Polartec-Kometa Carlos Rodríguez from Granada has been summoned by Paco Cerezo, junior national coach, to represent Spain in the next Innsbruck , which will take place between Sunday 23 and Sunday 30 September.
The rider from Almuñecar, winner of the 2018 Spanish Cup, gold medal in the time trial and fourth in the en route event of the recent Spanish Championships held in Soria, among other results, will participate both in the time trial and in the road race.
Rodríguez, who should not be forgotten that he is a first year junior, will share the team with Cantabrian Iván Cobo Cayón, Asturian Pelayo Sánchez and Basques Jon Barrenetxea and Josu Echeverría. Cobo, current national runner-up in the discipline, will accompany the Andalusian in the fight against the clock.
“I’m very happy to have the opportunity to participate in the World Championships”, says Rodríguez shortly after learning of his definitive inclusion in the competition. “I’ve been preparing for this event for some time and I think I’m going to be in good shape due to the training sessions as well as the competition days. I hope that everything goes well and that the results accompany, because it would be the best way to finish the season”.
The Austrian event, given its orographic proposal, is going to become one of the most demanding world championships in history. The junior competitions are not lacking in that requirement that will reach its zenith in the male elite event.
The first appointment will arrive in the morning of Tuesday, with the dispute of the masculine junior chrono. The race will join Hall-Wattens and Innsbruck over 27.8 kilometers. The road race, for its part, will be held on Thursday on a very hard track of 132.4 km that in its final part will have two laps of the so-called ‘Olympic circuit’, and therefore two steps for the climb Igls (7.9 km to an average of 5.7% and ramps of 10%). The arrival is expected between 18.30 and 19.00 hours.
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