The Catalan rider has proven to be the best of the participants in the mountains and in the desert and was able to celebrate his victory in Maadid. The last stage of the race was won by the Andalusian José Luis Carrasco.
The most complete edition of the Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin, with a start in the mountains of the Moroccan Middle Atlas and four final stages in the desert already has a winner: Josep Betalú (Bicipark), who has proved to be the total titan and the strongest of the 400 participants with a total time of 24 hours 54 minutes 17 seconds. The podium is completed by Julen Zubero (MMR-Powerade) and the Portuguese José Silva (Olympia), while José Luis Carrasco (Naviera Armas), won the last stage after a long escape.
The Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin 2016 is history, and Josep Betalú has entered fully into it and in the golden book of the test. The veteran rider, 39 years old, has found his optimum shape in the Titan, he had no mechanical problems or falls and controlled the race to be crowned winner with honors.
After overcoming the first two stages of the general near the lead – he was third on the transfer journey- Betalú conceived his victory in stage 4, between Rissani and Merzouga, when he took the risk with the navigation and gained 8 minutes . In the Garmin stage, the Tarragona rider also rode with the best and surpassed the two sections of dunes very easily.
In this sixth and final stage, between Merzouga and Maadid of 79 kilometers, the winner has simply remained in the leading group, and was able to celebrate with tears at the finish line his great triumph in one of the most epic and harsh races in the world. He succeeds in the honors the Colombian Diego Tamayo, who this time failed to revalidate the crown.
"Everything went perfectly in this Titan, I had no mechanical problems or falls and the team, with Sergi Escobar, has helped me at all times. In this race there are many rivals and is a huge win for me" said Betalú, excited at the finish line.
José Luis Carrasco, who led the general during two days, has carried out the feat of the day. He has escaped solo at the start of the stage and by the CP2 he had already gained 6 minutes. The Andalusian has been able to maintain the advantage and finished this Titan with a fantastic victory that leaves him with good sensations.
In the female category, Ramona Gabriel (Scott-Taymory) has given a break to her rivals and has "loaned" the stage to Mayalen Noriega. Gabriel leaves the Titan with five stages and the general classification. She is accompanied on the podium by Sandra Santanyes and Mayalen Noriega.
Samples of joy have been unleashed at the arrival, where the "finishers" have fulfilled their different challenges and goals and have received the fossil of the race that certifies them as titans.
The Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin 2016 closes with the feeling that the riders have competed in an epic edition, full of emotions, toughness, and sacrifice, in a unique and magical setting. From the mountains of Ifrane to the Moroccan desert. An adventure that marks you for life.