Vuelta a Vetusta
11 and 12 August 2018
Sergio García, José Antonio García, Carlos García, Sergio Hernández, Wesley Mol, Jorge Pastor, Hugo Sampedro and Daniel Viegas are the eight riders chosen by Polartec-Kometa U23 to face the challenge of the Vuelta a Vetusta asturiana. A challenge because on the way the runners will have to face the Alto del Angliru. Possibly the first stage of the Asturian round created last year will become one of the most demanding stages of the Spanish amateur scene this season. And in any case, without a doubt, one of the most media-friendly.
A demanding first stage. And decisive. The identity of the winner is very likely to come out of this very demanding climb with a ramp of up to 23.5% in the so-called Cueña de les cabres. An Angliru where everyone sets their own pace and the wheels are not worth the effort. A balancing exercise, fatigue management and pure survival. One lap, really Challenge, that offers this day of great orographic difficulty and another one, not lacking of slopes, of great length, of the most extensive races as far as mileage of the state amateur field.
Jorge Pastor: “It has caused a furor this one arrived unprecedented in the amateur field. It’ll be to see him and get him upstairs. It is one of the hardest ports in Spain. Let’s see how we arrived after a very intense month of July. The truth is that I don’t know him personally, but seeing the unevenness of the ground, he’s already scary. “I’ve never uploaded it either. But it is a long and very, very hard climb where the boss Alberto Contador left us marked forever. I’m looking forward to that mythical climb. And I want to do it well,” says Sergio García. Carlos García, for his part, said: “It’s going to be something different, but at the same time very hard. The hardest thing we’re going to do this year”.
Wesley Mol: “Yes, the Angliru will be on the road…. It’s gonna be a tough day! It’s going to be crucial in the race, of course. Personally, I will try my best to achieve a good result either myself or a colleague. I think we have a good team and our role can be very good. Carlos and Jorge are two kids who have been demonstrating how good they are climbers all season. It’s a difficult scenario for me. My form is improving and the first days of the Vuelta a Zamora make me optimistic about my condition. But the Angliru will be too hard. I have to take a lot of steps to be able to aspire to a victory here,” concludes Wesley Mol.
11 August: Oviedo-Alto from l´Angliru (121 km).
12 August: Oviedo-Oviedo (180 km).
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