The second edition of the EPIC Gran Canaria Riu Hotels & Resorts has today closed the most demanding podium with the test star of its three stages, which has taken cyclists to the bowels of Gran Canaria in their race for the title.
The final stretch of the most important cyclist race in southern Gran Canaria has been dominated by the Austrian Mathias Nothegger, which has led the peloton and has accumulated a time of 1.56.26, becoming with this brand the champion of the EPIC Gran Canaria Riu Hotels & Resorts. It has not been easy for the Austrian climber in the ranking, where he has been closely followed by the star of world cycling, the Italian Davide Rebellin accumulating at the end of this stage 1.57.32 as the final time. He has accompanied them on a privileged podium in the natural environment of the Dunes of Maspalomas in third position Knuk Steffensrud, who has finished third in the competition with 2.02.12.
In the women's category, the EPIC Gran Canaria Riu Hotels & Resorts has crowned its champion of this second edition, the Swiss Céline Schärer, which has led the women with a time of 2:47:26. With a very tight track record, German cyclist Heidi Sandsto has been in second position with a mark of 2:49:08, while the German runner Katharina Voelkel has closed the accumulated stopwatch. at 3:00:07.
The leaders of the race have been applauded and encouraged in their arrival at the hotel RIU Palace Maspalomas, crossing the red carpet towards the viewpoint of the Dunes of Maspalomas, escorted by a first class party, with music in direct, batucada and a legion of 450 participants on their bicycles. A well-deserved ovation after being the fastest of the most popular race of the EPIC Gran Canaria Riu Hotels & Resorts.
With this third stage has arrived the best sporting spectacle of international cycling to the island, with a route of 115 kilometers that departed at 8.30 am from the Mirador de las Dunas de Maspalomas towards the first timed section at the foot of the port of Ayagaures. In the course, in the middle of the natural places more known by the fans to the bicycle, the competitors have faced a cronoescalada of 4.1 kilometers, with ascents of up to 17% of slope and average inclination of 5.7% , with a cut time of 30 minutes.
This was only the first of the tests of this Sunday, as past the athletes have met the second of the special stages, a chrono-climb on the climb to Ayacata, on a route through the dam of Las Niñas, Soria and with term in the stop of Ayacata. This second section, with a total distance of 24.5 kilometers, an average slope of 4.7%, and a cut-off time of 2.30 hours, has made the delights of participating foreigners, 40% of the total of athletes of 12 different nationalities.
The EPIC Gran Canaria Riu Hotels & Resorts has arrived home, the hotel RIU Palace Maspalomas, past noon, wrapped in a party where residents, customers, tourists and athletes have shared a lunch together, after being received by a procession full of rhythm and Carnival on its way to the Dunes of Maspalomas. With this natural background, the day has continued in an international celebration of healthy competition, with DJ, a live saxophonist and live music as a prelude to the awarding of trophies.
With a total of 5,000 euros in prizes, checks, stays in hotels, gift baskets, among others, the champions and champions of this edition have received their awards and identifying badges, garments that have created a multicolored amalgam in the most popular viewpoint of Maspalomas. Thousands of people gathered to close this second edition, which is consolidated as a reference event in international cycling and which has already been included in two of the most important circuits of this discipline in the world, that of the International Cycling Union (UCI). ), and the Great World Tour Fund, with a select agenda of only 16 international events, in addition to the European Sports Island program.