GFNY Cozumel sprint finish: amateur beats pros

November 15, 2016

2000+ riders close the 2016 GFNY Year

NEW YORK CITY, November 15, 2016 – In a thrilling sprint finish, Flavio De Luna Davila took the win at the GFNY Cozumel, defeating Joao Fernades Oliveira and Carlos Hernandez Santana (all from Mexico) after racing 160km in 3:55:22, in hot, humid and windy conditions.

Defending champion, 2016 Olympian and acclaimed climber Luis Lemus (Team Cycling Academy Pro) guided his cousin De Luna Davila into perfect position for the sprint out of a 15-racer group. Meanwhile Team Trek-Segafredo pro Julien Bernard suffered from dehydration in the relentless tropical heat of the paradise island.

Professional triathlete Celine Schaefer from Switzerland, who lives in Cozumel, was used to the hot and humid conditions and took the women’s title. She won in 3:59:39, two minutes ahead of Gabriele Mijangos and Bianca Inigo Gomez (both from Mexico).

“I’m glad I was able to keep the GFNY Cozumel title in the family,” said a delighted De Luna Davila at the finish. “I look forward to demonstrating that I can also climb at the Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in NYC next May. It will be exciting to compete against riders from over 90 countries.”

Just over 2000 of the 2400 registered riders who traveled from over 40 countries finished the race. The event offers completely closed roads with a choice between the 160km “long route” (two loops of the island) and the 80km “medium route” (one loop). Both routes start and finish in the heart of the town of San Miguel de Cozumel and circumnavigate the island through tropical rain forest and along the 20km-long spectacular ocean front on the island’s uninhabited east coast.

While just a few riders were in the hunt for the overall win, there were many aiming to finish among the top 10% of finishers in their category to qualify for a racer corral spot at the Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in NYC on May 21, 2017.

GFNY Cozumel powered by Powerade concluded the 2016 GFNY World calendar of events. Riders celebrated this occasion not only by racing hard but also by partying hard at the post race party held at the legendary Señor Frogs.

About GFNY

GFNY is the global cycling marathon series with events held in NYC, Brazil, Italy, Mexico, Indonesia, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Germany and France.

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:

About 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

Further Material for Media Use

GFNY Cozumel 2016 photos: here

GFNY Cozumel 2016 results: here

GFNY World calendar graphic: here

Previous GFNY press releases: here

GFNY photo archive (credit SPORTOGRAF): here

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