47 Vuelta Ciclista a Salamanca
Stage 3: Ledrada-Guijuelo
Much protagonism for the Polartec-Kometa in the queen stage of the reborn Vuelta a Salamanca, a demanding day with not so much media ports but of great importance that broke the race in a thousand pieces and propitiated a change in the first place of the general classification, where Raúl García de Mateos (Cortizo) is now the new leader with 21 seconds of margin on Eloy Teruel (Mutua) and 34 on Alejandro Ropero, now third.
The stage was won by Eusebio Pascual, who beat the aforementioned García de Mateos and Sergio Vega, three riders who stood out in the last few kilometers where the leader, Antonio Soto, ended up physically diminished due to some cramps in his effort to fill the gap. Ropero, more conservative after his efforts on Friday, appeared at the time who had to take a step forward.
Already by then, the Madrid-based group had enjoyed a great presence in the development of the stage, with José Antonio García being included in the first break of the day and with Carlos García Pierna and Daniele Cantoni arriving later, finally about fifteen riders who led the race until the last 40 kilometres.
Carlos García, who continues with his sensational first year in the category, would be included in a three-run escape, with Antonio Angulo (Rias Baixas) and Francisco Rus (GS Sport), who would reach the last fifteen kilometers outstanding.
“It’s been another day when we’ve bet on attacking from afar to try to win the overall in one lap, but another day when we didn’t start. The whole day in the flight in a very stinking terrain to be hunted eight kilometers from the finish line,” said Carlos García, tenth overall, 50 seconds from yellow.
This Sunday concludes the Tour of Salamanca with a stage of 115 km without high points between Santa Marta de Tormes and the provincial capital. “We are going to see how the last stage goes, we are still going out to compete”, warns the director Rafa Díaz Justo.
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