Francesc Bennassar wins the silver medal in the sprint at the Spanish Nationals of Llucmajor
Spanish Junior Cycling Championship
Route race: Llucmajor-Llucmajor (134,5 km)
The Balearic rider Francesc Bennassar finished second this Sunday in the road race of the Nationals of Cycling for the junior category, held in the Majorcan town of Llucmajor. The rider from Marratxí, a great runner and with a good speed record, finished second in the volata that faced a group of 38 units. The Alicante Juan Ayuso made his double by beating Bennassar in that sprint, while the Cantabrian Sergio Gutiérrez completed the podium with his third place.
The four ascents to the Coll de Randa made a very hard test with many alternatives in which the Kometa-Xstra Cycling Team was represented by eight riders: Alejandro Luna del Cerro (Madrid), Arnau Gilabert (Catalonia), Francesc Bennassar (Balearic Islands), Marius Alexandre Knight Chaneac and José Luis Medina (Andalusia), Antonio González (Castilla y León), David Gimeno (Cantabria), Pedro Beneit (Comunitat Valenciana).
Seven of their riders arrived in the leading group. In addition to Bennassar, the new national runner-up, the group included Arnau Gilabert, eighth, Pedro Beneit, thirteenth, José Luis Medina, twenty-fifth, David Gimeno, twenty-seventh, Alejandro Luna, thirty-fourth and Antonio González, thirty-eighth.
Francesc Bennassar: “It has been a race marked by the control of the Valencian team. It was necessary to be attentive to the attacks of the big favorites, as Juan Ayuso or Igor Arrieta. I was able to hold off their attacks well and on the last climb we had a group of five riders leave, including Ayuso. One kilometre from the finish line we ended up being caught in a larger group because there was no collaboration. I couldn’t get past Juan on the sprint”.
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