The final stage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, opened with the emotional remembrance of Guillem Ramis who passed away yesterday in Vall d’Ebo during the queen stage, portrays a solid Team Polti Kometa in defending the GC of Paul Double (who confirms 11th place) and Davide Piganzoli (who heads up to 14th). Particularly notable is the figure of Diego Pablo Sevilla: a lifetime in Fundación Contador’s formations, a symbolic man that today put in a formidable effort.
On his 301st overall racing day in the Italo-Spanish structure, the ’96-born from San Martín de la Vega joined the six-men breakaway that animated the first half of the race. Then, when Will Barta attacked on La Frontera climb to seize a beautiful solo victory (an American celebration in the port of Valencia, with McNulty firmly taking the yellow jersey), the number 154 signed D.P. Sevilla was one of the most active in leading the chase and escorting Double and Piganzoli in the group.
“The team performed very well,” says sports director Stefano Zanatta, “keeping Double and Piganzoli with the best. Today Diego was decisive in this regard, targeting the right moment and then staying always upfront. Unfortunately, Lonardi fell back a bit and this time couldn’t participate in the sprint for 2nd place, but we’re happy with Paul’s near top-10 with and Piga‘s good performance.”
These are Sevilla‘s final words: “The pace was strong from the outset, as we expected. I managed to join the breakaway but couldn’t follow the Movistar rider, so I put my rhythm at the service of our leaders and completed a Valenciana that gave us great motivations for the upcoming early-season commitments. We keep working!”