STAGE 2 – ŠKODA TITAN SERIES ALMERIA 202110 de December de 2021
David Arroyo wins in the Tabernas Desert in the second stage of the ŠKODA Titan Series Almería
- The mountain stage, 65 km long and with 1,831 meters of positive elevation gain, has had the ŠKODA Challenge as a great attraction, which has awarded a 60-second bonus to the winners.
- Óscar Pujol and Naima Madlen maintain the lead of the race.
- The Titans have crossed the finish line at the Oasis Mini Hollywood, where the camp that will be their base of operations for two days has been set up.
10.12.2021 The Tabernas Desert awaited the cyclists in the second stage of the ŠKODA Titan Series Almería, the ŠKODA We Love Cycling. Ahead, 65 kilometers and 1,831 meters of positive elevation gain.
Óscar Pujol and Naima Madlen started as leaders of the test after winning the first stage that took place yesterday with start and finish in El Toyo.
ŠKODA We Love Cycling: the Titans arrive in the Tabernas Desert
The Cabo de Gata Exhibition and Conference Center – City of Almería in the town of El Toyo woke up ready to host the start of the mountain stage. It was at 08:30 am, when the Titans set out on their way to an initial section that was constantly climbing along slopes and boulevards until reaching the town of Níjar.
At that point began a long ascent in which one of the great attractions of the day, the ŠKODA Challenge, was played: 10 km uphill with a start on asphalt to continue along a wide track with a good surface until reaching the Loma del Perro, at almost 1,100 meters of altitude. The challenge gave a 60-second bonus to the first and first cyclist. The award went to Óscar Pujol and Naima Madlen, who completed the challenge in 40:02 and 52:43, respectively.
From Loma del Perro, descend along a path with some technical steps to the beautiful town of Turrillas.
Already in the second part of the stage, and once the most demanding sections had been overcome, the tracks and boulevards made their appearance again until reaching the finish line, located at the Oasis MiniHollywood in Tabernas.
David Arroyo wins the stage and Óscar Pujol maintains the lead
The adventure of this first edition of the ŠKODA Titan Series Almería continues. Mountain stage that has had the wind as the protagonist of a tremendously demanding day for the Titans.
Óscar Pujol started among the favorites due to his role as a climber, but he has had to give his best version with the extra demand that the weather has added.
“It’s been pretty tough. I am a climber and I have tried pulling up, but I have seen that I could not release them. Then I tried to go down and I didn’t let go of David. When we reached the plain we saw that we were going to cover more road going together than separately, “said the man from Valladolid.
And so it has been. Óscar Pujol and David Arroyo have starred in a heads-up, even going through the last checkpoint together.
Finally, victory for David Arroyo, who was able to recover after the Cabo de Gata stage by stopping the clock in 2:45:22. «I saw it as complicated, because Óscar is very strong at the top. Yesterday I was left with honey on my lips, but today I have achieved it».
Behind, second Óscar Pujol (2:45:23) and third Pau Marzá (2:45:25)
Óscar Pujol consolidates himself as leader of the general classification, accompanied by Naima Madlen who has repeated victory after yesterday’s victory. The German has opened a gap and increases her lead as she has managed to reach the finish line of the Oasis MiniHollywood in 3:14:15. Ten minutes later came the second classified, Anna Jordens, along with Ariadna Ródenas, third, both with a time of 03:24:51
3rd Stage ŠKODA Titan Series Almería: Tabernas -Tabernas
Rolling stage with start and finish at the Oasis Mini Hollywood. With a route through tracks, boulevards and paths crossing fields of olive trees until reaching an intermediate point in the Almeria town of Sorbas.
From there, and after pedaling a few kilometers on the asphalt, the cyclists will face an ascent that will be the biggest obstacle of the day. After the steep ascent, a long descent will take the Titans to the Lucainena greenway, the turning point to start the return.
Qualifying and Live Tracking Qualifying after stage 2, available in this LINK.
More information and live monitoring of the participants, thanks to the geolocation devices that each cyclist will carry, on the official website of the ŠKODA Titan Series Almería: https://skodatitandesertalmeria.com