Oscar Pujol heads Spanish top 3 after first stage of Saudi Titan Series bike race

The 89 kilometer opening stage started from the Millennium Hotel and wound through the desert towards Jaw’s campsite. (SPA)
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Updated 30 January 2020

Oscar Pujol heads Spanish top 3 after first stage of Saudi Titan Series bike race

  • More than 140 riders from around the world are competing

HAIL: Spanish cyclist Oscar Pujol leads the field after the first stage of the inaugural Titan Series Saudi Arabia mountain bike race in Hail region. He finished 3 minutes 11 seconds ahead of fellow Spaniard Josep Betalú, with Julen Zubero completing a Spanish top three, 4 minutes and 18 seconds behind Pujol.

Silvia Roura, also from Spain, opened up a commanding lead over her rivals in 13-rider woman’s race, finishing the stage more than 30 minutes clear.

More than 140 riders from around the world are competing in the new event from the organizers of the established Titan Desert race. The Saudi event forms part of the Hail Season activities.

The 89 kilometer opening stage started from the Millennium Hotel and wound through the desert towards Jaw’s campsite. It was the first of four daily stages covering a total distance of 366 km divided into four stages in the shadow of Aja Mountains.

On Thursday, riders will tackle the second stage, which at 109 km is the longest of the race.
 


Newspaper apologizes for racist comment about Barça’s Fati

Updated 22 October 2020

Newspaper apologizes for racist comment about Barça’s Fati

  • ABC journalist Salvador Sostres wrote that ‘Ansu when running has something of a gazelle, or a very young, black street vendor running’ away from police
  • Teammate Antoine Griezmann: ‘Ansu is an exceptional young man who deserves the same respect as any human being — no to racism and no to bad manners’

BARCELONA, Spain: Barcelona player Ansu Fati received an apology in a Spanish newspaper on Thursday for being profiled racially by one of its journalists.
ABC journalist Salvador Sostres wrote of Barcelona’s win over Ferencvaros on Tuesday that “Ansu when running has something of a gazelle, or a very young, black street vendor running” away from police.
Teammate Antoine Griezmann was one of many readers who denounced the description by Sostres in a message on Twitter: “Ansu is an exceptional young man who deserves the same respect as any human being. No to racism and no to bad manners.”
ABC published an apology by Sostres on Thursday.
“My intention was to praise the beauty of Ansu’s movement and his talent as a very young player,” Sostres wrote. “Some expressions were understood as racist insults. Nothing was further from my intention, nor the very favorable opinion of the player that I have expressed in all the match reports I have written since his debut. I deeply lament the misunderstanding and I ask forgiveness if anyone has felt offended.”
Fati, who is Black, was born in Guinea Bissau and immigrated with his family to Spain when he was six years old. Now 17, he is one of Barcelona’s most promising players.
Barcelona says it was planning to sue the newspaper and journalist, but after Sostres’ apology it is reconsidering what course to take.