For the first time in almost a decade, the Movistar Team cyclists could not revalidate the title in the Spanish Road Championships. It was a former teammate who broke this streak with a precise attack in the last descent to the Desert of Las Palmas. Gorka Izagirre got a meager but sufficient difference to reach Benicassim's finish line alone.
Alejandro Valverde attacked from the group of favorites in the last climb of the day, contacting the head of the race before reaching the top. However, the Guipuzcoan left the rest without options. The Murcian showed his strength in the arrival, finishing second and reaching a silver medal that reaffirms him in the right direction to two weeks of the Tour de France.
Statements: We knew it was the most difficult year, with very strong rivals that other times were with us. I think we played the race well. Gorka has made a difference in the descent that has been impossible to recover, so we must congratulate him, he has been phenomenal. I back home with good feelings, finishing fourth in the ITT and second today. I found myself very well in the climbs.
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