Litscher and Langvad win final stage

Two world champions Thomas Litscher (U23 cross country) and Annika Langvad (marathon) won the final stage of the four-day mountain bike race on Lanzarote. The last day on Tuesday was the longest at 80km, and it featured 1600m of climbing.

Most of the climbing came on a 7km long climb at the halfway point. Sandy tracks, rocky trails, loose downhills and wind all challenged riders during the stage. The final 6km took racers alongside the sea with the Club La Santa resort in the background.

The race's fast men emerged at the front soon after the start: Thomas Litscher (X-Bionic Felt), Karl Markt (X-Bionic Felt), Luis Pinto (Bike Esteve), Ismael Ventura (, Karl Platt (Team Bulls) and Ben Justesen (T-Bikes). Marking each other slowed them down and a second group eventually caught up with the leaders.

At 26km, three X-Bionic Felt riders took advantage of a place where riders had to dismount to get around a muddy ditch. The three got away and were chased by Pinto, Ventura and Justesen. Over time , it was just Litscher and Markt left together at the front; the two worked together to slowly increase their lead.

At the big climb of the day, the leaders were little more than one and a half minute ahead. Behind them, the battle was unleashed. Justesen, Pinto, Ventura and Schneidawind forced the pace and went away from the other riders. Justesen increased pace, leaving Ventura behind, and the others would not be able to catch him again.

The remaining 40km of the course offered flat and wide tracks enabling more teamwork.

Litscher and Markt easily maintained their position to take another top two spots and to confirm their first and second places overall. Among the chasing riders, Pinto was the fastest and got his first top three in the race. Justesen's flat tyre a few yards from the finish did not prevent him from placing third overall. As to Ventura, he finished all alone, and lost the the fourth place overall, to the Portuguese rider Pinto.

