The tenth edition of Gran Fondo Alberto Contador brought together 3000 cyclists in Oliva, Spain to ride with one of the world’s all-time best cyclists, Alberto Contador, winner of all three Grand Tours – Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and La Vuelta.
The sold out event offered two start times for the 160 kilometre gran fondo and one for the medio fondo, the first 1000 gran fondo riders, the fastest, went off at 08:00 under cloudy damp conditions.
Soon the sun came out and the best riders began to shine, ex-pro and 2019 winner Darío Gadeo, snuck into the front group and with 50 kilometers to go, dropped his breakaway companions to earn a solo victory in 4:40:53.
“I knew I was strong because I just won another gran fondo [Quebrantahuesos] and also already knew the route,” he said while standing atop the podium.
A few minutes after Gadeo, the MTB rider Vicente Quiles (4:41:45) crossed the line in second place, with Asier Irigoyen (4:49:02) finishing third – the same as last week at Quebrantahuesos.
In the women’s category, Belgian triathlete Inge Van Den Broeck clocked in at 5:37:18 to be the first across the finish line. Next, Pilar Mansilla (5:44:32) entered in second place and Olga Planells third (5:56:27).
Finishing just in front of Planells and accompanied by many a mini-peloton of riders, Alberto Contador completed the 160 kilometre route in 5:48:45.
“It has been a spectacular day and to enjoy this territory with the fans!” commented the multi-Grand Tour winner while taking selfies with participants afterwards.
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