French skater Nolan Beddiaf, from the EOSkate World Team, and Colombian rider Aura Quintana from El Pilar Marianistas de Vitoria won the first stage of the P2P 2021 in a fast and exciting race, decided in the last kilometres.
Despite the rain that fell during the morning, the course was dry at the start in the town of Zubiri, and throughout the entire route. This favoured a high pace right from the start. In the first kilometres, the runners from El Pilar Marianistas set the pace of the race, trying to avoid a breakaway that arrived after the fifth kilometre. The overall winner of the last edition, Nolan Beddiaf and his teammate Martin Ferrie tested the strength of a peloton formed by about fifty skaters at the head of the race, including a good group of skaters among which were the favourites.
The race became tense at the flying goal of Zabaldica, at kilometre 12, with a sprint that Patxi Peula won, making it clear that he was strong enough for the rest of the race. The women's flying goal was won by Colombian Aura Quintana in a tight sprint with Maite Ancín.
Despite several breakaway attempts, the group reached the town of Huarte at kilometre 15 of the race. In the main street of the town, after a 90-degree right turn, Nolan Beddiaf made the attack that would ultimately prove to be definitive. From there to the finish line, the French rider rode alone, trying to avoid the peloton on the final slope of Curtidores, already in Pamplona. Beddiaf won the Zubiri - Pamplona with a time of 28'50". The second and third places were decided in a sprint a few seconds later, with the Basque Patxi Peula second and the winner's team-mate, Martin Ferrie, third.
A minute later, Colombian Aura Quintana from El Pilar Marianistas arrived at the finish line. She won the women's race ahead of Marine Lefeuvre from France, who could not keep up with her in the last kilometre, and Maite Ancín from Navarre, who arrived a few metres behind.
From there to the end of the race 550 skaters crossed the finish line in Bosquecillo street in Pamplona, with the end of the peloton arriving 60 minutes after the starting gun was fired in Zubiri.