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Gravel Results: 2019 Tortour Gravel Winter Stage Race in Switzerland – Cyclocross Magazine

Switzerland’s Tortour is a series of endurance cycling events that cover the country’s landscape across the calendar. The most recent event in the series was the 2019 Gravel Winter stage race held February 8-10.

It was the Winter Gravel race, after all. 2019 Tortour Winter Gravel Stage Race, Switzerland. © alphafoto.com

The gravel stage race is actually probably the “easiest” among the series events.

The three events held last August were the Tortour 1,000km non-stop ultra-endurance race (eat your heart out DKXL and TransIowa!), the Challenge 550km race and the Sprint 390km race. The Tortour ride might as well been called Ride Around Switzerland, as it traveled a loop across pretty much around the entire country.

The Tortour Winter Gravel route was, fortunately, a bit more low-key than its ultra-endurance cousin.

The origin of the Tortour gravel event hints at the close relationship between cyclocross and gravel. The stage race started as a “Cyclocross” race, and the organizers have since rebranded it as a gravel race, even though elements of both disciplines are present at the event.

The race’s cyclocross lineage remains in 2019. 2019 Tortour Winter Gravel Stage Race, Switzerland. © alphafoto.com

The 2019 Gravel Winter event was based in the municipality of Glattfelden, which is located along the Rhine River north of Zürich—and 2020 Cyclocross Worlds host Dübendorf. Day 1 of the Gravel Winter event was a 20km, 300m of climbing prologue to “Get you in the mood for what is yet to come.” Day 2 was a 73km day with 1,500m of climbing, and Day 3 was 84km long with about 600m less climbing.

Categories for the race included Women’s and Men’s Open, Masters, Two-person team and a mixed-gender two-person team. Perhaps of interest for U.S. cycling fans, former American pro rider and doper Tyler Hamilton raced in the two-man category along with former Swiss road pro Martin Elminger.

Final results were determined by the best time across the three stages.

Swiss rider Jutta Stienen won the Women’s race by over 12 minutes after winning all three stages. Stienen is 46 years old and still races professionally on the road in Europe. Veronika Heule of Germany finished second and Maria Ossowska of Poland third.

Women’s podium. 2019 Tortour Winter Gravel Stage Race, Switzerland. © alphafoto.com

The Men’s race brought out some Swiss cyclocrossers who race on the EKZ Tour and international circuits. The elder statesmen of the group Simon Zahner took the win with his big ride in Stage 2. Swiss Cyclocross National Champion Timon Rüegg finished second and Lukas Winterberg third.

Men’s podium. 2019 Tortour Winter Gravel Stage Race, Switzerland. © alphafoto.com

Hamilton and his partner overcame a flat tire and bad time in the prologue to win the two-man overall title by six minutes.

Full results for all categories are available online.

If the Tortour Gravel stage race is of interest, the next one takes place in the Summer of 2020.

Results for the solo Women and Men races and a photo gallery provided by the race organizers are below.

Photo Gallery: 2019 Tortour Winter Gravel

It was the Winter Gravel race, after all. 2019 Tortour Winter Gravel Stage Race, Switzerland. © alphafoto.com

Women’s Results: 2019 Tortour Winter Gravel

Place Name YOB Country Total Time Gap Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Penalty
1 Stienen, Jutta 1972 SUI 8:07:35,1 0:43:47,6 4:20:08,9 2:59:38,5 0:04:00,0
2 Heule, Veronika 1978 GER 8:19:32,3 +11:57,24 0:47:02,2 4:21:11,5 3:11:18,4
3 Ossowska, Maria 1986 POL 8:34:47,0 +27:11,91 0:49:08,4 4:28:14,3 3:17:24,3
4 Nikolopoulos, Julia 1976 GER 9:05:38,6 +58:03,54 0:45:00,4 5:05:02,6 3:15:35,5
5 Rothe, Kati 1976 GER 9:06:50,0 +59:14,94 0:46:12,0 5:05:02,6 3:15:35,3
6 Mahrer, Michèle 1988 SUI 9:45:58,8 +1:38:23,74 0:50:59,5 5:06:21,4 3:48:37,8
7 Vock, Doris 1976 SUI 10:33:03,1 +2:25:27,99 0:54:46,8 5:49:33,6 3:48:42,6
8 Bächli, Manuela 1986 SUI 12:20:28,3 +4:12:53,24 1:02:04,0 6:28:43,2 4:49:41,1
DNF Felder, Vanessa 1991 SUI 5:53:49,7 -2:13:45,41 0:49:17,6 5:04:32,1

