X Volta a la Provincia de Valencia
Stage 2: Lliria – Lliria (20,8 km ITT)
In Lliria, the city of music, a symphony with the signature of Yago Segovia. The Asturian of the Kometa-Xstra Cycling Team confirmed the good moment of form that is crossing in the last weeks with a performance in the time trial, long time, that proposed this Friday the Volta to Valencia. Segovia, with a time of 25:13, finished third, to 27 seconds of the Russian Lev Gonov. The rider of the Lokophink stopped the time in 24:46. In the fight for the general classification, the Uruguayan Mauricio Moreira (Rias Baixas) took the provisional leadership of the Levante round after signing the second best time in the stage.
“In these last races I’m feeling very good”, explained a Segovia always ready to help his companions in any circumstance and who in the last Vuelta a Cantabria took a step forward in the climbs. “Today was a very flat time trial. The first leg was a bit bumpy upwards, but we had the wind in our favour. The return, although it was downhill, was also very hard because of the wind”. Segovia made it to the podium as the best U23 rider.
The Balearic Joan Martí Bennassar achieved the eleventh best time of this stage for specialists, a 26:10 to 1:28 from Gonov, while Fernando Tercero from La Mancha, with his 26:31, finished the stage in 18th place and settled in the top ten of the new provisional general, 1:46 from the yellow that Moreira now holds. For the winner on Thursday, the Catalan Álex Martín, the time trial emerged as a very serious obstacle to retaining the lead due to the peculiarities of its design. Martín finished 29th, with 26:55. Other times in the Kometa-Xstra Cycling Team u23 were 26:53 by Vicente Hernaiz (28th in the stage), 27:24 by Alessio Acco (35th) and 27:42 by Mario Vilches (40th). The Kometa-Xstra remains at the top of the overall team standings.
This Saturday, the Volta faces a fundamental stage in the Alto Turia region with a view to the resolution of this edition, the first high final in these ten years. The chapel of El Remedio, in the vicinity of Chelva, hosts a final so complicated by its hardness as scenic for its chain of horseshoes. In its final five kilometres, three over 8.5% and one over 10%.
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