The Polartec Under-23 team has shown a good level in the last races in the Spanish Cup (Torredonjimeno) and the Lehendakari Trophy. The team will run this weekend Legazpia and then the Xavi Tondo Memorial, focusing already on the preparation of the Vuelta al Bidasoa, “the first stage race of the year in national territory and one of the great events of the season for us”, says Rafa Díaz Justo, team sport director along with Gorka Beloki.
“In Torredonjimeno the team went very well, with a breakaway that marked the race and where we had Joan Bou and Isaac Cantón, which forced to work to the more powerful teams, Caja Rural and Lizarte. In the end, Camacho, Ballesteros and Juanpe were with the head group, and finally the latter, Juanpe Lopez, got a good eighth place, with Ballesteros thirteenth”, explains Díaz Justo. “And in Euskadi, we got a fifth place with Daniele Cantoni, who is also getting better every day, like the rest of those who ran there”.
The Polartec will run Legazpia and then the Xavi Tondo Memorial, “with a view to arriving in the best conditions to the next great event, the Vuelta a Bidasoa, which is the first stage race that we run in Spain, after having ride in France the Tour of Normandie”.
The team, says Rafa Díaz Justo, “will arrive at a good moment of form to the fundamental part of the calendar, when we run the more important stage tours. Our objectives are to perform very well in May, in Bidasoa, in the French Ronde de L’Isard and in the Vuelta a Jaén. We have started the year a little more calm with the idea of arriving in full at these dates and we see that our riders are getting better every day”.
(Automatic translation. Forgive inaccuracies).