Gazprom – RusVelo is to start the season in Spain
On 31 January – 4 February Gazprom – RusVelo is to compete in Volta a la Communitat Valenciana. That will be the opening road race for the Russian cycling team in season 2018.
As in the previous editions the Spanish race will have a strong list of contenders. In total 25 squads are to cross the starting line in Oropesa del Mar. In five racing days riders are to cover 688 kilometres. Traditionally the contest has stages with various altimetries, which makes the race appealing for riders of all specializations. Whereas the first and the last stages are supposed to bring bunch sprint finishes, the fourth queen stage is to have six intermediate climbs. Apart from flat and mountainous stages, the third racing day is to challenge the squads with 23 kilometres long team time trial.
Main hopes of Gazprom – RusVelo are on the current Russian national champion Alexander Porsev. That’s what he said before the opening race of the season: “We have just finished our pre-season training camp in Santa Severa and I would say that everyone in the team is ready to start the season powerfully. I have competed in Volta a la Communitat Valenciana, so it’s not a new race for me and I want to improve the result. I am mostly focused on the first and fifth stages, which are expected to finish with bunch sprints. We will see in which conditions are our competitors and how they prepared for the start of the season, but I can confidently say that we are set up for a fierce competition and ready to fight for victories.”
Gazprom – RusVelo line-up: Sergey Firsanov, Igor Boev, Alexander Vlasov, Artem Nych, Alexander Porsev, Nikolay Trusov, Stepan Kurianov.