6 April 2017
The 23 edition of the International cycling Tour of Malta started in an ideal weather with the first stage, Time trail race of 12 km at the Coast road, Bahar ic-Caghaq. A record number of cyclists participated. They came from seven local along with sixteen other foreign clubs, while there were a number of individual cyclists who came from various European countries. This first day has obtained great success for the Maltese female cyclists where among a number of 24 cyclists, Michelle Vella Wood (Team Greens) ended the first in 23: 29.61. In second place ended another Maltese cyclist, Marie Claire Aquilina also of Team Greens in 23: 46.62. English Stephanie Mottram of NCC Group Iwota Torelli entered third in 24: 12.25.
The Masters’s category was won by Greek Lukas Katapodis of Pigasos Cycling Club in 22: 01.75. He was followed by James Stewart of the British Club, Bonito Squadra Corse in 22: 02.74, while Maltese Michael Camilleri of Team Greens finished third in 22: 09:12.
The main focus was the Elite category won by Matthew Davies (Rhino Velo Race Team) in 21: 15.84. He was followed by Thomas Strand (Velostrada Test Team) in 21: 23.47 and William Brown (Brother NRG Driveplan) in 21: 27.84. Maltese Etienne Bonello (Team Greens) finished fourth in 21: 36.18.
At the end of the stage, Claudio Lattanzio, an Anza journalist and photographer, Fernando Ranalli, President of the Aquila Provincial Cycling Federation and Anthony Brigulio, Member of the Organizing Committee presented medals and the red jerseys to the overall winners.
The Tour of Malta continues tomorrow with the second stage, a road race of 83.3 kilometers on the By-Pass of St. Paul, while the third stage on Saturday all the group travel to Gozo for a 60 kilometers road race on the Nadur circuit. The fourth and final stage will be held on Sunday at St. Martin with a road race of 88 kilometers.