Mavi García sweeps and signs the double before the European

The Alé BTC Ljubljana runner, who was proclaimed Spain's time trial champion this Friday, won the women's road event.


Mavi García confirmed this Saturday that she is the fittest cyclist in the Spanish peloton. The Balearic Islands clearly beat all her rivals in the women's road event, and achieved the national double after proclaiming herself the Spanish time trial champion yesterday.

The Alé BTC Ljubljana runner ended the hegemony of the Movistar Team, her former team, which had been winning two consecutive years in this Spanish Championship. This time the victory did not escape Mavi - she was second at the Strade Bianche only behind Annemiek Van Vleuten - and adds a new triumph in her career, repeating the victory she already enjoyed in 2016 in this same test. To do this, Mavi overwhelmingly surpassed the 106 kilometers from Úbeda to Baeza, including three laps on a demanding 26-kilometer circuit, full of ups and downs.

The race was broken in the first few kilometers. A group with all the favorites followed Elena Pérez's escape. But soon the Mavi recital began. With 60 kilometers to go, the Spaniard broke the race together with Ane Santesteban, the only one who could follow the winner of the day. "I saw that if we followed that rhythm I couldn't hold out much longer. I talked to Ane and told her to put a hard pace on the climb to eliminate some of the Movistar. We have helped each other and we have moved forward," explained Mavi at the end of the race. test

The lead climbed to two minutes over the pursuers and it was soon clear that gold would be between the two leaders of the race. From behind, several runners tried. Sheyla Gutiérrez, Eider Merino and Irene Méndez escaped from the rest to seek bronze. It didn't take long for Sheyla to drop the hook. Meanwhile, Mavi García released Santesteban with a powerful attack and left alone 10 kilometers from the finish line. From there, walk from the Balearic Islands to the finish line, which he entered with two minutes ahead of Santesteban, silver. The bronze finally went to Eider Merino, who released Méndez in the final stage.

A round weekend for Sara Martín

In the women's sub-23 road event, which was played within the absolute, Sara Martín was able to close two dream days. The Sopela Women's Team rider beat Mireia Trias in the final sprint, adding her gold in the event to the first place achieved yesterday in the sub-23 time trial, and to the silver won yesterday also in the absolute time trial in which she won Mavi Garcia.

Top-10 of the test

1. Mavi García (Alé BTC Ljubljana) 2.53.19

2. Ane Santesteban (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling) at 2.11

. Eider Merino (Movistar Team) to 3.51

4. Irene Méndez (Río Miera) at 4.09

5. Sara Martín (Sopela's Women Team): at 6.36. 1st sub 23

6. Mireia Trías (Massi-Tactic) mt

7. Paula Suárez (Laboral Kutxa) at 7: 11

8. Lydia Iglesias (Cronos-Casa Dorada) at 7: 21

9. Alicia González (Movistar Team) at 8: 30

10. Almudena Montalvo (Fitstudio CDE) at 8: 49

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