Gravel got a pro makeover this week.
Alexey Lutsenko won the Serenissima Gravel race Friday, the first-ever pro-only gravel event on the calendar.
Gravel rookie Lutsenko beat Riccardo Minali (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) and Nathan Haas (Cofidis) with a huge solo attacked that distanced a small field stacked with WorldTour talent.
The 132-kilometer Serenissima was the second of a new four-part series of events organized by former Milano-Sanremo champion Filippo Pozzato and bike designer Jonny Molletta.
The “Ride the Wonderland” series, based in Italy’s Veneto region, opened up Wednesday with the revived Giro del Veneto road race, won by Xandro Meurisse (Alpecin-Fenix). The riding rounds out this weekend with the Granfondo VENEtoGO mass-participation event Saturday and the Veneto Classic pro road race Sunday.