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03 May 2018
Zubero wins and Betalú finishes third and is very close to win his third Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin

Julen Zubero wins the Garmin stage ahead of Sagués and Bou and climbs to the third position in the leaderboard.

 

* Josep Betalú has an advantatge of 19 minutes over Ramón Sagués.

 

* In female category the overall victory will be decided tomorrow, because Ramona Gabriel and Anna Ramírez are separated by only 4’27’’

 

Merzouga, 02/05/2018 The fifth stage of the Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin has the Garmin stage, in which the titans did not have the official track provided by the organization, and only the waypoints of seven mandatory pass controls are known by the riders. As a novelty for this year, 20 men and three women have started the stage alone, in the leaderboard order and separated each one by 30 seconds.

 

Julen Zubero who has taken the best advantage of the day. The Basque runner has not been finding in the fullness of conditions in this edition, but today he has pulled the thorn and won the stage ahead of Ramón Sagués and Roberto Bou. On the other hand, the leader Josep Betalú has increased again the distance in the leaderboard. The rider of the Doctore Bike Team BMC has assassinated the final blow to the race and is the leader with 19'07’’ over the segon classified Ramón Sagués. Zubero is the third classified only 10 over Sagues.

 

The stage has taken a turn for the first step of the dunes. In the 30 kilometer Betalú has lost his race mate, Ignacio Gili, and soon he has seen him as Zubero, Bou and Sagués. Since this moment, the four have ridded strong together. Zubero crossed the finish line in first position but he had to wait a few minutes to proclaim himself winner of the stage due to the gap difference in the start. In this way, the Basque rider also won 90 seconds of bonus in the leaderboard. Sagués and Bou, second and third, have been bonused with 60 and 30 seconds.

In female category, Ramona Gabriel was ahead of Anna Ramírez and today Gabriel's time decided to try a conservative strategy. Gabriel has waited for Ramirez and they have done the whole stage together. Now the distance between them is only 4'27 ".The female category will be decided tomorrow, a final stage with a fast start and sandy tracks in the middle of the stage. Although it is relatively short distance stage, altitude changes and  a stony path and deteriorated tracks, and also a small cordon of dunes before the finish will made the fnal stage into the perfect endo to the adventure.

Julen Zubero: "During all this night I have not been feeling good because of the fatigue and today, fortunately, I have sailed well, I have found a good group to ride and I think I should give thanks to the group that has done to throw everything in the plains despite the wind that makes. At the end I was well and thanks I have achieved the victory "

Anna Ramírez: "Ramona's strategy today was clear, as she was a minute ahead of me, she waited for me and we have done all the stage together, she made the logical in his situation. I try to push a little harder but I realized that I was not going to leave him behind, Tomorrow is the last stage and I will attack, because I have enough advantage not to lose the second position I will risk and I will fight until the final

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