After serving a four month ban for doping in 2020, Italian gran fondo climbing star Enrico Zen was back to his winning ways in the heart of the Italian Alps at Granfondo Stelvio Santini. The ninth edition of the classic ‘climbers” race drew over 2500 amateurs to Bormio on 12 September.
Foreign participation was strong, with 1630 riders from 54 nations signing up to climb Italy’s legendary Stelvio Pass. Team Trek-Segafredo riders Jacopo Mosca and Letizia Paternoster also lined up at the start, but were excluded from the competition due to their professional status.
The 2021 edition continued the competitive climbing format introduced in 2017, which crowns the first man and woman as King of the Mountain and Queen of the Mountain, based on overall total time on three climbs.
Enrico Zen and Martina Trevisiol set the best total time on the climbs of Teglio, Mortirolo and Stelvio on the 151 kilometre route to earn the KOM and QOM titles. Zen finished first on Teglio, second on Motirolo and fourth on Stelvio for a total time of 2:18:05:650. Trevisiol finished first on Teglio, first on Motirolo and second on Stelvio to earn the QOM title in 2:39:35.320.
On the world famous Stelvio climb, Denis Taccola had the best time of the day at 1:09:28.559 to be crowned Stelvio King, while Christina Rausch was Stelvio Queen with a time of 1:21:52.322.
The event will return to its traditional month of June in 2022, taking place on the Sunday the 12th.
Complete Gran Fondo Stelvio results HERE.
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