33rd Vuelta al Besaya International
Stage 1: Los Corrales de Buelna – Renedo de Pélagos (99.7 km)
Madrid’s Raúl García, fourth, was the first of the Kometa Cycling Team riders on the opening day of the Vuelta al Besaya. The cyclist from Tres Cantos was one of the eleven members of an break that took place within the last ten kilometres, in which Fernando Tercero and Carlos Rodríguez also rode, and which was key in the resolution of the same.
When the squad threw the glove to these eleven riders, one of them appealed the constancy. Pablo García Francés insisted on leaving. At that moment a fall took place in the pack and the Salchi cyclist, in a sweet moment after winning a few days ago in the Grand Prix of Coslada, managed to cross the finish line with eight seconds of margin (four over Jorge Gutiérrez) to be the first leader of the prestigious Cantabrian round.
In that fall was involved, but without consequences of gravity, the manchego Fernando Tercero. In addition to García’s fourth place, the Catalan Gerard Bofill and the Cantabrian Pablo Gutiérrez made two more places within the top ten of this first stage. The recent champion of Catalonia finished seventh while Gutiérrez, who has just won the Spanish Cup of Unquera last Sunday, finished eighth.
This Friday the second stage will take place. There will be 92 kilometres between Santillana del Mar and the Altamira Cave. A stage without big ports, but with a lot of steep slopes. A journey of those who end up surprising by the accumulated unevenness in a terrain that generates a lot of wear and will have its goal in a steep slope.
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