Sprint finish after 11,000ft of climbing

June 21, 2022

GFNY La Vaujany included cresting the famous L’Alpe d’Huez

New York City, June 21, 2022 /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – After last week’s GFNY Lourdes Tourmalet in the Pyrenees, the GFNY peloton headed to the Alps. GFNY La Vaujany had 145.1km with 3663m of climbing including L’Alpe d’Huez on the menu.

The first obstacles of the day were Col de la Morte and Col d’Ornon. GFNY NYC runner-up Mattia Gaffuri (Italy – Solowattaggio) and last week’s GFNY Lourdes Tourmalet champ Julien Berard (France) were the most offensive riders, whittling the lead group of contenders down to seven.

During the ascent to legendary L’Alpe d’Huez, Gaffuri took the lead, trailed by 2021 GFNY La Vaujany champ Tim Alleman (Belgium – Grinta), less than a minute back. After a very fast descent, Gaffuri seemed poised to take the win on the last 5km to the summit of Vaujany.

But with only 1km to go, Alleman caught up to Gaffuri. After almost 4000m of climbing, the winner was decided in a sprint in the narrow and picturesque streets of Vaujany. Alleman had the upper hand and defended his title with a time of 4:39:02. GFNY Lourdes-Tourmalet champion Berard followed in third place, three and a half minutes back.

In the female race, 2019 GFNY World Champion and 2022 GFNY Lourdes Tourmalet Champion Jill Patterson (USA) doubled down and took the win in 5:38:29, 14 minutes ahead of Sophie Herzog (Switzerland). Leah Armstrong (USA) completed the podium in a time of 6:36:00.

Next up is this Sunday’s inaugural GFNY Waco Texas: less mountains, more speed!

Website: lavaujany.gfny.com and vaujany.gfny.com

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