The island of Gran Caria hosted the 2022 edition of Desafío La Titánica gran fondo on Saturday, with the Italian Piero Lorenzini winning in 2:09:45 and the Romanian Manuela Muresan taking the women’s title in 2:43:11 from a field of 300 cyclists from 17 countries.

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The amateur race started at 08:00 sharp with Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre leading the peloton out of Anfi del Mar on a 138 kilometers and 3480 vertical meters route, but only 43.8 kilometers over 3 timed segments were raced competitively.

The first timed section of nine kilometers between La Filipina and Cruz de San Antonio was won by Manuel de León (0:28:22) for the men and Manuela Muresan (0:36:27) the women.

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Starting at Pie de la Cuesta and totaling 12 kilometres in length, the second timed segment included a blazing fast downhill segment.  Iván Vidal was first to the finish with a super quick time of 0:29:09, followed closely by Jacob Reyes and Constantin Bartels . Susana Maclean from Sweden narrowly managed to beat the favorite Muresan, by less than 1 second.

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At 22.8 kilometres in length, the final timed segment was the most demanding, averaging 8 percent gradient between Puente del Barranco de La Aldea and Degollada del Humo.  With road gradients up to 25 percent in the dreaded Valley of Las Lágrimas, Italian Piero Lorenzini attacked to finish solo, winning the stage in 1:10:56 and sealing overall general classification victory.  Behind a titanic fight between, Manuela Muresan and Susan Maclean was raging, with Muresan eventually claiming the stage in 1:33:57, twenty seconds ahead of Maclean.

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The final general classification in the men’s category: first place Piero Lorenzini 2:09:45, in second place Manuel de León 2:11:05, and in third Pedro Rodríguezme of 2:11:12.

It was very hard, especially the Valley of Tears, but the climbs are my thing,” Lorenzini told Ciclismo a fondo, “I didn’t expect to win. I am very happy, it is a fantastic island with incredible roads.” 

In the women’s category, Manuela Muresan was champion with a time of 2:43:11. In second position, Susan Maclean with 2:44:13 and the final podium step went to Josephine Bollinger with a time of 2:54:37.

Complete Desafio la Titanica results HERE.

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