XXXVI Volta Castelló
Stage 2: Wave-Alqueries (122 km).
Another step forward in the general standings for the boys of the Polartec-Kometa under23 on the roads of Castellón. From the finish line of Alqueries, where David González (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) won the race and where he was promoted to the lead of Francisco Galván (Lizarte), Alejandro Ropero from Granada started in second place in a provisional general where the Colombian John Stiven Ramírez is now fifth, being the best U20 rider of the race.
Polartec-Kometa was the best team in a second stage in which the Madrid team played a very important role. The young Carlos García played an interesting role with the first main squad during the last stages of the stage and in the sprint that was solved by José Antonio García from Granada finished fourth.
Rafa Díaz Justo, director: “On a personal level I’m not as happy as I should have been, I would have liked to have been able to work better with Joselillo’s options for the sprint. But otherwise, it’s been a round day. It was a crazy, undefined race, as it usually happens when several riders are even on time. Our idea was to make the race hard in the last port thinking about eliminating the pure sprinters. Carlos Garcia did great, and even excelled at the head of the race with a fight against the group of 40. It was very difficult because of the distance and the headwind, but it fed the fight until, with the pack close by, it fell about ten yards from the finish line. Then he had to squeeze his way back into the pack, but he made it. Now it’s time to think about tomorrow’s stage, which is the key day”.
That’s right. The Volta Castelló will be facing its peak this Saturday. The final in Vistabella will decide which riders will fight for the final win in the general standings, if not the same. A 134.3 kilometre journey, with four scoring ports and the last two, Alto de Benafigos and Alto de Vistabella, within the last 30 kilometres.
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