XVII Volta a Galicia
Stage 1: Verín-Verín (10 km TTT)
A new edition of the Volta a Galicia started this Thursday with a ten-kilometre team time trial, starting and finishing in the town of Verín in the province of Ourense. Froiz Supermarkets, a powerful team that is also from the land, set the best time (11:32) in a time where Polartec-Kometa finally set the fourth best time. A short chrono, but that nevertheless has opened quite a few differences.
The Madrid team stopped the clock at 11:49, four seconds more than the time set by the Lizarte team. With Cortizo Aluminiums and Froiz Supermarkets on their way to the finish line, Polartec-Kometa enjoyed an interesting second place. In the end, by hundredths, despite the fact that the chip system exposed the opposite, Cortizo ended up surpassing the whole of the Madrid team.
The Galician Óscar González Brea finished the day as the first leader in the general classification after the Froiz team, the last one in action, reduced the time set by the Lizarte by twelve seconds. José Antonio García, from Granada, in nineteenth position, leads the classification of the Polarte-Kometa whose block is 16 seconds away from the yellow jersey.
“Initially the time of the blackboard indicated that we were ahead of Cortizo, but later we found out that we were behind in the classification. Beyond this, we are happy with the time trial, within the idea that we had done. We were clear that there were two teams, Froiz and Lizarte, that perform very well,” said Rafa Diaz Justo, the team director.
This Friday the Volta a Galicia proposes a stage of almost 150 kilometers that promises to be fundamental for the future of the general for the three orographic difficulties scoring for the grand prize of the mountain that proposes, as well as many anonymous steeps that feed a positive slope accumulated to the 2,600 meters. Escusa, 25 kilometres from the finish line in Sanxenxo, will make the final selection. “So to speak, the race starts now, with a very selective stage”, concludes Díaz Justo.
(automatic translation, sorry for mistakes)