XXXV Classic City of Torredonjimeno
Torredonjimeno-Torredonjimeno (160 km)
An unbearable day in Jaén, a scenario of water and cold that hardened the already complicated route of the Clásica de Torredonjimeno. The sixth round of the Spanish Cup saw a great new performance of Alejandro Ropero from Granada, who signed his fourth top ten of the tournament this year with a seventh place, another 50 points for the overall, who knew little by little and was not exempt from a certain misfortune: the Kometa Cycling Team from Granada had to react when he was preparing to launch his sprint and the cleat of one of his pedals came off.
In Torredonjimeno won the Madrid ‘caja rural’ Sergio Roman Martin, who went on the attack in the last part of the race and ended up cemented a gap that allowed him to arrive with a score of seconds (19, finally) on a score of riders among which were Ropero, the Colombian Jhon Stiven Ramirez and all the illustrious who are playing the victory in the overall, with the absolute leader Roger Adria (Lizarte) also present. In that fight, Ropero was not accompanied by fortune. “The truth is that we continue adding, but we had very bad luck. In the sprint I lost the pedal and when I tried to start again I finally finished seventh, “says the Otura.
Ramírez, thirteenth, was not only the other rider who gave a lot of presence to the Kometa Cycling Team in Andalusia; he was also one of the great protagonists of the race getting involved in the offensives that came after the transit through the hardest part of the race, the stops of Locubín and Valdepeñas. The Colombian, under a climate that is not the most favourable for him, finished with a high note, repeating the performance shown in Aiztondo Klasika. “It has been a very difficult day. I was too cold and I’m not used to it. In the end I was able to cope with it and I found myself with good feelings. It’s up to us to keep improving every day”, he reflects.
Rafa Diaz Justo, sports director of the Kometa Cycling Team: “I think we had a very nice race. I’m staying with Jhon Stiven’s very good form point, especially in view of what’s to come. It will give us a lot of coverage for the near future. The team has done very well on a very hard day due to the rain and cold, circumstances that are not always well assimilated. Carlos and Alex didn’t have their best day. If I had to include a discordant note it would be the bad luck of Ropero in the sprint. A place in the top three, for example, would change a lot the way we see the race a posteriori”.
In one week, the Valenciaga Memorial in Eibar.
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