I Vuelta a la Ciudad de Cieza
Cieza (Región de Murcia), 23 and 24 March
The cycling universe, nothing new under the sun, is rich in evidence. Many prevail with the years and a few become old, historical, fundamental; impossible to forget, absolute references. Some end up disappearing because various factors can influence, although the most normal thing is that the economic parcel prevails. And other new ones can also see the light. The circumstance of a genesis or a death is common to all categories. In the case of junior cycling we are dealing with in these lines we find a good example in the new commitment of the Kometa Cycling Team, which arrives this weekend.
The Vuelta a la Ciudad de Cieza, in Murcia, opens in the calendar with two days and three stages in its menu for the fight of the blue sky jersey leader. An event that adds to the intense agenda of sporting events that take place in the town during the month of March, from popular running races and mountain races to events of canoeing and mountain bike also. Francesc Bennassar from the Balearic Islands, Pedro Beneit from Alicante, Gerard Bofill from Catalonia, David Quevedo from Cantabria, Raúl García and Alejandro Luna from Madrid and Manuel Jesús Carrellán and José Luis Medina from Andalusia are the eight riders chosen for this multireading debut.
The race is the ambitious evolution of the Gran Premio de la Floración (Flowering Grand Prix) that already took place, under the formula of the one-day race, over 103 km and with Kazakh victory (Gleb Brussenskiy), in March 2018. “It is a firm commitment to academy cycling”, proclaims Conchi Vila, the director and alma mater of AD Sports Events, which promotes its organisation and that of other events, such as the Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia Máster, which in April will face its tenth edition; a few words, in short, which lay the foundations for a firm vocation for continuity. On the menu, a first stage in line and a second sector against individual time trial and a final day also in line.
“The Vuelta a Cieza is a novelty in our calendar. As far as you can see in the profiles, it is a rather hard event in which heat and wind, if the latter appears, can be two aspects to take very much into account”, assesses Guillermo Gutiérrez, director of the junior team of the Alberto Contador Foundation. The weather forecast points to the possibility of a downpour during the first day. “We arrived in a great moment of form in which we will try to continue with the good results, but always contributing with team work and teaching the profession to the boys. We believe that Sunday’s stage will be the one that marks the differences with Puerto Ricote, only 15 km away from the finish line”.
23 March (first sector): Cieza-Cieza (82.5 km).
23 March (second sector): Cieza-Cieza (4 km CRI).
24 March: Cieza-Cieza (78.9 km).