26 Sep 2019
September 26, 2019 – Puigcerdà. The Flash Stage delighted participants in this third edition of the YoPRO Catalunya Bike Race. The stage featured 31 kilometers with 1,004 meters of elevation gain where two names came out on top. First was Nicholas Pettinà (Olympia Factory Cycling Team) and second was Clàudia Galicia (Megamo UCI Team). Both took command of the stage – despite having crashed – to emerge the race leaders.
The big day finally arrived. Puigcerdà once again hosted the start of the YoPRO Catalunya Bike Race, which is now in its third edition. And what better way to start than with a climb to the heights of La Cerdanya, which sits above a thousand meters. The stage started with a selection of 10 riders led by David Valero (MMR Factory Team). This group was the first to reach 1,910 meters in Guils-Fontanera. After the climb, the descent allowed us to witness a demonstration of technique of Jofre Cullell (Megamo UCI Team), who managed to put 30" into the chase group. After the descent, Valero managed to make contact with Cullell, while farther back Pettinà suffered a crash that caused him to lose 15". The Italian's recovery however, was remarkable and he was able to reach the front of the race again. It was there where Pettinà launched his definitive attack a few meters from the finish line. With the momentum and power that was with him from the chase, he managed to open up a gap on Valero and Cullell to get a few seconds ahead of them.
Nicholas Pettinà: "I'm very happy, but I'm also a little scared because, looking ahead to tomorrow, as leader I have more responsibility. The other racers will be keeping an eye on me. The important thing today is to have won, both for me and for the team.”
Clàudia Galicia (Megamo UCI Team) returned to the women's Elite category in one of her favorite races. After a marvelous start, the Catalan managed to open up a gap between her and Eva Lechner (Torpado-Südtirol) and Natalia Fischer (MMR Factory Team), who managed to reach the summit together. On the descent, Galicia managed to gain even more distance despite suffering a mishap with another participant who was on foot at that time. In the middle of the descent, Galicia didn’t have time to react and the two collided, leaving her with a bloodied knee. Despite this setback, the Megamo UCI Team rider continued to open up a gap to reach the finish line solo. Behind her, Lechner managed to escape from Natalia Fischer who, in spite of feeling good on the day, arrived in third position.
Clàudia Galicia: "Natalia was first on the first climb and Eva second. I stayed very calm; I was very clear that if I wanted to attack in the moment, it would have to be half-way up the climb, which is how it worked out. When I passed the village of Guils, I turned up the pace and made up some distance. Then, on the descent, I tried to go fast until I scored the win.”
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