The Spanish Association of Organisations of Cycling Tests Elite and U23 confirmed in its annual assembly, held this Saturday, the twenty formations that may take part in all the races of the next edition of the Copa de España of the category, a selection in which there is no lack of the U23 team of the Alberto Contador Foundation directed by Rafa Díaz Justo.
The Madrid squad has become in just six years of life in one of the most relevant formations within the Spanish and even continental amateur scene. Alejandro Ropero from Granada, who has made the leap to professionalism thanks to the continental structure of the Foundation, finished second in the final overall of an edition in which the Catalan Roger Adriá (Lizarte) won. Ropero, in addition, was second in the Santikutz Klasika and third in the Trophy Guerrita.
“The Spanish Cup is one of the fundamental objectives not only for our team, but also for the main teams of the amateur field in Spain. It is very demanding in many aspects for the succession of the different tests, logistical issues and the management of efforts. But it’s very beautiful, it’s pure cycling. The 2020 Cup also presents the novelty, and with it the unknown, of two more races. In the Kometa-Xstra we want to fight for beautiful things, with the highest ambitions and also the awareness of how difficult it is always to win. But we want to be protagonists from the first race, to be one of the three strongest teams”, assesses Rafa Díaz Justo from the pre-season stage at Oliva Nova Beach & Golf Resort.
Kometa-Xstra, Kometa Cycling Team during 2019, is accompanied by Lizarte, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, Supermercados Froiz, Vigo-Rias Baixas, Escribano Sports Team, Natllar Telecom-ALÉ, Gomur – Cantabria, Bicicletas Rodríguez-Extremadura, Team Compak, Eiser – Hirumet, the Valverde Team – Terra Fecundis, the Telco’m – Ederlan – Osés, the Aluminios Cortizo, the Electro Hiper Europa – GSport, the Tenerife – Bike Point – Pizzeria Española, the ULB Sports – Safir Fruits, the Gsport – Velofutur, the Manuela Foundation and the Hotel Tres Anclas – ULB – Moll.
In 2020 the Spanish Cup will grow in two dates with the inclusion of the IX Copa Valladolid Memorial Ángel Lozano, to be disputed on April 26, and the 58ª Classic of Easter of Padrón (A Coruña), which will close a contest whose dispute is concentrated between March and May 10, date of the Galician appointment. The calendar was already revealed in mid-October.
The Kometa-Xstra Cycling Team will be made up of the Italian Alessio Acco, the Colombian Jhon Stiven Ramírez, the Czech David Andrlé and the Spaniards Arturo Grávalos, Edu Pérez-Landaluce, Álex Martín, Fernando Tercero, Edu Rodés, Mario Vílches, David Martín, Vicente Hernaiz, Yago Segovia and Joan Martí Bennassar.
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