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Race wrap up

Now that the dust has settled, perhaps you'd like to read a couple of accounts from riders who took part in the Italy Divide.

Anja Marwitz 🇩🇪

Aniek Rooderkerken 🇳🇱

James Hayden 🇬🇧

If you know of anyone else who has written up their account of the Italy Divide 2019 or perhaps you've done your own, email us and we can update this list.

The female one two

Late last night, Italian Valentina Rocca finished the 2019 Italy Divide as the first female with a time of 5 days, 10 hours and 55 minutes. Here’s her moment of arrival captured by the organisers:

Valentina was followed seven hours later by Briton Philippa Battye, coming in as second female with a time of 5 days, 17 hours and 37 minutes. Chapeau to both.

And in a moving statement echoing James’s comments, Sofiane had this to say of their joint finish:

Riders are now finishing thick and fast, with 20 competitors over the line – including long-time leader Jay Petervary, who still managed a top 10 placement despite his potentially race-ending mechanical trouble.

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Don't fret the blue dot going 100km/h. I got a ride and am fine. Out of nowhere the ship almost sank. After exhausting other options I almost gave up and then out of nowhere a bag full of random hardware was brought to me. The situation does change the direction I was going but it will not prevent me from doing what I think is one of THE most important things - finishing! I will walk away with lessons learned, even an evaluation of my own thoughts and attitude, as it floored me with emotions, disappointment and sadness when a really fun strategic game that I thought I had some good control over was all of a sudden over. I wonder how many cafes and pizzas I can eat before I finish!? At this point I think its going to be a lot as I go into tour mode starting back up in the AM. #italydivide19 #RideForward

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Top five finishers in

All top five spots are now filled – with Levente Bagoly and Thomas Taut taking positions 3 and 4 just an hour apart. Italian Lorenzo Gamberini came in four hours later, completing the top five. Here’s his arrival filmed by the organisers:

In the women’s category, Valentina Rocca is around 80km away from the finish line. She’s followed by second female rider Philippa Battye at a distance of 60km, who’s been loading up on quality ride fuel with her fellow competitors:

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The distances seem big compared to the closeness of the men’s category yesterday, but there’s still some big climbs to come through treacherous riding conditions. Keep watching the dots…

The race for the podium

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Until late last night, the race for third place was also relatively close. Romanian Levente Bagoly and German Thomas Taut were within 30km of each other for at least the last 24 hours, but a surge in speed looks to have clinched it for Levente – who is now just 4km from the finish line.

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James Hayden took a break from celebrations to offer an insight into yesterday’s honourable finish, posting this update to LFGSS:

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FIN

We have a bouncing dot.

Apr-29-2019 20-50-35

4 days, 7 hours, 42 minutes, 3 seconds. Congratulations Sofiane Sehili and James Hayden, joint first finishers of the Italy Divide 2019.

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