German and Belgian win GFNY Grand Ballon after 13,307ft of climbing

July 13, 2022

Janine Meyer and Michiel Minnaert prevail

New York City, July 13, 2022/ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – The inaugural GFNY Grand Ballon challenged racers on a 147.1 km long course with 4056m of climbing in one of the most beautiful destinations in France.

GFNY Grand Ballon started fast in the historic town center of Thann: ten riders formed an early lead group. Into the first climb of the day, a group of four riders including 2020 GFNY Alpes Vaujany Champ Michiel Minnaert (Belgium) took charge. During the climb of Petit Ballon, Frédéric Glorieux (Belgium) put in an attack which was matched by Luxemburger Larry Valvasori and Minnaert.

Glorieux suffered a mechanical just before the last ascent to Grand Ballon so Valvasori and Minnaert took it to line with Minnaert coming out on top in 04:32:10.

In the female race, 2019 GFNY World Championship NYC third place Janine Meyer (Germany) took the solo win in 05:15:15, followed by French Julia Schallau and 2022 GFNY Lourdes Tourmalet and GFNY La Vaujany Champ Jill Patterson, both finishing with the same time in 05:28:35.

Next up on the GFNY calendar is the 6th GFNY Bogota which will take place this Sunday, July 17, 2022.

Website: grandballon.gfny.com

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