24 year-old Spaniard Sergio Alvarez Febles bested a field of 700 riders from 15 countries to win Vuelta al Teide gran fondo on the volcanic island of Tenerife off the coast of Morocco on Saturday 8 May.
It took him only 5:33:36 to complete the 170 kilometer gran fondo course that crisscrossed the world famous and challenging Teide National Park, included over 4000 metres of climbing on barren volcano terrain. The medio fondo covered 90 kilometres and 2000 vertical metres.
Race director, Andrés Gómez, commented before the start “the event is a popular test that is very attractive among all cycling fans, both from here and from many other countries, mainly due to the attractiveness of the Tenerife landscape through which it circulates. which is unique in the world.”
Not only is Tenerife a popular year-round playground for amateur cyclists, many pro riders and teams use it for winter training camps due to its warmer climate and challenging routes.
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