Jewell of the Club Orientació Catalonia, the TIC BCN City of Barcelona International Trophy 2016 had, last weekend, its 10th edition. In the beautiful Ciutat Comtal, Øystein Kvaal Østerbø and Isia Basset were the winners.
25 years after its first edition, the TIC BCN - City of Barcelona International Trophy is stronger than ever. In 2006, the trophy was, at the same time, the last event of the Catalan Cup and the 2008 edition saw the presence of the English national team, with the competition opening for the first time to Catalan club teams. In 2014, the TIC BCN joins - together with the cities of London, Edinburgh and Porto - the City Race Euro Tour's first edition, where it still remains. In this 10th edition, the vitality of the organizing club and the fascination that the city exerts in all its visitors was, once again, the key of another great success, bringing together six hundred competitoors to two stages, one of Middle Distance, next to the Collserola mountain, in the western part of Barcelona and another of Long Distance, right in the city center and scoring for the 2016 City Race Euro Tour.
In the Men Elite class, the Norwegian Øystein Kvaal Østerbø (IFK Lidingö SOK) started with the right foot, winning the first stage with a one-minute lead over the second placed, the Finn Olli-Pekka Koistinen (Hiidenkiertäjät). The last stage had the same pair as main protagonists, with the result of this particular duel to favor again Østerbø, that thus repeats the victory in Barcelona. The Spanish Pau Llorens Caellas (CO Berguedà) was the third overall, after being third in the inaugural stage and fourth in the second stage.
The French Isia Basset was, like Østerbø, the great winner in both stages, although by larger margins. In the first stage, Basset managed a four-minute victory over the Swedish Moa Sjöberg (Göteborg-Majorna OK), repeating the win in the last stage by identical margin on the also Swedish Karolina Hellberg (Sundbybergs IK). In the final accounts, Isia Basset's advantage over the second-placed, the British Caroline Craig (NGOC) - third placed in both legs -, was of 8:55, while the third in the overall standings, Moa Sjöberg, finished 9:28 after the winner. Laia Gil Clapera (Montsant), in the 9th position with the time of 1:33:13, was the best Spanish athlete.
1. Øystein Kvall Østerbø (IFK Lidingö SOK NOR) 1:12:43 (+ 00:00)
2. Olli-Pekka Koistinen (Hiidenkiertäjät FIN) 1:15:12 (+ 02:29)
3. Pau Llorens Caellas (CO Berguedà ESP) 1:19:17 (+ 06:33)
4. Olivier Blanc Tranchand (O’Jura FRA) 1:20:21 (+ 07:37)
5. Oscar Vila Sempere (CE Colivenc ESP) 1:22:37 (+ 09:54)
1. Isia Basset (ASUL Sports Nature FRA) 1:18:32 (+ 00:00)
2. Caroline Craig (NGOC GBR) 1:27:28 (+ 08:55)
3. Moa Sjöberg (Göteborg-Majorna OK SWE) 1:28:01 (+ 09:28)
4. Juliette Basset (ASUL Sports Nature FRA) 1:30:27 (+ 11:54)
5. Anu Uhotoinen (Hiidenkiertäjät FIN) 1:30:44 (+ 12:12)
You can find results, photos and much more at http://ticbcn2016.clubcoc.cat/cat/.
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