The last 217 kilometers of the history of the Euskadi Murias team were toured this Sunday in the classic Paris-Tours, a historic race that since last year has ceased to be a classic for sprinters, although it always brought surprises. Since last year it includes stony sections and hills that subtract options for sprinters, without taking them off absolutely. And in this last intervention of the Basque team, which disappears due to lack of patronage after a five-year period in methodical growth, its Aragonese runner Fernando Barceló has stopped the pavilion by staying in an escape that could not reach the winner, the Belgian Jelle Wallays , of the Lotto-Soudal, which was already imposed in this classic in 2014. The cyclist of Huesca finished 12th and goes on vacation. Because he does have equipment for next year, the Russian team Gazprom-RusVelo, as we can advance from THE WORLD before the signing becomes official.
Barceló, 23 (born on the day of Kings of 1996) does not have the corpachón of the best in the French classic, all fit to fight in the monuments of spring in Flanders, but their characteristics grow from courage and courage. That is why he didn't cut a millimeter of hair to tear and play until his strength endured. It is not necessary to go much further to remember his performance in the Bilbao stage of the recent Tour of Spain, in which he was third after an insurmountable Philippe Gilbert and his spooky chasing companion, Alex Aranburu , who will pass the Caja Rural-RGA to Astana in 2020.
These personality traits of Barceló made him quickly look for the professional path after learning in the junior and sub23 teams of the Contador Foundation (2015-2016) and settling in the Euskadi Foundation , which took its first step to professionalism (third division) in 2017. In the middle of that year he stood out in the Cofidis as a 'stagiaire' or apprentice, but he did not get a contract and in January 2018 he was already preparing his first season in Euskadi-Murias.
These last two seasons, Barceló has been a beautiful dynamiter in Jon Odriozola's team , although his only victory came with the Spanish team in the Tour del Porvenir last year.
As of 2020, Gazprom-RusVelo gives Fernando Barceló a well-earned opportunity, while some of his colleagues from Euskadi Murias search through social networks and popular support for a team in which to achieve their childhood dreams. An open letter from Sergio Rodríguez , who accompanied Barceló in the last alignment of the Basque team in the Paris-Tours, asking for help and space in the peloton to the essential gregarious like him, has been talk in the cycling environments. But from words and 'likes' you almost never eat.
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