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Red Hook Criterium Barcelona No.5 through Instagram

Red Hook Criterium Barcelona No.5 is a wrap. We selected some Instagram posts that reflect the day perfectly!
Text: Brian Megens
Header Image: Tornanti.cc

As always the Red Hook Criterium Barcelona No.5’s venue is an absolute beauty.

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Yesterday was the third stage of Red Hook Criterium Serie 2017 and Barcelona welcomed all the riders with a perfect sunny day. Our hooks were shining on the podium, while 2 Italian guys got 2nd and 3rd place: @vigadave and @pippofortin Looking forward for the final stage in Milano next 14 October, where at least 5 teams will fight for the Team title . #redhookcrit #redhook #barcelona #summertime #parcdelforum #fixedgear #fixedgearbike #criterium #rockstargames #specialized #castelli #cinelliofficial #oakley #oakleycycling #oakleybike #ffwdwheels #chrome #asssavers #woodenlogo #woodensign #sportlogo #logodesign #woodenart #handmade #woodbe . . @redhookcrit @oakley @oakleybike @asssavers @chrome_industries @specializeditaly @iamspecialized @castellicycling @ffwdwheels @tacxperience @fixedgearcrit @tornanti_cc @titocaput @cyclingtips @raphanocturne @raphanocturnecopenhagen @rapha_uk . 📸by @piacca

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Eleonore Saraiva & Colin Strickland started the day as the RHC leaders.

The course was technical with 2 hairpins but above all proved to be very slippery in some corners creating 2 stop and go moments each lap.

The qualification heats in the men’s race were very competitive forcing riders to go to the limit and sometimes go over it.

Due to a broken chain Aldo lost control over his bike.

However, in the Last Chance Race he did walk away with the win securing a 16th place to start.
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She won in London, she won her heat, and she won the Super Pole, Raphaele Lemieux was clearly the top-favourite but was taken out due to a flat tire
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Besides Raphaela, Ainara Elbusto, Ash Duban, Eleonore Saraiva, and Tanja Erath were also among the top favourites.
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Ash Duban managed to beat Ainara Elbusto in a sprint-a-deux,securing the win.

Ainara set-up the break-away but had to settle for 2nd place

Photographers were there again to get those amazing shots

With 2 laps to go Stefan Schafer caused a crash causing many favourites, including Colin Strickland, to get behind
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Both Olivier Leroy and Marius Petrache were among them

Not only did van Eerd get the Top-Antagonist award, he went on to take the win in RHC BCN5
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Podium party

With his 2nd place, Davide Vigano took over the RHC leaders jersey from Colin Strickland

The Top-10 in the Women’s and Men’s field

And then there was the after-party

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RHC after parties make everything better – The race was going pretty well, I was on the winning wheel going into the last bend with a podium a sure thing, but I wanted the win. I took a tight line to jump the leaders as they went wide from coming in hot, but the front wheel just went out from underneath me. Haven't been that pissed in a while, but that is the beauty of racing, especially fixed crits. Loved the race, whole team rode insane, what a battle royal between us and @intelligentsiaracing and big up David van Erd on the win, mega ride! Shouts to @redhookcrit after parties and the whole crew for always being amazing. BEACH time. #djboothscrape #redhookcrit #rhcbcn5 📷@gophobservation

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After Party #redhookcrit

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RHC BCN 5 race venue the day after

Now we are off to the beach