- Josep Betalú dominates from start to finish and wins his third Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin in a row
- Ramona Gabriel takes profit of the advantage obtained on the first stage and gets her second overall victory, ahead of Anna Ramírez
- The race has lived in Maadid the culmination of a week full of adventure, passion and mountain biking in the best edition of the history of the Titan Desert.
- 546 finishers have managed to overcome the six stages with more than 620 kilometers and 7,500 meters of elevation gain.
Maadid, 04/05/2018. Josep Betalú has done it again. The Doctore Bike Team – BMC rider won the Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin for the third time in a row after his victories in 2016 and 2017.
Betalú has dominate the race from the first stage, in which he won alone ahead of Cadel Evans, and he has demonstrated in each stage that he’s now the strongest rider of the Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin 2018. Day after day, Betalú has weakened their rivals’ forces and has increased his advantage at the top of the leaderboard. Neither the first mountainous stages, nor the meteorological conditions, nor the strategy of the most powerful teams of the race such as the TBellés Canondale - Gaes or the Esteve KH7 have been able to put in risk the king of the desert victory.
Ramona Gabriel has been the female protagonist of this edition. The Team Garmin rider made an incredible first day. From there, his strategy has been based on controlling the attacks of his main rival, Anna Ramírez. Gabriel has added his second Titan Desert victory after the one obtained in 2016 and has matched Ramirez's two victories in 2015 and 2017. The third classified has been the Belgian Veerle Cleiren.
The Titan Legend Platinum, Ramon Sagués has been the winner of today's stage. The Primaflor rider has opened a gap alongside Betalú at the start of the stage. With this result, Sagues secured his second position in the general podium and Roberto Bou has finished third in the leaderboard. As for the female category the Mexican Mayalen Noriega has finally managed to win a stage. Veerle Cleiren finished second, and the third classified has been the overall winner of the race, Ramona Gabriel.
After 620 kilometers divided into 6 stages, Titans have fought to obtain their finisher fossil. This edition of the Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin will mark a before and after in the history of the race. The key points have been a high participation with more than 600 cyclists - the sold out took place before the closing of registrations - the female participation of 70 women and participants coming from 25 countries.
All Titans lived together in a first class camps. Up to 24,000 square meters of haimas with all the services needed by cyclists to live the race as authentic Moroccan nomads to enjoy an experience that will mark their lives.
The culmination of this week has been lived in Maadid, where Titans have experienced unforgettable moments full of joy and excitement.
Josep Betalú: “It has been a really nice race and we enjoyed it. I studied the course well and managed well my effort, in the end it came out perfectly. This is an adventure where you need to adapt, and that’s what I do. I feel well here. Yesterday I felt like I was going to win, whereas everything can adapt; luckily I had a great team.”
Ramona Gabriel: “Take an advance of more than 5 minutes on the first stage got me in a great position to regulate the race. Competing with Anna was hard as she has a strong team and great at navigation. On my side I had to control the race to avoiding losing important seconds. I don’t why, but since my first participation in 2016, I have good results here. The desert is a passion for me, it might be it !”
1.- Josep Betalú (Doctore Bike Team-BMC) 24:02’21
2.- Ramón Sagués (Primaflor) a 19’05
3.- Roberto Bou (TBellés Cannondale Gaes) a 19’31
1.- Ramona Gabriel (Garmin) 28h33’02
2.- Anna Ramírez (Esteve KH-7) a 4’27
3.- Veerle Cleiren (Maxled Solcam Montbike) a 54’06