Jesús del Nero and Clàudia Galicia won the stage victory while Josep Betalú was fourth and Silvia Roura finished on third position.
El Toyo, Almería. 11/02/2020
After having passed the strict security protocols for COVID-19, the 32 cyclists of the KH7-Logifrio team, the one with the largest number of participants and captained by Melcior Mauri, have passed the first stage of the Titan Desert Almería 2020 after traveling 100 kilometers and more than 1,500 meters of accumulated unevenness.
Costa of Almería has hosted a first stage that has entered the Cabo de Gata’s Natural Park. The route has passed, in its beginnings, parallel to the sea and through the area of the Salinas, highlighting the beautiful ascent to Vela Blanca among a fog that has also wanted to become the protagonist. In the second part of the stage, the cyclists accelerated their pace along very fast, wide and dusty tracks until they came out onto a large promenade before reaching the finish line.
Jesús del Nero prevailed over Julen Zubero in the final sprint. And just two seconds later Sergio Mantecón and Josep Betalú arrived. The four-time Titan winner controlled the race from the head. They did not want to wear out too much, knowing that this has just begun and that it has a real team that offers all the guarantees.
In women, Clàudia Galicia has been awarded the first position, followed by Ramona Gabriel and Silvia Roura from KH7-Logifrio. Clàudia has imposed a strong rhythm from the beginning, but both Ramona and Silvia have not given up and have only lost five minutes at the finish line.
Josep Betalú: “It was a beautiful stage and not so different from what we are used to on the Titan as I imagined. The main difference is the weather. It is not the same to pedal at 35 degrees as it happens in Morocco than to do it at 22 degrees as it has done today. This causes the forces to equalize. As for the team, I am very happy. We are doing very well and I feel very strong ».
Miguel Induráin: “It was a first stage with good weather, too bad for the fog in Cabo de Gata, which didn’t allow us to enjoy the views. The last part has been very hard, because of the sand and the rivers. But we have passed and reached the finish line, so we’re happy ”.
Melcior Mauri: “It has been a tough stage. They have been 100 kilometers and many of the boulevard, which are dry rivers, with a lot of sand and stone, and that means that some sections have to be done on foot, especially in the last 25 kilometers ”.
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