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Stetina, Ten Dam, Morton agree ‘fast and intense’ are a new normal for pack racing at Unbound Gravel


Peter Stetina (Canyon) is making his fifth appearance at Unbound Gravel 200 this year. Across his four finishes at Unbound Gravel 200, the US rider, who comes into Kansas this year with an overall title at Belgian Waffle Ride Tripel Crown, has seen the race speeds increase, the intensity increase, both related to the amplification in the quality of the field. 

The last solo victory for the elite men was in 2019 when Colin Strickland won on the north course nine minutes ahead of Stetina, who was another 11 minutes better than Alex Howes. The next three races involved sprints decided by seconds, the 2023 competition having Keegan Swenson (Santa Cruz Bicycles) hammer home ahead of Petr Vakoc, with Stetina the final rider in the seven-rider bunch and just eight seconds separating him from the win.

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