Senni and Palmisano fastest at the Classic Granfondo Sportful Dolomiti
Ex-pro Manuel Senni won one of Italy's toughest Gran Fondos with 3,200 cyclists participating
The Gran Fondo Sportful Dolomiti is one of the hardest sportives in Italy. The long route is 204 km miles with over 4,900m feet of climbing is a true test for any cyclist with four grand tour climbs (Cima Campo, Passo Manghen, Passo Rolle and Passo Croce d'Aune). In fact the event's tag line is "Only for real cyclists". There is a shorter 120 km Medio Fondo which still packs in 2,800m feet of climbing.
Like last year, the race was won by ex-pro Manuel Senni in a time of 6h 22m 32s who attacked on the final climb, Paolo Castelnova was nearly 30 seconds behind with Ricard Michieletto in third place. Frenchman Loïc Ruffaut, one of the favorites, did not start due to illness.
Senni said afterwards, "It was very hard this year. I used my strength in the climb of Croce d'Aune and recovered in the descent before arrival,”
In the women's race, Italian Maria Elena Malmisano was first in a time of 7h 43m 51s, ahead of German Monika Dietl finished second 20 seconds behind with Italian Sonia Passuti over 3m behind in third place.
Marco Provera (MG.K Vis-Dal Colle-Reartu) won the Medio Fondo in a time of 3h 46m 22s, with Monica Trinca Colonel (Grosio Ciclismo) winning the women’s category in a time of 4h 16m 5s.
Link to 2023 Sportful Dolomiti Race Results: https://my.raceresult.com/237452
Link to 2023 Sportful Dolomiti Race Photos: https://www.sportograf.com/it/event/9379