Stage 1: Markina-Xemein (104 km)
The new Bizkaia 3E in stages began to run this Friday with the celebration of the first of the three races that compose it, the Memorial Sabin Foruria in Markina-Xemein; a meeting that was won by the Belarusian Dmitry Zhyhunov (Lizarte) and in which the best of the riders of the Polartec-Kometa U23 was the Portuguese Daniel Viegas, who finished in the top-20, arriving in a first main group where the young Carlos García was also located.
It has not been an easy day for the interests of Polarterc-Kometa. “At kilometre 5, Jorge Pastor, Daniel Viegas and Joan Martí Bennassar have a crash. Jorge and Daniel were two of our references in the race This crash has made our day very difficult, because we have already started with a big effort to get back into the pack. And those efforts always come later”, explains director Rafa Diaz Justo.
“Facing the finish line, in the last climb, a small group was formed at the head of the race where Pastor managed to enter, but he ended up paying for the efforts of the beginning. In the descent a quartet would be formed that would be hunted about two kilometers from the end by a group where we have managed to take five of our own. But there were several falls, there were several cuts and in the end Carlos and Daniel arrived in front,” he concluded.
Pastor, Mol and Sergio Garcia would arrive about 30 seconds from this first group.
This Saturday the second stage of Bizkaia 3E will be held. There will be 120.7 kilometres to start and finish in the town of Ibarrangelu.
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