I woke up at 5:45am to catch a train to the team meeting point in Fuenlabrada, then we set off to Ontur on the 3 hour journey. As we were driving down the motorway, the weather was really nice, especially watching the sunrise – and at that time, I thought it was going to be a nice dry race.
We were lined up at the start line. I knew this course would suit me, and I was ready to go, until the organiser had to delay the race as the ambulance hadn’t arrived, so we waited for an hour and half. Not only that, but it was torrential rain and thunderstorms. I quickly put on my rain jacket and already I felt the coldness in temperature. While we were waiting by the team car, suddenly the race had started, and we saw the peloton riding down behind the commissar car, so we quickly joined the peloton.
When the race started, the pace was very fast and my legs were cold. Some part of the roads were flooded already, and it was raining hard. There was repeated attacking from the peloton, including me, but nothing really worked. At the halfway point of the race it was still raining hard, and the only way to stay warm was to keep attacking. I used a lot of energy in repeated attacking moves, but it was frustrating as nothing really stuck.
Near the end of the race, a break and a chase group had got away, which included my team mate Antonio Gomez, and I remained in the main group. On the final climb through the village, I was up for the contest to sprint in the group for 16th place, but my legs were seized up, so I finished another 20 seconds at the back of the peloton in 41st place overall, out of 196 riders, at 3.51 behind the leader. It could have been better, but just one of those days when the weather has an effect on the outcome.
But nevertheless it was a good day for my team, with my team mate Antonio Gomez finishing 7th, the highest placed rider in our team so far this season, and the team are incredibly happy. This is a great result for Antonio and the team, and it gives all of us riders motivation to push and work harder for good results.
Next weekend is Easter, so we take a break from racing, with the next race in 2 weeks time at the Memorial Valenciaga, part of the Copa de Espana (Cup of Spain) in Elbar, one of the most prestigious races in Spain, with big mountains and some of the best Spanish Elite U23 teams in the business.
Cheers and gone
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