Josep Betalú won for the fourth time in a row, while Anna Ramírez was unrivalled among the women. In the overall standings, Marek Rauchfuss and Filip Adel finished tenth and seventeenth respectively. Both marathon cyclists agree that, despite how well the race and facilities were organised in the circumstances, after a week in the desert they were looking forward to going back home to the Czech Republic. “I think it’s going to take me a while to recover. I can’t wait to see the Czech countryside in bloom and enjoy a cold beer in my back garden,” says Marek Rauchfuss after a week in the desert. “I’m looking forward to our home climate and a clean bed,” adds Filip Adel.
Besides the massive achievement of making it all the way through to the end of the race, he can also boast an individual victory, having won the ŠKODA Challenge, a dedicated race segment featuring a 14 km long climb with a target bonus at the top, in the fifth stage.