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This weekend’s Challenge Fuerteventura saw Italy’s Jonathan Ciavattella claiming victory over a strong field while there were no surprises in the women’s race with a resounding win by Daniela Ryf (SUI).
Coming out of the water in second place in 24:06, just 12 seconds behind Douglas Roberts (GBR) and a minute ahead of Germany’s Timo Bracht, Ciavattella was soon in the lead on the bike, a position he maintained for the rest of the day, taking the win in 4:02:52. Second place Ritchie Nicholls (GBR) became a real threat on the run, coming off the bike in eighth place, he had run up into second by the half way point and continued to gain on Ciavattella, but ran out of track, crossing the line just 18 seconds down. Patrik Nilsson (SWE) rounded out the podium in third place.
“I am excited to take this win,” said Ciavatella on crossing the line. “The tough slopes of the Subida a El Cardón, were certainly testing although the effort required was made slightly...