XXIV Klasika Gipuzkoa
Azpeitia-Azpeitia (108,5 km)
The Catalan Álex Martín finished fourth in the twenty-fourth edition of the Klasika Gipuzkoa Junior, 44 seconds behind the final winner, the Portuguese Alfonso Silva. A very fast race, with a final average of 43 km/h, marked by many escape attempts and in which the Polartec-Kometa did not have the best of luck as far as mechanical breakdowns are concerned.
“The sensations have been very good”, comments Álex Martín from Azpeitia. “We’ve always been very active, trying to stay ahead. But there were many, many escape attempts and it became impossible to control them all. On the ground before the second climb I was able to join a small group that was formed and ended up arriving in the small group that was chasing Silva”.
Guillermo Gutierrez, director: “Congratulations to Silva and the Portuguese team, who have been very, very strong. The speed has been so high, he’s been going so fast all day. At kilometer 25, a leak has formed and reached the port, where our work with Bathco and the MMR allowed us to bring it down. The team was aware that they had to be at the top of the race, as much as possible in the face of the leaks, and even more so when they knew that with the port 7.5 km from the finish line that would be the key place. We have tried”.
(automatic translation, sorry for mistakes)