Keegan Swenson wins elite men’s Unbound Gravel 200 Last year’s runner-up Keegan Swenson won the men’s 200-mile race of the 2023 Garmin Unbound Gravel presented by Craft on Saturday, sprinting out of a seven-rider group. Petr Vakoc was second and Lachlan Morton third.
“It was about the same as last year. Yeah, it was a bit of a tricky finish,” Swenson told Cyclingnews at the finish line. “Everyone seemed like they were going pretty well. There were attacks in the last few miles. The finish chute was quite hectic, so I figured I would go a little bit long, and hopefully, block a bit. It worked out.”
Swenson has now claimed victory in the first two events of the Life Time Grand Prix 2023, starting with the Sea Otter Classic Fuego XL 100K in April, and retains his series lead. He clocked 10:06:02 to win Unbound Gravel 200
The group of seven riders which also included Laurens ten Dam, 2021 winner Ian Boswell, Russell Finsterwald and Peter Stetina, coalesced with 81 miles to go.
Finsterwald didn’t have water the last two hours, and finished sixth in the seven-rider sprint. “Luckily the cloud cover was there, so it wasn’t too bad. There was a lot of cat and mouse, and I just didn’t play the cards quite right. The finish was wild. It was cool to be there in the end," he told Cyclingnews .
“I played my cards on the hills. It didn’t work out and that’s fine. No one had a real clean […]