5-time Tour de France champion Miguel Indurain invited 2000 cycling friends to ride alongside him on his favorite hometown training paths in Villava, Spain at La Induráin HC gran fondo on Saturday 23 July.
The event celebrated the 30th anniversary of Indurain’s first double gran tour victory, when he won both the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia in 1992. To commemorate the victories, Indurain, wearing bib #1, wore a specially made half yellow, half pink leader’s jersey.
The main gran fondo covered a 180 kilometers with over 3000 meters of accumulated elevation gain, including three Category 1, one Category 2 and three Category 3 climbs. In addition to the overall race, riders competed on a 12.4km timed KOM section from kilometer 132.7 until the summit of Alto de Artesiaga, the hardest climb on the route.
Angel Vazquez Iglesias won the event handily, completing the demanding course in 5:21:03, over three and a half minutes ahead of Unai Lizeaga Apaolaza (5:24:37) and Antonio Som Castillo (5:25:28). Vazquez also claimed the KOM title with a time of 34:26.
Monika Daza Asumendi won the women’s race with a final time of 6:07:01. Marijo Mayora Sarratea (6:18:05) finished second and Miren Josune Bikuna Zubia (6:28:25) came in third.
Indurain, 58, finished in 120th place overall with a time of 6:23:03.
In the 100 kilometer medio fondo, Justo Fernandez Toro was fastest, stopping the clock in 2:41:34 to win via a 3-up sprint. Lorea Burguete Mikeo took the top honors in the women’s race with a final time of 3:05:03. Miguel Indurain’s 54 year-old brother Prudencio, also a former pro cyclist, finished 29th with a time of 2:57:14.
Complete La Indurain HC results HERE.
Photos: La Indurain HC