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27 Sep 2019

Mantecón and Galicia dominate STAGE 2

Speed was the common denominator in STAGE 2. Pettinà and Galicia maintain their leads in the general classification.

After yesterday's Flash Stage, the start of STAGE 2 was completely different. Yesterday we witnessed a small group break away early; today we saw a big group dominate the stage until the first major climb. It was at that moment on the Firestieres singletrack that the group started to get strung out, thanks to the punishing pace set by Sergio Mantecón (Kross Racing Team). Four riders: Mantecón, Valero, Ismael Esteban, and Iván Díaz, reached the top first and dove directly into a dizzying descent in which Mantecón opened up a gap. Over the course of 30 kilometers and riding solo against a headwind, Mantecón only managed to gain about a 30-second lead. At the finish, Pettinà arrived 44 seconds down in second place with Valero 49 seconds back.

In the general classification, Nicholas Pettinà (Olympia Factory Cycling Team) stays leader with an 8-second advantage over Mantecón and Valero.

Sergio Mantecón: "It was a very fast stage, just like yesterday, where we started out in a very big group and got sorted on the first descent. I managed to open up a significant gap and I soloed 30 kilometers to the finish. It was very hard work because I spent a lot of energy – energy that I knew my rivals didn’t waste. We are in the middle of the race, with a very tight general classification, with three riders only 8 seconds apart. Anything can happen; we are going to do battle.”

In the Women's Elite category, Clàudia Galicia (Megamo UCI Team) not only maintains the lead, but has also increased her advantage over second-place, Natalia Fischer (MMR Factory Racing Team). The Catalan rider went solo prior to the first climb and steadily increased her time gap to reach the finish line alone. Behind her, Fischer and Lechner fought to round out the remaining two podium spots.

Clàudia Galicia: "The stage was similar to yesterday's; I escaped on the first climb. Natalia Fischer was behind me at the feedzone; I felt good and I raced my race. I am very happy with how I felt today. As I said yesterday, when you race at home, you have a bit of an advantage, because you’re in familiar territory and you know what’s coming next. There are still two stages left; tomorrow's stage is very long and anything can happen. We have to have maximum focus. I hope to maintain the lead, but there will be a battle.”

Natalia Fischer: "The stage started very fast and we were sorted by the first climb. That's when Clàudia escaped and I was able to reach the top with Eva, eventually opening up a gap in the singletrack to finish in second place. It was a hard stage that now forces us to recover in preparation for tomorrow’s BUFF® Super Stage."

This stage covers 60 kilometers with 1,762 meters of elevation gain. The stage stands out for its rolling start on singletrack and arrives at Alp, where a straight up climb takes us up to the La Masella ski resort.

In La Masella we find the first feedzone at kilometer 19, which is also the stage’s highest point at 1,800 meters. After the feedzone there’s a 2-kilometer paved climb in the direction of Coma Oriola, which quickly turns into a 5-kilometer downhill on trail that’s new for this edition.

After finishing the descent from La Masella to Urs, we again pass through the tunnels of the Área de Servicio de Túnel del Cadí (Cadí Tunnel Service Area) where we will then travel along rolling routes from Prats de Sansor to Ger to face the last kilometers of climbing to Niula. There we’ll find an unmaintained descent and then finish with downhill-style singletrack. It’s a stage with many climbs and descents that will surprise you with its beauty and technical demands.

 

YoPRO, the official sponsor of the Catalunya Bike Race, is a product oriented toward sport performance. YoPRO wanted to share some nutritional advice for tackling each stage. This second tip focuses on the carbohydrates required during competition.

Carbohydrates are the body's most important source of energy. Carbohydrates are between 55 and 70% of a performance athlete's total calorie intake during competition.

According to Anna Grifols "Carbohydrates should be the main source of energy. They help keep muscle glycogen stores at a correct level, and thus prevent using muscle protein as an energy source. The recommended doses during competition are 60-90 HC per hour, consumed in recovery shakes: 1.2 g HC/kg weight + 20-25 protein and AARR (2-4/1/1)."

In addition, Anna Grifols points out that "among other recovery drinks, we can opt for YoPRO, Danone's drinkable yogurt, which provides a high protein content (25 g of protein in its drinkable version), provides nine essential amino acids, contains 0% fat, no added sugars, no lactose, and is made with natural ingredients."

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