First round of the Virtual Gran Fondo World Tour Series saw riders from around the world tackle the Grand Tour climb of Ordino-Arcalis, with live commentary from Ex-Pro and Cycling Commentator Juan Antonio Flecha and Movistar Riders
Canadian cyclist Bruce Bird, a three times UCI amateur world champion from Toronto was fastest in the opening round of the new Gran Fondo Virtual World Championship® series climbing the 10.46 mile climb with over 3,195 feet in a time of 43m 58s.
For the women, German cyclist Heike Hardt was fastest finishing in a time of 1h 1m 2s, ahead of fellow countrywomen Sabine Ladwig (1h 2m 42s) and Tanja Lenz Team Erdinger Alkoholfrei (1h 3m 24s).
From the start, Gianfranco Pedretti attacked and built up a maximum lead of 250 metres. Behind, Norwegian cyclist and previous 2018 Gran Fondo World Tour Men’s Champion Jonas Orset (Nordic Trailblazer) moved into 2nd place (45m 59s) with Adam Pel finishing third in the men’s race (47m 46s)
Alvaro Galindo from Watts Lab started to move up the pack to the head of the race and finished in 5th place.
Professional rider Willie Smit who rode for Nippo Vini Fantini, Team Katusha-Alpecin and BURGOS-BH finished strongly overtaking several riders in the closing km’s to finish in 35th place whilst commentating on the race!
GFWT CEO Dani Buyo also in the Movistar Studio with Alvaro Galindo, crossed the finish and commented “xxxxxx”.
270 riders from around the world took on the climb of Ordino-Arcalis, a 10.46 mile climb with over 3,195 feet of climbing and gradients of up to 21% in Andorra on the Rouvy virtual cycling platform.
The event was open to all cyclists, with no age restrictions in the Open Men and Women categories.
All finishers were entered into the 2021 GFWT ® series ranking with 100 Bonus points and all received a digital badge.
For the full results, please visit: https://my.rouvy.com/onlinerace/detail/45241.
For information on Ordino-Arcalis, please visit the Ordino-Arcalis Resort and Ordino Tourist Information Center.