Great things happen in pairs, like with Batman & Robin, Mario & Luigi and riders at the 2019 Haute Route Stelvio in Bormio, Italy.

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DYNAMIC DUO ©HAUTE ROUTE

For the final edition of the event (it won’t be back in 2020), Haute Route limited registration to teams of two.  A field of 154 international riders paired up into 77 teams to tackle the iconic climbs of Stelvio, Motirolo and Cancano over three stages.  Although only 193km in length, the stages challenged teams with over 7300m of classic Italian climbing.

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ONLY 40 STELVIO SWITCHBACKS TO GO. ©HAUTE ROUTE

Landslides over the past few weeks forced Haute Route to change the original routes, but with the help of local authorities the event went off without issue.

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ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL. ©HAUTE ROUTE

Pro Tour Professional Tiesj Benoot (LOTTO SOUDAL 2019, TEAM SUNWEB 2020) used Haute Route Stelvio as training for the end of season Fall classics and paired with good friend Killian Michiels.

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OH YEA, FIST BUMP! ©HAUTE ROUTE

While most teams stuck together like glue – helping, encouraging and supporting each other in a spirited fun way – others wished their counterparts good luck and dropped them as soon as the road went up.

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COME ON. WE GOT THIS. ©HAUTE ROUTE

Benoot said he did a little of both, “On the first part of the Stelvio I lost my partner, but I waited for him at the feed zone and we came together for the last part.”

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TIESJ BENOOT SOLO. ©HAUTE ROUTE

On the time trial stage Team of Two rider Philippe Béchet rode a speedy 31:39, with teammate Linda Farczadi at 38:04, helping them win the overall Mixed category with a total team time of 13:23:03.

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LENDING A HELPING HAND. ©HAUTE ROUTE

Team Asterix & Obelix riders Michele Antonioli and Daniele Schena won the Men’s category with a total team time of 12:17:35, followed by GDR Canaviais at 12:22:06 and Challenge Family 12:37:52.

In the Women’s category Bethan Hopewell and Christine Ford, riding as team Your Pace Or Mine?, won in 16:23:41.

Note: Results published by Haute Route do not show team results, only individual.   GFDN calculated team results here as outlined in the Haute Route rule book using cumulative time of both riders. 

WINNING MEN’S TEAM OF ANTONIOLI AND SCHENA. ©HAUTE ROUTE

GRAN FONDO CALENDAR NORTH AMERICA here

GRAN FONDO CALENDAR EUROPE here