Serrano, Gonzalez win XTERRA Abruzzo

By XTERRA
Jul. 22, 2018

Roger Serrano and Eva Garcia Gonzalez, both from Spain, captured the elite titles at XTERRA Italy, Lake Scanno on a perfect sunny day on Sunday, July 22nd with times of 2:51:49 and 3:30:04, respectively. This was Serrano’s third win for the season and Gonzalez’s first major win ever as an elite athlete.

In April, Serrano won both XTERRA Cyprus and XTERRA Malta. Currently, Serrano is ranked second in the XTERRA European Tour standings behind Francois Carloni of France.

Last year, Gonzalez won the XTERRA European Amateur Championship in Mons Klint, Denmark and won her age group at every race she entered, including XTERRA Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Denmark. Given her times, she would have been competitive with the elite women as well. She is currently ranked 11th on the XTERRA European Tour.

XTERRA Italy Lake Scanno is the 10th stop on the XTERRA European Tour. 

Here, XTERRA European director and former XTERRA World Champion Nicolas Lebrun tells us how the day unfolded ...

The day wasn’t as hot as last year, but it was still warm and sunny. The elite athletes were in the water first for a non-wetsuit swim. About 400 age-groupers started three minutes later with two, wetsuit-legal waves, which met Italian rules for the swim. The swim featured one big loop with an exit just before the end, a 100-meter run, and then another 100-meter swim. 

XTERRA Italy Lake Garda Swim

Men’s Race

Serrano was out of the water first in 20:14. Fewer than 40 seconds behind him were Matteo Bozzato and Francesco Nicolardi, both racing on the Italian National Team. XTERRA European Tour leader, Francois Carloni, was about 1:45 back and was with a big group. Xavier Dafflon, last year’s XTERRA Italy Lake Scanno champ, was six minutes back, which was an improvement over last year at this time, when he was seven minutes behind.

Serrano continued to lead the mountain bike loop, which featured 12K of riding and 450 meters of climbing. Both Bozzato and Nicolardi had fallen back, but fellow Italian, Marcello Ugazio, moved into second, about one minute behind Serrano. Behind them, Francois Carloni and Filippo Rinaldi of Italy, were working together. Dafflon was about five minutes back and making up time. At the end of the bike, Serrano, had a solid lead.

“I paced myself on the first small loop, and on the second loop, I saw that Marcello was not faring well,” said Serrano after the race. “On the technical single track, I started to push, and my legs responded well.  I was able to keep pushing hard on the long uphill and really focus mentally.”

Roger Serrano Scanno Bike

After the long uphill climb, it was a fight between Xavier Dafflon and everyone else. Dafflon posted the fastest bike split of the day in 1:36:44, which led to his second-place place finish. 

“I was so happy to finish the bike safe and fast,” said Dafflon. “I showed to the others that I am fit and can fight to the front.” 

At T1, Serrano was in front, followed by Dafflon, Ugazio, Carloni, and then Rinaldi, all within 30 seconds of each other. 

During the run, Dafflon continued to make up time. Halfway through, he was only 35 seconds behind Serrano, who maintained his lead. 

“Being so far back after the swim, I had no choice,” said Dafflon. “But when Roger saw me, he was able to accelerate a little and I had nothing left.” 

Dafflon crossed the line in 2:52:15, happy with his second place finish, which is his best so far this season. He also posted the fastest run split of 47:45. Ugazio was third in 2:54:31. Less than two weeks ago, he won the U23 title at the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship. 

“I’m happy with this fourth podium in as many XTERRA races this year,” said Ugazio. “I know I can win one, but first, I need to improve on the downhills. I push too hard on the uphills and finish the bike with nothing left for the run. But I won’t give up.” 

Rinaldi took fourth while Carloni claimed fifth. Rui Dolores, from Portugal, finished eighth today, moving him back into the top 10 in the XTERRA European standings.

