First ever GFNY Stage Race delivered

March 21, 2017

3 stages in Italy: uphill TT, fast and furious road stage and a challenging granfondo

NEW YORK CITY, March 21, 2017 – The first ever GFNY Stage Race took place from March 17-19 in Italy’s Lazio region south of Rome. San Felice Circeo hosted the opening uphill time trial and the following 62km road race stage. The 132km granfondo with start and finish in Terracina rounded out the competition.

Roberto Cesare of Team Falasca Zama (ITA) dominated the race. He took the overall by winning the first two stages and placing 6th in the granfondo which was won by his team mate Marco Sivo. Italians Bruno Sanetti (GS Vigili del Fuoco) and Manuel Ciaffone (ASD Effetto Ciclismo) rounded out the stage race podium.

A solid performance across all three stages helped Elisa Rigon of AS Roma (ITA) take the overall win. GFNY President and organizer of GFNY Italia, Lidia Fluhme (USA), finished second ahead of Beatrice Possidente (ASD Gruppo Ciclismo, ITA).

“It’s been an amazing week here in Italy,” said GFNY CEO Uli Fluhme. “Before the Stage Race we held a 5-day camp where we enjoyed the beautiful spring weather here together with a fun group to ride on stunning roads. The Stage Race itself was such a unique challenge. We all had to convince our legs that it’s a great idea to race a 132km granfondo with 2000m of climbing after already competing for two days. It gave us amateurs a glimpse into what the pros go through.”

Next up on the GFNY Calendar is the inaugural GFNY Latin America Championship this Sunday March 26 held at the 2nd annual GFNY Mexico City. The next GFNY Stage Race will be held September 29 to October 1 at GFNY Provence. Riders await three days of granfondo racing, including a climb onto Mont Ventoux. 

About GFNY

GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, France, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, 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.

The official GFNY website is: 

Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC

The 7th annual Campagnolo GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 21, 2017. 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:

GFNY World calendar

February 26, 2017 – GFNY Colombia –
March 17-19, 2017 – GFNY Italia Stage Race –
March 19, 2017 – GFNY Uruguay –
March 26, 2017 – GFNY LatAm Championship Mexico City –
April 23, 2017 – GFNY Malaysia –
May 21, 2017 – Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC –
June 25, 2017 – GFNY Europe Championship Mont Ventoux –
August 6, 2017 – GFNY Brasil –
September 3, 2017 – GFNY Deutschland –
September 3, 2017 – GFNY Asia Championship Indonesia –
September 29 – October 1, 2017 – GFNY Provence Stage Race –
November 12, 2017 – GFNY Argentina –
November 12, 2017 – GFNY Cozumel-Mexico –
November 26, 2017 – GFNY Chile – 

Further Material for Media Use

GFNY Italia photos: here
GFNY Italia video: here
GFNY Italia results: here
GFNY World calendar graphic: here
Previous GFNY press releases: here
GFNY photo archive (credit SPORTOGRAF): here 

Media Contact

Gran Fondo New York Inc.
Uli Fluhme
Phone: +1.212.933.4033
Email address: