Koretzky wins the Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona and remains unstoppable in the Super Cup Massi06-05-2018
The Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona was keen to demonstrate that not only is it able to offer a mountain biking track worthy of the World Cup within the city itself, but that it can also boast the toughest XCO conditions. It did so by adding mud to its already arduous track, managing to forge a thoroughly challenging cross country race all within such a world famous city as Barcelona. If we add in the presence of leading riders of international stature we have all the ingredients for exciting, top-quality races. The Super Cup Massi has become the perfect competition for giving spectators a taste of the best XCO in the world.
Although it didn’t rain particularly hard at any point, the rain was however a constant and notable feature throughout a good part of the morning.
Victor Koretzky, two out of two in the Super Cup Massi
The main event, for both the Elite and U-23 categories, was the last to be disputed and faced the toughest conditions. The Frenchman Victor Koretzky (KMC-Ekoî-SR Suntour) started with the overall leader jersey and not only will he keep it for the next event at Sea Otter Europe in Girona on 10 June, but he did so by securing a victory that he had to fight for until the last few metres.
It had looked like it was going to be a breeze for the French rider, who with four laps to go was leading with about a half a minute advantage over his closest competitors, at that time the Austrian Gregor Raggl (Möbel Marki MTB Pro Team) and the Australian Daniel MacConnell (Primaflor-Mondraker-Rotor). As usual, Koretzky managed to maintain distance in the climbs and open up a gap, which grew by the second in the most technical stretches. The ensuing laps saw the biggest development with an exceptional comeback from the U-23 youngster Jofre Cullell (Megamo Factory Team), who managed to catch up with the pair of pursuers.
However, the final stretch of the race was to be the most exciting with two battles that ended up defining the race’s final podium. MacConnell managed to break free and narrow the gap between himself and Koretzky, who he eventually went head-to-head with on the last lap. Behind them, Cullell refused to let up but had to deal with David Valero (MMR Factory Racing) who had begun to close in on him, once again displaying his usual strength in the final lap.
Koretzky was to end up winning, but with a slim lead of just a few seconds ahead of the Australian, who enjoyed his best race yet this year, just before the next World Cup in Albstadt, where he clinched his only victory in the biggest competition. Thanks to the win, the KMC-Ekoï-SR Suntour rider boasts victories for both of his Super Cup Massi races and is the championship’s clear overall leader. In the dying moments Valero got the better of Culell to round up the podium and give further proof of his good form at this stage of the season. Although Culell didn’t make the podium, he had the consolation of winning the U-23 category by a long way and taking second place overall in the Super Cup Massi, a position that affirms that he is one of the most promising newcomers in his discipline.
The track also saw another battle, this time between the riders fighting for the Copa Catalana Internacional Biking Point. The victor was the Bolivian rider Ever Alejandro Gómez (Olympica Factory Cycling), leader of the championship in question and coming in at an excellent fifth place overall. Taking into account the high scoring across the different events of the Super Cup Massi, he has come on leaps and bounds to cement his leadership of the championship.
Rebeca MacConnell takes the female title
The female race saw Rebeca MacConnell, Daniel MacConnell’s partner, crowned winner along with her Primaflor-Mondraker-Rotor teammates. Claudia Galicia (Megamo UCI Team) and Magda Duran (Biking Point) were her main rivals and completed the podium for the category. With her victory she also takes the leader’s jersey for the Super Cup Massi, tying with the Banyoles winner, Elisabeth Brandau (RSC Schnaich), and with just an eight point advantage over Magda Duran. The Massi leader has strengthened and increased her leadership in the Copa Catalana Internacional Biking Point and is within reach of leading the Super Cup Massi, all whilst being a U-23 and yet another example of the burgeoning youth.
In the other categories, the victory of Carlos Canal (Academia Postal-Maceda) in the Junior category ahead of David Campos (Primaflor-Mondraker-Rotor) and Didac Carvacho (Irontech-Tecnic-Ambisist) was particularly noteworthy. Despite suffering a fall, the Galician remains unstoppable, although Campos had to overcome a puncture to take second place.
Juan Pérez (La Torreta Bike) was the best Cadet rider, whilst in the youngest female categories Lidia Fuentes (Massi-Tbikes-CC Amunt) took first place for Juniors and Sara Méndez (Relber Cycling) won in the Cadets.
Pablo Egeda (Biking Point) was the best Master-30 in another tour de force, given that he had competed in and won the Coupe de France the day before, a feat that he had already accomplished on another occasion this year. Javier Jurado (Pallares-Ixcor) beat Francesc Carnicer (Selvata, Tot Bike Club Ciclista) by a slim margin in the Master-40 category whilst Joan Anton Asensio (Trevol Bikesports) dominated in the Master-50. Antonio Gómez took the Master-60 title and Jordina Muntadas (Bluemotors-Neolith) and Nuria Espinosa replicated their victories in the female Master-30 and Master-40 categories.
And so the race that marks the half-way point of the Super Cup Massi came to a close. Both this championship and the Copa Catalana Internacional Biking Point will return in a few weeks time for Sea Otter Europe in Girona on 9 June. A very special race that goes beyond pure competition, forming part of one of the biggest international interactive fairs in the cycling world. Sea Otter Europe is now in its second edition, which Ocisport have been working on for several weeks. As in Banyoles, the event will enjoy two days of competition, the Saturday reversed exclusively for female categories and the Sunday for male categories.