By Antonio J. Salmerón
The second edition of the Trofeo Ciutat de Barcelona de ciclismo took place on the Olympic velodrome over the weekend. Three riders put their stamp on the track event. José Antonio Escuredo, Franco Marvulli and Laurie Berthon were the fastest in the omniums of the sprint, the endurance races and the female category, respectively.
In the sprints category, Escuredo won the sprint and keirin ahead of Russian Ilya Okunev hometown hero Itmar Esteban. Escuredo and Esteban, together with Alfred Moreno, also took the teams sprint.
Swiss rider Marvulli took the points race in spectacular fashion, besting Bouygues Telecom professional Damien Gaudin. Argentinean Mauricio Muller finished third.
The omnium in the women's category was won by Laurie Berthon of France, ahead of Switzerland's Andrea Wolfer and Spaniard Helena Casas. Berthon was better in the endurance races, while Casas gained valuable UCI points in the sprints competition.
With over 100 racers from ten different nations, the event in the velodrome of Horta was a full success. The weather was cooperative and some of the exhibit events also contributed to a festive atmosphere. Juanjo Méndez, double medal winner at the Paralympics as well as Olympic medalists Toni Tauler and Alexey Markov enhanced the programme.