Spaniard leads courageous performances from Blues in Basque Country: Norsgaard, Serrano (7th) with solo moves into final move as Héctor tries to avoid sprint, ultimately won by Luis León Sánchez (APT).
The restart of Spain’s pro cycling calendar brought a double top-ten finish for the Movistar Team at the Prueba Villafranca – Ordiziako Klasika, the oldest one-day event in our country, held on Sunday over a traditional, 165km course in Gipuzkoa with five Abaltzisketa climbs and two ascents to Altzo near the end.
At the last of the climbs, a six-man elite group left the rest of the peloton behind, with Luis León Sánchez (APT) eventually winning the sprint over Ayuso (UAD, 2nd), Adrià (EKP, 3rd) and a strong Héctor Carretero (4th). The Madrigueras native really worked hard to avoid the ‘volata’, with a couple of attacks into the last few kilometers – sadly, to no avail.
It was a combative day from the group led today by Chente García Acosta. Juan Diego Alba covered the moves into the penultimate lap; Mathias Norsgaard spent a good portion of the final lap alone at the front; and Gonzalo Serrano -eventually 7th- tried to leave the favourites behind at the last Altzo descent. Together with Serrano, José Joaquín Rojas (13th) and Matteo Jorgenson also finished inside the second group.
Cover picture (c): Photo Gomez Sport
- 01 Luis León Sánchez Astana - Premier Tech 3h51'27"
- 02 Juan Ayuso UAE Team Emirates "
- 03 Roger Adrià Equipo Kern Pharma "
- 04 Héctor Carretero Movistar Team "
- 07 Gonzalo Serrano Movistar Team +9"
- 13 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team "
- 25 Matteo Jorgenson Movistar Team +15"
- 27 Mathias Norsgaard Movistar Team +52"
- 47 Juan Diego Alba Movistar Team +1'21"
- 96 Gabriel Cullaigh Movistar Team +13'38"