Spain - Costa Blanca Bike Race
The Team KROSS-Filip Sport finishes in 8th position
The opening of the European season took place on Thursday 23rd January with a UCI stage race (category S2) happening over four days. Played in pairs, the Costa Bianca Bike Race is an opportunity to fine-tune the preparation. Jonas De Backer (Team Baijot KROSS) was associated for this occasion with Jorgen Flion to form the Team KROSS FILIP SPORT.
For its second edition, the Spanish race presented a beautiful panel. The undisputed favorites were the duo Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez associated Jan Škarnitzl. Another big name, Alexandr Gebauher (former World Champion hopes) was also present.
The race is special because it is played in teams of two, and Jonas and his partner Jorgen had the ambition to finish in the top 10.
The first stage (Benidorm) was 44 km long and offered some 1,500 m positive decline.
The pair is complementary and finished the first stage at a nice tenth place.
However, things had a bad start: "The race started very strong, we were well placed, but at a crucial moment, we left the track in the company of a group taking the wrong direction. Fortunately, we came back quickly on the track. We had to overtake a lot of people, never knowing where we were." said Jorgen before adding:" We did a good job. Jonas took the lead uphill, and I relayed downhill. Hopefully we will continue to win up positions in the coming days. »
The rider of the Team Baijot - KROSS meanwhile, was pleased with the good end of the first day: "We worked well together and we a strong finale. I am pleased with the sensations». Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez associated with the Czech Skarnitzl, won the first stage.
Second stage (l'Alfas del Pi) was a parcours of 6,88km against the clock with a steep hill from km 5 till the end.
After their good start in the first stage, Jonas and Jorgen delivered good against the clock.
The duo finished in 7th position. A good result, especially given the differences in time with some direct competitors.
Jonas De Backer: "The last two kilometers were very difficult. I felt super strong. We conceded 1 minutes to the winners, but we manage to win time against our direct competitors. »
Third Stage (Polop) - 60 km and 2300m positive decline.
On Saturday, Jonas De Backer and Jorgen Flion made a good start and quickly took a cautious pace. At two-thirds of the race, they raised their pace to regain some places, finishing 8th in the sprint for seventh place.
Jonas De Backer: "At the top of the main climb of the day, we were tenths. And like on Thursday, we have accelerated in the kilometers. We first picked up the Italian duo (second overall), then we took over Carabin and Van Aellebroek. Near to the finish we closed on a Portuguese duo, who at the end beat us at the sprint for seventh place.»
Fourth and final stage (Finestrat) - 53km
If all was almost said for the podium positions, it was still quite another story for the sixth place. Jonas and Jorgen were still fighting for a top 6. Four duos were within 38 seconds after 3 days of race. The team Kross - FILIPSPORT was in 8th position, six seconds ahead of Carabin / Van Aellebroeck. and only 32 second behind the sixth place occupied by the Cannondale team.
On Sunday Jonas and Jorgen finished 8th for the day. It should have been 7th if the organization would have noticed one of the other teams took a shortcut...
But let's not linger on this and let's congratulate Jonas and Jorgen for their fight at the "Costa Blanca Bike Race".
Congratulations for their 8th place at the general classification.