The 12th edition of the Titan Desert by Garmin will be remember for its beautiful landscapes, its hardness and for the titanic battle between Josep Betalú and Roberto Bou. It’s been a race which had kept the breath until the end. Betalú has won only with 35 seconds of difference in the general classification. Although, Diego Alejandro Tamayo is the winner of the last stage of the Titan Desert by Garmin 2017.
After 612 km spread across 6 stages, the titans finally have got their finisher stone. After so much effort and going through difficulties: dunes, desert, more than 100km every day, wind and the extreme hot temperatures, the race has become an authentic achievement for all the participants.
The fastest participant is the 40 years old Catalan biker, Josep Betalú (who also won in 2016) who is repeating on winning in the desert. The generational relay is guaranteed thanks to Bou, only 24 years old, where in the Garmin Stage gave us an exhibition with the GPS. But thanks to the hard work of Betalú in the following stages, let him to win and celebrate his victory in Maddid.
We couldn’t enjoy a similar ending in the titan since 2008, when Roberto Heras win Joan Llordella only for 38 seconds. Furthermore, Betalú is now the second biker with more victories of the Titan’s history, only behind Roberto Heras who has already 4 victories.
“It’s a race very special for me and suits me perfectly. Bou makes it very difficult and so, it was very exciting. I was very confident and I felt very strong, that’s why I could cut all the time I needed. This kind of rivals makes my victory precious”, said by Betalú in the finnish line who also dedicated few lines to his team Doctore-BMC composed by Raúl Hernández and Aitor Hernández.
The today’s stage was only 51km, where Diego Alejandro Tamayo (the winner in 2015) won it with 1:40:45 time. On the other hand, the Argentinean biker, Ariel Gili, got the podium for the first time in this titan after a very impressive actuation.
Regarding the females bikers of the Titan, Anna Ramírez has got her second victory in the Titan, after 2015. Ramírez has fight strongly for the victory against Ramona Gabriel and the Cuban biker, Olga Anabel Echenique. Today Echenique has won the last stage in Maddid and she is the 3rd place of the podium, right after Ramona Gabriel and the amzing Anna Ramírez.
The last stage let us emotional moments, specially from those riders who know what the Titan Desert by Garmin is. Every rider that have completed the race had their own challenge or dream to achieve. All of them had the chance to enjoy one of the most epic MTB races of the world.