Andrea Chiminello and Laura Simenc to win Maraton Franja

The 2020 edition of Maraton Franja has been a big success unless its reduced size and strict measurements with happy faces at the start and finish.

Italian Andrea Chiminello outsprinted Matej Lovse (SLO), Alexander Steffens (GER) and Gregor Tekavec (SLO) in a 4-man break at the end of the 156km race in the streets of Ljubljana in front of the BTC City shopping area. The four man had a 2m45 gap to 2 riders finishing solo and more than 5 minutes to the first smaller group sprinting for 7th place.

Slovenian time-trial World Champion Laura Simenc won the overall 156km women’s race, 12 minutes ahead of her compatriot Katarina Novak while Dunja Selan completed the full Slovenian podium.

The 100km shorter distance had Matic Plaznik as overall winner while Sara Markovic was the fastest women. Both races had a reduced number of 500 riders at the start. In 2021, the race will be held again on its traditional date on the second weekend of June. Both the event of this past weekend as the event in June 2021 will count as qualifier event for the 2021 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Banja Luka in September next year.

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