GFNY Villard de Lans: French prevail and win third edition

Tarantola and Bunel win after 3973m of climbing in the spectacular French Vercors National Park


New York City, May 29, 2024 – The mountainous Vercors national park was the playground of the third edition of GFNY Villard de Lans this past Sunday.  The 163.4 km racecourse boasts an elevation gain of 3973 m. Host town Villard de Lans yet again rolled out the red carpet for GFNY and its riders. It’s no coincidence that the race is among the top voted events by GFNY riders. Villard de Lans’ experience as host of Olympic Games and multiple Tour stages shows.

The race started off fast and the peloton remained grouped together. On the first climb up to Col de la Croix Perrin, multiple GFNY podium finisher David Polveroni (France) put in an attack and extended his lead to 45 seconds.  

At km 43, six riders joined the lead: the French Julien Bérard, who won the 2022 GFNY Lourdes-Tourmalet, Damien Tarantola, Guillaume Cloitre, Leo Maisonobe, American Robert Alpen, and the Belgian former professional cyclist of Soudal Quick Step Team Brecht Stas. The group worked well together, extending their lead to six minutes ahead of an 18 rider chase group. 

On the final climb, Tarantola put in an attack the others could not match and took the win in 4:41:22, one minute ahead of Polveroni and Maisonobe who completed the all french podium.

In the female race, Marion Bunel took the win in 5:18:07, 6 minutes ahead of GFNY Villard de Lans 2023 champion Alison Chavanon.  Camille Fahy rounded out the podium.

Next up on the GFNY calendar is the inaugural edition of GFNY Paracas which will take place Saturday, June 8, 2024.


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