Bonello wins final round, Formosa takes title

Friday, July 20, 2012, 15:37

The final round of the  202 Jewellery Road  Race  National  Championship was held lately in San Paul’s bypass.  Etienne Bonello (Team Greens) emerged victorious in a two men sprint with Maurice Formosa (The Cyclist). The outcome of the race determined the outright winner of the  Road Race National  Championship.  The title which went to Formosa after a fierce battle with his sibling Christian Formosa (Melita Discus) who  shared the same number of points in the two previous races. Etienne Bonello who stood in third place in the ranking before the race leapfrogged Christian to second place after claiming the final round. The three riders were all supported by their respective teams with Team Greens determined to take the race home after failing to secure a win in the road race championship. The race was very nervous from the start and attacking attempts were given little space. The hot and humid weather made the going more difficult and in the final laps only a handful of riders remained in front. The race was determined in the final climb up St Paul’s bypass with a number of progressions first by Waylon Mifsud (Mosta AF Sign Studio) who opened a small lead which was immediately chased down by Christopher Gatt (Team Greens). Into the final  meters Maurice Formosa fired a fierce progression as Christian was in difficulty, Bonello jumped onto Formosa’s wheel to outsprint him in the final 100 metres claiming the race.  Mark Bonnici (Melita Discus) finished third. 

 The racing season will come to an end this Sunday with the final round of the time trial national champion with the end of season hill climb at Mizieb.

Results of the day


Elite: Etienne Bonello (Greens), Maurice Formosa (The Cyclist), Mark Bonnici (Melita)

Ladies: Ruth Mamo (Mosta)

Juniors: Karl Xuereb (Mosta)

Masters: Peter Gatt (Greens), Joseph Bonello (Greens), Mark Schembri (Mosta)

50+: Joe Mallia(Qormi), Chares Zammit (Mosta)

60+: Emmanuel Camilleri (Mosta), Anthon Borg (Qormi), George Abela (Qormi)

U12: Isaac Spiteri (Melita), Michele Lucia (Mosta), Michael Sant (Mosta)

U15B: Kurt Muscat (Mosta), Mark Farrugia (Mosta)

U15G: Martina Sciberras (Mosta), Martina Pizzuto (Mosta)


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