Gerard Bofill, new champion of Catalonia in the junior category
The Kometa Cycling Team Gerard Bofill from Girona won this Saturday the championship of Catalonia of his category after winning brilliantly in the fourth edition of the Cursa Sant Julià de Vilatorta, which put into play the titles for the youth and women both elite and sub23.
The rider from Banyoles, bronze medal in the Catalan time trial championship celebrated in L´Hospitalet of l´Infant at the end of April, beat Adriá Bartrina and Gerard Edo at the finish line, with whom he arrived with only four seconds of margin on a row of runners among which was his teammate Juan José Rosal, finally seventh and ballasted by some falls in the last few bars that prevented him from getting involved in the fight for a more advanced position.
The victory was the best prize for Bofill’s persistence, as he had already attacked on the slopes of Romegats, the last of the climbs of a very demanding race, and he did not hesitate to do it again in a few moments of doubt within the last kilometre.
La Cursa was disputed on a hard route of 102,6 kilometres marked by the ascents to Coll de Mansa (780m), La Casilla de Romegats (725 m) Collsesplanes (969 m), Pla de les Arenes (988 m), Coll de Gomara (885 m) and again Romegats (725 m), whose top was located just over four kilometres from the finish line in the Núria Street.
Gerard Bofill, new champion of Catalonia: “From the beginning an escape was formed. We, Juanjo and I, rode sheltered in the pack. Juanjo has supported me all the time. In Collsesplanes, the longest and hardest climb of the day, the race has been selected a lot and we are ahead of the favourites, but I decided not to move until the last climb. There I attacked and left with four other riders. One kilometre from the finish line it seemed that we were being caught, but I insisted, I took a few metres, and I managed to get there. I’m very happy with the result and with the sensations, especially with a view to the next objectives”.
(automatic translation, sorry for mistakes)
📸 Estel Bofill