Lachgar and Barrachina, winners of Behobia-San Sebastian. Deia, Bizkaia News


The weather has been key in the times and intensities of the corridors

The Moroccan athlete Chakib Lachgar, based in Gipuzkoa, gave the big surprise in the 55th edition of the Behobia-San Sebastian by imposing on a spectacular test final to all the favorites, while in the women's race he won, also by surprise, Alicante Gema Barrachina.

EFE – Sunday, November 10, 2019 – Updated at 2:24 p.m.

DONOSTIA The ultimate candidate for the final triumph, Iraitz Arrospide, the current 50-kilometer world champion on the road, led from the first stride, in almost constant rain, leading a group of a dozen runners that decreased as the kilometers passed.

Jesus Olmos, the last sensation of Spanish athletics, a 10-kilometer national champion who alternates training with his work in a greengrocer, was a work activity that did not prevent him from an exhaustive preparation that would lead him to occupy the fourth place in goal.

Adverse meteorology has been key in the times and intensities of the corridors, with a lot of rain, puddles on the track and hail streaks that complicated the evolution of the more than 33,000 athletes enrolled in this special edition, in which 100 years of the first occasion in which the race was disputed.

The hardness of the tour made the first selection, the final group was formed, with Arrospide, Ivan Fernandez, Olmos, and the final winner Lachgar, who began to go a few steps behind but without losing the visual reference of his teammates.

The Maghreb runner, who seemed to have it impossible in the last meters, joined the group epicly in the final stretch, and less worn than his opponents, showed a speed point that few had to win a brilliant victory with great authority.

The feminine test had less emotion, the Canarian Aroa Merino, the "Queen of the Behobia" with three consecutive victories in the previous editions, did not have her day; the cold froze her legs and from the start it was clear that she would not be able to reissue triumph.

Diana Martin, the other great candidate, and Gema Barrachina advanced a position in the ranks and became the two clear aspirants for glory.

Barrachina, in the town of Errenteria, in mid-career, left alone and made the last kilometers without any other company than the rain, and the support of the thousands of fans who cheered from the shoulders, to overcome without difficulty in the center of Donostia

Classification 55 Behobia- San Sebastian

MENS1.- Chakib Lachgar 1h.00.57 seconds 2.- Iraitz Arrospide at 5 seconds 3.- Ivan Fernandez at 14 seconds

WOMEN1.- Gema Barrachina 1h.11. 32 seconds 2.- Diana Martin at 14 seconds 3.- Gisela Carrion at 23 seconds

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