The Copa del Rey women’s test in Viator (Almería) will be remembered for a long time in the ranks of the Cantabrian club with two team wins, elite/under 23 (UCI Rio Miera Cantabria Sport) and junior (Rio Miera-Meruelo-Cantabria-Deporte), first place with Carolina Esteban, two second places with Isabelle Martin and Lucia Ruiz; and two other third parties from Susana Perez and Laura Ruiz.
In the elite category / sub-23 Carolina Esteban and Isabelle Martin made it to the finish line hand in hand after running for over 60km.. Except, Susana Perez signed a historic treble for Rio Miera-Cantabria Sport at the finish line. In the junior category, Lucia and Laura Ruiz finished second and third. respectively at the finish line, thus ending an exciting day for the entire club in the II Bajo Andarax Trophy.
ELITE / UNDER 23
The race started fast and hot. With little skirmishes, the middle of the test was reached. With 60 kilometers to go, Carolina Esteban and Isabelle Martin jumped out of the peloton, accompanied by Marina Garau. At Alikun, with 35 kilometers to go, they let go of their breakaway team mate and went alone to the finish line, setting an impressive pace that the peloton couldn’t keep up. In the group behind the best was her teammate Susana Pérez, who completed the dream trio for the UCI Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte team and secured the team victory. After two top-ten finishes in Pontevedra and Balmaceda, Carol achieved this important victory, which was the team’s second in the Copa del Rey after Alba Leonardo’s win in Noja.
Rio Miera-Meruelo-Cantabria Deporte controlled the race from the very beginning, aiming for victory at the finish line through one of the participants. The Ruiz sisters arrived on the last kilometer with a good result that made it itchy. Lucía and Laura, after a big final effort, reached the finish line, a few seconds behind the winner Estela Dominguez, taking second and third positions on the podium. Her teammates Carolina Leonardo, 10th, and Martha Beti, 11th, led the way to the team victory.
From the very beginning, the heat and the fast pace at which he was filming prevented him from being the best. As the kilometers traveled, the platoon broke up into small parts. Maria Filgueiras finished tenth, Paula Gonzalez and Maria Martinez fought hard and earned the top 20 in a race that was abandoned too early.
Roberto San Emeterio, sporting director of the team, was very pleased with the harvest in Almería. Regarding the elite category, he commented that “you had to do it well. We started with our favorite vitola and we had to prove it. The team was very serious throughout the race and with this hat-trick at the finish line, everything worked out perfectly. The idea was to win and move up in the overall standings, and we achieved both goals thanks to the impressive work of the whole team.” As for the junior category, I thought that “the girls knew how to be fighters in a test that was difficult in time and on the track. They achieved a team victory and two prizes, which is an excellent result.”
From early Sunday morning, another test of the Women’s Spanish Cup will take place – the I Santa Ana Abanilla Residence Trophy in this Murcian city. At 8:30 am, it will be the turn of the cadets who will have to walk 34 kilometers. Juniors will run a long course of 78 kilometers from 10:15 am and Elite/Sub-23 will overcome 83.4 km from 12:30 pm.
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