The relay of Spanish cycling does not flourish in the World Cup

“It is the moment of the relief”. That was the slogan with which the Spanish National Team went to a Flanders World Cup in which it goes empty, without any top-10, only one top-20 and several good performances although he lacked some that made him really dream of having fought for the medals. The post-Valverde era was not confirmed with a relevant result in a year for Spanish cycling that was already casting doubts: no victories in the majors and four World Tour stage victories, In addition to not having wet in the European, Games and World Cup. The return of Enric Mas to a podium of a great one like La Vuelta, the irruption into the elite of an under-23 generation led by Carlos Rodríguez, second in the Tour del Porvenir, and Juan Ayuso, winner of the Under-23 Giro, and sparks names like Aranburu (triumph in Itzulia, seventh in San Remo ..) seem to be the strongest arguments to look to the future with optimism.

“We are a young generation that we are very eager and that is putting 100%,” he defended Iván García Cortina after being this Sunday the most outstanding of a World Cup team in which new names such as Roger Adriá and Carlos Rodríguez himself made their debut with good feelings, who managed to finish 53rd (they only finished 68 out of 195) despite being the second youngest in the race at 20 years of age. Cortina, 23rd at the finish line and very leading when the battle broke out, was one of the highlights of the week in the flamenco competition in which they also achieved good performances the veteran Mavi García, 29th in the female elite after leading the final kilometers, and the junior Iván Romeo, whose 20th position was the best place of a Spaniard in the World Cups.

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“I believe in this generation and if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have brought them,” says coach Pascual Momparler, who is aware of what to do, but is convinced that there is raw material. Names like Juan Ayuso, who could not shine in the U-23 after reaching the World Cup after a very intense year, his teammate Raúl García Pierna (also retired from that race due to physical problems) or an Alex Aranburu to whom a fall eliminated him from the elite race, they were some of the most solid tricks with no luck in the competition. Green shoots that failed to bloom in Flanders.

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