Pauline Ferrand Prevot reigns supreme at the start of the Super Cup Massi of Sea Otter Europe Costa Brava Girona09-06-2018
As in the grand opening event in Banyoles, the Super Cup Massi has once again given female riders a starring role by reserving an exclusive day just for them as part of Sea Otter Europe’s extensive programme – proof of Ocisport’s commitment to women’s sport. The riders were able to complete their races with all eyes on them on a day packed with spectators thanks to Sea Otter Europe’s successful fair.
For spectators it was a unique opportunity to see World Cup riders in action. The event was the third and penultimate of the Super Cup Massi and the sixth and third-to-last of the Copa Catalana Internacional Biking Point. That can only mean one thing, the moment of truth is upon us for deciding the winner of both championships. With an international UCI C1 category, a large number of UCI points were also up for the taking, key to world rankings.
Although the track was lacking in large climbs, it was nonetheless physically tough due to the constant changes of pace, which gave rise to a competition that was difficult and demanding for all participants. What is more, the track rewarded those riders that were able to tackle its curves with ease and to maintain pace at all times. A mix of physical endurance and technical difficulty according to the level of the race.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Canyon SRAM) started out as the undisputed favourite to win. Not only because she was the XCO world champion in 2015, but also because she came third in the last World Cup. Her French champion’s jersey shone like never before as she held off her pursuers with ease. “The circuit was really tough, without a single moment to recover. I had a really good feeling and I was able to get ahead quickly in order to ride at my own pace. I’m really happy to win here, because of both the UCI points and the amazing atmosphere that I got to experience,” said Ferrand Prevot at the finishing line.
Where there was a lot of excitement was the battle for second place, where a tough struggle ensued between Claudia Galicia (Megamo) and the French rider Coline Clauzure (Focus MTB Team). Both bikers tried to break away but second and third place were to be decided in the last few metres with a spectacular sprint, which Galicia clinched on the home straight, taking second place. Clauzure came third, while still winning the Sub-23 category.
A special mention goes to the performances from Magda Duran (Biking Point) and Sara Gay (Biking Point), both Sub-23 and both battling it out head-to-head against the elite riders. They took fifth and sixth place overall.
The French also put on an outstanding performance in the younger categories. Pasquin Vandermouten (Massi) was the fastest junior rider, outdoing her compatriots Léa Houyvet
(Team Veloroc BMC) and Philippe Marine (Marseille Technoteam 13). The same technical brilliance was asserted by Sara Méndez (Relber Cycling Team) in the Girls Cadet category.
Jordina Muntadas (Blue Motors - Neolith) and Nuria Espinosa (BGTeam 100% Natural) won the Women’s Master-30 and Master-40 categories respectively.
Thanks to these results, Rebecca MacConnell (Primaflor Mondraker Rotor) consolidates her leadership in the Super Cup Massi.
The grand final of the Super Cup Massi will be held in Vallnord-Andorra on 1 September. Two events remain for the Copa Catalana Internacional Biking Point: the first, which will also have a CRI test, takes place in Vall de Boí (16 and 17 June), whilst the last one coincides with the event in Vallnord-Andorra in September. The moment of truth has arrived for those seeking victory in the championship.