Stage 2 Highlights | Mediterranean Epic 2021 - Castellón (ESP)

Stage 2 Highlights | Mediterranean Epic 2021 - Castellón (ESP)

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By distance it was not the longest stage but, due to difficulty, it could be considered the queen stage of the Mediterranean Epic 2021. The day in Castellón has provided a huge spectacle and two Italian victories. Daniele Braidot in the men's category and Chiara Teocchi in the women's category have been the best on day 2. On the sporting level, the race was especially fast from the first ascent. In the men's category, the leader, Fabian Rabensteiner, could not stay in the leading group and said goodbye to the leadership. The German Sasha Weber (Trek Vaude), 3rd in the overall, also said goodbye to the general because of a crash. Finally, it would be in the last technical part of the race when Daniele Braidot achieved a small advantage that would be enough to win the stage. Becking himself won the sprint of the chasing group behind him, with Daniele's brother, Luca Braidot, taking 3rd place. The leader's jersey changed hands, but not the team. Austrian Daniel Geismayr (Trek Pirelli) goes on to lead the race after holding the Becking's group. He has a lead of just 14 seconds over Buff Scott's biker and just 18 seconds over Daniele Braidot. The first 5 riders are separated by less than 1 minute. In the female category we have experienced the show of strength and technique of the leader, Chiara Teocchi. The Italian has taken command of the race almost from the beginning and her pace has been in charge of selecting the race. Only the two riders of the jB Brunex Superior have been able to follow her wheel: the defender of the title Ramona Forchini and her partner, the German Nina Benz. At the finish line, Teocchi arrived 42 ahead of Nina Benz, the big surprise of the day, and 1:13 over Forchini. In this way, she extends her advantage in the general to 1:43 on the bike-marathon world champion. These three riders have already positioned themselves as the only candidates for the final victory in this edition of the Mediterranean Epic. After yesterday's explosive time trial and today´s intense stage, the event faces its longest day tomorrow. At least in terms of mileage. 93 km and +1,650 meters of climbing for a day that is expected to be very fast and where the formation of groups will be more common. It will be the return of the caravan of the race to Oropesa del Mar, where the last two stages of the race will start and finish.

Check out the highlights from the second stage of the Mediterranean Epic 2021 in Castellón (ESP).

Stage 2 - Results

Men:
1. Daniele Braidot (ITA) - 2:31:52h
2. Hans Becking (NED) +00:03min
3. Luca Braidot (ITA) +00:03min

Women:
1. Chiara Teocchi (ITA) - 2:59:20min
2. Nina Benz (GER) +00:42min
3. Ramona Forchini (SUI) +01:13min