The junior podium has been completely provincial with Hodei Muñoz, Asier Beraza and a spectacular Gorka Corres
Tolosa held the Euskadi Cyclocross Championship this Saturday morning. He has done it on a dry route of 2,300 meters and with a more compromised area in the final part of it. The pools that gave the people of Alava a certain prominence have been fulfilled, especially in the cadet and junior category. Thus, in the latter the podium was entirely from Álava, with the victory of Hodei Muñoz, ahead of Asier Beraza and Gorka Corres, who was bronze, although he could have taken first place if he had not suffered a puncture on the first lap.
The Iturribero rider had to climb from tenth place from then on, after having completed a good part of the first lap with the bike on his shoulder until he reached the box and changed machines. He lost forty-five seconds with Muñoz, who by then was already leading the test.
Beraza passed twelve seconds behind his countryman from Ayala in the second lap. Meanwhile, Corres began to iron out his disadvantage with the podium as his goal and already in the third step he lost twenty-three seconds with Gari Ugarte from Gipuzkoa, third at that time. There were two laps to go and the rider from Vitoria saw close to him his challenge to hang at least one piece of metal. On the fourth lap he was already fourth, just two seconds behind Ugarte and finished his spectacular comeback in the last corners to seal the podium for Alava.
Glory in cadets has also been twice from Alava. And it is that Iker Colmenero and Nahia García have taken the gold. Both have been far superior to their opponents and have been able to celebrate their successes with complete peace of mind. Colmenero launched his attack on the third lap, reaching the finish line with a thirteen-second margin over Aner Irizar and Eñaut Bilbao. Fourth was Arkaitz Suso, who also started with many metal options, although the rider from Vitoria lost that condition on the fourth and final lap. Garcia’s was as easy as Colmenero. The one from Aramaiona left her opponents in the second round and certified her sixth win of the course with total authority. He was not obsessed at first, saving strength for the decisive part and waiting for his moment.
Maria Módenes, sub’23 champion, also found good feelings. The woman from Vitoria was fifth in the women’s open event, and first in that category. Progressing in recent weeks after suffering a couple of physical mishaps, Módenes now has fifteen days ahead of her to reach the Spanish Championship in Vic even better. Next Saturday in Amurrio she has the last test before said appointment.
It is a situation similar to that of Diego Ruiz de Arcaute, who finished the open race in fifth place, being the best sub’23. The man from Vitoria from Caja Rural was crowned the best Basque in his category, finishing just over two and a half minutes behind Ion Izaguirre, the Cofidis professional, who has revalidated his regional title.