Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hernández coasts to win number 19

Aitor Hernández showed his form is still intact just a week before the World Championships by strolling to his 19th win of the season in Burgos on Saturday.

The Ermua-Orbea rider will head to Louisville next week to face off with the best in the business in the elite worlds, and used the race in Burgos, Castilla y León, as preparation for next Sunday's big one. It wasn't really a good test, though, as he hardly had to break a sweat, beating nearest rival Javier Ruiz de Larrinaga by more than a minute. Sub-23 prodigy Kevin Suárez tried to catch the former Euskaltel man cold with an early attack, but from the third lap on it was all about Hernández.

Speaking post-race, Larrinaga said he wasn't on the best of days, but admitted "there's not much you can do against a rival like that. He was really strong".

The duo will square off again on Sunday in Ispaster, in what will be the final tune-up for both riders ahead of their American adventure.

The race was also the regional championships of Castilla y León, and road rider Óscar Pujol was crowned champion of his home region courtesy of his seventh place.

Results, IV Memorial José Luis Talamillo, Burgos:
  1. Aitor Hernández (Ermua-Orbea), 1:00:32
  2. Javier Ruiz de Larrinaga (MMR-Spiuk), 1:03
  3. Kevin Suárez (Bio Racer - Caravanas Erandio), 1:31
  4. Erlantz Uriarte (Ibaigane Opel), 1:32
  5. Júlen Zubero (Ciclos Zubero), 2:01
Photo: Iñaki Azanza

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