15 big names of the Garmin Titan Desert

February 15 th 2020 - 14:05

Roberto Heras
One of the greatest Spanish climbers of all time. His numerous achievements include four wins in the Vuelta a España. He was the first former pro road rider to tackle the Titan… and went on to win it four times!

Josep Betalú
The four-time winner of the Garmin Titan Desert also claimed the inaugural edition of the Titan Series Saudi Arabia. No-one can match the cunning "fox of the desert" when it comes to reading the race.

Abraham Olano
A world road race championship (who can forget him crossing the finish line in triumph in Colombia with a flat tyre?), a world time trial championship and a Vuelta a España were his greatest achievements. He excelled in the race against the clock.

Melcior Mauri
The winner of the 1991 Vuelta a España was an outstanding time trialist who was crowned world champion in the race against the clock. He fell in love with the Garmin Titan Desert after claiming the 2007 edition and has since been a regular in the North African race.

Claudia Galicia
Claudia, a two-time winner of the race, is a protean athlete who feels just as home on her mountain bike as on her skis, on which she has won the ski mountaineering world championship.

Joaquim "Purito" Rodríguez
Joaquim Rodríguez has reason to be proud of his podium finishes in all three Grand Tours (Giro, Tour and Vuelta), but apart from his phenomenal exploits on the road, it was his charisma that made him a true cycling fan favourite.

Laurent Jalabert
A Frenchman who plied his trade in a Spanish team, "Jaja" started off as a voracious sprinter and ended up as an all-rounder comfortable on all sorts of terrain. He won a Vuelta a España, a world time trial championship and the mountains classification of the Tour.

Claudio Chiapucci
"The Devil" was one of those old-school climbers with a penchant for attacking from afar. He was one of a select few who managed to put Miguel Indurain on the back foot during his Tour hegemony. He finished three times on the podium of the Tour and another three on the podium of the Giro.

Sylvain Chavanel
Sylvain is the embodiment of perseverance and self-sacrifice. He started the Tour more times than any other rider, 18, which was also his race number when he made his Garmin Titan Desert debut in 2019 with a stage win to boot.

Edurne Pasaban
A living legend of world mountaineering. In 2010, she went down in history as the first woman to climb all 14 eight-thousanders. A paragon of perseverance and pushing the limits.

Anna Ramírez
The defending champion is a three-time winner of the race, which makes her the record-holder in the women's category. She has won the Spanish road race championship twice.

No, not the famous punk band —we mean Ramón Aranda and Ramón Espelt. They have both taken part in all 14 editions of the Titan Desert so far. After reaching Titan Legend Platinum status (over 5,000 kilometres in the race), they are now zeroing in on Titan Legend Diamond status (10,000 kilometres).

Pedro Vernis
His name went down in history as the first ever winner of the Garmin Titan Desert (2006). He took part in the recent Titan Series Saudi Arabia to bring the story he began 15 years ago full circle.

Amparo Ausina
A pioneering, adventurous woman. She was the first female winner of the Titan as well as the first Spanish female biker to finish the Dakar Rally (2005).

Cadel Evans
The winner of the 2011 Tour de France also holds a curious double crown as a world champion both on the road and in mountain biking. He rekindled his love for mountain biking in the 2018 Titan Desert.

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