ELITE MEN RESULTS

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Roger Serrano, ESP 02:51:49 75
2 Xavier Dafflon, SUI 02:52:15 67
3 Marcello Ugazio, ITA 02:54:31 61
4 Filippo Rinaldi, ITA 02:57:22 56
5 Francois Carloni, FRA 02:57:47 51
6 Riccardo Ridolfi, ITA 03:02:05 47
7 Dominik Wychera, AUT 03:05:14 43
8 Rui Dolores, POR 03:07:07 39
9 Mattia De Paoli, ITA 03:08:38 36
10 Fausto Fognini, ITA 03:09:11 33
11 Emanuele Aru, ITA 03:10:26 30
12 Francesco Figini, ITA 03:10:41 27
13 Matteo Bozzato, ITA 03:11:53 25
14 Nico Sterk, ZAF 03:13:20 23
15 Adriaan Myburgh, ZAF 3:16:58 AM 21

Also : Andra Zanenga,ITA 16th, Francesco Floriano Nicolardi, ITA 17Th, Tommaso Gatti, ITA 18th, Fabio Guidelli, ITA 19th and Mattia Zontini, ITA DNF

Gonzalez XTERRA Scanno

Women’s Race

In the women’s race, the fastest swim split went to Austria’s Carina Wasle, who was out of the water in 24:59, just in front of Renata Bucher, and Lizzie Orchard, who was just 25 seconds back.

Gonzalez was fifth out of the water, about 1:40 behind Wasle, while Italy’s Sandra Mairhofer was about two minutes behind Wasle.

After the first loop of the bike course, Bucher had a 2:30 lead on Wasle. Gonzalez was in third but was four minutes back, meaning that she had to make a significant move on the second bike loop and the run to make up that time. Mairhofer was about five minutes off the lead and Orchard wasn’t having her best day.

On the second loop, Bucher kept pushing hard, but Wasle crashed and had a mechanical with her rear break.

“Without a rear break, the long, technical downhill was a nightmare,” said Wasle. “I had to get off and run behind my bike to avoid any additional crashes.” 

Wasle’s misfortune enabled Gonzalez to move into second place. 

“I’ve been training on the downhills this year as this race was a big goal for me,” said Gonzalez. “I was feeling very good and moving like I expected.”

Mairhofer Scanno Run

Mairhofer was also making her way up, even though each downhill was painful, due to an injury sustained in her hand last week during a training session.

Bucher ended up with the fastest bike split of the day in 2:02:54 and had more than a four minute lead on Gonzalez. However, Gonzalez’ favorite leg is the run. Mairhofer entered T2 in third, where she stayed through the finish.

Gonzalez made a big push on the climb in the run and passed Bucher about halfway through the run course. 

“I still have a hard time I won today,” said Gonzalez after the finish. “It’s like a dream. I’m so happy.”

Amazingly, Carina Wasle passed Bucher and Mairhofer to take second, with Mairhofer claiming third. 

“To be on the podium in my home country is fantastic,” said Mairhofer. “Carina was amazing on the run and moved from fifth to second.”

“I’m somehow very disappointed and happy at the same time,” said Wasle, who posted the fastest run split in 54:04. “I am happy to finish second in these conditions but I also know that this course suited me and was mine to win today.”

Bucher had a tough day on the run and like last week, finished fourth with Orchard claiming the fifth spot. 

After today’s race, Wasle is still leading Brigitta Poor on the XTERRA European tour by 144 points. Sandra Mainhofer moves up to the ninth spot and Bucher enters the top ten with Gonzalez close behind in 11th

ELITE WOMEN RESULTS

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Eva Garcia Gonzalez, ESP 3:30:04 75
2 Carina Wasle, AUT 3:35:20 67
3 Sandra Mairhofer, ITA 3:35:27 61
4 Renata Bucher, SUI 3:35:58 56
5 Elizabeth Orchard, NZL 3:46:31 51
6 Sarah Tavecchio, ITA 3:56:53 47
7 Mikaela Jonsson, ZAF 4:01:29 43

