The Selection gives the list of runners for the European

Eight men and eight women will make up the elite national teams that will compete in the online event on August 26 and 27 respectively.


The Spanish elite road cycling team faces its first major competition of the year next week: a European Championship in Plouay (from August 24 to 28) to which both the men's and women's teams arrive with confidence after the good feelings left by national cyclists in the last dates.

The Plouay circuit (13.65 kilometers), characterized by being winding and narrow for a good part of the route, will crown the new European champions of the modality.

Pascual Momparler, national coach, has summoned the cyclists Iván García Cortina (Bahrein-Mclaren), Gonzalo Serrano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Juan José Lobato (Euskaltel- Euskadi), Álex Aranburu (Astana), Diego Rubio (Burgos BH), Lluis Mas (Movistar) and Sergio Samitier (Movistar) .

The men's event will be held on Wednesday from 12:00. The winner will be known around 4:00 p.m. when the riders have completed the 13 laps and 177.45 kilometers of the race. “It is a circuit in which the bicycle does not run; It is not easy, it is about placement, of being ahead and the passage of the kilometers is going to make a dent. It will be a tough race, which is not going to be comfortable, the kind that suffocates you, ”says Momparler. In the same way, the national coach has expressed himself about how he imagines Plouay's appointment: "Let's see what rivals we find because they have not yet confirmed half of the teams. I think it will be a very crazy race, without any pattern Of course, with what I have to bring cyclists who in a small group have power both to enter that group and to finish "Thus, the national team will have a solid list of cyclists with top speed such as García Cortina, Aberasturi, Aranburu, Serrano or Lobato.

For her part, Gema Pascual, women's national coach, will have Mavi García (Alé BTC Ljubljana), Ane Santesteban (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling) and Movistar Team cyclists Sheyla Gutiérrez, Eider Merino, Gloria Rodríguez, Alicia in Plouay González and Lourdes Oyarbide. The women's online test will take place next Thursday starting at 1:00 p.m. The women will have to complete 8 laps of the circuit to add a total of 109.2 kilometers.

"It is a winding and quite demanding route and just by looking at the classifications of the races of other years we know that small groups usually arrive. We have a very good group with people like Sheyla, Mavi, Ane or Eider who can be in front and a group very important support ", says the coach. Pascual also emphasizes the test that will take place a few days before: "our cyclists will also run a couple of days before and they will also see how the route is going," he concludes.

Mavi García, who is leaving great sensations in recent races with an outstanding second place at Strade Bianche as the best result, or Sheyla Gutiérrez, winner at La Périgord, are the great bastions of the 'rojigualdo' team.

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