The event was held in the town of Galapagar, where the third and final stop of the Spanish Cup of track cycling took place this weekend. In the velodrome of Madrid, the national title of Madison was at stake this Sunday and in the youth category the gold was for the Balearic couple formed by Marc Tarrasa and the cyclist of the Kometa-Xstra Cycling Team youth Francesc Bennassar.
The Mallorcan riders scored 52 points and were the most powerful pair in their competition, beating the Valencian couple formed by Iker Bonillo and Gerard Montero and the Basque couple formed by Enekoitz Azparren and Haritz Sein.
The first place came to reward the perseverance of Francesc Bennassar, who came to Galapagar with a small flu process for which he came to have a fever: “The balance of the weekend is more than positive. Yesterday you even told me with a fever of 38 that I was going to be Spanish champion today and I tell you that it is a joke, I don’t believe it. During Saturday I saved myself, I didn’t finish any test, with a view to be the best possible today and be able to help Marc. Today I woke up without fever, although with a lot of cough. Halfway through the test I had a little bump because I couldn’t breathe properly because of the mucus, but Marc defended himself very well. At the end I recovered and I was able to contribute a lot in the last laps to win the last sprints”.
Bennassar was not the only rider in the team to take part in the final round of the Spanish Cup. The Madrid-born Samuel de Pablo also competed in the Scoring, a race in which he began his participation in the Series A and in whose final he finished thirteenth.
On Saturday, within the framework of the XII Interclubs Vinalopó-Novelda Tournament, the Valencian Pablo García took part. The 78-kilometre route included a couple of climbs. “As a first contact it was quite good. The race was fast and had its tension. It’s a shame that on the final climb there was a fall that cut me off from the group and made me lose some time at the finish. But I’m happy with the sensations and above all I’m looking forward to starting the season.
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