In the women's race, marathon world champion Annika Langvad made a clear show of why she is wearing the rainbow jersey and won the stage and the race. Adelheid Morath and Sally Bigham took second and third.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas Litscher (Swi)3:08:50
2Karl Markt (Aut)0:00:04
3Luis Leão Pinto (Por)0:03:41
4Benjamin Justesen (Den)0:04:41
5Simon Scheiber (Aut)0:06:18
6Ismael Sanchez Ventura (Spa)0:08:27
7Casper Saltoft (Den)0:08:49
8James Angus Ouchterlony (GBr)0:10:22
9Roland Golderer (Ger)0:11:10
10Christian Kreuchler (Ger)0:11:15
11Johnni Junker Nielsen (Den)0:12:18
12Michael Schuchardt (Ger)0:12:40
13Karl Platt (Ger)0:17:35
14Victor Del Corral Morales (Spa)0:19:26
15Eneko Llanos Burguera (Spa)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Christian Schneidawind (Ger)0:24:40
17Ruben Calvo Gomez (Spa)0:27:15
18Juaquin David Martin (Spa)0:28:48
19Manuel Rojo Nieto (Spa)0:29:29
20Fabián Molina Delgado (Spa)0:29:30
21Marco Almeida (Por)0:30:07
22Mads Bødker (Den)0:32:06
23Sylvain Garde (GBr)0:33:44
24Jose Maceira Rodriguez (Spa)0:34:38
25Jaime Menendez de Luarca (Spa)0:34:39
26Jakob Holm Lauritsen (Den)0:35:10
27Kris De Nef (Bel)0:35:44
28Rafael Jesus Sanchez Ruiz (Spa)0:36:28
29Steve Ferguson (GBr)0:37:07
30Benno Weber (Ger)0:37:14
31Danny Files (Bel)0:37:25
32Jose Agustin Perez Morera (Spa)0:39:07
33Erik Knudsen (Den)0:39:14
34Bo Falck Hansen (Den)0:41:15
35Jose David Suarez Fernandez (Spa)0:42:00
36Thomas Nyvang Hansen (Den)0:42:10
37Barry Wilson (GBr)0:43:48
38Aitor Navarro Hita (Spa)0:43:57
39Aureliano Negrin (Spa)0:49:52
40Victor De Leon Tejera (Spa)0:51:25
41Jeppe Hjort (Den)0:51:37
42James Roe (GBr)0:51:39
43Henrik Helmer (Den)0:54:38
44Niels Bay Pedersen (Den)0:55:27
45Rico Busk (Den)1:00:25
46Daniel Casanova Expósito (Spa)1:01:56
47Alberto Bonilla Toledo (Spa)1:02:25
48Domingo Morin Rodriguez (Spa)1:05:50
49Benoit Sepulte (Bel)1:06:55
50Denis Detinne (Bel)1:12:12
51Octavio Bonilla (Spa)1:13:25
52Nicholas Peter Ward Muñoz (GBr)1:15:51
53Silverio Antonio Rodriguez Moreno (Spa)1:17:07
54Andre Van't Hof (Ned)1:18:37
55Marcel Martens (Ger)1:21:07
56Antonio Acosta Brito (Spa)1:21:33
57Javier Jesus Cabrera Arteaga (Spa)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Eduardo Ramos Megolla (Spa)1:21:34
59Thomas Atkinson (GBr)1:22:42
60Pedro Baltasar de la Paz (Spa)1:22:49
61Christophe Meurice (Bel)1:25:12
62Isidro manuel Martin Perez (Spa)1:26:15
63Jaime Alexis Gonzalez Cabrera (Spa)1:26:57
64Elwin Van Groningen (Ned)1:27:17
65Fernando Mainar Val (Spa)1:27:47
66Hugo Cantineau (Bel)1:30:29
67Antonio Acosta Hernandez (Spa)1:30:34
68Uffe Degn (Den)1:37:04
69Anders Primdahl Haubro (Den)1:41:17
70Marc Ellwood (GBr)1:44:00
71dave overton (GBr)1:54:26
72Jes Steen (Den)1:56:19
73Jean-Marie Colla (Bel)2:06:08
74Alexandre Asselberghs (Bel)2:09:50
75Lee Holdaway (GBr)2:10:17
76Régis Vanoli (Fra)2:14:05
77Peter Farquhar (GBr)2:16:50
78Paul Cook (GBr)2:55:58
DNFFrancisco Jose Perez Cruz (Spa)Row 78 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Bundgaard (Den)Row 79 - Cell 2
DNFJose Maria Sanchez Ruiz (Spa)Row 80 - Cell 2
DNFKræn Jens Knude (Den)Row 81 - Cell 2
DNSJose Luis Agra Torres (Spa)Row 82 - Cell 2
DNSFrancisco Nicolas Armas Moreno (Spa)Row 83 - Cell 2
DNSJuan Manuel Auyanet Suárez (Spa)Row 84 - Cell 2
DNSVictor Betancor Acosta (Spa)Row 85 - Cell 2
DNSRamon Bethencourt Leon (Spa)Row 86 - Cell 2
DNSJavier Campo (Spa)Row 87 - Cell 2
DNSJean Marie Colla (Bel)Row 88 - Cell 2
DNSAlejandro Delgado Abreut (Spa)Row 89 - Cell 2
DNSSimon Dudley (GBr)Row 90 - Cell 2
DNSMark Ellwood (GBr)Row 91 - Cell 2
DNSJorge Espinel Cejas (Spa)Row 92 - Cell 2
DNSVictor Manuel Gonzalez Muñoz (Spa)Row 93 - Cell 2
DNSJose Manuel González Gómez (Spa)Row 94 - Cell 2
DNSEzequiel Jesus Gonzalez Gonzalez (Spa)Row 95 - Cell 2
DNSRoberto Gonzalez Romero (Spa)Row 96 - Cell 2
DNSIvan Guerra Perez (Spa)Row 97 - Cell 2
