La Trilogy de Maurienne opens up the overall Gran Fondo World Tour ® Series Battle
Strong performances in the three day Gran Fondo in France leaves the overall titles wide open - with just three events in the world series remaining!
Nancy Van Der Burg from Netherlands is the new women's overall series leader, after great win at the tough 3 day stage race in the Alps, the French stop of the Gran Fondo World Tour ® Series.
Jon Breivold took the 1st postion at the 3 day stage race, with an amazing final stage performance, passing top contenders French cyclist Stephane Cognet and previous leader Belgian Tim Alleman, who dominated the previous two stages, with ascents of the legendary "HC Category" climbs of the Col du Madeleine and Col du Galibier.
The Norwegian rider, created a 4 minute gap on the downhill descent into the ski resort of La Tossuire, which was enough to overall his rivals and secure overall victory, and was awarded a maximum 1,100 Gran Fondo World Tour ® Series Points in the overall ranking, and has decided to continue racing win the intention of reaching the podium in the final overall series.
Netherland's cyclist Nancy Van Der Burg, won the 3 day stage race, is now equal on points in the running for the overall women's series title with South Korean Song Jumi and Lousie from Germany, all three have the same points, with only 3 events left to decide who will be final Gran Fondo World Tour ® overall women's winner.
Konas Orset from Norway retains the current men's overall series leader, however, this could change with strong contenders from both South Korea and Norway, and only 3 events remaining to detemine the overall men's ranking.
The final three events are; Bluewater International Gran Fondo (Canada), Rollfast Gran Fondo (USA) and Tsogo Sun Amashova (South Africa), with maximum Gran Fondo World Tour ® Series points of 1,100 on offer for winners of the final two events in the USA and South Africa.