Baeza will crown Alejandro Valverde's successor

The online test of the Spanish Road Championship is presented as one of the most open and disputed in recent years.


The online test of the Spanish Road Championship is presented as one of the most open and disputed in recent years and on Sunday (9.00 am) in Baeza (Jaén) a new champion will be crowned who will succeed Alejandro Valverde (Team Movistar), who will not compete because he is focused with his team to compete in the Tour de France.

The usual dominator of the event, the Movistar Team, which has achieved glory with one of its men in twelve of the last thirteen nationals, will not have the usual starting superiority due to the fact that its main men are in a bubble created by Eusebio Unzué's squad to minimize risks for his participation in the Tour de France.

Therefore, we will not see Alejandro Valverde defend the Spanish champion jersey, which opens a door to excitement in a race for which Jesús Herrada (Cofidis), Gorka Izagirre and Luis León Sánchez (Astana), Gonzalo Serrano (Caja Rural) or Iván García Cortina (Bahrain-McLaren) are the main candidates for victory.

The route of this online test, with 185 kilometers, will be developed mainly -except for the initial 48 kilometers- on the circuit of 25 kilometers and 500 meters of unevenness in the surroundings of Baeza, which they will have to do five laps.

Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, which will have a great asset such as Gonzalo Serrano, and Euskaltel Euskadi, which will play their options with Rubén Fernández, Juanjo Lobato or Mikel Bizkarra, will be the two most numerous teams and will surely try to control the race.

Movistar Team will have a good opportunity to give prominence to cyclists like Sergio Samitier or Héctor Carretero; while Burgos-BH, led by runners like Ángel Madrazo or Diego Rubio, will surely be one of the animators of the event.

The young cyclists of the Kern Pharma, such as Jaime Castrillo, fourth in the time trial, Roger Adriá or Urko Berrade, will have a beautiful opportunity to show their talent in front of the great national references; as well as the Kometa runners (Diego Pablo Sevilla, Ropero, José Antonio García or Sergio García), who will show off their usual combativeness.

Another young cyclist who may have a nice role in this online test of the Spanish Road Championship is Carlos Rodríguez (Ineos) from Granada, who after the great level he offered in the Vuelta a Burgos it would not be surprising if he was in the group headboard when the win is played.

With regard to the always exciting elite category, some of the names to follow will be Felipe Orts, Miguel Ángel Ballesteros, Oier Ibarguren, Juan Antonio López-Cozar, Antonio Gómez or Marcos Jurado.

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