In a field stacked with French amateurs, wearing bib #1 Frenchman Emmanuel Hollebeke (LES AVOINEURS) came out on top once gain to win his 5th consecutive Campilaro Cyclosportive with a time of 6:52:22.

With three stages covering 330km of roads used in the Tour de France and the Tour of Spain, the Campilaro is as close as an amateur gran fondo cyclist can come to riding like a World Tour Pro in July.

5-TIME CAMPILARO WINNER EMMANUEL HOLLEBEKE (PINK SHORTS). ©CAMPILARO

Nestled in Ariège in the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains on the boarder between France and Spain, the 3-day Campilaro tested riders with high mountain passes, gorges, plateaus and little-know rural roads, plus a lot of climbing – 7400m vertical.

SHARKTOOTH PROFILE. ©CAMPILARO

Some of the more well-known climbs included: Wall of Peguera (3.6km @ 11.8%) ridden in this years Le Tour de France, Col de Port (17km @ 5%) where Nairo Quintana won stage 17 in the 2018 Le Tour and Port of Pailhères (15km @ 8.1%) first used in Le Tour in 2003.

This year the fifth edition staged in the host cities of Foix and Ax-les-Thermes for 192 riders (event is capped at 200) from all across Europe.

DAY 2 EVERYONE GOT WET. ©CAMPILARO

Charlotte Fellouse won the women’s category with a general classification time of 8:08:04 and was 46th overall.

The 2020 Campilaro Cyclosportive will be July 24-26 with host cities and route to be announced in October.

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