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“It was a very nice experience to run for the first time in professionals”, Juan Ayuso assured this Sunday after the Valencia GP dispute. This young rider, barely 18 years old, finished in 23rd place after giving his first rides in the ‘seniors’ peloton. A highly anticipated debut in Spanish cycling due to the expectations created by this young man, dominator of the cadet and junior category (he is Spanish road and chrono champion), who has jumped directly to the World Tour without going through Sub-23, a path identical to Evenepoel or his contemporary Carlos Rodríguez (Ineos).
Because, although Ayuso ran this Sunday with the colors of the National Team, he belongs to the UAE Emirates, team with which the young talent has signed until 2025. In the roadmap that his main supporter, Joxean Fernández Matxin, manager of the UAE, has set, he is taking advantage of opportunities with the national bloc and with Team Colnago, a team in which he will be on loan until the middle of the year. A time in which the cyclist will have to make this “pure talent” into the category, as the Spanish coach, Pascual Momparler, catalogs him, another who does not take his eyes off his progression.
No one wants to rush the kid, who has yet to pick up the pace of professional cycling. In fact, this beginning of the year has started with some setback. “I have suffered a gastroenteritis and last Thursday I fell, but it has been a pride to be able to debut in my country and on the roads where I train”, explained the young man raised in Jávea although he was born in Barcelona. In the race he also had some problems, such as being cut off on the fans or reaching the moment of the sprint without a brake in front, which made it “very difficult to be able to file at the finish”. All tan.
So far, he has already participated in several concentrations with the UAE, in which his talent has attracted attention, but also his maturity despite his young age. Because, despite the high expectations he supports, he is clear about the way forward, as he has already stated on occasion: “I know that the fans are more and more aware of me. It does not scare me, it means that I am on the right path. That said, I have to remain very focused so that they do not distract me. There is only one secret here: work hard and train more. ”
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