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Nathan Haas and Annabel Fisher win 200km pro gravel titles at The Rift

Elite/Pro 200k winners at 2022 The Rift are Annabel Fisher (Cafe du Cycliste) for women and Nathan Haas for men
Elite/Pro 200k winners in the special wool sweaters at 2022 The Rift are Annabel Fisher (Cafe du Cycliste) for women and Nathan Haas for men (Image credit: The Rift - Gravel Race Iceland)

Annabel Fisher (Café du Cycliste) and Nathan Haas rode to victory at The Rift gravel race on Saturday, traversing 200km of Icelandic landscape with long stretches amid lava fields.

Fisher took the solo victory in the women's event in 7:53:52. The 32-year-old from Yorkshire completing the trek a little over a minute and a half ahead of runner-up Marisa Boaz (Mazda Lauf Factory Racing). Tess Amer, also with Mazda Lauf, rounded out the 2022 women's podium at a little over 12 minutes back.

It was Fisher's first win at the relatively young race, its inaugural edition being held in 2019, with the road racer having only taken on her first gravel event at the Traka in Girona, where she won the 100km category.

Things came down to a two-rider battle in the end of the men's event on Saturday as Nathan Haas and Innokenty Zavyalov (Mazda Lauf Factory Racing) separated themselves from the field. Mattia De Marchi (Enough Cycling Collection) was close behind but not close enough to contest the finale. On the finishing straight, Haas out-kicked Zavyalov to take the victory with a time of 6:47:49.

Zavyalov took the men's runner-up honors on the day while De Marchi arrived 30 seconds behind Haas for third.

Haas described the atmosphere and his eventual victory in an Instagram post after the race.

"It’s unique. It’s scary. It’s fast. It’s wonderful," he said of the volcanic terrain.

"River crossings today were so deep I went for a swim, but was so hot from being full gas all day! The competition was awesome, everybody was flying and it took a lot of tactics to get the win today."

Results - pro/elite women top 10
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annabel Fisher (Café du Cycliste) 7:53:52
2Marisa Boaz (Mazda Lauf Factory Racing) 0:01:40
3Tess Amer (Mazda Lauf Factory Racing) 0:12:05
4Kae Takeshita 0:15:43
5Danielle Larson (Café du Cyclist) 0:16:10
6Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Enough Cycling Collection) 0:21:59
7Maria Gudmundsdottir (Café du Cyclist) 0:23:38
8Jess Cygan (Mazda Lauf Factory Racing) 0:34:13
9Lydia Iglesias Bares (Café du Cyclist) 0:35:53
10Tori Wuthrich 1:46:49

Results - pro/elite men top 10
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nathan Haas 6:47:49
2Innokenty Zavyalov (Mazda Lauf Factory Racing) 0:00:01
3Mattia De Marchi (Enough Cycling Collection) 0:00:30
4Ingvar Ómarsson 0:02:13
5Thomas Vestergaard Bundgaard (Braunstein Cycling Club) 0:02:14
6Jonathan Baker (Mazda Lauf Factory Racing) 0:20:44
7Chase Wark (Mazda Lauf Factory Racing)
8Hafsteinn Geirsson (Tindur-Laufcycling) 0:25:18
9Nick Gould (Mazda Lauf Factory Racing)
10Pol Weisgerber (LG Alzingen) 0:41:08

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Dane Cash

Dane has been a sports writer and editor for many years, and makes a return to Cyclingnews as a contributor in 2022. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia.

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