González was launched by team-mate Mikel Iturria to best Bidelan's Jon Ander Insausti and Lizarte's Víctor Moleón, and the native of Vítoria was a relieved man post-race.
"I've just fulfilled one of my dreams", he told Bilbao-based daily El Correo. "To win a race as an amateur is big". And it was just reward for a recent run of strong form that's seen him finish third in Amorebieta and Durana.
Iturria closed out a good day for the team by taking sixth, while Loïc Chetout took out the Metas Volantes-competition. As a team, Naturgas ended up second.
Yesterday, another promising Basque, Ramón Domene, took out the San Pentekostes Saria in Bergara. The Caja Rural rider proved the strongest from a 15-man group that formed going over the final climb of Asentzio, and finally kick-started his season that's so far been troubled by injury. Jon Larrinaga and Loïc Chetout placed sixth and seventh respectively in the race that was won by a certain Peio Bilbao two years back.
- 1, Ramón Domene (Caja Rural), 3:02:02
- 2, Diego Rubio (Diputación Ávila), s.t.
- 3, Cristóbal Sánchez (Seguros Bilbao), s.t.
- 6, Jon Larrinaga, s.t.
- 7, Loïc Chetout, s.t.
- 32, Mikel Iturria, 1:09
- 49, Imanól Estévez, 4:26
- 55, Pablo Comins, s.t.
- 85, Karl Baudron, 10:16
- 99, Oier Sánchez, 12:22
After such a strong weekend of racing, Naturgas seem ideally placed form-wise going into the Vuelta a Navarra that gets underway on Wednesday. More on that race later.
As for the overall Torneo Lehendakari-standings, results are yet to come in.