Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) struck once more in Spain’s Hutchinson Ranxo Gravel, sweeping up his 2nd UCI Gravel Global Sequence victory in as many races with a solo effort to assert the boys’s win on the 161km tournament.
Heidi Franz (DNA Professional Biking) additionally struck out by myself to brush up the win in rural Catalonia at the path with round 2,000m of mountain climbing. The American, who switched to DNA Professional Biking from Zaaf, completed just about 4 mins forward of Anna Kay, at what used to be the British Fenix-Deceuninck rider’s first gravel race. Spanish rider Claudia Galicia (Megamo) got here 3rd, about 3 mins additional again.
Valverde, who retired from the WorldTour remaining season, claimed the victory with an opening of a bit over two mins to teammate Ivan García Cortina, who additionally distanced the chase crew. Cyclocross rider Kevin Suárez (Nesta-MMR) came around the Ponts end line 3rd to make it an all Spanish most sensible 3 within the males’s race.
Valverde, who made his gravel debut with a win at Los angeles Indomable in April, broke away with 20km to move within the attritional race. He then held company out the entrance until the road, handing over victory within the tournament to Movistar for a 2nd yr operating, with Carlos Verona having taken the highest step in 2022.
Hutchinson Ranxo Gravel is the 8th spherical of 16 within the gravel collection which supplies riders the chance to qualify for the UCI Gravel Global Championships in October. It’s the second one yr for the collection, with each spherical and player numbers rising substantial in 2023.
The 161km Ranxo runs along a 104km and 67km tournament, with the gravel roads of Lleida drawing 750 riders from round 30 nations. The following race within the collection is the Blue Mountains Gravel Fondo in Canada, alternatively many Ranxo contributors will probably be heading to the nearer to house FNLD GRVL subsequent weekend as an alternative, together with girls’s winner Franz. The road up on the new gravel tournament can even come with quite a lot of Unbound riders, making the commute throughout from the USA in the course of the week.
|1||Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)||4:50:16|
|2||Ivan García Cortina (Movistar)||4:52:32|
|3||Kevin Suárez (Nesta-MMR)||4:53:08|
|4||Ismael Esteban (Power Emblems)||4:53:13|
|5||Jente Michels (Alpecin-Deceuninck)||4:53:14|
|6||Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Scott Bandida Cove)||4:53:19|
|7||Tobias Perry (EF Training-Nippo Construction)||4:53:20|
|8||Ben Thomas (Ben Thomas Training)||4:53:22|
|9||Andrea Mifsud (Great Métropole Côte d’Azur)||4:53:25|
|10||Aleksandr Grigorev (Efapel Biking)||4:53:26|
|1||Heidi Franz (DNA Professional Biking)||5:42:55|
|2||Anna Kay (Fenix-Deceuninck)||5:46:40|
|3||Claudia Galicia (Megamo)||5:49:09|
|5||Caroline Livesey (Xhale/Felanitx Biking Membership)||5:54:07|
|8||Sofia Rodriguez Revert (Bizkaia Durango)||6:07:06|
|9||Jordina Muntadas (Edibikes)||6:07:08|
|10||Emma Ortiz Bonilla (Workforce Team Abadie)||6:10:34|