After the great national races and training sessions on Saturday, Benidorm is fully prepared for a great Sunday of cyclocross
All the big names that will take part in the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup – Benidorm Costa Blanca 2023 have already rode in the circuit set up at the Foietes and El Moralet parks. It’s been a first contact for them that has allowed all cyclists and cycling fans to get a much clearer idea about what will happen tomorrow in this 13th and penultimate round of the most important competition in winter cycling.
With thousands of fans attending to the venue, this Saturday has made it clear that tomorrow's will be a very fast race and that, as the organizers intended when they designed the course, it will have two very different parts. The first part, in the Foietes urban park, will be a very tricky and technical sections followed by a much faster second half in El Moralet park.
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Felipe Orts: «I think this success has exceeded all our expectations. Benidorm is going to be a party tomorrow. Now that we have all the work done, the important thing is to enjoy it, although the pressure is always there. I know I cannot fail on Sunday. Competing at home means that I have an extra point of motivation. I have never managed to be in the top five of a World Cup race, so everything would have to go perfectly for me to get into the Top5. The circuit it’s even better than I expected. For sure, it will be a very fast race. Everyone knows that the first few laps are going to be crucial».
Lucía González: «I am excited rather than nervous. I have been racing in the UCI World Cup for many years now and this is going to be the first time that I’ll be able to do it at home, with the support of our fans. This race was one of my big goals and I have tried to get here in my best shape, but how you try to do things is one thing and how they turn out is another.»
Kevin Suárez: «After so many years traveling abroad to race in the World Cup, we really wanted to have the chance to do so at home. Competing in front of so many people gives me an extra of motivation. I am surprised by the amount of people who have already showed up today, so I am sure that it will be a spectacular event. I think it will be a fast race, something that suit us. Realistically I think I can be in the top20 or top15, which is what I've been doing this year. My dream result would be to get into the top10.»
Benidorm to be showcased all over the world
Nearly twenty television stations will broadcast the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup – Benidorm Costa Blanca 2023 live for the entire planet, exporting the image of the sport and the city of Benidorm to thousands of fans around the world.
In Spain, the women's and men's Elite races will be broadcasted by Teledeporte. In addition, Eurosport and GCN will also show the same races for its clients in Spain as well as for the entire European territory through its channels and its own application.
The event will also be broadcasted live in Australia (Fox Sports), Belgium (Telenet and Proximus), Canada (Flobikes), Czech Republic (CT Sport), Denmark (TV2), France (L'Equipe), Italy (RAI), the Netherlands (NOS and NPO), Norway (TV2), the United States (Flobike) and throughout the African continent (Super Sport). The International Cycling Union (UCI) will also show the event online for the rest of the world through its own YouTube channel.