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03 Apr 2019

Current champions, Ferreira y Hovdenak, favourites

All the outstanding riders of Andalucía Bike Race presented by Caja Rural Jaén 2019

Andalucía Bike Race presented by Caja Rural Jaén, first class international event, will begin next Monday April 8. Its route of 382 kilometres and nearly 7.900 metres of climbing, will have six great stages for the 630 registrants from 26 nationalities.

Andalucía Bike Race presented by Caja Rural Jaén will start for the fourth time in a row with a time trial. After two days in Linares, it will jump to the town of Andújar, which will mean the last stage in the province of Jaén and the equator of Andalucía Bike Race presented by Caja Rural Jaén. The three next stages will be held in the province of Córdoba, the fourth one in Villafranca de Córdoba and the last two in the capital.

Favourites

Portuguese Tiago Ferreira (DMT Racing by Marconi), winner of the past three editions, will try to achieve his fourth consecutive victory, matching Sally Bigham, and showing his supremacy at Andalucía Bike Race presented by Caja Rural Jaén. Norwegian Hildegunn Gjertrud Hovdenak (VPG), winner of the past edition and experienced stage racer, starts as favourite in the women’s category.

Their greater contenders will be two Andalusians; current Cross Country (XCO) Spanish champion, David Valero, and current MTB Marathon (XCM) Spanish champion, Natalia Fischer, both of the MMR Factory Racing team.

Besides these, Olympic mountain bikers, world, continental and national champions outstand, as well as other cyclists and athletes. These are the most outstanding of the ninth edition of Andalucía Bike Race presented by Caja Rural Jaén:

 

1. Tiago Ferreira (POR) - DMT Racing by Marconi

2016, 2017 & 2018 Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano winner

2016 MTB Marathon (XCM) World Champion

2017 MTB Marathon (XCM) European Champion

2017 MTB Marathon (XCM) World runner-up

Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano 2015 runner-up

 

2. David Valero* (ESP) - MMR Factory Racing

2015, 2017 & 2018 Cross Country (XCO) Spanish Champion

2016 Cross Country (XCO) Spanish runner-up

3rd Cross Country (XCO) European Championship 2018

4th Cross Country (XCO) World Cup 2017

9th Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games 2016

3rd Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano 2016

3rd La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano 2015

4th Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano 2017

 

3. Hans Becking (NED) - DMT Racing Team

5th Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano 2018

2016 Cross Country (XCO) Dutch Champion

2015, 2017 & 2018 Cross Country (XCO) Dutch runner-up

 

4. Guy Sessler (ISR) - Bike Way Racing

2018 MTB Maratón (XCM) Israeli Champion

2017 Cross Country (XCO) Israeli runner-up

 

5. Jose Dias (POR) - DMT Racing Team

10th Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano 2018

 

6. Benjamin Justensen (DEN) - The Cycling Club

3rd Andalucía Bike Race 2012

2015 & 2018 MTB Maratón (XCM) Danish runner-up

2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 Cross Country (XCO) Danish runner-up

 

7. Ingvar Ómarsson (ISL) - Novator-Kria

2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 Cross Country (XCO) Icelandic Champion

2017 MTB Maratón (XCM) Icelandic Champion

 

9. Charli Quiñonez (ESA)

2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 Cross Country (XCO) Salvadoran Champion

 

10. José María Sánchez* (ESP) - BUFF®-Scott MTB

9th Andalucía Bike Race 2013

 

11. Ismael Esteban (ESP) - Aldro-Arrueda

2017 & 2018 Spanish Cyclocross Champion

2019 Spanish Cyclocross runner-up

 

14. Victor Manuel Fernández* (ESP) - Wolfbike

2018 MMR Asturias Bike Race winner

2016 La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano runner-up

 

15. Luis Leao Pinto (POR) - BUFF®-Scott MTB

2nd Andalucía Bike Race 2011

3rd Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano 2015

4th Absa Cape Epic 2018

 

16. Daniel Carreño (ESP) - BUFF®-Scott MTB

2019 MTB Ultra Marathon (XCUM) Spanish champion

7th Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano 2018

9th La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano 2018

2016 Under 23 MTB Marathon (XCM) Spanish Champion

 

17. Milton Ramos (HON) - Rockrider

4th Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano 2016

4th La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano 2014 & 2015

 

18. Miguel Muñoz* (ESP) - BUFF-Scott MTB

8th Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano 2018

2017 MTB Marathon (XCM) Spanish runner-up

10th Absa Cape Epic 2018

 

19. Juan Pedro Trujillo* (ESP) - Bargosa-Silverback

2013 MTB Marathon (XCM) Spanish Champion

 

24. José Luis Carrasco* (ESP) - Sport Bike

2017 MTB Marathon (XCM) Spanish national series winner

 

25. Oscar Freire (ESP) - MMR Factory Racing

Former professional cyclist three-time World Champion

 

26. David Ovín (ESP) - Alvemaco-TandemOviedo

2018 MMR Asturias Bike Race runner-up

 

27. Manuel ’Triki’ Beltrán* (ESP) - Bujarkay-MMR

Former professional cyclist

WOMEN

 

201. Hildegunn Gjertrud Hovdenak (NOR) - VPG

2018 Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano winner

2017 GAES Catalunya Bike Race presented by Shimano runner-up

2018 La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano runner-up

2015 MTB Marathon (XCM) Norwegian Champion

2017 MTB Marathon (XCM) Norwegian runner-up

5th Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano 2017

5th MTB Marathon (XCM) European Championship 2015

 

202. Lisette Rosenbeck Christensen (DEN) - Holte MTB

7th Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano 2018

4th MTB Marathon (XCM) Danish Championship 2017

4th Perskindol Swiss Epic 2017

 

203. Natalia Fischer* (ESP) - MMR Factory Racing

2017 & 2018 MTB Marathon (XCM) Spanish Champion

19th MTB Marathon (XCM) World Championship 2018

2nd GAES Catalunya Bike Race shifted by XTR 2018

3rd GAES Catalunya Bike Race presented by Shimano 2017

 

204. Sunniva Dring (NOR) - Milslukern

2016 MTB Marathon (XCM) Norwegian runner-up

3rd MTB Marathon (XCM) Norwegian Championship 2017 & 2018

 

OTHER ATHLETES

 

587. Samuel Trives (ESP)

Former professional handball player and member of the national team

 

632. Gerard Farrès (ESP) 

Rally Dakar pilot

 

831. Roberto Solózabal (ESP) 

Former professional football player and captain of the national team

 

 

All stages of Andalucía Bike Race presented by Caja Rural Jaén will start at 10:00 and can be followed via its official website www.andaluciabikerace.com and its social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

 

MTB with designation of origin!

NOTE: Riders with an asterisk (*) are Andalusian.

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