Mexican home favorite, Flavio de Luna rides a smart tactical race to win his second GFNY Cozumel title on Sunday November 12
NEW YORK CITY, November 16, 2017 – For the fourth year running, the Mexican island of Cozumel hosted GFNY Cozumel, a race part of the GFNY, the Global Marathon Cycling Series. 3000 riders from 55 nations took on the 2-lap long route or 1-lap short route.
From the start, a group of 100 riders quickly formed a tight lead pack in the men’s race. As the group headed over to Punta Sur, on the south side of the island, riders were racing at speeds in excess of 55kph.
Colombian World Tour pro Jarlinson Pantano (Trek Segafredo) tried to make an early break and shake up the group but his effort was in vain and he was sucked back into the peloton.
By kilometer 140, Cozumel’s (in)famous winds whittled the group down to 25 riders. In the pack was defending champion, Mexican Flavio De Luna, who continued to ride a smart tactical race, staying safely in the main group and saving his attack for the final push to the finish.
In the last 5km, a group of 10 were in the hunt for the win but it was De Luna who took the last corner to the finish ahead of everyone to win the race in 3:59:04. Two bike lengths behind, Alberto Covarrubias (MEX) took third and Brazilian Joao Vitor Fernandes rounded out the podium.
In the women’s race, four women rode and worked together until the final 10km. The group consisted of defending champion Celine Scharer (SUI), Julyn Aquila (MEX), Yuseli Soto (MEX), Gabriela Diaz (MEX). Scharer looked on track to repeat until she collided with another rider and was unable to continue, suffering a fractured ankle only 10km from the finish. It left the three remaining Mexican ladies to battle it out in a sprint finish with Soto the victor in a time of 4:01:35. Aquila took second and Diaz third.
The top 10% of finishers in each age group qualified for the racer corral at the Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in New York City next May 20, 2018.
Next up is the final GFNY race of the year, the inaugural GFNY Chile on November 26.
GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Argentina, Bali-Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, Samosir-Indonesia, Italy, Jerusalem-Israel, Malaysia, Cozumel-Mexico, Monterrey-Mexico and Uruguay.
Riders get to BE A PRO FOR A DAY by competing against others, themselves and the clock in a personal endurance challenge.
At all GFNY events, riders have the chance to qualify for the elite racer corral at the GFNY World Championship in NYC by placing in the top 10% (20% at regional championships) of their age group.
Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC
The 8th annual Campagnolo GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 20, 2018. The race features the world’s most international peloton with riders from over 90 countries. Athletes take on a challenging 100-mile route from NYC to Bear Mountain to Fort Lee to compete against each other, the clock and themselves in a personal endurance challenge.
The official GFNY website is: www.gfny.com.
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