La Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana hopes to have Froome

The organization of the race took stock of the 2019 edition and they hope to rise to the UCI ProSeries category in 2020 so that more squad figures can come.


La Volta biker to the Comunitat Valenciana hopes to achieve the promotion to the new category of careers created by the UCI of the ProSeries ahead of the 2020 edition, in which dreams of being able to count on Alejandro Valverde and Chris Froome.

During a meeting with the media, the general director of the Valencian round, Angel Casero; accompanied by Fernando Canós, territorial director of the Banc de Sabadell, main sponsor of the race, took stock of the last edition and advanced the expectations for the next.

Así, explained that ya have already delivered to the UCI all the documentation requested to that the race is included in the ProSeries and hopes that in September, after the World Cup, have been selected for this new category, just below the World Tour races.

"The UCI has given us the opportunity to be there and we have already sent all the documentation. Until the end of the World Championship, which is when the UCI meets, we will not know the verdict, "he said.

" If we are finally accepted we could have up to 70 percent of the World Tour teams and the continental teams could no longer participate in the Volta ", added.

Casero added that, even that it is still early to talk about the poster of the next edition, which will be held from February 5 to 9, 2020, "we hope Froome can recover from his injury and come , and we would also like Valverde to come, who has announced his retirement in 2020 and he has won three times here ".

El winner of the Tour of Spain in 2001 noted that among the objectives set by the organization is to add a sixth stage to the round, to be able to celebrate two in each of the three provinces of the Comunitat, although it is complicated that it can be added in this next edition.

After the recent formation of the municipal governments, after the last elections, the organizers are planning to start meeting in mid-July with interested municipalities to decide which locations will have stages in the 71st edition of the Volta.

The director of the test advanced that the first stage will be in Castellón, that on Saturday will be held the queen stage in Alicante and that they want to finish the race again in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento of Valencia, as well as being able to count on a smooth time trial.

In addition, will return to celebrate the one-day women's race that will coincide with the last stage of the men's round, , with which it will share the same route and cash prizes.

Así explained its directive, Silvia Tirado, who assured that the pioneer edition of last year was " a nice challenge "and added that" the important thing is to consolidate this test " and that he hopes to further improve the level of important teams and runners in 2020.

Regarding the last edition, Casero's balance was" very positive, since we had a greater impact and growth "and highlighted the importance at sport level of the stage wins of Adam Y ates or Greg Van Avermaet, as well as the final victory of Ion Izaguirre, or the presence of the winner of the Tour de France, Geraint Thomas, or Alejandro Valverde.

. He highlighted the increase of 18.85 percent of television audience in Europe, with an audience of 181 million viewers, and that the test went from being seen in 68 to 130 countries on five continents. The race was covered by 78 media and almost 300 accredited journalists.



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