40th Burgos Cycling Tour
Stage 1: Burgos-Burgos (157 km)
It started a new edition of the Vuelta a Burgos and did it with a podium for the continental Polartec-Kometa. The Madrid-born Diego Pablo Sevilla was designated as the most combative of this first stage in which the victory, in the demanding arrival at the castle of the Burgos capital, corresponded to the Italian Francesco Gavazzi (Androni).
Seville was involved in a break of six riders that took place in the first kilometers of the day. A fugue completed by Pablo Torres (Burgos-BH), Norwegian Sindre Lunke (Fortuneo-Samsic), Frenchman Lucas De Rossi (Delko-Marsella), Ricardo García (Euskadi Foundation) and Frenchman Bryan Nauleau (Direct Energie).
With an income of never more than four minutes, and oscillating between half a minute and a minute and a half in the last kilometers, according to the interests of the main group, the breakaway ended up being neutralized thirteen kilometers from the end, in the first pass through the Castle. In the finish, twisty, steep and cobbled in its final part, Juan Pedro López from Seville was the best classified among the Polartec-Kometa riders, finishing in 37th position 24 seconds from the winner.
This first stage of the Vuelta A Burgos was the official premiere of Alejandro Ropero from Granada as stagiaire of the Polartec-Kometa. “It’s very different from running in the U23 because of the rhythms and speeds, but the truth is that the sensations have been very good and I did everything I could for the team. I hope my work will be useful. I tried to catch the break today, but Diego could have done it,” said Ropero, 89th to 7:54 of the winner.
The negative note of the day came with the fall suffered by Matteo Moschetti about thirty kilometers from the finish line. The Italian, who went to the ground at the height of the town of Quintanadueñas, rode in pain for the last few kilometres and ended up entering the finish line 14:48 from the winner. Moschetti, with a good blow, was going to be examined by the race doctor to assess his condition.
This Wednesday the second stage of the Burgos round will take place, 163 kilometres between Belorado and Castrojeriz, which pay homage to the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago within the provincial limits.
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