Men’s Results: 2019 Tortour Winter Gravel

Place Name YOB Nation Total Time Gap Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
1 Zahner, Simon 1983 SUI 6:26:56,2 0:38:43,8 3:08:07,0 2:40:05,3
2 Rüegg, Timon 1996 SUI 6:36:27,3 +9:31,05 0:38:43,1 3:17:38,9 2:40:05,1
3 Winterberg, Lukas 1988 SUI 6:40:54,6 +13:58,42 0:43:13,6 3:17:42,6 2:39:58,3
4 Schnyder, Benjamin 1984 SUI 6:50:56,5 +24:00,26 0:40:08,1 3:28:27,5 2:42:20,8
5 Plüss, Andreas 1985 SUI 7:01:36,3 +34:40,11 0:40:11,3 3:38:57,3 2:42:27,6
6 Danowski, Stefan 1971 GER 7:04:36,5 +37:40,26 0:41:37,4 3:33:13,0 2:49:46,0
7 Nikolopoulos, Alexander 1974 GER 7:05:16,9 +38:20,67 0:39:44,6 3:41:25,0 2:44:07,2
8 Ossowski, Adam 1977 POL 7:11:49,1 +44:52,88 0:41:47,6 3:44:04,6 2:45:56,8
9 Wendelspiess, Djure 1982 SUI 7:26:14,2 +59:18,01 0:42:44,4 3:51:26,9 2:52:02,8
10 Lauber, Daniel 1985 SUI 7:33:04,6 +1:06:08,37 0:41:37,1 3:58:49,8 2:52:37,5
11 Riedl, Tobias 1985 GER 7:40:16,3 +1:13:20,06 0:42:48,6 4:04:50,1 2:52:37,5
12 van Mil, Peter 1985 NED 7:43:34,0 +1:16:37,75 0:42:08,1 4:00:39,1 3:00:46,6
13 Klerkx, Jeroen 1972 SUI 7:47:32,6 +1:20:36,43 0:43:20,4 4:06:24,4 2:57:47,7
14 Steiger, David 1987 SUI 8:10:25,3 +1:43:29,06 0:44:23,4 4:21:11,8 3:04:50,0
15 Burger, Fabian 1991 SUI 8:12:48,1 +1:45:51,86 0:44:53,7 4:23:16,3 3:04:38,0
16 Maier, Martin 1982 GER 8:23:09,6 +1:56:13,35 0:45:11,3 4:28:07,6 3:09:50,6
17 Mutter, Markus 1971 GER 8:31:22,6 +2:04:26,36 0:47:40,6 4:28:04,7 3:15:37,2
18 Lozano, Oscar 1978 ROM 8:47:06,5 +2:20:10,25 0:42:44,4 4:38:35,9 3:25:46,0
19 Goux, Laurent 1974 SUI 8:49:33,6 +2:22:37,38 0:45:11,8 4:38:35,8 3:25:45,9
20 Hänggi, Humberto 1985 SUI 8:50:33,2 +2:23:36,99 0:47:39,9 4:41:20,9 3:21:32,3
21 Caluori, Corsin 1977 SUI 8:52:38,2 +2:25:41,99 0:45:20,2 4:45:41,9 3:21:36,0
22 Mikavica, Dejan 1978 SUI 9:01:18,5 +2:34:22,26 0:47:28,0 4:48:02,3 3:25:48,0
23 Uehlinger, Niki 1976 SUI 9:01:37,4 +2:34:41,23 0:47:46,6 4:48:02,4 3:25:48,3
24 Danvel, Morgan 1984 FRA 9:30:09,9 +3:03:13,70 0:47:36,0 5:16:48,4 3:25:45,4
25 Moresco, Erik 1973 SUI 9:34:46,7 +3:07:50,46 0:50:43,1 5:13:34,6 3:30:28,8
26 Liesch, Michael 1984 SUI 9:51:47,8 +3:24:51,59 0:49:17,7 5:04:32,7 3:57:57,4
27 Sturzenegger, Martin 1973 SUI 9:52:04,4 +3:25:08,14 0:51:20,9 5:16:48,1 3:43:55,3
28 Prescher, Oliver 1976 GER 9:59:41,2 +3:32:44,94 0:50:18,1 5:20:10,8 3:49:12,1
29 Lang, Marco 1971 GER 10:05:55,9 +3:38:59,73 0:53:41,6 5:31:49,0 3:40:25,2
30 Van Zyl, Jean 1977 RSA 10:38:27,2 +4:11:30,95 0:53:08,1 5:43:45,6 4:01:33,4
31 Tschenett, David 1988 SUI 11:03:14,1 +4:36:17,88 0:50:55,1 6:10:45,5 4:01:33,5
DNF Schibli, Markus 1977 SUI 3:40:00,6 —- 0:43:26,8 2:56:33,8
DNF Butscher, Patrick 1970 SUI 4:51:20,0 —- 0:53:22,4 3:57:57,5
DNF Zemp, Lukas 1970 SUI 5:20:06,6 —- 0:47:46,4 4:32:20,2
DNF Petersen, Mattis Kaysen 1977 DEN 5:58:36,2 —- 0:49:09,0 5:09:27,2
DNF Cox, Martin 1976 GER 8:20:58,8 —- 1:09:10,3 7:11:48,4
DNF Dursun, Ömer 1980 SUI 9:23:35,7 —- 5:35:10,5 3:48:25,2
DNF 1981 SUI 0:45:10,5 —- 0:45:10,5