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08 May 2018

The outstanding riders of the 2018 edition

Among the more than one thousand two hundred riders of La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano 2018, from 22 nationalities, Olympic medalists, world, continental and national champions stand out, but also other mountain bikers and athletes. These are the most outstanding of the fifth edition of La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano:

Carlos Coloma (ESP) - Primaflor-Mondraker-Rotor-Ajram Capital

Athlete from La Rioja ambassador of the race. Bronze medalist at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Olympic diploma in London 2012. 2016 Cross Country (XCO) national champion. Winner of La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano 2014 & 2015.

 

José Antonio Hermida (ESP) - Merida  

Silver medalist at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and Olympic diploma in Sydney 2012 & London 2012. Cross Country (XCO) World champion in all categories (1996, 2000 & 2010). 2002, 2004 & 2007 Cross Country (XCO) European champion. 4th La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano 2017. Winner of Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano 2012.

 

Mathieu Van der Poel (NED) - Corendon-Circus

2015 Cycloscross world champion. 2017 Cyclocross World championship runner-up. 3rd Cyclocross World Championship 2018. 2018 Cycloscross European champion. 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 Cyclocross national champion. 4th MTB Marathon (XCM) World Championship 2017.

 

Francesc Guerra (ESP) - BUFF®-Scott

Winner of La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano & GAES Catalunya Bike Race presented by Shimano 2017. 4th Absa Cape Epic 2018.

 

Ismael Ventura (ESP) - ESMTB.com

2017 MTB Marathon (XCM) national champion. 3rd La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano 2014.

 

Luis Leao Pinto (POR) - BUFF®-Scott

4th Absa Cape Epic 2018. 3rd Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano 2015.

 

Vlad Dascalu (ROU) - BrujulaBike Racing

2017 Under 23 Cross Country (XCO) national champion. 6th La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano 2017.

 

Pedro Romero (ESP) - Extremadura-Ecopilas

2014 La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano runner-up. 3rd Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano 2015.

 

Roberto Bou (ESP) - TBellès-Cannondale-GAES by Sural

3rd La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano 2017. 2015 Under 23 MTB Marathon (XCM) national champion & 3rd Elite in 2016.

 

Ever Alejandro Gómez (BOL) - Olympia Cycling Factory

2017 La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano runner-up.

 

Miguel Muñoz (ESP) - BUFF®-Scott

2017 MTB Marathon (XCM) national championship runner-up. 9th Absa Cape Epic 2018.

 

Daniel Carreño (ESP) - Extremadura-Ecopilas

2016 Under 23 MTB Marathon (XCM) national champion. 7th Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano 2018.

 

Enrique Morcillo (ESP) - BUFF®-Scott

2018 Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano runner-up. 9th Absa Cape Epic 2018.

 

Victor Manuel Fernández (ESP) - Wolfbike-Gsport

2016 La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano runner-up.

 

Other mountain bikers to follow: Alberto Losada (Orbea Factory), Tom Meeusen (Corendon-Circus); Xavier Borràs (Olympia Factory Cycling); Milton Ramos (TowCar), Joan Llordella (Buff-Scott); Alberto Mingorance (Ekuon-El Conchel Sport); Oliver Avilés; Cristofer Bosque (TBellès-Cannondale-GAES by Sural); Adrià Noguera (BUFF®-Scott).

 

Besides these specialists, other known sportsmen will take part: Luis Enrique Martínez (former professional footballer), Roberto Solozabal (former professional footballer), Roberto Carretero (former professional tennis player), y Samuel Trives (former professional handball player).

 

 

Clàudia Galicia (ESP) - Megamo

Winner of all stages of La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano. 2017 MTB Marathon (XCM) European championship runner-up. Winner of La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017. Winner of Andalucia Bike Race presented by Shimano winner 2014. 2015 Andalucia Bike Race presented by Shimano runner-up. Winner of GAES Catalunya Bike Race presented by Shimano 2017. 2015 MTB Ultramarathon (XCMU) national champion. 2017 Sprint mountaineering skiing World champion.

 

Hildegunn Gjertrud Hovdenak (NOR) - VPG

Winner of Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano 2018. 2017 GAES Catalunya Bike Race presented by Shimano runner-up. 2015 MTB Marathon (XCM) national champion. 2017 MTB Marathon (XCM) national championship runner-up. 5th Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano 2017. 5th MTB Marathon (XCM) European championship 2015.

 

Sandra Santanyes (ESP) - Olympia Cycling Factory

6 times MTB Marathon (XCM) national champion. 2017 La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano runner-up. Winner of Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano 2014. 2016 Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano runner-up.

 

Rocío del Alba (ESP) - Primaflor-Mondraker-Rotor-Ajram Capital

5th Under 23 Cross Country (XCO) world championship 2017. 6th Under 23 Cross Country (XCO) World Cup 2017. 2017 Under 23 Cross Country (XCO) national champion.

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