IX Volta a la Provincia de Valencia
Stage 4: Moncada – Moncada (122.3 km)
The Kometa Cycling Team under 23 was left this Sunday to add a new victory this season after the third place signed by the Italian Alessio Acco at the finish line in Moncada, the final point of this edition of the Volta a la Provincia de Valencia. Acco was fundamental in the constitution of a breakaway of eight units, later six, that began to be formed after the kilometer 70. Before they had tried it Alessandro Fancellu.
Initially there were three cyclists who fed this movement, with Acco among them, although finally there would be six cyclists who would ‘walk’ with the fight for partial victory on the horizon. Their difference from the pack was never more than a minute, but a good collaboration allowed the 45 seconds they were kneading at fifteen kilometers for the final pivot around 30 from there to the finish line.
In a final where there was no lack of movement between the runaways, Acco was always very attentive. At the finish, four cyclists were slightly outstanding, Alejandro Gómiz (Mutua Levante) would be the winner of the partial. At 25 seconds ended up arriving a platoon where Alejandro Ropero finished in tenth place.
For the British Simon Carr (Aix-en-Provence), for his part, the final general classification, a classification in which the Alberto Contador Foundation had the presence of his junior Carlos Rodriguez and Raul Garcia, enrolled in the Spanish team, in the second and fifth place final.
The Balearic Joan Martí Bennassar, fourteenth at 1:49 de Carr, was the best classified in the final overall of a Kometa sub23 that had four other riders among the first twenty-five of the final overall. Sergio García, Carlos García, Alejandro Ropero and Edu Pérez-Landaluce finished the race in 16th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd places, respectively.
“I leave with a bittersweet taste, because my objective in this race was the time trial, although in the queen stage I felt very good and I held on until the last pass, where I cut myself with two kilometres to go. This goes on and we keep working”, says Bennassar.
“I’m happy, though not completely satisfied. It was a good stage and a good lap for me, I could see that I keep improving day by day and that I keep making progress in each terrain. Today we were in a leak for fifty kilometers, always at the top and facing the sprint we gave everything we had left in our legs”, tells Acco.
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