Gazprom – RusVelo is heading to Spain to compete in Vuelta a Burgos
On 1-5 of August Gazprom – RusVelo is to compete in Vuelta a Burgos. The race has the highest UCI category and is a part of Europe Tour.
Originally, incepted in 1946 Vuelta a Burgos disappeared from the racing calendar after the first two editions for 34 years. In 1981 the race started its new path and since that time has been held annually.
In five racing days riders are to cover 760 kilometres. The race will kick off in the town of Burgos and finish on the top of Lagunas de Neila ascent, which is considered the hallmark of the Spanish race and plays one of the crucial roles for the allocation of places in GC. This year organizers made the race more challenging by adding another mountainous stage with steep climb Picon Blanco, which will be the ending point of the third stage. Remaining stages feature milder altimetries and are more appealing for sprinters and all-rounders.
End of July – beginning of August never lacks prestigious stage-races. While main sprinters and craggy specialists of Gazprom — RusVelo are competing in Tour de Pologne, the strongest climbers are to defend the team’s colours in Spain. Main hopes of Gazprom — RusVelo for Vueta a Burgos are on Sergey Firsanov, Alexander Foliforov and Alexey Rybalkin, who are to target the hardest mountainous stages.
Evgeny Kobernyak, who showed a decent performance for the development team of Gazprom — RusVelo in the first part of the season will start his traineeship in the elite team on 1st of August. Vuelta a Burgos is going to be his debut in the professional cycling competitions.
That’s what Evgeny said about his upcoming debut: “Anxious? Yes, a little bit, but in order to improve you need to compete with contenders that are stronger than you. That’s why I look forward to experiencing the true professional level of cycling races, to test myself and learn something from my teammates. It is a significant moment for me, I am thankful for the given chance and will definitely do everything that I can for the team’s success.”
Experienced climber of Gazprom — RusVelo Sergey Firsanov shared his opinion about the upcoming race: “It is always a pleasure to compete in Spain, five years ago I claimed one of the first victories in European races here in Spain. This year it will be my second participation in Vuelta a Burgos, unfortunately the debut did not go well. Thus, I am set up to use a new chance and improve the result. Everybody is in good form right now and highly motivated to compete for the highest places.”
Gazprom – RusVelo line-up: Igor Boev, Artem Ovechkin, Andrey Solomennikov, Sergey Firsanov, Alexander Foliforov, Alexey Rybalkin, Dmitry Kozonchuk, Evgeny Kobernyak.