Adiуs Abraham Y Melchor
On Sunday under a blue sky in Madrid, Spain said goodbye to two of its heros: Abraham Olano (ONCE) and Melchor Mauri (Maia). Both winners of La Vuelta a Espaсa, both top time trialists. Olano was road and time trial world champ and took the Vuelta in 1998, Mauri won the Vuelta in 1991.
Sunday’s races consisted of a team time trial, an individual time trial, a points race and an elimination race, all on a 3.2 kilometre circuit, with live TV coverage.
The team time trial was won by the Relax team of three by 1 second from Kelme. World time trial champ Santiago Botero (Kelme) won the individual from Olano in second. Olano came out on top in the points race, 2nd. was this year’s Vuelta winner Aitor Gonzбlez (Kelme), 3rd. Fйlix Garcia Casas of Big Mat.
The elimination race was a hard fought battle, with a lot of pride involved. Mauri was the winner, Gonzбlez 2nd., Garcia Casas 3rd., Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Acqua & Sapone) 4th. and Oscar Sevilla (Kelme) 5th.
The final overall:
1st. A.Gonzбlez (KEL).
2nd. F.Garcia Casas (BIG).
3rd. M.Mauri (MAI).
4th. A.Edo (MAI).
5th. F.Cerezo (CSC).
Both riders said that this was the best way to say goodbye to their fans, and that they both would miss the friends that they had made in the pro peleton.