XXXV Vuelta a Zamora
Stage 3: Villardeciervos-Hedroso (133.2 km)
In the top stage of the round in Zamora, Ibon Ruiz (Lizarte) from Alava won the race and changed his lead, with yellow passing behind Eusebio Pascual (Mutua Levante). Jorge Pastor (Polartec-Kometa) from Alicante finished fifth.
With four mountain passes on the menu and the end of the steep, cemented ramps of the demanding final climb to Hedroso, up to 20% of the way was waiting for the riders, the third part of the Vuelta a Zamora was frenetic, intense and full of alternatives. In this turbulent context, where the rain even appeared, the Polartec-Kometa tried to adapt to the circumstances and managed to count on the presence of Martí Bennassar, José Antonio García, John Stiven Ramírez or Daniel Cantoni in some of the numerous movements that took place.
Ruiz, Pascual, Pablo Guerrero (Extremadura) and Noriega (Froiz) were the four riders who ended up standing out at the top of the race for the final climb, while a small group of Pastor’s riders tried to close the gap further back. The Alicante, first among the pursuers, would end up reaching 50 seconds.
The round of races in Zamora ends this Saturday with a 127.7 kilometer stage starting in Sanzoles and finishing in Camarzana de Tena. Jorge Pastor, from his performance this Friday, rose to ninth place overall.
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