Jul 02, 2023 at 8:39 pm | Updated on July 02, 2023 at 20:41
Did they know, some 300 riders who set out to attack the 108 Montagn’hard stations, that Guilherme Lourenço, future winner of the Queen’s event, was first and foremost a talented cyclist before heading into the foot races? And as such, he competed in the 2010 Tour de l’Avenir won by Colombia’s Nairo Quintana, before clinching sixth place, three years later, at the Portuguese championship finish!
However, the resident of Caldas da Rainha, a seaside resort in the province of Estramadora, doesn’t seem to regret his change in discipline since 2015, and has racked up 15 ITRA victories, including two in April. He coached Marau and in the Trans Peneda Gerais. It should also be remembered that he was ranked 16thH from Diagonale des Fous in 2020 before ascending to the podium (3H ) of Échappée Belle, the following year.
This fall in Tarentaise…
It is not surprising that this versatile 34-year-old champion, licensed by the CRP Ribrafria club, flew above the competition dear to President Pierre Briand, despite the fierce resistance of the Ligerian Sébastien Gaumer who took control for a while, and in particular the Breton Original Mael Samzun, author of a great finale.
In the finish area, today’s hero commented on his ride: ‘I enjoyed this course well balanced between technical parts and rolling parts, which allowed me, in 15h54’, to better the previous record. My next outings will be in France in Savoie, on 1any October, when I will line the Trail du Petit Saint-Bernard, 60 km between Les Chappeaus and the hospice of the same name. »
Great performance by Magali Mellon
The other two big waves launched from Saint-Nicolas de Véroce resulted in the success of Puy-en-Velay Alexandre Raynaud’s ambassador on Minus’hard (70km the same), while local Simon Mileo dominated on Mi’difficult. The first with its last confirmation 4H He placed at the end of Ultra du Saint-Jacques, while the second, a schoolteacher at Magland, was improving the following geography lessons. Finally, Magali Mellon’s performance in Grenoble should also be highlighted. In fact, it entered the top ten on Montagn’hard, after 18 hours of effort!