The runners of the junior team of the Río Miera-Meruelo-Cantabria Deporte will face this weekend a historic event for our cycling since they will compete in the fourth round of the UCI Junior Nations Cup in France with a team made up mostly of runners from our region. Before leaving for French lands, the General Director of Sports Mario Iglesias received the team to wish them the best of luck in this important event.
The Tour du Gévaudan Occitanie will be a good touchstone to demonstrate the high level that our riders have when competing against the best. The team will tackle this two-stage round with riders who perform well in these races. Laura and Lucía Ruiz already have the experience of having run with the Spanish team the
three previous tests: the Piccolo Trofeo Binda in Italy, the Gent-Wevelgem in Belgium and the EPZ Omloop Van Borsele in the Netherlands.
Saturday is the first stage and will count on the route meter with 76 kilometres of mountainous profile reaching high to the Côte de la Croix Neuve/Montée Laurent Jalabert.
For the day on Sunday, the runners will face 67 kilometres of leg-breaking route but less mountainous than on Saturday.
Along with Mario Iglesias, the President of the Club José Luis San Emeterio and the runners Lucía Ruiz, Andrea Velasco, Alba Valle, Laura Ruiz and Ariadna Valle were present at the reception. The cyclist María López and the technicians Ana Ortega, Isma Gutiérrez, Carlos Ruiz and Seve Negrete will also be part of the team that travels to the Nations Cup.
Mario Iglesias expressed the “pride to see a team from the region compete with almost all the cyclists from Cantabria against the best runners in Europe. I’m sure they will give everything to do a good job”.
José Luis San Emeterio thanked him for his support and effort “to Mario, to the Ministry of Universities, Equality, Culture and Sports and to the sponsors to be able to face this test in French lands. The runners come with great enthusiasm and are looking forward to the start of the competition”. To finish, he highlighted “the important logistical effort that we are going to make over the weekend since we will have to be in three competitions at the same time with different teams, but we are prepared so that everything goes in the best possible way”.
For Laura Ruiz, the Tour du Gévaudan Occitanie will be “a very special test since I will do it with my team. I am proud to always go with the national team, but doing this important Vuelta with my usual teammates is a prize that we are going to enjoy to the fullest, making us stand out in the race”.