Carlos Canal has climbed to the podium in the third stage of the Orlen Nations Grand Prix of the U23 Nations Cup after a formidable final sprint that has placed him in third place. The Spanish U23 men’s road cycling team, which suffered a major setback in form on the first day of fall that left most of the national team without options in the general, has once again exposed today his enormous condition in a third stage in which Mikel Zabala’s pupils have sought at all times to break a race that, however, has ended up being defined in the sprint.
The 124-kilometre stage starting in Levoca and ending in Strbskepleso, it was marked by the final port that could condition the entire race. Despite the attempts in the first part of the test by the national team and other squads, the race has reached the final climb under control, where Diego Uriarte has managed to jump with three kilometers to go, managing an income of never more than fifteen seconds and being neutralized with the last kilometer to go, leading the race to a sprint in which, despite being locked up, the Galician Carlos Canal managed to finish in third position, only surpassed by the Italian Busatto and the Slovenian Glivar.
The Galician continues 16th overall. “We have tried to move the race from afar, looking for leaks, but it could not; everything was very controlled. Today’s race has once again been confirmation that we are fighting every stage and that we are doing it at a very high level”, has pointed out a satisfied national coach. Tomorrow the race reaches Polish territory, where the last two stages of 129 and 145 kilometers with broken profiles will be held.