Italy’s Stefano Nicoletti Takes Home Top Men’s Prize; Camila Cortes Severino of Colombia is Top Women’s Finisher
More than 5,000 devoted cyclists from around the world battled rough conditions and stormy weather during yesterday’s third annual Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York. 3,500 participants made it to the finish after a 105-mile ride through New York and New Jersey. The cyclists traversed 8,000 feet through rain, fog and cold temperatures.
Former pro, turned elite amateur Stefano Nicoletti from Italy won in convincing style. He stayed with the lead group that consisted of 70 riders until Bear Mountain. The climb up Perkins Memorial Drive blew the peloton apart. Nicoletti was second up the mountain behind Jean Carlo Coloca from Brazil. After a soggy descent, Nicoletti emerged with a one-minute gap ahead of seven riders. He soloed the remaining 50 miles to the finish and won in 4:24:26, five minutes ahead of Bruce Bird from Toronto, Canada. Last year’s runner-up Anthony Fatuzzo from Fairlawn, NJ was four minutes back.
The women’s race was dominated by last year’s runner-up Camila Cortes Severino from Bogota, Colombia. At 4:59:42, she beat the defending champ Susan Jones from Westmount, Canada by 22 minutes.
“We would like to extend our congratulations to every cyclist who joined Gran Fondo New York and stuck with the ride despite the tough road conditions,” said Uli Fluhme, race organizer. “The success of this event would not have been possible without the support of local police forces managing the safety aspect for riders and spectators. Their execution was flawless from start to finish.”
Riders representing the United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Russia, Jamaica, Israel, and Poland, among many locals, competed in the third annual Gran Fondo New York, a competitive cycling event based on the popular Italian racing style and the only one of its kind in the New York-New Jersey region.
About Gran Fondo New York
About Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York brings Italian cycling culture to the world’s greatest city. On May 19, 2013, 7000 cyclists from over 70 countries and 48 states will take on a challenging 110-mile route from NYC to Bear Mountain and back to compete against each other, the clock and themselves in a personal endurance challenge. Gran Fondo racing stems from Italy, where these amateur cycling races take place nearly every weekend throughout Italy giving the cyclists a chance to test and prove themselves on two wheels. The official Grand Fondo New York website is: www.grandfondony.com.