The Polartec Junior directed by Félix García Casas returned from their trip to French lands with a bittersweet balance, as most of the six riders who traveled to the Tour des Portes du Pays d’Othe suffered hard crashes that prevented them from performing at their usual level. Despite this, Marc Brustenga was able to overcome and achieved a meritorious third place in the sprint of the first day against many of the best European riders of the category.
Four cyclists, Joan Martí Bennassar, Carlos García, Marc Brustenga and Maties Gornals suffered crashes throughout the first stage of the tour, which not only left them touched facing the important team time trial of next day, but also very diminished to fight for a position in the GC. Bennassar was who finished worse, arriving out of control, so the team did the time trial with only five riders, who in spite of that managed to classify in ninth position for a total of 25 teams.
The Polartec junior now faces a short period of rest from competitions to get ready to face the fundamental phase of the season, when start the stage tours and have to ride the last three races of the Cup of Spain, in which the the team will return to the competition.
(Automatic translation. Forgive inaccuracies)