Stage 3: Berriatua-Berriatua (131,8 km)
The first edition of the Bizkaia 3E ended with the victory in the final general standings for the Belarusian of Lizarte Dzmitry Zhyhunou and the victory in the final stage for the Basque Jokin Aranburu, who went on to attack in the final moments. A last day of the Bizkaia3E in which the Polartec-Kometa under 23 tested everything again to get a good result. From the very beginning, the Madrid squad stimulated the birth of several offensive courts, which ended up being phagocyted by the persecuting groups, in which their most outstanding men, such as Carlos García, Daniel Viegas and Jorge Pastor, were present.
Jorge Pastor Terol, 18th in the main group that came within two seconds of the winner, was the first classified of this third and final stage; a first group in which Mol, Viegas and García also rode. In the general classification, Carlos Garcia and Daniel Viegas, twenty-first and twenty-first, were the first classifieds in the Madrid formation, 35 seconds behind the lead.
Rafa Díaz Justo, director: “In the general calculation we are happy, because we have come with a very young team. Out of seven runners, four were first-year runners; and almost three of them have run little. The result is good. It’s always nice to win, but when you go with a team as young as ours, everything is more complex. We’ve had bad luck too. Pastor fell off on Saturday and the first day also went to the ground Viegas. After two rather heavy crashes, they are well, without sequels and ready for the Spanish Cup. Today the fatality came to Carlos, who had to change bikes very close to the finish line, in a very difficult moment of the race. The result in this test was very good for the young team that came here. There are now three upcoming races that are a clear objective: Santa Cruz, the Xavi Tondo de Valls Memorial and the Vuelta al Bidasoa”.
(automatic translation, sorry for mistakes)