35º Vuelta a Castilla y León
León – Ponferrada (181,2 km)
In the Vuelta a Castilla y León transformed into a one-day race the breakaway triumphed, a breakaway that took more than fifty kilometres to form, with a dizzying first hour, and in whose formation the riders of the EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team worked hard, although without success. Daniel Viegas or Arturo Grávalos were especially active in these tasks, although the peloton aborted all their attempts.
Finally a breakaway of nine riders (Jorgenson (6), López-Cozar (51), Welten (82), Louvel (83), Cote (102), Zukowski (107), Armstrong (116), Moreira (121) and Boucek (137)) was formed, which would end up distancing itself from a confident big group with an income that reached four minutes. From the peloton, when the gap was over a minute and a half, the Hungarian Márton Dina made his move to try to reach the head of the race. The Magyar persevered for a few kilometres, but ended up returning to the discipline of the peloton.
On the climb to Foncebadón, the breakaway was selected, regrouped again on the subsequent terrain and was selected again. Four riders remained in front, while from behind in the main group there was a movement of twelve riders, including Diego Pablo Sevilla and former Foundation rider Stefano Oldani (Lotto-Soudal).
This group didn’t manage to get to grips with each other and the head of the race always maintained a minute in a terrain, the one that hosted the 2014 World Championships, which was certainly complicated. A fall in the vanguard when the breakaway was already formed by three riders left the final winner, the Frenchman Matis Louvel, alone, while from behind Oldani tried unsuccessfully to take advantage of the last lap of the World Cup circuit to get closer. At the finish, the first of the team’s riders was Albanese, 25th.
Diego Pablo Sevilla: “It was a pity, but that’s racing. We went out to play to win, but that’s how it turned out and we have to keep going. After so much effort it would have been nice to be able to fight at least for a top-ten. I lacked the legs to be able to follow Oldani or Amézqueta and, being there, the fight was to finish in the top five. After that, the rest of us in the group kept fighting, but in the curve of the dam my bike went off, the front wheel, I slipped and dragged a bit. The fall itself wasn’t much, but I hit the back of my head on a kerb, I got a small bruise and I have a small contracture. But I’m fine”.