Roger Adriá, from the Spanish Cup to touch the bell

The Catalan, 22, is the current champion of the Spanish Cup and, before Evenepoel started his show, he was the main protagonist of the stage.


Until Remco Evenepoel began his exhibition, it was another young runner who was hogging the spotlight yesterday. Roger Adriá, a Kern Pharma runner, was the strongest of the nine-runner's day break, where another teammate was marching, a Kiko Galván, who took flight for the third consecutive day and emptied himself in favor of his teammate. A great reason for prominence for this new formation of Continental category that owes its name to the sponsorship of a pharmaceutical company in Tarrassa, a brand that bet on this project that is the step to professionalism of a historical team from the Spanish amateur field, the Lizarte.

In fact, Adriá, who got on the podium to collect the prize for the most combative runner of the day due to his ride that ended two kilometers from the finish, is the current champion of the Spanish Cup, the test organized by the RFEC and of which AS is an official medium, which serves as a showcase for young Spanish talents. This is the case of this 23-year-old from Barcelona, who before coming to cycling played soccer in the RCD Espanyol youth academy, who had Iniesta as an idol, although when he took the bicycle seriously he saw another Catalan, Purito Rodríguez, a mirror to look at yourself

Marketing student, although he parked it to face the adventure of making a place for himself in professionalism, the runner wanted to remember his family and his “other family, Lizarte and this Kern Pharma” that have opened up a place for him in cycling. Manuel Azcona, who founded the Galibier Association in 1992, from which talents such as Carapaz, Soler, Amador ... and the germ of this team have emerged, assures that the objective is "to grow but with people from the house". This Thursday, in a star-studded platoon and in the first great mountain stage after the pandemic, these 'youth squads' managed to talk about them most of the day.

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