From the 13th to the 15th of April, the 20th edition of the Granfondo Riccione took place. Corratec has been the main sponsor for the first time this year. The Granfondo, in the heart of Italian road bike cycling Riccione, is a well known and prestigious granfondo race within a strong Italian racing field. On the former training track of racing bike icons like Marco Pantani and Fausto Coppi, almost 3.000 road cyclists challenged the two routes. Our team corratec was also among the starters with 6 riders. For the team, the Granfondo was the first real test among racing conditions. Therefore everybody was looking forward and also a little bit excited to see how the preperations during the long off season proceed. Because the new team members, the race tactics and the new material has to merge into a single unit to deliver strong performances and results throughout the season. It turned out that the Granfondo Riccione became a tough challenge for all riders, staff and material. Thus, from the very first kilometer, an enormously high speed was shown. At one of the many climbs, a small group of riders went into a break away and the peloton couldn´t close the gap untill the finish line. Although none of the team riders reached the final group of the day, Michael Markolf and Roman Mira de Orduna Heidinger claimed in the next chasing group. So Michael secured a top result and finished 9th. With a strong team performance, all riders among the first 40 overall, the team secured the strong 9th place in the team ranking. Team manager Kuno Messmann was more than satisfied with the season opener and is already looking forward to the Sardinia tour starting on Sunday, April 22nd.
Additionally our two new teams, Fausto Coppi Fermignano and Frecce Rosse were also at the start. In the women's race, GORINI MICHELA of Team Fausto Coppi won on her new CCT Evo. LAZZARI SILVER of Team Frecce Rosse took the second place of the mens field.
All in all, the Granfondo Riccione was a racing event of a very special kind among the purpose of corratec - Passion of cycling. In Italy cycling is more than just a freetime activity, it´s lifestyle and fervor that you can feel at any time. Therefore, it was a special honor with our partners to take care of this unique event and we are looking forward to the cupcoming years.
All of the team riders of Team corratec, Fausto Coppi Fermignano and Frecce Rosse rely through long and challenging races on the carbon road bike cct evo. The light, stiff and aerodynamic road bike combines all advantages for granfondo races of different kinds. More information to the road bike: HERE.
The full race report of Team corratec: HERE.
Furthermore we would like to thank all our partners:
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