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1,900 cyclists tackled the 2020 Santini Gran Fondo Mont Ventoux

Mont Ventoux is the stuff of legends, this weekend nearly 2,000 cyclists took part in the socially distanced Santini Gran Fondo Mont Ventoux

1,900 cyclists tackled the 2020 Santini Gran Fondo Mont Ventoux

This year's race had to make chnages in order to comply with France's public health restrictions with regards to Coronavirus.

A signififcant change was no food at the feed stations, just water and electrolytes. Masks hand to be worn at the Expo and race start and there were no award ceremonies afterwards.

2,700 riders were signed up to ride the event, and 1,900 cyclists made it to the start which is very encouraging for Gran Fondo cycling events, riders are prepared to travel and take part, despite everything.

There are two courses, the 80 km Medio Fondo, which climbed Ventoux via Sault to Chalet Reynard then 7 last km same as Le Tour de France, south side of the mountain and featured 2,135m of climbing. The main climbs were the Col de Fontaube : 7km at 5% average and of course Mont Ventoux : 21,5km at 5% average, max 10.5%  up to 1912m above sea level.

The Gran Fondo is 137 km long and included the climb of the Col de Fontaube, the Col de Macuègne 9,4km (Alt 1068m) and the Col de l’homme mort : 4,5 km - 4/6% (Alt 1213m), a total 15km non stop climbing before of course Mont Ventoux. A total of 3,250m of climbing.

In the Women's Medio Fondo, Catheline Ramonet was first ahead of Margot Lauzier and Sabrina Curtil in a time of  in 2h 59m 47s.

In the Men's Medio Fondo, Ludovic Delpech was first ahead of Ruari Grant and Benjamin Koch, finishing in a time of 2h 33m 30s.

In the Women's Gran Fondo, Thomas Lemaitre was first ahead of Julien Berard (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Vuillier  in a time of 4h 12m 42s.

In the Women's Gran Fondo, JOUAN Severine was first ahead of Camille Udny and Emilie Bottini in a time of 4h 47m 36s with 

2020 Santini Gran Fondo Mont Ventoux results can be found here.