Ariane Lüthi and Amy Wakefield dominate the Andalucía Bike Race

Andreas Seewald and Martin Stosek leaded as well the men’s overall during the 359km of the six stages

The tandem formed by the swiss rider Ariane Lüthi and the southafrican Amy Wakefield McDougall were the clear winners at the Andalucía Bike Race 12th edition, dominating it from the first of the six stages (60 km and 2.729 vertical meters) in wich they left behind all their opponents in El Pincho climb, obtaining a final advantage of more than 10 minutes over the couple formed by the german Stefanie Dohrn and the bosnian Lejla Tanovic.

Ariane Lüthi 
Amy Wakefield McDougall
Ariane Lüthi and Amy Wakefield so happy with their overall victory.
 Janina Wüst, Greete Steinburg, Lejla Tanovic, Marta Tora, Stefanie Dohrn, Greta Karasiovaite, Claudia Peretti, Katazina Sosna Constanza Fasoli
From left Janina Wüst, Greete Steinburg, Lejla Tanovic, Marta Torà, Stefanie Dohrn, Greta Karasiovaite, Claudia Peretti, Katazina Sosna and Constanza Fasolis giving the first pedal strokes of the race.
Stefanie Dohrn
Lejla Tanovic
Amy Wakefiled
Ariane Lüthi
Janine Schneider 
Irina Lützelschwab
Women’s podium after the first stage with (from left) Stefanie Dohrn, Lejla Tanovic, Amy Wakefiled, Ariane Lüthi, Janine Schneider and Irina Lützelschwab.

The current Europe and World MTB Marathon champion, Andreas Seewald and his czech mate, Martin Stosek, showed from the first day too who were the toughest men’s couple of the race getting 1:40″ over the italo-belge duo formed Fabian Rabensteiner and Wout Alleman.

Fabian Rabensteiner
Wout Alleman
Andreas Seewald
Martin Stosek
Simon Stiebjahn 
Martin Frey
Men’s podium after the first stage with (from left) with Fabian Rabensteiner, Wout Alleman, Andreas Seewald, Martin Stosek, Simon Stiebjahn and Martin Frey.
Andreas Seewald in the still of the 1st Andalucía Race stage video resume.

Lüthi and Wakefield increasing the gap and new winners in the men’s race

The second stage confirmed the Lüthi and Wakefield leadership, this time followed by the german Janine Schneider and the also swiss Irina Lützelschwab, with the italians Constanza Fasolis and Claudia Peretti occupying the third place in the podium, who finally had to abandon after the 4 stage due to physical problems.

Irina Lützelschwab, Janine Schneider, Ariane Lüthi, Amy Wakefield, Constanza Fasolis and Claudia Peretti
Women’s second stage podium woth (from left) Irina Lützelschwab, Janine Schneider, Ariane Lüthi, Amy Wakefield, Constanza Fasolis and Claudia Peretti.

The belgian and italian MTB Marathon champions, Wout Alleman and Fabian Rabensteiner beated the leaders in the final sprint at the Jaén Olivo Arena after riding together all along the second stage. The colombian Leonardo Páez and the itailan Daniele Mensi only lost 16″

Andreas Seewald 
Fabian Rabensteiner 
Wout Alleman
Andreas Seewald on the left, crosses the finish line after Fabian Rabensteiner and Wout Alleman.
2nd Andalucía Bike Race stage video resume

3 more minutes for Lüthi & Wakefiled and second sprint won by Alleman and Rabensteiner at the 3rd stage

Andalucía Bike Race
3rd stage start of the Andalucía Bike Race
Ariane Lüthi 
Amy Wakefield
Ariane Lüthi and Amy Wakefield winnig their 3/3 stage.

The unstoppable pair formed by Wakefield McDougall and Lüthi gave another step up to their final victory taking almost 3 more minutes over Fasolis, Peretti, Lützelschwab and Schneider at the 70 km long held in Andújar with a 1.800 vertical meters parcour. The leaders counted on a 17 minutes insurmountable difference in the general classification over their rivals, who had to resign themselves to fight for the second and third positions.

In the other hand the forces were equalers in the men’s race, with Alleman and Rabensteiner winnig again Hans Becking, José Dias, Andreas Seewald and Martin Stosek at the final sprint, but these last two still kept their almost 2 minutes gap from them in the overall standings.

Wout Alleman 
Fabian Rabensteiner
Wout Alleman and Fabian Rabensteiner celebrating their second victory in a row.
Niklas Sell and Vinzent Dorn in the still of the 3rd Andalucía Bike Race video resume.

Wakefield & Lüthi the best at the time trial too, and third win in a row for Rabensteiner and Alleman

Amy Wakefield
Ariane Lüthi
Amy Wakefield and Ariane Lüthi made the best time at the time trial too.
Wout Alleman 
Fabian Rabensteiner
Wout Alleman and Fabian Rabensteiner stablishing the best time at the time trial.

Ariane and Amy dashed hopes of the rest of the riders taking another minute over Irina Lützelschwab and Janine Schneider and almost two more over Stefanie Dohrn and Lejla Tanovic in the time trial of the 4trh stage held in Villafranca de Córdoba.

