UCI Nirvana Granfondo Antalya with new participants’ record


The third edition of the UCI Granfondo in Turkish Antalya has been the most successful with 1150 riders at the start spread over a time trial on Friday and a long and short course on Sunday.

In the 20km up and down time trial over flat roads, Italian Marco Peluso (M19) rode the fastest time of the day finishing in 24m16 and an average speed of 49.45 km/h. Second place was for Norwegian Mikhail Itkin (M35) while Mikhail Skripnikov (M40) finished as overall third at 52 seconds.

The first place in the women categories was for Marina Letaeva (F45) in 26m37 and an average speed of 45,08 km/h, 55 seconds faster than Turkish Seniz Pamuk (F35) with her compatriot Ozge Uzun (F19) as overall third.

With a day of rest in which riders could enjoy the hospitality of Turkey, a 98km granfondo course was the main (long) distance of the Sunday races.
Four riders fought for the overall win with Turkish Gokhan Uzuntas, Italian Marco Peluso, British Monte Guerrini and Polish Marcin Karbowy. It was finally Uzuntas who outsprinted his four opponents on the line!

Belgian Leen Swinnen (F40) was the female winner of the long course. Turkish Melike Cakir (F19) finished second with her compatriot Gonca Ulku (F40) as overall third.

In the short course counting as qualifier distance for the men over 60 and women over 50, the respective victories for the categories battling for qualification was for Polish Artur Splawski (M60) and Irina Tikhonovich (F50). Remarkable guest in that race was former UCI president Brian Cookson who finished third in his M70 category.

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