The EPIC Gran Canaria Riu Hotels & Resorts closed on Sunday its second edition with the celebration of queen stage of the most important cycling event in the south of Gran Canaria, which took participants through the bowels of the Island. The Austrian Mathias Nothegger and the Swiss Céline Schärer they took the final victory in their respective categories.
The male victor accumulated a total time of 1.56: 26. Very close to him the Italian ended Davide Rebellin, professional exorcist who was subcampéon of the World Cup, who counted a time 1.57: 32. On the podium, located in the natural environment of the Dunes of MaspalomasI accompanied them Knuk Steffensrud, third (2.02: 12).
In the female category, the EPIC Gran Canaria Riu Hotels & Resorts 2019 capped as champion to the switzerland Céline Schärer, who headed the final classification with a time of 2.47: 26. The winner was flanked in the 'cajón' by two German representatives. The second position he occupied it Heidi Sandsto (2.49: 08) and the third fell on his compatriot Katharina Voelkel (3.00: 07).
The 450 runners who participated At the meeting, after completing the demanding journey of the last stage, they were applauded and encouraged by a numerous public in his entrance to the goal, located in the Riu Palace Maspalomas hotel, following the red carpet that took them to the viewpoint of the Dunes of Maspalomas accompanied by a festive atmosphere with live music.
The third day of the EPIC Gran Canaria Riu Hotels & Resorts It was spectacular. The cyclists faced a 115-kilometer route that departed from Meloneras towards the first timed section of the day, located at the foot of the Port of Ayagaures.
During the tour, which traversed the natural landscapes best known to bicycle enthusiasts on the island, competitors faced a 4.1 kilometer long time trial, with increases of up to one 17% slope and average inclination of 5.7%.
This was only the first of the demands of the day, since last year the athletes met with the second of the stages timeds, a time trial through the Dam of Las Niñas, Soria and final in the high of Ayacata.
This second section, with a total distance of 24.5 kilometers and one Average slope of 4.7%, did the delights of the foreign participants -a 40% of a platoon in which they lived 12 nationalities different-.
In the final party of the EPIC Gran Canaria Riu Hotels & Resorts, champions and champions received their awards -the event dealt 5,000 euros in prizes– and his identification jerseys. Thousands of people gathered to close this second edition, with which this test it strengthens as reference event at international bicycle touring.
An example of this is its inclusion in two of the circuits most important of this discipline in the world, that of the International Cycling Union (ICU) and the Great World Tour Fund. The latter has a select agenda, where only 16 international tests are listed.
In the classification of this last contest, Davide Rebellin, second in Gran Canaria, figure as leader with 2,192 points, followed by the French Stephane Cognet with 1.195. On the other hand, the Swiss Céline Schärer, winner in Maspalomas, figure first in females with 1,100 points, matched with the Italian Caroline Luca.