IX Trofeo Ayuntamiento de Peñafiel Ruta del Vino Ribera del Duero
Peñafiel-Peñafiel Castle (123,1 km)
He arrived as a leader and achieved his final victory. Madrid’s Raúl García won the 2019 Junior Spanish Cup after finishing fourteenth in the final climb to Peñafiel Castle, goal of a sixth and final round of the event in which the victory was for Brazilian Marcos Nascimento (Disgasa). García, who was promoted to the leadership of the Cup after La Cursa del Llobregat, was always perfectly escorted by a powerful Kometa Cycling Team that focused on protecting its leader and tolerating leaks that did not bring any uncertainty to its red jersey. The 2019 Spanish Cup ends with Carlos Rodríguez from Granada in second place, with Javi Serrano from Madrid in third place and with an outstanding performance of the junior team of the Alberto Contador Foundation, the best team of this edition and with five out of six possible victories.
With the leadership of the Cup very well on track, practically turned into a domestic issue among several of its riders, the Kometa Cycling Team faced the demanding Castilian race in a much more conservative way than in previous occasions, very focused on protecting their leader and their strong men. The work of Juan José Rosal, Gerard Bofill and José Luis Medina was immeasurable. The escape of four cyclists (New Zealander Ari Scott, Antiga Casa; Daniel Cavia, Tinlohi; Gabriel Rodas, Salchi; and Javier Ibáñez, Soy Ciclismo) took place within the first fifteen kilometres and remained at the front, with its alternatives, for a good part of the day. When passing through Alto de la Yesera, Scott would stand out in solitary, who rolled with an advantage around 40 and 45 seconds.
Within the last twenty kilometres six cyclists would leave an increasingly smaller main bunch. Pablo Carrascosa and Jorge Gutiérrez (OIJ), Héctor Rodas (Salchi), Javier Fernández (Arte en Transfer), Israel Delgado (Recambios Callejo) and the Brazilian Nascimento would chase Scott and the seven, one minute ahead of a first group of about thirty units in which Raúl García, Carlos Rodríguez, Fernando Tercero and Gerard Bofill rode, climbed up near the castle. Ten kilometers before their ramps Nascimento, Carrascosa and Gutiérrez would take a score of seconds on their companions of group. The Brazilian would cross the finish line with only a few meters over Gutiérrez. At 49 seconds Carlos Rodriguez arrived, fifth, while Raul Garcia did it inside the first main group at 53.
Raúl García relieves his teammate Carlos Rodríguez in the list of winners, imposing a tremendous regularity: he did not win any race, but he always added valuable points in order to win the title. “I’m very happy. It’s unbelievable. If they tell me at the beginning of the year that I’m going to win the Spanish Cup, I wouldn’t have believed it. It was a triumph of regularity and it was possible thanks to my team-mates,” he said.
Guillermo Gutiérrez, director of the Kometa Cycling Team: “The main objective today was to ride very close together around Raúl and the team played an exceptional role, always keeping a leak under control and at an affordable distance that didn’t bother us. We wanted to have as quiet a day as possible. Towards the end, although in this movement of six cyclists there were people of high level like Alejandro Piquero or Pablo Carrascosa, we let a little do because the title was not endangered and because Raul was very well supported by three other teammates. This edition of the Cup leaves a great taste in our mouths. We have had the opportunity to work with a wonderful generation of riders, with a sensational future ahead. It is the second consecutive Spanish Cup that we achieved in the Alberto Contador Foundation and this is an additional motivation for the next season. But there are still very important challenges in this one”.
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