XXXV Vuelta a Zamora
Stage 1: Zamora-Zamora (4 km ITT)
It started the Vuelta Ciclista a Zamora with his new prologue in the late afternoon and the final one at around ten o’clock in the evening. The Spaniard Joan Martí Bennassar, one of the best time trialists of the entire Polartec-Kometa structure, caressed the victory and the first lead by stopping the clock at 5:02. For quite some time, more than half an hour, he held the best time at the finish line, but finally he would finish fourth, surpassed by Fran García Rus (GS Sport), Kiko Galván (Lizarte) and Óscar González (SuperFroiz).
García Rus, winner and first yellow, beat Galván by a hundredth. Bennassar, a small consolation after being three seconds away from such an important success, was on the podium when he was named the winner of the fight. The Mallorcan had already been fourth in the time trial of the Vuelta a Navarra, in the streets of Tudela. “I’m leaving with a good taste in my mouth; it bothers me to make another’fourth’ because we’ve had a few this season and we seem to be resisting victory, but touching the crossbar, having good results with different riders is also a success, without a doubt, a key to the success of this season,” said director Rafa Diaz Justo.
Also very good time was good for a climber like Jorge Pastor from Alicante, who started early to compete (20:06) and completed the four kilometres clocked in 5:12. A more remarkable record because the Levantine lost a few seconds when he suffered an incident with the signposting in a roundabout that previously, during the inspection, was made whole to face a change of direction, not so in the race, where it was facing a turn to the right before. “And we must also highlight the time of two pure climbers like John Stiven and Daniele Cantoni,” says director Rafa Diaz Justo.
“Maybe Wesley’s was the most discreet time trial of all, but he is now starting to compete after weeks of intense study and is slowly taking shape. In addition to the “problem” with Pastor, we have also had another one with José Antonio, who went ahead when it came to making a turn, something punishable, and turned around to take it correctly, a maneuver in which fifteen or twenty seconds will have gone by”, tells.
This Wednesday, the first online stage will link Villanueva del Campo and Castroverde de Campos on 144 km.
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