Cortina and Valverde meet with the pavés specialists

The Asturian, a fixed of the Bahrain in the north, and the Murcian, to shoot for Flanders, compete in the walls and cobblestones of Through Flanders.

Iván García Cortina (Gijón, 23 years old) is competing in his third season with the Bahrain jersey. The Asturian discovered the lasicas of the north in the subsidiary of Deceuninck, and since 2017 is a fixed part of the alignments of the team of the Persian Gulf on the cobblestones: "I liked this type of tests, maybe not the prototype of Spanish that you they motivate the great returns. I love the atmosphere of the fans and the special characteristics of a single day ... apart from that adapt well to my conditions ". Although in 2016 a stage was recorded in the Solidarity Race and the Olympic Champions as U-23, it has not yet been released as a professional: "I miss winning, I want to raise my arms" .

In 2019 he has integrated the seven of Bahrain in Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne, E3 and Ghent-Wevelgem, and this Wednesday will participate in A Through Flanders. On Sunday will also take the exit in the Tour of Flanders: "I am proud that the squad trust me. Personally I intend to acquire more experience, improve and learn in the near future to aspire to victory. " It has the support of Juan Antonio Flecha, winner of Het Nieuwsblad and podium in Flanders and Roubaix: "We talk on mobile or I write to you on WhatsApp and I ask you questions, he advises me. We get along well. "

On the highway , he's passionate about" photography, tattoos and coffee ":" I have a camera that's pretty nice, compact and handy for travel, a Sony RX-100. I love going around and taking pictures. I try to take advantage of my profession to discover new cultures, new languages and new places. " In Through Flanders you will look for your "opportunities to shine". As the world champion, Alejandro Valverde, who will start to "catch a good shoot" ahead of his debut in Flanders, his second monument of the course after finishing seventh in San Remo. Rivals will meet the powerful Deceuninck (in 2017 and 2018 won Lampaert), Kristoff, Vanmarcke, Terpstra, Naesen, Benoot, Demare ... The elite of the pavés and bergs.

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