Today’s stage of the Andalucia Bike Race unfortunately had to be cancelled due to weather warnings issued across Spain. After yesterday’s snowy stage it comes as little surprise that the severe weather was, and still is, predicted to bring further snow.
The organisation had this to say following today’s cancellation:
“The red alert announced by the Guardia Civil this morning turned into black alert (maximum level of precaution) at 09:00 o’clock this morning. These circumstances, together with the snowfall at the highest mountain passes of todays stage 5 which could hinder the access to certain points of the race course, were the reasons that todays stage got canceled, also recommended by the Guardia Civil due to the general conditions and the level of precaution alert in the area and in the whole country.
In terms of competition, the overall classification stays the same as they were settled yeasterday after the fourth stage, with Lakata-Mennen as leaders in Elite Men; Sally Bigham and Milena Landtwing en categoría femenina; Vicente Pla y Javier Cherro en Master 30; Annika Langvad y Thomas Bonne en Mixto y Anthony White y Richard Rothwell en Master 40.
With this situation, tomorrow’s stage will be thrilling. On one hand, participants are willing to take the start after today’s pause. On the other hand, it will be the last opportunity for all of them to fight for the overall position of this edition.”
So that leaves our team of Matt Page and Melanie Alexander sitting in 2nd place going into the final stage, which hopefully won’t be hampered by the weather.
Here’s the latest video update (in Spanish):