A SENSATIONAL DEBUT. Not even the Puerto Rican Abner González himself, who was in doubt about making it into the pro peloton until very few months before the start of the year, could hope for his best nice results to arrive in his neo-pro season. He shone brightly at the Volta a Portugal, finishing 6th overall and taking the under-23 jersey against local veterans and strong teams; showed his talent and courage at Castilla y León (5th) and Getxo; and showing a huge will to learn and make fans enjoy. Future is in his hands.
PROGRESSING IN SPAIN. Except for a short lapse of time as part of the American SoCal Cycling team, Abner’s full junior and under-23 stage has taken place in Spain. At Cantabria, in the ranks of the Bathco team, he showed his quality as a junior, winning a stage and stepping onto the podium of the Vuelta al Besaya -the most important race in the country- in 2017, as a first-year competitor. At the Inteja team, a Dominican outfit with strong Spanish ties, he rode several UCI America Tour events in 2019. And at the Telco,m – On Clima – Osés team from Navarra, managed by another former Movistar Team member (Luis Vicente Otín), he made his real breakthrough in 2020: he won the Spanish Road Series round in Torredonjimeno with a long break; notched up victory at the mountain TT in the Vuelta a Alicante; and finished in 3rd, after a great display of energy, in the biggest race of the amateur scene, the Memorial Valenciaga, with its new finish atop Arrate.
THE DREAM OF HIS PARENTS. Son of Teresa Rivera and Alejandro González, he’s brought them happiness and pride by paying them back from big personal and economical efforts to become the first ‘boricua’ in the WorldTour. He’s also steadily turning into a sporting reference for a land which now dreams of making it into the Grand Tours with Abner carrying the flag in his jersey. The celebrations for his 2021 National Championships victory will sure remain in Abner’s memory for a long time.