64th Klasika Primavera
Amorebieta-Amorebieta (171,6 km)
The Basque event has become a kind of private area for a WorldTour formation like the Movistar Team. The Costa Rican Andrey Amador and Alejandro Valverde were the protagonists of the definitive breakaway that gave continuity to all the work that had unfolded his formation. And that allowed a new success of this formation, for the fourth consecutive year, in Biscayan race.
The Polartec-Kometa, in an exciting event to continue growing and learning, started with the handicap of receiving two of their riders just an hour before the start of the race. Isaac Cantón and Diego Pablo Sevilla competed on Saturday with the Spanish national team in the Tour de Flanders U23, but were unable to take the first of the flights that was to bring them from Brussels to Bilbao and were forced to face such a long journey by road.
Kevin Inkelaar, twenty-first in the finish line, was the best rider of the Madrid squad. The Dutchman fought to enter a select first group of some eighteen units of which Amador and Valverde would attack in the last of the laps of the final circuit of the race.
Jesús Hernández, director: “It was a race along the lines of what we saw at the Miguel Indurain Grand Prix. A team much superior to the others, that breaks the race when it wants and makes the selection when it wants. I’m happy with the team’s work, it helps us to keep improving in view of the Tour of Brittany. Kevin fought his way in. Ballesteros has made a very good race and Camacho, in a field that is not for him, too. We must highlight what Canton and Seville have done, traveling all night, not being able to rest well to be at the start. Canton’s off the hook at km 120. Seville, at 140. They have made a great effort, not an easy thing to do. Thanks a lot”.
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