Tiffany Cromwell doubles up at FNLD GRVL as Markus Pajur topples favourites in men's race

Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-SRAM) lined up as defending champion at the second edition of FNLD GRVL and once again flew solo to victory in the 177km women's race, shaking a determined attempt by Klara Sofie Skovgård Hansen (PAS Racing) to stay firm on her wheel on the final climb.

The last ascent before the Lahti finish line was also a pivotal point for the men's race, with the now-retired WorldTour sprint powerhouse André Greipel dropped from the leading group. Multi-discipline Estonian rider Markus Pajur (EC Saint-Etienne Loire) then triumphed in the tight charge to the line among the group of seven, with Unbound Gravel podium finisher Tobias Kongstad (PAS Racing) second and Frederik Rassmann third.

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Elite women's top 10
1Tiffany Cromwell05:25:30
2 Klara Sofie Skovgård Hansen05:26:10
3Mie Pedersen05:29:21
4Ann-Christine Allik05:36:38
5Katie Kantzes05:48:34
6Maisa Tuliniemi05:48:53
7Tiia Tulokas05:48:53
8Maja Johansson05:54:05
9Kate Macleod05:54:05
10Guayén Minchot05:58:12
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Elite men's top 10
1Markus Pajur04:51:43
2Tobias Mørch Kongstad04:51:44
3Frederik Rassmann04:51:44
4Siim Kiskonen04:51:44
5Greg Van Avermaet04:51:44
6Asbjorn Hellemose04:51:45
7Petr Vakoč04:51:45
8Antti-Jussi Juntunen04:52:41
9André Greipel04:52:56
10Nepomuk Roth04:54:11

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Simone Giuliani
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Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.

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