A hard and great performance at The Vuelta Ciclista a la Región de Murcia
Murcia, Region de Murcia, Spain, February 11th – It was a premiere European race for our team in Region de Murcia. The day was characterized with hard weather conditions and strong winds from the very start at San Javier at the seaside.
Despite a very hard front-side wind, the first 70 km of the race went by very, very fast.
On the flat part after the feed zone in Totana (90.2 km), there was an approximate 1 minute break away from the Peloton, which had split a few times into two groups that stayed close together.
After 107 km Alejandro Valverde, a famous local rider and big Spanish cycling star attacked the mountain immediately and ION IZAGUIRRE from our team went 10 seconds behind him. Ion’s older brother Gorka from Movistar team was 10 seconds behind almost until the very peak of the climb. But A. Valverde was too strong and Ion and his brother Gorka returned to the group again.
From almost 20°C in Murcia and San Javier, the conditions on the mountain were very hard, with only few degrees above zero.
The mountain was definitely decisive, Valverde was dominating and he made a huge gap of 2,5 minutes distance to the group, where Ion Izaguirre and Javier Moreno stayed during the last 35 km, until the finish.
Team director, Harald Morscher was very positive after today’s race:
“Despite heavy weather conditions and heavy mountain climb, it was still a great performance of the whole team. The young riders definitely showed good results and big potential. Windy conditions were very hard and in these hard moments our young riders showed character. A compliment also to Ion Izzaguire and the team – how well they responded to all attacks from other teams. It is a perfect setup for the next days and races.”
After getting 6th position, Ion Izaguirre said immediately after the race: “The start was really hard and crashing for phases and my team-mates that helped me a lot. It was really important that we got a great start position in the front of the group to start the climb. I tried really hard to go after Valverde, but it was too hard for me today. After downhill the guys caught me and it was a hard mix of good and experienced guys and some of them caught us in the group from behind. I would also like to express my excitement, since this was my first race this season. I feel really good and I am satisfied with my performance and I thank and congratulate my teammates. We are a good squad.”
Javier Moreno who finished 15th commented after the race that he feels good and satisfied. He believes that he will get to a better competition level soon and get back the feeling for tempo and speed.
Luka Pibernik finished the race in 40th position and is satisfied in general for his performance.
The team is definitely getting in better shape and everybody is looking forward to tomorrow’s new performance at Clasica Almeria.