The Cup enters its final section with the Valenciaga Memorial

The prestigious eibarresa race will propose a hard and demanding course of 170 kilometers with six scoring climbs that is presumed decisive.


The Valenciaga Memorial is probably the most prestigious test of the national elite-sub23 calendar. For years, the victory in the eibarresa event ensured the jump to the professional field and is that its configuration and the roads through which it compels that those who stand out are cyclists with a special talent. Álvaro Cuadros, José Manuel Díaz Gallego, Jaime Rosón, Eduard Prades, Víctor Cabedo, Mikel Nieve, Purito Rodríguez, Óscar Freire and Chechu Rubiera are some of the most illustrious winners of a race that last year experienced its saddest episode: the competition was suspended due to a major accident that left without ambulances, the test and the peloton had to cross the neutralized goal after the race car.

The organization, the Cycling Club Eibarres, aims to make up for it with a 2019 edition that preserves the elements that have made the Valenciaga great: demand and hardness on some dream roads for the practice of cycling. In total, there will be almost 170 kilometers of course in which the peloton will have to face, in addition to a myriad of broken areas, six climbs scoring: Itziar (3rd category), Meagas (3rd category), Azkarate (2nd category), Elgeta ( 2nd category), Ixua (1st category) and San Miguel (3rd category) .

The Valenciaga Memorial will start from Eibar and will travel along the coast to Zarautz, from where Alto de Meagas is born. The zone of Azkoita, with the passage through Azkarate, second category, will add an extra point of demand and will begin to punish a squad that will finish being selected in the second half of the race, the one with the highest demand.

From Bergara climb the Alto de Elgeta and after completing a loop that will lead the cyclists to this same town, will head to Eibar to face the two decisive climbs: the Alto de Ixua, first category, and Alto de San Miguel, third , which is crowned only 12 kilometers from the end and where only the chosen ones arrive with victory options. The subsequent rapid decline can still be the scene of some movement before facing the finish line located in Toribio Etxeberria, which will resolve the name of the winner of this edition 2019.

The Valenciaga will be the seventh round of the Elite Spain Cup-Sub23 and will end a demanding competitive journey that has included six appointments in just 25 days. The national circuit thus enters its final leg with Roger Adriá as a leader with only 8 points ahead of his teammate at Lizarte Kiko Galván. 415 points for 407. After them is the rider of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA Joel Nicolau, who has 374 points; while Gerard Armillas is fourth and elite leader with 350 points.

A tough and demanding race like the Valenciaga seems a suitable opportunity for Adriá, who has proven himself to be one of the strongest when the road is uphill, definitively consolidate his command position in the general. The Catalan will be well wrapped up by the powerful block of Lizarte, which will have its main adversaries in the Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, that will have four interesting tricks such as Pascual, Nicolau, Urbano and Martín, and in the Kometa Cycling Team , with Carlos García, Alejandro Ropero and Ramírez. Other cyclists to consider are Ballesteros (Valverde), Serrano (Escribano), Cobos (Rías Baixas) or Tello (Kuota-Paulino Constructions) .

The six invited sets, which will be added to the usual 19 to form a 25-man squad squads and 175 cyclists, will be: Eulen Group, Baqué-Ideus-BH, Eibar Energy, Laboral Kutxa, Aiarabike-Electroalavesa and Hostal Latorre.

SEGUIMIENTO

The Valenciaga Memorial will begin at 9:00 am on Sunday, April 7 and conclude around at 1:15 p.m. All the information about the test can be followed through the official hashtag of the competition # CopaEspañaÉliteSub23, as well as through # MValenciaga19.



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