DNSAlan Hamshaw (UAE)Row 98 - Cell 2
DNSFacundo Hernandez Vera (Spa)Row 99 - Cell 2
DNSJamie Jones Nielsen (Den)Row 100 - Cell 2
DNSDaniel Kafunek (Den)Row 101 - Cell 2
DNSAntonio Martin (Spa)Row 102 - Cell 2
DNSGerald Moser (Fra)Row 103 - Cell 2
DNSFrederik Mørkeberg Mikkelsen (Den)Row 104 - Cell 2
DNSKevin Parmentier (Bel)Row 105 - Cell 2
DNSJoan Pons Palacios (Spa)Row 106 - Cell 2
DNSMarcelo Javier Ramirez Perez (Uru)Row 107 - Cell 2
DNSFelix Sancho Losano (Cub)Row 108 - Cell 2
DNSJose Serini Sanchez (Spa)Row 109 - Cell 2
DNSJacky Smets (Bel)Row 110 - Cell 2
DNSJulian Tamayo Villa (Spa)Row 111 - Cell 2
DNSAlvaro Velazquez Gutierrez (Spa)Row 112 - Cell 2
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annika Langvad (Den)3:33:36
2Adelheid Morath (Ger)0:03:32
3Sally Bigham (GBr)0:04:04
4Rikke Kornvig (Den)0:41:04
5Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa)0:42:42
6Bettina Uhlig (Ger)0:57:55
7Lucia Funes Mendez (Spa)1:24:17
8Cristi Alonso Lugo (Spa)1:52:05
9Tove Andersen (Den)2:05:14
10Lucy Cash (GBr)2:48:59
DNSBlaza Klemencic (Slo)Row 10 - Cell 2
DNSDarrelle Parker (GBr)Row 11 - Cell 2
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Men final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas Litscher (Swi)7:31:33
2Karl Markt (Aut)0:02:53
3Benjamin Justesen (Den)0:09:18
4Luis Leão Pinto (Por)0:14:05
5Ismael Sanchez Ventura (Spa)0:15:04
6Casper Saltoft (Den)0:19:57
7James Angus Ouchterlony (GBr)0:22:38
8Roland Golderer (Ger)0:25:52
9Karl Platt (Ger)0:29:47
10Simon Scheiber (Aut)0:30:44
11Christian Kreuchler (Ger)0:31:12
12Michael Schuchardt (Ger)0:32:44
13Johnni Junker Nielsen (Den)0:35:31
14Victor Del Corral Morales (Spa)0:40:14
15Erik Knudsen (Den)0:54:43
16Christian Schneidawind (Ger)0:55:25
17Manuel Rojo Nieto (Spa)0:58:39
18Ruben Calvo Gomez (Spa)1:02:49
19Sylvain Garde (GBr)1:05:15
20Marco Almeida (Por)1:10:32
21Fabián Molina Delgado (Spa)1:11:27
22Kris De Nef (Bel)1:20:35
23Mads Bødker (Den)1:20:53
24Jose Agustin Perez Morera (Spa)1:23:31
25Rafael Jesus Sanchez Ruiz (Spa)1:23:35
26Steve Ferguson (GBr)1:25:11
27Juaquin David Martin Hernandez (Spa)1:25:27
28Jaime Menendez de Luarca (Spa)1:27:37
29Jakob holm Lauritsen (Den)1:29:19
30Benno Weber (Ger)1:30:29
31Danny Files (Bel)1:31:12
32Aitor Navarro Hita Elite (Spa)1:34:11
33Jose Maceira Rodriguez (Spa)1:34:17
34Thomas Nyvang Hansen (Den)1:38:55
35Barry Wilson (GBr)1:39:56
36Bo Falck Hansen (Den)1:44:19
37Aureliano Negrin (Spa)1:47:41
38Victor De Leon Tejera (Spa)1:55:25
39James Roe (GBr)1:56:05
40Niels Bay Pedersen (Den)2:03:15
41Henrik Helmer (Den)2:13:30
43Daniel Casanova Expósito (Spa)2:20:39
44Domingo Morin Rodriguez (Spa)2:32:01
45Javier Jesus Cabrera Arteaga (Spa)2:38:38
46Thomas Atkinson (GBr)2:39:53
47Silverio Antonio Rodriguez Moreno (Spa)2:45:49
48Pedro Baltasar de la Paz (Spa)2:53:04
49Eduardo Ramos Megolla (Spa)2:55:36
50Andre Van't Hof (Ned)3:02:06
51Isidro manuel Martin (Spa)3:03:40
52Benoit Sepulte (Bel)3:03:59
53Jaime Alexis Gonzalez Cabrera (Spa)3:12:05
54Fernando Mainar Val (Spa)3:14:55
55Antonio Acosta Hernandez (Spa)3:23:32
56Christophe Meurice (Bel)3:25:19
57Hugo Cantineau (Bel)3:29:26
58Denis Detinne (Bel)3:35:32
59Marc Ellwood (GBr)3:41:37
60Anders Primdahl Haubro (Den)3:42:22
61dave overton (GBr)4:04:46
62Jes Steen (Den)4:21:31
63Jean-Marie Colla (Bel)4:34:07
64Alexandre Asselberghs (Bel)4:34:16
65Lee Holdaway (GBr)4:36:16
66Régis Vanoli (Fra)4:59:31
67Paul Cook (GBr)6:48:22
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Women final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annika Langvad (Den)8:31:39
2Sally Bigham (GBr)0:05:25
3Adelheid Morath (Ger)0:06:27
4Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa)1:48:44
5Rikke Kornvig (Den)1:51:03
6Bettina Uhlig (Ger)1:59:31
7Lucia Funez Mendez (Spa)3:01:17
8Cristi Alonso Lugo (Spa)4:15:36
9Tove Andersen (Den)4:30:45

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