Memorial José Luis Junco
Unquera-Colombres (109,4 km)
The Junior Spanish Cup returns to the forefront this weekend with the celebration of the penultimate event of this year’s competition. The Cantabrian Memorial José Luis Junco, really Gran Premio Ayuntamientos de Rivadedeva y Val de San Vicente, will host the greatest of state youth cycling on a complicated route, very buzzard, full of ups and downs, those in which effort management and fatigue are crucial when speed is high.
In Cantabrian lands, a year ago, Carlos Rodríguez from Granada triumphed, a victory that allowed him to establish himself at the front of the general of a Cup in which he would end up imposing himself. Rodríguez will also start this time, although he comes third in a provisional classification in which the first four are riders of the Kometa Cycling Team.
The youth formation of the Alberto Contador Foundation, which leads the classification by teams with 29 points margin over the Antiga Casa Bellsona in Girona, is currently full of victories in the three previous events: Rodríguez won the Joan Bautista Llorens Memorial, Fernando Tercero won La Canonja and Javi Serrano from Madrid won the Cursa del Llobregat.
Both Rodríguez and Tercero, also Serrano, as could not be otherwise, will be at the ‘depart’ of Unquera. The Madrid-born Raúl García, who reached the top of the table with 144 points, will also be present. Cantabrian Pablo Gutiérrez, Catalan Gerard Bofill and Madrid’s Alejandro Luna complete the team led by Guillermo Gutiérrez.
The Cantabrian race arrives in a good moment for the runners, since several have signed very interesting results in the last days. Gerard Bofill, for example, won the Catalan championship, while Serrano and Gutiérrez finished second in the Gran Premio Monje of Fuenlabrada and in the XII Villa de Comillas Grand Prix (which brought the Cantabrian title into play).
Alejandro Luna, the first cyclist in the Foundation’s sports structures after passing through the Plaza Éboli Cycling Academy, finished thirteenth at the Madrid event in another great step forward in his first year in the youth category. “The truth is that I am feeling very well in these last races and I feel that every day I go to more. I’m going to face this next Spanish Cup with very good sensations. We will do our best to maintain the leadership within the team, doing things as we know how to do, and with the desire to continue improving day by day,” he says.
Raul Garcia will travel as leader of the Cup to the test organized with mastery by the Western Cycling Club. Third, second, he has the same 109 as Carlos Rodriguez, who played one less event; Serrano, with 105, holds fourth place. The fifth, the Catalan Gerard Edo (Qvadis Sant Boi), is 81 points ahead.
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