Only 48 seconds were not enough for Alexander Alexiev to break his own record for cyclists in the Vitosha Tour. For the third year in a row, he won the race known as “Vitosha 100”, but remained behind his top achievement.
Alexiev finished in 3.56: 32 hours. For the second year in a row, he descends less than four hours for the 100 kilometers.
The winner took the lead from the beginning and did not miss it until the end. In the first third he led by almost 5 minutes, and in the middle of the distance – by more than 10 minutes. Second and third were invariably his teammates from “Velorapter” Vladislav Gyurov and Kalin Rusev – 21 minutes and half an hour.
“I was moving at the pace of a record and I was physically ready for a new top achievement, but a technical failure took me more than 4 minutes to repair the bike and that slowed me down,” Alexiev said after the final.
In women, Hristina Kozareva defended her title from last year. The competitor of “Veloraptor” finished in 5.29: 02, far from the record of Anelia Karagyozyan from 2016 – 5.12: 11.
Only 12-year-old Joanna Valkanova from “Olympus” finished sensationally in second place, finishing 19 minutes after the champion. Third is Iveta Kostadinova, 39 minutes after the winner.
Representatives of 22 countries took part in the start. Tonight the Tour continues with the start of the runners.