Colombian climbing specialist Miguel Angel Lopez won the one-day Mont Ventoux Challenge on Tuesday, a 95 mile run to the top of the mountain known as “the Giant of Provence”. The race features two ascents to the barren, lunar landscapes of the upper reaches of Ventoux, in a dress rehearsal for stage 11 of this year’s Tour de France on July 7.
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The 27-year-old Movistar rider crossed the summit at 1,909 meters alone, 2:26 ahead of Astana’s Oscar Rodriguez while Spain’s Enric Mas was third a few seconds further back.
MOUNT VENTOUX CHALLENGE RESULTS
|1||LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel||Movistar Team||4:30:04|
|2||RODRÍGUEZ Óscar||Astana – Premier Tech||2:26|
|3||MAS Enric||Movistar Team||2:33|
|4||O’CONNOR Ben||AG2R Citroën Team||3:30|
|5||RODRÍGUEZ Cristián||Team Total Direct Energie||3:30|
|6||ELISSONDE Kenny||Trek – Segafredo||4:02|
|7||RIES Michel||Trek – Segafredo||4:45|
|8||CARR Simon||EF Education – Nippo||5:41|
|9||VERONA Carlos||Movistar Team||5:48|
|10||BOUCHARD Geoffrey||AG2R Citroën Team||6:10|