96th Villafranca Race – Ordiziako Klasika
Ordizia-Ordizia (165.7 km)
One more year, and that will always be good news, the ‘dekana’ returns to the roads. History, however repeated, does not cease to deserve to be remembered annually. The Villafranca-Ordiziako Klasika Race is the oldest one-day race in the national professional calendar. And it is always linked to the festive days that are experienced on those days in the town of Gipuzkoa. The 25th of July is the day of the Villafranca Race.
Facing its 96th edition, the event presents as a great novelty the change of direction of its layout. The circuit will continue being the one of the last years, although it will be competed in the opposite sense to the one that had come facing. This is the way it goes: Ordizia – Zaldibia – Larraitz – Abaltzisketa – Amezketa – Alegia – Ordizia.
The Kometa Cycling Team, with the premiere of the list of winners in the recent Giro del Valle d´Aosta still fresh, comes with a very motivated team where the first participation of Márton Dina in the Spanish roads stands out. The Hungarian, second in the last edition of the Tour of his country, leads a versatile team where also will compete the Luxembourger Michel Ries, one of the outstanding runners in the Aosta Valley.
Juan Camacho, Isaac Cantón, José Antonio García, Diego Pablo Sevilla and Daniel Viegas complete a team that goes to the classic Gipuzkoa with the aim of improving the performance of 2018, when Juan Pedro López and Kevin Inkelaar were the best classified of the team, twentieth and twenty-first respectively, although more than eight minutes away from the Australian winner Robert Power and the British Simon Yates. “After all the setbacks of the beginning of the year and the adaptation to the category the sensations have gone to better with the time. I want to compete”, says García from Granada.
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