David Martín repeats his victory in the sprint and takes the overall final of the Sanroma de Almagro Memorial
XXI Sanroma Memorial
Almagro-Almagro (145 km)
The Andalusian David Martin extended the sweet start of the season of the Kometa-Xstra Cycling Team u23 with a new victory to the sprint in the second stage of the Memorial Sanroma 2020. The cyclist from Mairena de Aljarafe completed his full victory, and his victory in the final general classification, by beating again Miguel Ángel Ballesteros (Caja Rural) from Murcia and Miguel Tapia (Team Extremadura) from Granada. Martin, well protected by his teammates, managed to overcome a moment of crisis in the climb to Alto de Hortezuelas, which was faced halfway through the race.
He started the second and last day of the Sanroma 2020 with many attacks and a high pace and the dynamics were a constant during the whole development of the race. The Kometa-Xstra riders set the pace in the peloton and managed to avoid a big fall that took place near the beginning of the great orographic difficulty of the stage. On the climb, Martín went through some difficulties, but managed to return later to the discipline of a small platoon where he was well escorted by all his companions.
About thirty riders, with the great aspirants to victory in the general classification present, among whom hostilities broke out again during the last ten kilometers. At the Alto del Reventón, which did not score, there were further attempts to break up the race, but the Kometa-Xstra riders kept the situation under control. And facing the sprint, with the preparations of three companions, Martin would again record his top speed. And wearing the yellow of the leader.
“I have to give credit to all my teammates for the great job they did today. They did it in ten. They have done a dirty job, not very visible, and in the end I only had to squeeze in the last 500 meters. In my moment of crisis they waited for me to enter again and from kilometre 80 to the finish they have been pulling. It was simply amazing,” says the new winner of the 2020 Sanroma Memorial.
Rafa Díaz Justo, director: “An absolute ten of the team with the icing on the cake of David Martín in the volata. If I have something to say, it is that today the team embroidered it, very well, from the beginning to the end, they did not need a director. The race has been relatively quiet for us, because we have set a high pace to avoid more attacks than the start has been many. Between Arturo and Jonny they set the pace in the area of the climb and that not only made nobody attack, but it also made them fall. At the end of the pass there was an attack and there was Fernando, scoring, with the mission to go to wheel. It was very well managed that David came in a bit cut, being able to get in later”.
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