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11-07-2022 | Frank Jansen

A weekend full of tier one gran fondos: the results

It was a jam-packed weekend when it comes to gran fondos. We list the most important results.

Kitzbüheler Radmarathon

In the men's race, it was Johnny Hoogerland (NL) who won in a new course record. About 2 minutes later, Paul Verbnjak (AUT) crossed the finish line in 2nd place. The podium was completed by Patrick Hagenaars (AUT).

In the ladies' race, there was an all-Austrian podium. Monica Fritz won, ahead of Christina Sautner and Sabrina Exenberger.

The first 3.5 hours of this beastly gran fondo were plagued by rain, which made the battle even more epic. On behalf of CycloWorld, Herman Nekkers and Marcel van Herten were at the start. Their report will follow later.

Full results here.

L'Étape du Tour

Beautiful weather conditions at L'Étape du Tour. The brand new Marmotte winner Stefan Kirchmair (AUT) took the flowers in the men's category. Just like at the Marmotte, Loïc Ruffaut (FR) took 2nd place. Jacques Levetron (FR) completed the podium.

Full results here.

GFNY Grand Ballon

Belgian success at the GFNY Grand Ballon. This new gran fondo was won by our own guest reporter Michiel Minnaert (BE). Luxembourgian elite rider Larry Valvasori came in 2nd. Janine Meyer (DE) won on the women's side. Jill Patterson (USA) finished 2nd and Julia Schallau (DE) 3rd.

All results here (note, the official results are not live yet)

Granfondo Pinarello

Who else took the flowers in the women's race but the brand new Martona winner Martha Maltha (NL)? It wasn't easy, she said.

"A very different kind of gran fondo than I'm used to with only one longer climb and two shorter ones. Besides that, it's mostly hills, so there's a lot more interval work than I normally do. From the start it went full throttle, in terms of physical effort it was not hard, but in terms of mental effort it takes energy to arrive at the first climb without injuries. Fortunately, after that it was a little less nervous riding and I was able to finish these two weeks in Italy in a great way."

Martha beat Elena Palmisano (2nd, IT) and Eva Zorman (3rd, SLO).

In the men's category it was an Italian podium, as often happens at Italian gran fondos. Pietro Dutto won, ahead of multi-winner Tommaso Ellectrico, who finished 2nd in the Maratona just last week. Manuel Senni came in 3rd. He was originally 8th in the Maratona, but was removed from the results because he was a pro recently.

Full results here.

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