By Cathy Elelman • 18 February 2019 • 18:39
CYCLING CLASSIC: Sunday’s exciting race attracted leading international competitors and was broadcast live on Eurosport to 40 different countries.
THE Almeria Cycling Classic was an all-round triumph.
Sunday’s exciting race attracted leading international competitors and was broadcast live on Eurosport to 40 different countries.
This was the 23rd edition of what is now a top level sports event. Among the 18 teams taking part were some of the world’s best, including Spain’s Movistar, the Australian Mitchelton-Scott, Cofidis from France, Katusha from Switzerland, the German Bora-Hansgrohe, Rally UHC Cycling from the US and the Russian Gazprom.
Cyclists battled it out over a tough 192-kilometre route. Starting in Almeria city and ending in Roquetas de Mar, they went through Viator, Rioja, Tabernas, the Filabres mountains, Uleila del Campo, Cuesta Blanca, Sorbas, Lucainena de las Torres, the Alhamilla mountains and Turrillas.
German rider Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) was first across the finishing line following a hard-fought final sprint, closely followed by compatriot Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha-Alpecin). Slovenian Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) took third place on the podium.
“We wanted the race to continue crossing borders, and we achieved that”, said Almeria Council President Javier A. Garcia in reference to the TV coverage.
The provincial council head described Almeria as a “reference point” for cycling and an ideal training location for teams, adding, “We are going to continue working to consolidate our province as a leading cycling destination at European and world level.”
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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