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28 Sep 2018

A very tight start!

Sergio Mantecón and Clàudia Galicia winners of the first stage

The second edition of GAES Catalunya Bike Race shifted by XTR had prepared a demanding first stage of 65.3 kilometers and 1,627 meters of positive climbing, with start and finish in Puigcerdà.

Mountain Bikers rided together in the first climbing to La Molina, and had to wait until the first feed station to know which five riders stood out; Sergio Mantecón (Trek Factory Racing), Francesc Guerra (BUFF®-Scott), Víctor Koretzky (KMC-Ekoi-SR Suntour), Hugo Drechou (Massi) and Ever Alejandro Gómez (Olympia Factory Cycling).

After a long and technical downhill by singletracks to Alp, they were reached by Enrique Morcillo (BUFF®-Scott). Finally, Sergio Mantecón, Victor Koretzky and Enrique Morcillo finished the stage in that order.

 

Elite Men Results 

1. Sergio Mantecón - 2:32:32

2. Víctor Koretzky - 2:32:33

3. Enrique Morcillo - 2:32:33

 

Clàudia Galicia is nominated as favorite

In women category, Clàudia Galicia (Megamo) ruled from the beginning. Rocío del Alba García (Primaflor -Mondraker- Arjam-Rotor), was cutting time on Galicia. There was a tactical finish during the last 15 km. to decide Mantecon's victory. Finally, Clàudia Galicia won the stage, with 1'36" over Rocío del Alba García.

Elite Women Results

1 Clàudia Galicia - 3:00:09

2 Rocío del Alba García - 3:01:45

3 Mercè Pacios - 3:05:45

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