Herman Nekkers


Shortened Granfondo Vosges ridden under heavy conditions

The Granfondo Vosges was one of the few events that still took place. Organiser Cycling Classics France did the utmost to get the participants off to a COVID-proof start. Unfortunately, the weather conditions in northern France were such that the organisation decided to cancel the long distance.

Foto: Cycling Classics France

Bad luck for the gran fondo organizers in this COVID year. Last few months, the organization made every effort to allow the Granfondo Vosges to take place. And just this weekend they will have to deal with extreme weather conditions. Of course this is no fun for the participants either.

Gran fondo cancelled

Just like 4 weeks ago at the GFNY Alpes Vaujany, the organisation was therefore forced to cancel the longest distance (175 km/3500 m). Extreme cold combined with rain made it irresponsible for the participants to cover the long distance of the Vosges Cycle safely. Only the mediofondo (122 km/2700 m) and the rando (68 km/1500 m) took place.

As far as we are concerned, this was an excellent decision to protect the participants from themselves, whether or not under pressure from the local authorities. Moreover, the heavily burdened care is not waiting for a mountain of hypothermic cyclists. The north-east of France was one of the most severely affected corona areas earlier this year.


Medio fondo: 435 starters, 407 finishers.  

Rando: 17 starters, 15 finishers.

Result men

1. Rafaël Addy (Swi)   3:44:14

2. Marcel Wyss (Swi)   3:44:23 (ex-prof, in 2016 40th in the Giro and 21st in the Vuelta)

3. Fredric Glorieux (Bel)   3:47:14 (friend of CycloWorld!)

Result women

1. Aurore Pauchet (Fra)   4:35:25

2. Lisa Grandjean (Swi)   4:43:26

3. Nolwenn Houot (Fra)   3:58:09

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