Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin - ON RACE
Wenesday, 2 May 2018 / Rissani – Merzouga

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Data Stage
Route:Rissani – Merzouga
Distance Stage:95 kms
Accumulated gap:939m
Ground:Desert
The Key Stage:A first part that runs sandy tracks, some chott and rocky tracks. And a second part that surrounds a cordon of dunes and faces the passage of a very sandy area.
Stage altimetry
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Chronicle of the day

José Luis Gómez Miranda protagonist of an epic stage

Miranda, mades a big effort from the 5 kilometer and finishes the stage with an epic victory.

Josep Betalú, first in the leaderboard, increases his advantage over Guillem Muñoz over 12 minutes

Anna Ramírez gets her second victory and crosses the line alongside Ramona Gabriel.

Merzouga, 05/02/2018. The fourth stage of the Gaes Titan Desert has arrived to the dunes of Erg Chebbi, in a typical stage of the race. Navigation has also started to play an important role anticipating tomorrow’s stage, which will be

José Luis Gomez Miranda brokes the race after the start and decided to try a great adventure of riding escaped the whole stage. Ramón Sagués followed him a minute away at kilometer 21 and the group of the leader, Josep Betalú, was; at kilometer 40 the distance he lost with respect to the first classified was already nine minutes.

This fourth stage has been perfect for navigation. Lots of cyclists have left the original track to find shortcuts. Bou tried it several times, and also Sagués and Tamayo ... but in all cases the attempts have been unsuccessful and “Selu” rided most of the stage alone. This victory arranges the first three stages of the race, in which Gome Miranda suffers a lot of problems.

The leader, Josep Betalú, made an incredible final of the stage when he realized that he had his main rivals behind him. He arrived less than three minutes later than Miranda and increases his advantatge in the leaderboard. He’s now the leader of the race 12'22"in front Guillem Muñoz and Moisés Dueñas, who participates in this Titan without mechanical or physiotherapy assistance.

The forth stage has not influence in the overall classification. The leader, Ramona Gabriel, and the second classified and main rival for the final victory, Anna Ramírez, have pushed hard together from the start line till the finish. They have ridded together during 95 kilometers and Ramírez has been, as happened yesterday, the winner in the final sprint to cross the finish line first. Now both have two victories in the Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin 2018 o and the time that separates them is the same five minutes and twenty-seven seconds. Tomorrow could be the key day.

The riders will face tomorrow one of the most special stages, the Garmin Stage, in which the organization does not provide any tracks, but there are mandatory waypoints and riders must use the navigation to cross it in the shortest possible time. As a novelty in this edition the first 20 men and 3 first women will start the stage alone and separated by 30 seconds. There will also be a time bonus of 90, 60 and 30 seconds for the first three riders of the stage.

José Luis López Miranda: "Until today I have not had much luck. I had mechanical problems and today my intention was to try something different. I've started with Ramon Sagués, but I've seen that I was sronger and I took a risk because I knew that ride alone was very difficult. I have been very concentrated and also I trust in my preparation during all these months. It has been a brave decision but sometimes is necessary to take some risk”.

Anna Ramírez: " I feel more comfortable and strong every day. Today I took the initiative and I was able to maintain my rhythm. The stage has been difficult because the first dunes have arrived, but I feel comfortable in this terrain. Tomorrow is a navigation stage and it will be very important to maintain the concentration. I like to navigate through the desert so I want to do it well. Anyway, the Titan doesn’t finish tomorrow and the last stage is also very long and everything could happen so this Titan will not be decided tomorrow ".

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Daily summaries of stages
Wenesday, 2 May:
22:45h
Wenesday, 2 May:
19:15h
Stage Classification
Position
Dorsal
Photo
Name and Surname
Diference
Total Time
Cat
Team
1
69
jOSE LUIS GOMEZ MIRANDA
03:45:21
03:45:21
Elite
TBELLES CANNONDALE GAES BY SURAL
2
1
Josep Betalú Constantino
03:48:17
03:48:17
Master40
Doctore Bike team
3
12
RAMON SAGUES PORTABELLA
03:49:38
03:49:38
Master40
PRIMAFLOR - MONDRAKER - AJRAM CAPITAL
4
5
Moisés Dueñas Nevado
03:49:57
03:49:57
Elite
Ibéricos Guillen - Bicimarket Salamanca Store
5
2
roberto bou
03:51:35
03:51:35
Elite
TBELLES CANNONDALE GAES BY SURAL
6
323
GUILLEM MUÑOZ CUBELES
03:51:35
03:51:35
Master40
7
3
ignacio gili
03:51:36
03:51:36
Master40
gilibike
8
22
Francesc Freixer Alsina
03:52:00
03:52:00
Master40
ESTEVE-KH7
9
15
SEBASTIAN TAMAYO
03:52:36
03:52:36
Elite
10
9
Diego Alejandro Tamayo Martinez
03:52:36
03:52:36
Elite
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General classification
Position
Dorsal
Name and Surname
Cat
Diference
Total Time
Team
1
1
Josep Betalú Constantino
Master40
24:02:21
24:02:21
Doctore Bike team
2
12
RAMON SAGUES PORTABELLA
Master40
24:21:26
24:21:26
PRIMAFLOR - MONDRAKER - AJRAM CAPITAL
3
2
roberto bou
Elite
24:21:53
24:21:53
TBELLES CANNONDALE GAES BY SURAL
4
323
GUILLEM MUÑOZ CUBELES
Master40
24:22:59
24:22:59
5
4
Julen Zubero Aldekoa
Elite
24:28:27
24:28:27
6
15
SEBASTIAN TAMAYO
Elite
24:45:38
24:45:38
7
5
Moisés Dueñas Nevado
Elite
24:51:25
24:51:25
Ibéricos Guillen - Bicimarket Salamanca Store
8
22
Francesc Freixer Alsina
Master40
24:54:09
24:54:09
ESTEVE-KH7
9
3
ignacio gili
Master40
24:56:21
24:56:21
gilibike
10
7
Manuel Beltran Martinez
Master40
25:07:26
25:07:26
Armas.