Carlos Rodríguez: “I’m happy to have given everything despite the fact that the result is not what I expected”
European Cycling 2019
Alkmaar (Netherlands): 22.5 km ITT
The Kometa Cycling Team from Granada Carlos Rodríguez finished eighteenth in the time trial of the junior category of the European Cycling Championships that are being held in the Dutch town of Alkmaar. On a track of 22.5 km, Almuñecar set a time of 28:23.
Rodríguez, who rode at an average speed of 47.33 km/h, was far from the fight for a podium where the Italian Andrea Piccolo, gold with 26:52, and the Dutch Lars Boven, silver with 27:04, and Enzo Leijnse, bronze with 27:06. In a race marked by the action of the wind, sometimes in favor, sometimes against others, the Andalusian, however, was the first of the two Spanish representatives in the test.
“In the final stretch, with the air in my face, I started to feel worse and I couldn’t follow the rhythm I knew I had and that I tried to follow during the whole time trial”, explains Rodríguez to the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC).
“I am happy to have given everything despite the fact that the result is not what I expected. There are quite strong people and we will have to keep fighting to improve”, concludes the Almuñecar rider, who will return to the competition next Friday at the road event. There will be 115 kilometres resulting from the ten laps of an 11.5-kilometre circuit.
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