29th Guerrita Trophy
March 8th: Alcantarilla-Alcantarilla (168 km)
With the satisfaction of the great collective work deployed in Extremadura, three cyclists in the top-10, two in the top-5 and the pin of leadership of Alex Martín in the category u23 of the Cup of Spain, there is much desire for competition within the Kometa-Xstra u23 directed by Rafa Diaz Justo. The Cup has already started its succession of scoring events of this month of March and the peloton now sets out for the Region of Murcia, where its famous Guerrita Trophy hosts the second event of the competition.
The Murcian appointment returns with changes of entity in its route. It removes one of the two steps of the last edition to the Alto de la Perdiz and increases in twelve kilometers. La Perdiz, however, is still located at a substantial point on the route. Its ten kilometre climb up the slopes of the Sierra de España has an average of just over 4%, with ramps of 12%.
In Alcantarilla there will be Álex Martín, second in Don Benito, Vicente Hernaiz, fourth, and David Martín, seventh. Joan Martí Bennassar, Edu Pérez-Landaluce, Eduard Rodés and Mario Vilches complete the seventh of the Kometa-Xstra for this Sunday.
“The truth is that I am looking forward to seeing me compete again. With this team the good atmosphere and positive energy is contagious. The team’s run is spectacular, it’s true. But it’s not by chance at all. The work well done so far is there”, says a Rodés who, when questioned about the course, believes it can be divided into two moments: “It’s a very interesting route, especially for a hard race. Mainly I see two races within it: one until kilometer 80, when the climb to the Cola del Caballo begins, and then another from there to the finish line”.
(automatic translation, sorry for mistakes)