Cortina, Aberasturi and Aranburu, for the European: "It is a buzzing circuit, ideal for them"

Sergio Samitier, a member of the Spanish team in Plouay, analyzes the route of the meeting this Wednesday (12:00) and the great Spanish assets.


Within the week of the European cycling in France, this Wednesday the men's elite event will be held, in which the defending champion, Elia Viviani, will not be there as he is with his team, Cofidis, preparing the Tour de France that starts this Saturday. There will be 13 laps of a broken circuit in Plouay and with a forecast of rain (90%). A high number of runners who will be at the event were present this Tuesday at the Brittany Classic, in which Matthews won. It will be the fifth edition of these Europeans (12:00), whose winner wears a distinctive jersey throughout the year.

The event, which was officially held for the first time in 2016 (also in France), has Peter Sagan, Alexander Kristoff, Matteo Trentin and Elia Viviani on its record. Dani Moreno's third place in 2016 and Jesús Herrada's fourth in 2018 are the best Spanish performances so far, something that in 2020 those summoned by Pascual Momparler will try to improve. "It will be a tough race and the surprise could come out. Van der Poel can start you at any moment, so we have to be vigilant," said the coach in the previous one. One of those who will be at the meeting is Sergio Samitier, from Movistar. The Aragonese, who suffered a significant fall while training in July, continues with his gradual return to competition.

"I'm fine, I lack a bit of competition rhythm. The Spanish Championship was my test after six months", says Samitier for AS from France in the hotel where they are staying and after the dispute of the Classic of Brittany. "The normal thing is that we do the race with Iván Cortina, Alex Aranburu and Jon Aberasturi because the circuit is buzzing and they can do it well. Steep up, down, turn left, right ... it's ideal for them." The competition will be tough, starting with a Van der Poel who has the role of great favorite. Démare, Nizzolo, Ackermann, Ballerini ... other candidates for a continental crown in which no one has ever repeated a title. Trentin and Kristoff, present, will be the ones who will be eligible for this privilege.

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