The Andalusian Carmelo Urbano, champion of Spain U23

Urbano arrived alone at Lorca's goal after successfully finishing a spectacular fall in the final stage. Grávalos and Ibarguren completed the podium.


The race for the title of Spanish U23 Champion of the route has alluded to all the virtues that lead this sport to awaken such a special passion for the amateur. We have lived a competition to attack from the beginning, played on a beautiful layout, completely broken in the head and has had a vibrant outcome full of tension and emotion.

Carmelo Urbano has added today, through a huge performance, the gold in the national road to the silver medal that he already got last year in Castellón. Two medals in two participations in the Spanish Road Championship for a runner who until recently focused their efforts on mountain biking and the triathlon. The beginning of a promising future.

The test, as it could not be otherwise in the sub23 category, has started with trepidante, with many attempts and attacks that have ended up forming in the formation of a huge group of 30 cyclists once after the first hour of the race. With the majority of the teams represented, with the exception of the powerful Catalonia, the squad has taken the cut for good and through a broken ground the escaped have increased their advantage with speed up to four minutes.

Justo at the same moment in which The climb to Alto de la Perdíz started from behind, after paddling many kilometers with Pla, Roger Adriá who has completed a sensational comeback to bring his team back to life. The most demanding ascent of the day has been made to a live rhythm that has allowed to select the cut of 30 and begin to distinguish who would be the runners who would enter the fight for the glory.

Arturo Gravalos, who has run with commendable courage, has taken advantage of the ramps of Alto de la Perdiz to leave alone and, after the subsequent descent, arrive to charge a minute of advantage with respect to a persecuting group in which s and they found Adriá, Barros, Gómiz, Ibarguren, Urbano or Aramendia.

The long stretch, suitable for a good wheeler as Grávalos, until the arrival at Fuensanta has caused the jump of Roger Adriá, Carmelo Urbano and Ibarguren, who have decided to join his efforts to control the Rioja, who seemed determined to gold.

A lack of something less than 20 kilometers to the conclusion, have managed to capture Grávalos to form a group of four that has been played medals in the Alto del Castillo of Lorca. On his ramps, Roger Adriá has tried it twice, but both Urban and Ibarguren have responded easily, while the Riojan suffered something more. But it has not been finally the climb that has decided the race, but the technical downhill later.

Ibarguren, twice, and Adriá have lost their options to go to the ground in the descent of the Castle and have left in the head to Grávalos and Urbano, who were called to play the triumph of the sprint on the same finish line until the Rioja, in a curve already within the urban layout, has lost control of his bicycle.

El andaluz has entered alone and winner in goal line, celebrating with euphoria a triumph that ratifies the wood of excellent runner that has. "The main thing is to thank the work that has been done by a very team. This victory is a reward for effort. From kilometer 0 we knew it would be a very nervous race. Last year was my first Championship of Spain and I did not know very well how it was run here and this time I decided to be aware of all the cuts to try to be or if there were any of my teammates.

He had the luck to get me into a fairly big court with two teammates, in the Partridge it has gone up quite fast, the group has been selected, but we were still far away to bet on the race. In the descent we have risked and there the race has been broken. On the plane we worked in a group to catch Grávalos who has made a great race and, in the end, everything has been decided on the descent. I hope all my escape partners recover quickly from their falls. I knew her well because our director, Rubén, is from the area and we had the finish down and finally I was able to take the victory, "explained an exultant Urban about his triumph.

Just over ten seconds later he has finished Grab them, that has been done with the silver, between tears for the lost occasion; while the bronze has been for Ibarguren. Roger Adriá has finally finished fourth at 36 "seconds, while Alejandro Gómiz and Adrián Barros have already finished more than two minutes, fifth and sixth in the final classification.



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