Sergio Garcia, eleventh in the Circuit of Gexto hardened by the Pike Bidea
75th Circuito de Getxo
Getxo-Getxo (177 km)
Sergio García from Cadiz made an outstanding return to the competition with an eleventh place finish in an exciting edition of the Circuito de Getxo in which the Italian from Bahrain-Merida, Damiano Caruso, won alone, although with little margin. García reached the final climb to the Plaza de los Fueros getxotarra among the twenty pursuers of Caruso, who was riding alone from a few kilometers before after a member in a fugue during the passage, new, by the rise to Pike Bidea. The Italian won by a second margin. On the other hand García came to give continuity to the good work of the last days in the Vuelta a Burgos.
A buzzing circuit, with many ups and downs and the icing on the cake of the Pike Bidea slopes where the Kometa-Xstra Cycling Team put on a good performance once again. Several riders were involved in the search for the escape, finally Riccardo Verza managed to ride among the eight riders who led the race for much of the day and in the last stages García took advantage of the slopes of Pike Bidea to consolidate among Caruso’s pursuers.
García ended up on the podium (the award ceremonies of this edition, for health safety reasons, took place inside the Getxo City Hall) as the best neoprofessional of this edition. “A great joy to return and return like this. I was able to crown Pike Bidea in the top ten. I saw Juan Pedro López as being about ten seconds ahead. On the downhill section we were joined by about fifteen or so riders and he flew all the way to the final repechage. There I gave everything to be ahead. There were some very fast people, and more experienced ones. But the sensations were very good. Now we have to think about the Tour de l’Ain”.
Riccardo Verza, after getting involved in Getxo in what has been his third escape this week: “I’m dead. In the end it was too much for me, I paid for all the effort I had put in. But I’m happy for the work done. We had a mission to be on the run and fortunately we were able to achieve it”.
Jesús Hernández, director of the Kometa-Xstra Cycling Team: “After the good Vuelta a Burgos we did we wanted to continue to be protagonists of the development of the race. The boys have been very attentive to all the movements that took place in the first moments, where no escape opened the way. Riccardo Verza, after his work in Burgos, finished in the end in the break of eight riders who were in the lead for many kilometers. In the end, the boys were very attentive on the climb to Pike Bidea, where Sergio’s climbing skills came to the fore. A very intense week of cycling that left us with a great taste in our mouths, with a lot of attitude”.
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