27 year-old cyclist and first year neo-pro Samuel Blanco Prol was the great winner of the sixth edition of Gran Fondo Ézaro on Sunday 11 July. The 2020 Spanish Amateur National Champion only needed 4:19:32 to complete 151 kilometres on the coastal and mountain roads in the Galicia region of Spain, including the final ascent of “The O Ézaro Wall” with gradients up to 30%.
Two time Gran Fondo Ézaro winner David Vaz (2018, 2019) was next at only 19 seconds behind. Ángel Maneiro took third place after crossing the finish line located at the Dumbriés viewpoint of O Ézaro one minute and 16 seconds behind the winner.
Retired professional and Olympic gold medalist Samuel Sánchez rode the event for the first time and finished in eighth position.
In the women’s classification, Sara Modrego López easily won, finishing in 5:20:17. She was followed, far behind, by Patricia Leite (5:56:49), and Ana García Peña (6:03:02).
In the Medio Fondo, Pol Ortega, was proclaimed champion in 2:37:26 after riding 85 kilometres along the Costa da Morte. The women’s Medio Fondo title was claimed by Barca Toba with a time of 3:04:14.
Over 1000 athletes registered for the event, the first edition since 2019. In 2022 Gran Fondo Ézaro will return as part of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series, allowing riders to qualify for the 2022 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships planned in Trento, Italy.
Complete Gran Fondo Ezaro results HERE.
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