A very fast team time trial for Saturday, with 27 kilometers of route, and a 113 stage with start and finish in Bukovina, whose goal will be located high and that presents several ascents during a circuit consisting of two laps to a circuit of 56.5 km, are the menu in front of Alejandro Ropero from Granada for next weekend.
The cyclist from Otura, third in the general final of the recent Vuelta al Bidasoa, has been called again by the technician Ramón González Arrieta for the fifth round of the U23 Nations Cup, a Polish Orlen Nations Grand Prix that is premiering in a big way in the calendar with a powerful sponsor of the energy and fuel sector.
The Catalan Joel Nicolau and the Basques Unai Cuadrado, Jon Agirre and Asier Etxeberria are also present in a team that completes an ex runner of the sports structures of the Alberto Contador Foundation, the Valencian Joan Bou.
The test, unpublished, very possibly will be marked by what happens in the climb to Sciana Bukovina, which in the Sunday stage will be faced on two occasions. The last one, 13 kilometres from the end. This ascent of almost six kilometres presents a very demanding kilometre, with an average of 13.5% and a maximum slope of 22%.
Alejandro Ropero, rider of the Kometa Cycling Team u23: “I was told about the possibility of going to this race and I had already taken a small look at the route. After the Vuelta al Bidasoa I’ve been preparing it and I’m really looking forward to it. This last week I felt pretty good. I think this race is also better suited to my characteristics than the Tour of Flanders, I think I can do a little better. As always, we are going to give everything and see how far we can go. But I’m very motivated”.
(automatic translation, sorry for mistakes)