XIII Challenge Vuelta a la Provincia de Sevilla
XVI Clásica de Santa Ana, Dos Hermanas-Dos Hermanas (131.2 km)
Venezuelan Leangel Linarez (Kuota-Construcciones Paulino), winner of the last edition of the Challenge and its two races, won the sprint at the Santa Ana de Dos Hermanas Classic on Saturday and became the first leader of the 2018 edition. The Spaniard José Antonio García, who is very fit after his two successes in the Vuelta a Zamora, finished fourth and occupies an identical position in the provisional general standings.
A day in which the Polartec-Kometa showed their solid team spirit and did not shy away from hunting at the front of the pack when a group of 23 units, including Alejandro Ropero and Daniele Cantoni, stood out at the head of the race. The Madrid team would take over the reins of the job to bring down that movement, which it would achieve in the last third of the race and try to maintain to try to impose some control on the race.
“We’ve made a run for it. In the end they have left us all the weight, but we have solved it well”, explains García. “I really liked the team’s attitude”, says the director Rafa Díaz Justo. This Sunday the XVIII Classic Velá de Triana will be held, with the start and finish in Seville and 111.5 kilometres of course that will resolve the general final of this Sevillian Challenge.
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