CARLONI, WASLE TOP EUROPEAN TOUR ELITE STANDINGS

Next up on the XTERRA European Tour is XTERRA Romania on August 5th

XTERRA Scanno Run

2018 XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR ELITE STANDINGS

ELITE MEN

Pos Name, country Total
1 Francois Carloni, FRA 349
2 Roger Serrano, ESP 348
3 Arthur Forissier, FRA 307
4 Maxim Chane, FRA 268
5 Arthur Serrieres , FRA 267
6 Xavier Dafflon, SUI 260
7 Peter Lehmann, GER 251
8 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 250
9 Marcello Ugazio, ITA 250
10 Rui Dolores, POR 214
11 Geert Lauryssen, BEL 209
12 Bradley Weiss, RSA 149
13 Fausto Fognini, ITA 146
14 Doug Hall, GBR 144
15 Jan Kubicek, CZE 128
16 Victor Del Corral Morales, ESP 128
17 Anthony Pannier, FRA 114
18 Theo Dupras, FRA 107
19 Filippo Rinaldi, ITA 107
20 Tim Van Daele, BEL 106
21 Francesco Figini, ITA 105
22 Yeray Luxem, BEL 94
23 Clement Briere, FRA 85
24 Hannes Wolpert, GER 80
25 Veit Hoelne, GER 79
26 Dominik Wychera, AUT 79
27 Jose Estrangeiro, PRT 77
28 Pierrick Page, FRA 72
29 Corentin Duclos, FRA 71
30 Gregoris Souvatzoglou, GRC 69
31 Francisco Serrano, MEX 63
32 Emanuele Aru, ITA 63
33 Lukas Kocar, CZE 61
34 Maximilian Sasserath, GER 61
35 Ricard Costa Puigpelat, ESP 58
36 Andreas Silberbauer, AUT 56
37 Ander Lazkano, ESP 56
38 Christophe Betard, FRA 54
39 Tomas Kubek, SVK 52
40 Karel Zadak, CZE 51
41 Kris Coddens, BEL 47
42 Riccardo Ridolfi, ITA 47
43 Jens Roth, GER 45
44 Sam Osborne, NZL 43
45 Markus Benesch, AUT 43
46 Gaetan Vivien, FRA 39
47 Xavier Jove Riart, ESP 37
48 Olivier Marceau, SUI 36
49 Mattia De Paoli, ITA 36
50 Dominik Soweija, GER 34
51 Rafael Gomes, POR 33
52 Pavel Andreev, RUS 30
53 Bruno Pais, POR 30
54 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 27
55 Alejandro Salmeron Tenorio, ESP 27
56 Emil Stoynev, BGR 27
57 Tomas Jiranek, CZE 25
58 Will Crudgington, GRB 25
59 Jordi Gil Faus,ESP 25
60 Thomas Kerner, GER 25
61 Matteo Bozzato, ITA 25
62 Nico Sterk, ZAF 23
63 Julien Buffe, FRA 23
64 Tiago Maia, PRT 23
65 Maxim Danon, FRA 23
66 Jan Sneberger, CZE 21
67 Henry Sleight, GRB 21
68 Damien Guillemet, FRA 21
69 Lizar Azkune, ESP 21
70 Adriaan Myburgh, ZAF 21

ELITE WOMEN

Pos Name, coutry Total
1 Carina Wasle, AUT 600
2 Brigitta Poor, HUN 456
3 Helena Karaskova-Erbenova, CZE 424
4 Nicole Walters, GBR 378
5 Morgane Riou, FRA 229
6 Ania Tomica, POL 177
7 Jessica Roberts, GBR 165
8 Sandra Mairhofer, ITA 160
9 Maud Golsteyn, NED 154
10 Renata Bucher, SUI 148
11 Eva Garcia Gonzalez, ESP 136
12 Cecilia Jessen, SWE 128
13 Diane Luethi, SUI 119
14 Penny Slater, AUS 116
15 Elizabeth Orchard, NZL 112
16 Bianca Morvillo, ITA 102
17 Angela Niklaus, SUI 102
18 Diane Lee, GBR 78
19 Lesley Paterson, GBR 75
20 Ine Couckuyt, BEL 75
21 Barbara Riveros, CHL 67
22 Aina Picas, ESP 56
23 Mariana Brugger, BRA 51
24 Loanne Duvoisin, SUI 51
25 Johandri Leicester, ZAF 49
26 Ksenia Chemykh, RUS 47
27 Eleonora Peroncini, ITA 47
28 Sarah Tavecchio, ITA 47
29 Megane MCDonald, GBR 43
30 Isabelle Ferrer, FRA 43
31 Mikaela Jonsson, ZAF 43
32 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 39
33 Sabina Rzepka, POL 39
34 Elisabeth Gruber, AUT 36
35 Ladina Buss, SUI 36
36 Anna Brychtova, CZE 33
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