. David Quevedo and Pablo Gutiérrez finished in seventh and eighth place, respectively, 57 seconds from first year junior Sergio García. The MMR Academy rider led a three-point formation, completed by Jorge Gonzalez and David Manrique.
Not everything was a route. Francesc Bennassar took part in the third and last meeting of the National Track Circuit, held at the Luis Puig velodrome in Valencia. The Spaniard, in partnership with Albert Moya, won the bronze medal in the Madison race.
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