The race: "The beginning was flat, not my preferred terrain, but I didn't get overwhelmed, it was a demanding pace, and I knew at the beginning of the climb I wasn't going to be the first. Gemma Arenas was in the lead, I didn't even know who was behind, going uphill I soon got into the lead, Gemma was close, then during a technical section, I concentrated, moving fast, I knew I could open up a gap over this terrain".
For those who do not know the route, apart from the statistic of 68km and 4889m of elevation, the terrain is also technical, off the beaten path, with long scrambling ridges, pure skyrunning. "In the middle of the race I got six minutes ahead of Gemma, there was a non-technical section that was more her style, and she got some time back on me, I did not panic, stayed calm in my thoughts, I stayed patient for the next technical section where I could benefit again, and I did. I looked back a few times to check the gap, I wasn't nervous, I still felt strong.”
Maite progressively increased her lead over Gemma, in third place was Italy's Giuditta Turini. "At around 50km there was a long descent, I looked back and could not see Gemma, I had to be careful not to fall and lose everything though. One kilometre from the finish line, entering Barruera, I got goose bumps, I know I am going to win, everything was great, I was already heavily fatigued, but my body was asking me to go faster, it is amazing what adrenaline does. I was thrilled when I crossed the finish line, I was a World Champion again!”
"Finally, I want to thank the Spanish federation for the opportunity they have given me, as a team we did the job and especially the women’s ultra team have done really well. And, of course, to my partner Iosu for always being there".