Kopse and Vlaovic fastest at the inaugural UCI Granfondo Novi Sad

The first edition of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series event in Serbia saw an international peloton, with 10 different nationalities represented in the top 20 of the men’s race

Kopse and Vlaovic fastest at the UCI Novi Sad Gran Fondo

The 100km Granfondo, which started and finished in Serbia’s second-largest city, highlighted the global appeal of the event. The route in southern Serbia has a course which winds through the beautiful landscapes of the Fruska Gora National Park. 

Slovenia’s Igor Kopse, a multiple world champion in both Granfondo and Time Trial disciplines, emerged as the overall winner. Kopse dominated the race, finishing nearly 5 minutes ahead of his competitors after a long solo breakaway in a time of 2:31:04. Drazen Strugar from Croatia secured second place, also finishing alone, while Serbia’s Rastko Nikacevic took third, 6 minutes behind the winner.

In the women’s race, Vanja Vlaovic of Serbia claimed victory by a narrow margin of 11 seconds over Hungary’s Hedvig Havarik. Juliia Iakunina finished third, 6 minutes behind the leader.

The shorter 77km Mediofondo, a qualifier for men over 60 and women over 50, saw Oliver Strbac of Serbia and Pepa Dimitrova of Bulgaria take the top spots. In the qualifying categories, Vlatko Sesar from Croatia won the men’s race, while Olja Lapcevic from Serbia triumphed in the women’s event, earning their places to compete at the world championships in Denmark in August.

Almost 1000 riders from 40 different countries took part.

Link to 2024 Granfondo Novi Sad results: https://protime.si/sl_si/dogodek/granfondo-novi-sad-2024

 
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