The couple formed by José Julián Becerro and Miguel Fernández Castañón won the victory in the 83rd edition of the Sella International Descent. The boat crossed the goal of Ribadesella one hour, seven minutes and 47 seconds after the start in Arriondas. Experts say that at the start of the Sella – Le Mans style – you don't win the race, but there is a risk of losing it. It may happen that the champions crossed their minds: in the race to the canoe, almost reaching the water, Becerro tripped, falling forward and hitting his knee against the rocks, which made them lose a few seconds and several positions – they left from the second place. The rugged start gave more value to the victory.
In the Sella with more candidates for the victory of recent years – with several of the first boats in the last World Championships among the 1157 participants, in 808 boats, coming from 16 countries – the low river flow was presented as an element key to define victory options. When there is less water, travel knowledge is key. Point in favor of local paddlers. From the beginning two groups formed, who led the race separated by about 200 meters. They joined at the height of Llovio, about three kilometers away. The champions crossed the line with enough advantage to raise their arms from a few meters before. They were advancing their pursuers in 15 seconds.
In women's K2, the victory went to Eva Barrios and Amaia Osaba, who completed the tour in one hour, 20 minutes and 23 seconds. In men's K1, the victory was won by the European marathon champion, the Danish Mads Pedersen, who completed the course in one hour, 14 minutes and six seconds. K1 female, Miriam Vega crossed the finish line first, after one hour, 27 minutes and 11 seconds of running.