We had two races this weekend… the GP Ayuntamiento de Zamora on Saturday, and the Trofeo Iberdrola on Sunday. It wasn’t a 2 day stage race, but it was two separate races, both organised by the same race organiser (Zamora City Council) in the area of the city of Zamora.
It was a beautiful Saturday morning when I headed over west of Madrid to meet the team, to take the 2-3 hour road journey to Zamora, in time for the first race which commenced at 4pm. We had a good drive and managed to stop off on the way for some lunch.
Saturday’s race, the GP Ayuntamiento de Zamora was a 55 mile (90km) fast road circuit with 2 climbs. I decided to run an aggressive race, so I attacked many times, trying to make a break. It did not work and it was impossible to make the break as there were teams sacrificing themselves to control the race, to help and protect their sprinters ready for the finish. So I sat-in, and I attempted to be in a good position, ready to sprint at the finish. The pace was really fast at the end, and I didn’t position well in the fast run into Zamora, so it was not possible to move forward into a better position as we entered the city of Zamora – and I crossed the line in the stretched bunch at 0.15secs. Nevertheless it was a good race and good experience. My team mate Antonio Gomez finished 23rd at 0.00, with Antonio Olivares not far behind and also at 0.00. My team Pizzeria Espanola finished 16th in the overall team placings today, which is proof that the team is getting stronger as the season progresses.
After the race, the team provided a very nice hotel with a top quality shower and really good food, and I went to bed early to get a good night’s sleep, in preparation for Sunday’s long race.
(Photos: Alvaro Garcia/Pizzeria Espanola)