The Spanish Cup exceeds its halfway point with the Torredonjimeno Classic

The Spanish Cup Elite-Sub23 will live this coming Sunday its sixth test of this 2023 edition with the celebration of one of the great classics of the contest: the Torredonjimeno Classic. The Tosiriana event, which celebrates its thirty-ninth edition this year, is one of the events with the longest tradition and prestige in the elite-sub23 category and for the competition this Sunday, April 23, it will maintain what have been the main signs of identity of his journey in recent years.

In total, the squad of the Spanish Cup will have to face 165 km with the ascents of Locubín and Valdepeñas as main difficulties. The first one, Locubín, will be the largest, since it is a 9 km port at 4.9%. Once they crown it, at km 104 of the race, they will face a descent that will take them to the slopes of the ascent to Valdepeñas, which will be somewhat shorter, since it only has 3.5 km, but with larger ramps, since it has a average slope of 6.9%. The pace at which these two climbs are tackled will be key to determining if the sprinters will be eliminated or if, on the contrary, they can reconnect with the peloton in the 50 km that still remain to finish. Anyway, the The final section contains several heights that could well be the scene of some movements that change the course of the race.

Torredonjimeno will arrive as leader of the Spanish Cup the Uruguayan rider from Caja Rural-Alea Thomas Silva, After being second last year, he is presenting his candidacy to win the overall victory, exhibiting great regularity, performance and versatility in all the tests, regardless of their profile. Silva has 288 points to Ricardo Zurita’s 249, which occupies the second position. Sergi Darder, after being second in Valladolid, rises to third place with 215 points, while fourth place goes to Sergio Trueba, who, also displaying great regularity and being able to score points in all the tests, accumulates 212 points. The top 5 is closed by Illia Shchegolkov, winner of the Guadiana Circuit, with 195 points.

Profile of the Torredonjimeno Classic.
Profile of the Torredonjimeno Classic.RFEC

Facing the victory in Torredonjimeno, the first five classified for the general classification could well play a leading role, although it would be more feasible to see Silva (Caja Rural) or Trueba (Gomur) in the first place if the test gets much tougher in Locubín and Valdepeñas or in the final stretch; while the options of Zurita (Cortizo Team), Darder (High Level) or Shchegolkov (Controlpack) will go up a lot if the resolution is to the sprint. Other brokers who might also have their options in a massive arrival will be Aritz Urra (Telco’m), which prevailed in Valladolid, Gabriel Ochando (Zamora falls in love), andAnne Dorenbos (Finisher); while from a distance we could see how cyclists like Fran Muñoz (Eolo-Kometa), David Domínguez (Zamora Enamora) or Asier González (Vigo-Rias Baixas) try.

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The Torredonjimeno Clásica peloton will be made up of 196 cyclists from the following 28 teams: Eolo-Kometa, Finisher, Gomur – Cantabria Infinita, Supermercados Froiz, Caja Rural – Alea, Team MP Group, High Level – Gsport – Grupo Tormo, Laboral Kutxa, Maglia Tecnosilva – Bembibre, Bicicletas Rodríguez – Extremadura, Valverde Team – Ricardo Fuentes, Cortizo Team, Essax, Arabay – Vas Balear, Tenerife Bike Point, Torres – Fernando Barceló Team, Zamora Enamora, Vigo – Rías Baixas, Telco’m – On Clima – Oses, Lasal Cocinas – Louriña Team, Ulevel – Safifruits, Qoda Construcciones, Controlpack, Brocar-Ale, El Bicho Cycling Team, Esetec – Salazones Ricardo Fuentes, Eibar and Electro Alavesa. The departure will be at 9:15 a.m. and the final is scheduled to end around 1:25 p.m.

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