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Kelderman loses out against 19-year-old Ayuso in Spain: ‘Had cramps in the last kilometers’

In the shadow of the Tour de France Femmes, there was also a race in Spain on Sunday 31 July. A day after Remco Evenepoel’s reign in the Clasica San Sebastián it was Juan Ayuso who claimed victory as the next very young chick in the Circuito de Getxo. He knocked Wilco Kelderman from a late flight of four, for his first pro win.

The only 19-year-old Ayuso earned the victory on his own strength, after he had driven to Kelderman and his fellow escapee Andrea Piccolo in the final. He did get Valentin Ferron from TotalEnergies with him, but it was Kelderman and Piccolo who really made it difficult for Ayuso in the sprint uphill. Kelderman started it, seemed to be on the better hand for a long time, but Ayuso turned out to be just a little more explosive.

‘I am very happy and can hardly believe it’, the Spaniard from UAE Team Emirates afterwards in a press release. “I have to thank the team, because they helped me and believed in me.” UAE was indeed the team that controlled the race, but Ayuso eventually had to make the crossing himself. ‘On the penultimate climb I had a flat tire, so I couldn’t follow those two. As soon as the gap was small enough, I crossed over, because I wanted to win. I gave it my all in the sprint and just won my first race as a pro. I couldn’t be happier.”

Kelderman speaks of ‘good race’

At Kelderman it was logically all a little less elated. Via the official channels from BORA-hansgrohe he says about his day: ‘It was a very controlled race, right up to the last two climbs of the day. I felt good, so I attacked with Piccolo. I had cramps in the last kilometers, but still tried to start the sprint first. It was a good race and I already felt better than in the Clasica. I’m on the right track.’

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