Last weekend on the sunny Croatian island of Pag the third international edition of Granfondo Pag – Cycling on the Moon was held with hundreds of riders from across Europe racing 85 kilometers over barren lunar landscapes reminiscent of Mont Ventoux, but it was an 18 year-old Croatian star who stole the show.

This year with a time of 1:57:49, Nikolas Gojkovic (Zadar Cycling Club) added a Granfondo Pag – Cycling on the Moon title to his palmares. As a three-time Croatian National Junior Road Champion victory is nothing new for Gojkovic, nonetheless, the youngster was thrilled to win the event on his first try.

I am overjoyed with the victory and thank the hosts and organizers for the excellently organized race. See you next year,” said Gojković afterwards.

Anthony Bilic (1:57:49) came up a wheel short in the final sprint to finish in second place, while third place went to Matija Meden (1:57:54). 2022 UCI Gran Fondo World Champion Igor Kopse (1:58:17) narrowly missed the podium, finishing in fourth place. 

Erica Jesenko (JB Team) won the women’s race in 2:11:08 with Julia Nowak (2:25:33) and Maja Kokalj Gram (2:25:33) in second and third place respectively.

Complete Granfondo Pag results HERE.

Photos/Media: Granfondo Pag/Denis Peros