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Hermida wins Spanish cross country title

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Martin Rodriguez best among the women

José Antonio Hermida at the World Cup round three in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, riding the new upside-down RockShox RS-1 fork

José Antonio Hermida at the World Cup round three in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, riding the new upside-down RockShox RS-1 fork

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Jose Hermida won the eighth Spanish cross country national title of his career this weekend.

"Competing at the Nationals after a few weeks without racing always leaves you in doubt of how things will be. I have trained well and the feeling was good, but you don’t know how your body will react when you squeeze it to the limit," said Hermida.

It was on the second lap that Hermida took the lead and only Sergio Mantecon could follow him.

"[Carlos] Coloma was riding like a bullet right from the start and opened a few seconds on the rest of the favourites, but it was impossible to hold that pace the entire race," said Hermida. "In the second lap, I was riding comfortably and I decided to take the lead. Mantecón came with me, but a
mechanical on his bike left me alone leading the race".

From that moment, Hermida has played with that gap of about half a minute. "That gap gave me some confidence, but even better were the feelings I had on the bike. I was riding easy and I knew that I had the power to increase the pace if necessary."

Rocio Martin Rodriguez won the elite women's race ahead of Anna Villar.

Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 José Antonio Hermida Ramos 1:19:31  
2 Carlos Coloma Nicolas 0:00:45  
3 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez 0:01:14  
4 David Valero 0:01:59  
5 Ismael Ventura Sanchez 0:02:59  
6 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez 0:04:17  
7 David Lozano Riba 0:04:36  
8 Ramon Sagues Portabella 0:05:17  
9 Cristofer Bosque Ruano 0:05:20  
10 Fco. Javier Poza Ruiz 0:05:45  
Elite women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rocio Martin Rodriguez 1:11:18  
2 Anna Villar Argente 0:01:11  
3 Sandra Santanyes Murillo 0:03:51  
4 Mercedes Pacios Pujado 0:05:48  
5 Lucia Vazquez Crespo 0:06:38  
6 Olatz Odriozola Mujika 0:06:42  
7 Yolanda Magallon 0:07:22  
8 Aurea Ruiz Garcia 0:09:08  
9 Margarita Fullana Riera 0:10:04  
10 Sara Garcia Inclan 0:13:42