Watch the Best Moments From the Oetztal Cycle Marathon

Johnny Hoogerland fulfilled his dream of winning the 40th Ötztaler Radamrathon on Sunday, August 29. his dream of victory! He won in front of the Carinthian Hans-Jörg Leopold and the Italian Mattia De Marchi. In the women’s race, Germany’s Christina Rausch triumphed as she last did in 2019. The route led over the four passes Kühtai, Brenner, and Jaufenpass as well as the Timmelsjoch over 5,500 meters in altitude.

After a rockfall between Oetzerau and Ochsengarten a couple of days prior to the race, this year’s route went via Haiminger Sattele up to Kühtai. The 40th edition of the Ötztal Cycle Marathon was, therefore, ten kilometers longer and had about 250 altitude meters more. 

The anniversary edition finally proofed the legendary 238 kilometers and 5500 altitude meters. Johnny Hoogerland (NED) was the first to cross the finish line after exactly 7:21.01,0 hours, while his compatriot Hans-Jörg Leopold from St. Stefan im Lavanttal narrowly won the sprint for second place against the Italian Mattia De Marchi from Noale (Venice region) by one second. In the women’s overall classification, the winner this year, as in 2019, was Christina Rausch (GER). The Hamburg native needed 8:15.20,0 and was thus a good 35 minutes faster at the finish than Veronika Weiss (GER/Tutzing) in second place and Bianca Somavilla (AUT/Fulpmes) in third place.

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