Italian Piero Lorenzini climbed back into the leader’s jersey in the stage 3 time trial up Monte Bondone at the 5-day Haute Route Dolomites gran fondo on Thursday in Italy.

Lorenzini reclaimed the lead, after loosing it to the Spaniard Marco Prada on stage 2, by covering the 20 kilometer individual time trial up the famous 1450 meter Monte Bondone climb in 54:53, 28 seconds ahead of Prada.

Lorenzini now leads the overall general classification with a time of 7:05:14, followed closely by Marco Prada at 7:05:38, with Alex Heaney from New Zealand now in third place at 7:16:08.

Danish rider Luise Valentin continues her dominance of the women’s race after winning the first three stages. She leads the overall competition with time of 8:36:05, followed by Brazilian Valeria Ciarnuto at 8:57:41 and Georgia Perry of New Zealand at 8:59:47.

Over three hundred cyclists are participating the five stage, 458 kilometers long amateur race with 14,850 meters of positive elevation gain that ends Saturday in the heart of the Dolomites – Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Complete Haute Route Dolomites results HERE.

Photos: Haute Route