Memorial José Luis Junco Ayuntamiento de Ribadedeva
Unquera-Colombres (112.7 km)
Cantabria hosts the fourth round of a Spanish Junior Cycling Cup in which Carlos Rodríguez from Granada remains at the top of the standings with 141 points, four more than his nearest rival Pau Miquel (Turismo Villanúa), winner of the Cursa del Llobregat. The Catalan Álex Martín is in third place and rounds off the presence of the Polartec-Kometa in the noble area of the provisional general classification.
Both Rodríguez and Martín are among those called up by the director Guillermo Gutiérrez for the Cantabrian event. Portugal’s Daniel Lopes, Manuel Garrido, Iván Oliver, Miguel Patiño and Juan José Rosal complete the squad of a Polartec-Kometa team that is coming with the firm objective of revitalising its presence in the team standings, whose leadership was lost precisely after the Barcelona event.
“We can’t forget what a blow it was to lose the team lead. This general is something we have very marked in the DNA of the Polartec-Kometa team. The classification by squads is always our primary objective, because it gives value to the group work, ahead of the individualities; and we always emphasize what it means”, values Gutiérrez.
“We’re going to have a tough and fast race ahead of us,” added the Cantabrian director. “After the great performance in the Cursa del Llobregat, in which we didn’t manage to finish, we traveled with a lot of desire to try to give a blow on the table and put earth in the middle of the classification. So we can be more relaxed for the important events of the season.
For Guillermo Gutiérrez, competing in the land has a special plus: “We faced a race in Cantabria, reaching the end of the Spanish Cup and playing the jersey. What more could you ask for? Well, to make people enjoy being in the ditches. That will also be our intention for this weekend”.
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