XXV Bizkaiko Bira
From 4 to 7 July
The great victory of Carlos Rodríguez and the sensational performance of the entire Kometa Cycling Team in the Vuelta al Besaya in Cantabria and the junior team of the Alberto Contador Foundation are back in the North to face their next competitive commitment. The no less prestigious Bizkaiko Itzulia arrives, which is promoted year after year by the Sociedad Ciclista Balmasedana and in which the team led by Guillermo Gutiérrez defends the dorsal 1 that he won in 2018, precisely by the hand of the Almuñecar rider.
Carlos Rodríguez leads a Kometa Cycling Team which will also be formed by Javier Serrano from Madrid, Juan José Rosal from Catalonia, Pedro Beneit from Alicante and Francesc Bennassar from the Balearic Islands. Completing the line-up, in the great novelty of this test, the Belgian Dylan Van der Borre. The Belgian rider will compete in this race with the Kometa Cycling Team within the framework of collaboration for the promotion of riders that the Alberto Contador Foundation maintains with several clubs of this nationality.
The Bizkaiko Itzulia, with its five stages distributed in four days, will repeat the scheme of previous editions. The time trial to La Arboleda in the second sector on Saturday once again emerges as a fundamental moment in the resolution of the fight for the general, although the rest of the stages presents a broken terrain, prodigal in climbs, where hostilities can be unleashed. Perhaps the last stage, with end in Balmaseda, concentrates the greater hardness by the chain of climbs where several steps by Abellaneda and Beci stand out.
An even more special edition if it fits to be fulfilled the twenty-five editions. Jonathan Castroviejo (twice), Mikel Landa or Iván García Cortina have been some of its winners. Carlos Rodriguez, who defends the title, aspires to match Castroviejo’s achievement.
July 4: Balmaseda-Güeñes (94 km).
5th July: Markina Xemein – Markina Xemein (79.6 km).
6 July (a): Sopela – Sopela (69.4 km).
July 6 (b): Trapagarán – La Arboleda (7 km CRI).
July 7: Balmaseda – Balmaseda (99.7 km).
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