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“A demanding day in which we rode very well”

51ª Vuelta Ciclista a Salamanca
Stage 2: La Alberca – Ledrada (136,2 km)

Change of leadership in a second stage of the Vuelta a Salamanca which, as expected, was going to be very busy due to the terrain. The stage was medium mountainous, with four climbs and several climbs that could be considered as such, in which the eternal battle of the breakaway against the bunch took place again, in which a change of leadership took place and in which Antonio González had his own light, supported by the efforts of Luca Bagnara, Sebastiano Minoia and Raúl López, at the forefront of the fight for the general classification.

A day of many alternatives, with breakaway ahead and multiple movements behind where the riders of the EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team never gave up the chase. To the streets of Ledrada arrived the Chilean Vicente Rojas (Froiz) and the Mexican Edgar Cadena (Telco’m), with stage for the first one and promotion to the leadership of the winner of the last edition. Both consolidated their movements on the terrain after the Alto de Pajares, catapulted from a group of about twenty-five riders, although Cadena had already tried to make a move on the Alto de Valero, where the riders of the Fundación’s U23 structure also moved.

Almost a minute and a half behind the leading pair, a carousel of pursuers began to arrive, including Antonio González (10th) and Luca Bagnara (14th). The rider from Soria is now eighth, 2’18” behind Cadena in a classification that is very close, although the wind conditions of the last stage may cause, why not, substantial changes. Luca Bagnara is twelfth.

Antonio Gonzalez: “Today I had a great feeling on the climbs of the day, I tried it several times and in others I responded to the attacks of my rivals. However, neither in one or the other did the group break up completely. On the last climbs of the day it was a bit more difficult for me and at the finish we lost a bit of time. Cadena seems to have got the hang of the race. All in all, I think we rode very well. In a group of about fifteen riders we were four riders from the team and our team-mates gave their all trying to neutralise those at the front”.


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