Formosa dominates Penellu Road Race for 2nd year running

Friday, April 29, 2011, 21:06

Maurice Formosa First - Photo by Ramon Borg

Maurice Formosa of Melita Pedal Power Cycling Club won in style the hilly Penellu race last Sunday for the second year running. This was the first round out of three races valid for the National Championship title. The race was organized by the Malta Cycling Federation at the gruelling and hilly Penellu/Mellieha By-pass circuit where the Elite riders had to tackle the tough 6km circuit seven times which includes the tough Penellu hill.

Melita Pedal Power Cycling Club where very dominant in the Elite category however it was Keith Galea (B’Kara St. Joseph) who initiated the first action, attacking the main group right from the start. However he was reeled in straight away by Mark Bonnici (Melita Cycling Club C.C.). Bonnici attacked a couple of times more in the first lap but the attacks were neutralized by the group. In the 2nd lap Patrick Scicluna (Melita Pedal Power C.C.) made a successful attack and managed to create a gap on the peloton. However Maurice Formosa counter attacked the main group and only Etienne Bonello (Team Greens) and Keith Galea managed to follow him. Eventually this trio managed to reel in Scicluna. In the 6th lap, once again, Maurice Formosa proved his dominance on the hills by attacking his counterparts and riding solo for the remaining lap to the finish and winning the race in 1hr 21mins 12secs. The trio behind kept cycling together till the last lap, however Keith Galea had a mechanical issue which cost him important seconds, while Bonello and Scicluna sprinted for the remaining podium places with Bonello edging Scicluna on the line in 1hr 22mins 45seconds. Galea eventually placed fourth some seconds behind.
Podium finishers for other categories:
U/15 – Boys (3 Laps):
1st: - Carl Xuereb (Mosta AF Sign Studio C.C.) – 16mins 32secs
2nd - Nicholas Zammit (Mosta AF Sign Studio C.C.) – 18mins 38secs
3rd - Kurt Muscat (Mosta AF Sign Studio C.C.) – 19mins 52secs
U/15 – Girls (3 Laps):
1st: - Nina Zammit (Mosta AF Sign Studio C.C.) – 20mins 13secs
2nd - Michela Galea (Qormi Scott C.C.) – 20mins 16secs
3rd - Martina Sciberass (Mosta AF Sign Studio C.C.) – 20mins 16secs
Ladies (5 Laps):
1st: - Marie Claire Aquilina (Greens C.C.) – 1hr 6mins 50secs
2nd - Danica Bonello Spiteri (Greens C.C.) – 1hr 18mins 21secs
Masters 40+ (5 Laps):
1st: - Joseph Bonello (Greens C.C.) – 1hr 3mins 53secs
2nd - Mark Schembri (Mosta AF Sign Studio C.C.) – 1hr 4mins 16secs
3rd - Michael Lia (Mosta AF Sign Studio C.C.) – 1hr 5mins 46secs
Masters 50+ (4 Laps):
1st: - Emmanuel Bezzina (Mosta AF Sign Studio C.C.) – 53mins 03secs
2nd - Twanny Pisani (Mosta AF Sign Studio C.C.) – 55mins 09secs
3rd - Lino Fabri (Greens C.C.) – 58mins 36secs
Masters 60+ (4 Laps):
1st - Emmanuel Camilleri (Mosta AF Sign Studio C.C.) – 54mins 16secs
2nd - Anthony Borg (Qormi Scott C.C.) – 1hr 2mins 22 secs
3rd - George Abela (Qormi Scott C.C.) – 1hr 8mins 15 secs
Juniors (6 Laps):
1st: - Terence Lauri (Greens C.C.) – 1hr 41mins 22secs
For full results and photos of the race log on

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