The Gran Fondo Ézaro cycling event brought together over 1,400 cyclists on the Costa da Morte

David Faz (Portugal) and Marta Diéguez (Spain) were proclaimed champions of the spectacular cycling trial, sponsored by Red Eléctrica for the fourth year running.

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Over than 1,400 cyclists came together on Sunday, 8 July, on the tough coastal roads of Galicia’s Costa de Morte to take part in the Gran Fondo Ézaro, a race organised in collaboration with Red Eléctrica, with the finishing line at the Mirador de Ézaro.

The mayor of Dumbría (A Coruña), José Manuel Pequeño, and the delegate of Red Eléctrica in Spain for Galicia, Carlos González Patiño, took part in the traditional cutting of the ribbon, which marked the start of this spectacular race, with inclines reaching 30%, which led many cyclists to dismount.

Daniel Faz (Portugal) and Marta Diéguez (Spain) were the first to cross the finishing line in the male and female categories, respectively.

Red Eléctrica sponsored this celebration of sport for the fourth year running, in which 1,400 cyclists took part, a record number of participants, coinciding with the inclusion of this trial on the calendar of the International Cycling Union (UCI, Unión Ciclista Internacional), in the Gran Fondo World Series category, which includes the world’s most prestigious cycling races.

The participants included numerous illustrious veteran cyclists such as Marino Lejarreta, who wore the number 1 on his back, Gustavo César Veloso, Ezequiel Mosquera and Carlos Sastre, winner of the Tour de France in 2008. The five-time world triathlon champion, Javier Gómez Noya, also took part, having won this spectacular ascent last year.