20 new Gran Fondo World Champions crowned in Poland

The 2019 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Poznan didn't have a team relay on the schedule so riders had one more day of recovery after the time trial on Thursday to prepare for the Granfondo on Sunday.

The 151km course served as official course for all men up to the age of 59 and women up to 49 while the shorter 107km course was the World Championships distance for men over 60 and women over 50. All age groups started in 10 different startgroups with intervals of 7 minutes for a fast and flat race in hot temperatures.

The fastest age group were the younger males with Maxim Pirard (BEL) winning in an average speed of 44.5km/h, beating 7 other men in a break that started early in the race.

The fastest female age group was the combined 19-39 start with Polish Ewa Bankowska renewing her time trial world title in an average speed of 36.25km/h, beating more than 40 riders in a peloton sprint.

In the 107km, the fastest male was Russian Vladimir Kuznetsov, also renewing his time trial title in the M60-64 with a solo break while Janni Bormann (DEN) won the female race over the same distance with again a solo finish to become the new F55-59 World Champion.

All new World Champions:

M19-34: Maxim Pirard (BEL)
M35-39 : Luca Fioretti (ITA)
M40-44 : Grzegorz Golonko (POL)
M45-49 : Fred Voldset (NOR)
M50-54 : Daniel Christen (SUI)
M55-59 : Robert Garwood (USA)
M60-64 : Vladimir Kuznetsov (RUS)
M65-69 : Ulrich Rottler (GER)
M70-74 : Peter Ftorek (SVK)
M75-79 : Pierre Moreau (FRA)
M80+ : Michel Lacomme (FRA)
F19-34 : Nadine Gill (GER)
F35-39 : Ewa Bankowska (POL)
F40-44 : Sophie Evrard (FRA)
F45-49 : Monia Gallucci (ITA)
F50-54 : Elin Gronvik (NOR)
F55-59 : Janni Bormann (DEN)
F60-64 : Jeannie Longo (FRA)
F65-69 : Marti Valks (NED)
F70+ : Janet Ackermann (SUI)

France is again the leading nation with 4 world titles in the Granfondo after they also scored the same number of rainbow jerseys on Thursday.

Full results can be found on http://live.sts-timing.pl/uci_wc_poznan/index.php?dystans=1

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