XXXVIII Vuelta a Valladolid
Stage 4: Valladolid-Valladolid (120 km)
The cyclist from Girona Juan José Rosal finished in tenth place in the general final of a Vuelta a Valladolid that ended this Sunday with success in his general for the Galician Miguel Ángel Mera (MMR) and victory in his last stage for the Madrid rider Raúl García (Kometa Cycling Team). The race was determined by the numerous escape, up to fifteen cyclists, that took place the first day and reached the finish with more than a minute of margin; an escape in which the Kometa Cycling Team had the representation of Francesc Bennassar.
This Sunday, in a last stage with start and finish in Valladolid and passing through several steep slopes, including the classic cobblestone Portillo, the victory came from a group of seven units that stood out at the head within the last fifteen kilometers. The Spaniard had been very active already in that hill, from which he left in the vanguard of the race and after which he starred in a first escape with two other runners.
Of this small group of seven riders, with five thousand meters still ahead, both Garcia and the ‘salchi’ Pablo Garcia would stand out. With a rent of minute and a half on the platoon, both would play a victory that was decided by the runner of Tres Cantos. The pack reached 1:20, with three riders of the Kometa (Francesc Bennassar, Nils Verheyen, Yaaron Logghe) at the front.
Raúl García’s success was the second one that the cyclist from Madrid concretized in Pucelan lands, since he already made use of his aptitudes in the fight against the clock to triumph in the first sector of the double day on Saturday, the individual time trial of Quintanilla de Onésimo over 11.2 kilometres, with 17 seconds of margin over Javier Ibáñez and 19 over Miguel Ángel Mera, who ascended to the leadership of the Pucelana race.
Guillermo Gutiérrez, director of the youth Kometa Cycling Team: “The time trial was not as decisive as one would expect due to the breakaway that was formed on the first day and that achieved important rents, in the end decisive for the general resolution. But we left happy with Raul’s two victories and with the fight that the team has waged especially during the last day.
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