L’Alpe d’Huez climb protagonist at GFNY La Vaujany

July 5, 2023

After 151 km and 3914m of climbing, the race was won by a French and a Swiss

New York City, July 5, 2023 /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – The alpine mountain village of Vaujany hosted the third edition of GFNY La Vaujany this past Sunday. The racecourse was 151 km long with an elevation gain of 3914 m and included the legendary climb of L’Alpe d’Huez among other cols.

The climb up Col de la Mort right away split the peloton in three groups and proved to be the death for many racer’s hopes to win the race. 18 riders formed a lead group after cresting Col d’Ornon and heading into the lower slopes of L’Alpe d’Huez. After several attacks, four riders escaped the main group: Jonas Vercoutter (Belgium), Alexander Banegas (France), Armin Dederichs (Switzerland) and Marco Provera (Italy). Together, they summited legendary L’Alpe d’Huez.

During the descent, the four riders worked together so it was on the final climb up to the spectacular mountain village of Vaujany where the chips were going to fall. Dederichs launched the decisive attack with 5km to go and took the win in 4:53:50 followed closely by Provera and Banegas.

In the female race, freshly crowned GFNY Villard de Lans champion Alison Chavanon (France) took the win also at GFNY La Vaujany in 6:03:03, six minutes ahead of Italians Mara Manfredi and Iride Bertone.

Next up on the GFNY calendar is a Super Sunday with two races on the same day: the 2nd edition of GFNY Grand Ballon and the 4th edition of GFNY Costa Rica will take place Sunday, July 9, 2023.

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