Gravel World Series: Another win for Valverde at Hutchinson Ranxo, Franz captures women's victory

Alejandro Valverde will race with the Movistar Gravel Squad in 2023
Alejandro Valverde takes another win with the Movistar gravel squad at the Hutchison Ranxo (Image credit: Movistar Team/GOBIK)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) struck again in Spain's Hutchinson Ranxo Gravel, sweeping up his second UCI Gravel World Series victory in as many races with a solo effort to claim the men's win at the 161km event. 

Heidi Franz (DNA Pro Cycling) also struck out alone to sweep up the win in rural Catalonia on the course with around 2,000m of climbing. The American, who switched to DNA Pro Cycling from Zaaf, finished nearly four minutes ahead of Anna Kay, at what was the British Fenix-Deceuninck rider's first gravel race. Spanish rider Claudia Galicia (Megamo) came third, about three minutes further back.

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Hutchinson Ranxo Gravel – 161km men's top 10
1Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)4:50:16
2Ivan García Cortina (Movistar)4:52:32
3Kevin Suárez (Nesta-MMR)4:53:08
4Ismael Esteban (Energy Logos)4:53:13
5Jente Michels (Alpecin-Deceuninck)4:53:14
6Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Scott Bandida Cove)4:53:19
7Tobias Perry (EF Education-Nippo Development)4:53:20
8Ben Thomas (Ben Thomas Coaching)4:53:22
9Andrea Mifsud (Nice Métropole Côte d'Azur)4:53:25
10Aleksandr Grigorev (Efapel Cycling)4:53:26
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Hutchinson Ranxo Gravel – 161km women's top 10
1Heidi Franz (DNA Pro Cycling)5:42:55
2Anna Kay (Fenix-Deceuninck)5:46:40
3Claudia Galicia (Megamo)5:49:09
4Morgan Aguirre5:54:01
5Caroline Livesey (Xhale/Felanitx Cycling Club)5:54:07
6Josefine Huitfeldt5:57:38
7Karol-Ann Canuel5:59:24
8Sofia Rodriguez Revert (Bizkaia Durango)6:07:06
9Jordina Muntadas (Edibikes)6:07:08
10Emma Ortiz Bonilla (Team Group Abadie)6:10:34

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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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