3 days of stage racing through Provence’s cycling landscape challenged riders at the inaugural GFNY Provence
NEW YORK CITY, October 4, 2017 – The inaugural GFNY Provence, a 3-day stage race started on Friday September 30 and concluded on Sunday October 1. The event signified the end of the cycling season in France and offered riders the best conditions possible with mild climates and spectacular roads over some of the most stunning scenery in the world.
All finishers of the 3-day stage race qualify for the Special Corral at the 2018 Campagnolo GFNY World Championship and the following 2018-2019 GFNY World racing season.
Stage 1, Montagne de Lure
150 riders set out for Montagne de Lure. With 2480 meters of climbing over 135km, Montagne de Lure was the longest, yet less challenging stage. Riders remained in groups until the first climbs of the day gave stronger riders the advantage to create a gap and break away.
Duncan Alexander (Cycles Froidevaux) took the men’s win in a sprint finish in 2:14:28. Julien Pesce (CVC Montfavet) was second in 2:14:28 and Bastien Froideveaux (Cycles Froidevaux) third in 2:19:10
In the women’s race, favorite, Stéphanie Gros (VC Vincennes) did not disappoint and took the top podium step in 2:28:43. Marg Fedyan was second in 2:32:22 with Corinne Waridel rounding out the podium in 2:39:38.
Stage 2, Mont Ventoux
Day 2 was all about GFNY revisiting Mont Ventoux and the beauty of Provence’s fields of lavender and autumn colors through the national forest. The course offered less distance (98km) but more technical difficulty, climbing and descending. It was Froideveaux, (third on day 1) who made the decisive move to take the lead at 40km and hold on all the way to the finish for the win in 3:06:15 over with Alexander 3:06:52 (winner of Day 1). Jasper Vansieleghem (Team Beaufort) was third in 3:08:18
In the women’s race it was a 1-2 repeat of day one. Gros continued to ride away from the ladies’ field to her second win by almost six minutes in 3:29:07 over Fedyna who took second. Corinne Waridel was in 3:46:35.
Stage 3, Les Baronnies Provençales
Sunday presented a 125km stage with 2281 meters of climbing; heralded as the Queen Stage, with 4 climbs on the roads of ” Les Baronnies Provençales.” An optional 1-day stage for riders who could not take part in all 3 stages, Sunday started with 250 riders, 150 of which were completing their third and final day of racing.
Day 1 winner, Alexander just missed making the podium, finishing 6 minutes off the lead in forth place. Taking the win in 3:32:53 was Nicolas Reynaud (SJVC, second was Damien Poncet (UC Cran Gevrier) in 3:33:59. Fabien Pouchul rounded out the podium in 3:35:58.
In the ladies race Gros reigned supreme and completed a winning hat trick taking the win in 4:00:38. Second was Laure Anne Ferrent in 4:01:55. Marie Lafleur completed the podium in 4:06:15.
GFNY World next heads to the Caribbean paradise island of Cozumel, Mexico on November 12.
GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Argentina, Bali-Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, Samosir-Indonesia, Italy, Jerusalem-Israel, Malaysia, Cozumel-Mexico, Monterrey-Mexico and Uruguay.
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.
Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC
The 8th annual Campagnolo GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 20, 2018. 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: www.gfny.com.
GFNY World calendar
February 4 GFNY BALI
February 25 GFNY MONTERREY
March 18 GFNY COLOMBIA
March 18 GFNY URUGUAY
April 22 GFNY COSTA RICA
April 27 GFNY JERUSALEM
April 29 GFNY MALAYSIA
May 20 GFNY NYC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
August 5 GFNY BRASIL
September 2 GFNY DEUTSCHLAND
September 2 GFNY ASIA CHAMPIONSHIP INDONESIA-SAMOSIR