XXXII Vuelta al Besaya
Stage 1: Los Corrales de Buelna- Parque de Cabárceno (89,9 km)
The Catalan David Domínguez (Tot Net-Terrassa Ciclisme) became this Thursday the first leader of the Vuelta al Besaya after winning alone in the facilities of the Cabárceno Nature Park, goal of the inaugural day of the prestigious Cantabrian junior event. Carlos Rodríguez from Granada, who finished fifth 24 seconds behind the winner, is the best rider in the general classification of a Polartec-Kometa that also has Miguel Patiño as the leader of the special sprints general classification.
A first stage in which the Polartec-Kometa had a lot of protagonism through the figures of the Madrid-born Patiño, who fled for many kilometres, the Murcia-born Iván Oliver, who first crowned La Braguía, and the also Madrid-born Javi Serrano, who carried out an effective work in favour of Carlos Rodríguez and Álex Martín in the last stages of the stage.
Together with Arnau Fonollosa (Jufré-Vic) and Alejandro Cortés (Arte en Transfer), Patiño formed an early breakaway that was already in the early stages of the day and would take more than a minute and a half to ride on the pack. Descolgado Cortés, Patiño and Fonollosa will ride at the head of the race to join a group of about twenty units that would be formed in the vicinity of the great orographic difficulty of the day: La Braguía. The port of Pasiego, a national cycling myth already present in the first edition of the Tour of Spain, was faced by some sixteen units and with the main pack not too far away. Polartec-Kometa Iván Oliver will end up crowning La Braguía in first place.
On the way down, very broken race. Arnau Fonollosa will once again lead the race with another rider, while from behind, from a group of no more than twenty or thirty units, a trio of David Domínguez has just arrived. The quintet opens the race and achieves an income close to the minute. With no presence in that first group, the Polartec-Kometa is working to reduce the advantage, with an immeasurable Javi Serrano. At the foot of Cabárceno the gap is 50 seconds. Carlos Rodríguez will start soon and leave on his own to smooth out the differences as much as possible, an objective he will more than meet. The race is still very open and this Friday, without going any further, it will finish high in Bostronizo.
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