Torredelcampo has hosted for the first time the inaugural stage of the Andalucía Bike Race by GARMIN in its 13th edition. The premiere of the city of Jaén, which coinciding with the Andalusia Day long weekend, has hosted a large audience and a great atmosphere both at the start and at the finish, it has been with a tough stage of 48 kilometers and more than 1,800 meters of unevenness positive. The route has taken the runners through the infinite paths of the Sierra de Jamilena, the Cerro de Santa Ana and the slopes of Jabalcuz.
The rain of the previous days, the snowfall at higher altitudes and the low morning temperatures, have made the stage encounter difficulties at some points that have caused some falls and mechanical problems in several teams. The couple made up of the Poles Michal Paluta and Pawel Bernas (JBG2 Team), who had both been road professionals, managed to win and become the first leaders of the event. “We have started the stage without luck. In the second kilometer we had to stop due to a problem with the bicycle and we lost two minutes. The first half of the stage has been a chase for us, but at the top of the last climb we were able to open up a margin”.
Just over a minute behind, Francesco Failli and Riccardo Chiarini (Taddei Factory Team) arrived, who led most of the day, but suffered a mechanical problem in the last few kilometers and were penalized, being passed by the winners of the stage. Miguel Muñoz and Roberto Bou (Cannondale Vas Arabay) completed the podium and became the first Spanish couple, in a result that left them euphoric: “At the start we signed it, we are in disbelief. We have passed the muddy area much better than the rest of the runners and at one point we have seen ourselves in third place”.
For their part, Txell Figueras and Janina Wüst (Buff-Megamo Team) who made their debut as a couple in a stage race, and thanks to their good understanding and marked pace from the first kilometers, has allowed them to lead with solvency. Although the mechanical problems did not go unnoticed, they reached the finish line with more than 2 minutes ahead of the second, Lejla Njemcevic and Stefanie Dohrn (Canyon Allebike). Who completed the podium were Katazina Sosna and Irina Luetzelschwab (Team Torpado BULLS Swiss).
At the premiere of the town of Torredelcampo as the venue for a stage of Andalusia Bike Race by GARMINthe mayor of the town Javier Chica has been very satisfied: “We have a very nice and peculiar little piece of mountain range and Torredelcampo already deserved a start and finish”. Tomorrow’s stage will start from the Cathedral of Jaén to face a day of more than 53 kilometers and nearly 1,500 meters of positive elevation gain that will take us to the surroundings of El Neveral, the slope of Jabalcuz and El Pincho.
The day will coincide with Andalusia Day and the festivity will be celebrated with a special category that will only play that stage. We invite all the people of Jaén to join the festivity and celebrate Andalusia Day together, cheering and living the event from the start and finish. On arrival at the Olivo Arena in Jaén there will be inflatables and DJs to liven up the party as it deserves.
STAGE AND GENERAL CLASSIFICATION – MALE ELITE
Michal Paluta -Pawel Bernas –JBG2 TEAM –02:27:47
Francesco Failli -Riccardo Chiarini –TADDEI FACTORY TEAM –02:28:57
Miguel Muñoz –Roberto Bou CANNONDALE VAS ARABAY –02:29:15
STAGE AND GENERAL CLASSIFICATION – ELITE FEMALE
Txell Figueras -Janina Wüst BUFF-MEGAMO TEAM -02:59:57
Lejla Njemcevic –Stefanie Dohrn CANYON ALLEBIKE –03:02:09
Katazina Sosna –Irina Luetzelschwab TEAM TORPADO BULLS SWISS –03:02:52