Meanwhile Fabian Rabensteiner and Wout Alleman cropped in 20 seconds the distance of the Seewald and Stosek in the overall, getting their third victory in a row, wich was not enogh to reach the leaders but causing them some concern anyway.

Stefanie Dohrn in the still of the 4th Andalucía Bike Race video resume.

Greete Steinburg and Janina Wüst win in Córdoba under the rain while Seewald and Stosek sentence the race

Janina Wüst
Greete Steinburg
Janina Wüst and Greete Steinburg smiling and winning at the 5th stage

Rainy day in the 5th stage held in Córdoba, Ariane Lüthi and Amy Wakefiled McDougall finally showed some conservatism, so the estonian Greete Steinburg and the swiss Janina Wüst could win the stage with only 10 seconds over the leaders and almost five minutes over the lithuanians Katazina Sosna and Greta Karasiovaite, as baltic riders seemed to be more confortable with harder weather conditions and after unfavorable circumstances for the lithuanian couple in the first stages that kept apart from the podium to the national champion and her teammate till this moment.

Ariane Lüthi
Amy Wakefield
Janina Wüst 
Greete Steinburg
Greta Karasiovaite
Katazina Sosna
Women’s podium of the 5th stage with (from left) Ariane Lüthi, Amy Wakefield, Janina Wüst, Greete Steinburg, Greta Karasiovaite and Katazina Sosna.
Men’s podium of the 5th stage with (from left) Jose Dias, Hans Becking, Andreas Seewald, Martin Stosek, Martin Frey and Simon Stiebjahn.

The men’s race saw Seewald and Stosek winning again after the bad luck of their breakway mates of the day, the portuguese Jose Dias, and the dutch MTB champion Hans Becking, who finally fall in crucial points leaving alone the leaders that only had to worry about not falling or failing. Rabenstein and Alleman had a hard falling day too loosing more than 2 minutes from the leaders.

Fernando González Godino in the still of the 5th Andalucía Bike Race stage video resume

Lüthi and Wakefiled don´t give breath to the rest even in the last stage, won by Martin Frey and Simon Stiebjahn in the men´s category

Ariane Lüthi 
Amy Wakefield McDougall
Ariane Lüthi and Amy Wakefield celebrating thei final victory

Amy Wakefield McDougall and Ariane Lüthi didn’t left a chance for others to win at the finisher stage, increasing in fact their final advantage and declaring that it was not an easy thing despite what it may seem: “the best way to defend yourself is to go on the attack and that’s what we’ve done. We’re very happy with this victory, it has been very hard and it has even been long for us… We have gone to the limit in many moments“.

Simon Stiebjahn and Martin Frey winnig at the last stage.

Martin Frey and Simon Stiebjahn took advantage of the relative relaxation of the leaders to get the finisher stage, followed by the portuguese Tiago Ferreira and the local spanish Miguel Muñoz, while the final winners, Andres Seewald and Martion Stosek did cross the finish line only 1:16″ after the german couple.

Tony Longo in the still of the 6th and last Andalucía Bike Race stage video resume
Ariane Lüthi
Ariane Lüthi during the finisher stage.
Amy Wakefield McDougall
Amy Wakefield McDougall during the last Andalucía Bike Race stage.

Women’s final Andalucía Bike Race general classification

1.-Amy Wakefield - Ariane LüthiSymbtech Pump For Peace Velosolutions18:39:13"
2.-Irina Lützelschwab - Janine SchneiderBulls Doc.oliday.com +28:23"
3.-Stefanie Dohrn - Lejla TanjovicCanyon Northwave Allebike +44:23"
4.-Janina Wüst - Greete SteinburgMTB Pro Merchandising Racing+1:00:16"
5.-Debora Piana - Silvia ScipioniCicli Taddei Specialized+1:00:36"
6.-Naima Diesner - Meritxell FiguerasBUFF Megamo+1:18:09"
7.-Katazina Sosna - Greta KarasiovaiteTorpado Factory+1:19:09"
8.-Lourdes Cayetano - Arantxa SalvadóGobik Factory+1:33:33"
9.-Marta Torà - Jordina MuntadasCannondale TB+1:43:27"
10.-Tanja Priller - Hannah KöllingEdelsten Reichel Hörgeräte by MAD+2:09:06"

Martin Stosek 
Andreas Seewald
Martin Stosek and Andreas Seewald’s celebration.

Men’s final Andalucía Bike Race general classification

1.-Andreas Seewald - Martin StosekCanyon Northwave14:31:14"
2.-Fabian Rabensteiner - Wout AllemanWilier Pirelli Factory +6:00"
3.-José Dias - Hans BeckingBUFF Megamo+19:42"
4.-Martin Frey - Simon Stiebjann Singer+23:58"
5.-Leonardo Páez - Daniele MensiSoudal Leecougan International+26:09"
6.-Tiago Ferreira - Miguel MuñozDMT By Marconi Project's+34:51"
7.-Riccardo Chiarini - Francesco FailliCicli Taddei Specialized+36:43"
8.-Marco Rebagliati - Ole HemWilier 7C Force+43:24"
9.-Francesc Guerra - José María SánchezScott Cala Bandida+43:48"
10.-Peeter Pruus - Enrique MorcilloBUFF Megamo+44:32"

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