Ieper-Ieper (120 km)
The Royal Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) announced on Monday its calls for Ghent-Wevelgem both U23 and junior. The Belgian event, in its slope for lower categories, hosts another season a scale of the Nations Cup promoted by the International Cycling Union to stimulate international competition at training levels.
In the junior category the Ghent-Wevelgem is the first of the nine events that make up the tournament and for this competition to be held this Sunday Francisco Cerezo, national coach of the category, has called three riders of the Kometa Cycling Team juvenial led by Guillermo Gutiérrez.
Andalusian Carlos Rodríguez, Raúl García from Madrid and Fernando Tercero from La Mancha will be part of a team that includes Aitor Arrieta from Navarra, Juan Ayuso from Valencia and Xavier Isasa from the Basque Country. In front they will have a 120 kilometre course which includes a double pass through the Baneberg, the cobblestone Kemmelberg and its ramps of up to 22% and Monteberg.
Rodríguez, in his first year in the category, already had the opportunity to compete in this race, where he was very present in the race and finished in the fourteenth position, 53 seconds away from the Italian Samuele Manfredi.
The Ghent-Wevelgem is the first event of a 2019 Junior Nations Cup that consists of one-day races and stage races. The French Paris-Roubaix (14 April), the Czech Peace Run (9-12 May), the French Trophée Centre Morbihan (25-26 May), the Swiss Tour du Pays de Vaud (30 May-2 June), the German LVM Saarland Trophy (20-23 June), the Patton Grand Prix (23-24 July), the Canadian Tour of L´Arbitibi (17-21 July) and the Korean DMZ Tour (30 August-3 September) are the other events that give content to this competition.
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