Dafflon, Wasle win XTERRA Finland

By XTERRA
Aug. 26, 2018

Xavier Dafflon from Switzerland and Carina Wasle from Austria captured the second annual XTERRA Finland off-road triathlon elite titles in Imatra on Sunday, August 26, 2018.

Complete Results / Photos

For Dafflon, the 2016 overall amateur XTERRA World Champion, the win is his first this season and second as an elite.  For Wasle, the reigning XTERRA Asia-Pacific Champion, it’s the 20th XTERRA World Tour win in her illustrious 14-year career, her third this season, and first in Europe.  She’s also now posted an incredible 12 top-3 finishes on the XTERRA European Tour this year and sits atop the standings with just two races remaining.

The race combined a 1.5-kilometer swim in Saimaa Lake with a 30K flat but technical bike leg and finished with a hilly 10K trail run. Conditions were perfect for racing with 19-degree water and air temperatures and the bike and run courses were dry with the exception of a 100-meter swamp crossing on the run, a spot where athletes had to make sure their shoes were on tight.

In the men’s elite race Doug Hall from Great Britain set the early pace, exiting the long swim with the morning’s fastest time of 24:21, followed 45-seconds later by Peter Lehmann from Germany then Jan Kubicek from the Czech Republic in third 1:15 behind.

Pre-race favorite Xavier Dafflon had a good swim by his standards, just four minutes back of Hall.

“I had a good group to swim with and felt my stroke was good throughout, and I was really happy to only lose four minutes in the water today,” said Dafflon.

Hall held the lead deep into the third lap of the bike, but Lehmann closed the gap to just 15-seconds and a fast-moving group containing Kubicek, Dominik Wychera from Austria and Henry Sleight from the UK worked well together to reduce the gap to the front pair.

“There was a really good group working together on the bike, we shared the pace and worked really hard to close the gap to Doug,” said Wychera.

Not far behind was Dafflon, who charged his way to the front of the race and took the lead halfway into the last lap.

“After a good swim I was excited to get to the front of the race as fast as possible, but I didn’t see anybody until the last lap,” exclaimed Dafflon. “I was starting to worry, but then I caught Kubicek and could see everybody just in front and finally I took the lead and pushed really hard to force a gap before transition.”

Dafflon posted the fastest bike split of the day (1:15:30) and took a small lead into the run ahead of Hall, Wychera, and Lehmann.

XTERRA Finland Climb

On a run littered with steep climbs, nobody could touch Dafflon. He recorded the fastest run split in 45:53 and crossed the line unchallenged for the win. Behind him Lehmann slowly built a gap over Wychera and Hall who were going back and forth over the difficult terrain for the final podium slot. Lehmann ended up in second, Wychera third, Hall held on for fourth, and Kubicek finished fifth.

“I am so happy to win again in XTERRA,” exclaimed Dafflon.  “I came here to win, so to achieve it was really special.”

Lehmann was happy with his performance as well, saying, “It was hard to push today. I spent a lot of the bike by myself and had to dig really deep on the run. There was a small chance I could catch Xavier on the run, so I tried my hardest but once he was out of sight and I knew I couldn’t catch him, I focused on saving some energy for the next two weeks of racing as I target a good result in the overall tour placings.”

ELITE MEN

Pos

Name, NAT

Time

Points

1

Xavier Dafflon, SUI

2:30:57

75

2

Peter Lehmann, GER

2:32:21

67

3

Dominik Wychera, AUT

2:33:05

61

4

Doug Hall, GBR

2:33:53

56

5

Jan Kubicek, CZE

2:34:41

51

6

Henry Sleight, GRB

2:36:13

47

7

Repo Waltteri, FIN

2:45:58

43

8

Priit Ailt, EST

2:54:40

39

9

Andre Haga, FIN

2:56:43

36

10

Jani Puhakka, FIN

3:12:01

33

11

Valtteri Skytta, FIN

3:31:41

30

Carina Wasle XTERRA

In the women’s elite race Nicole Walters from the UK led the field out of the water holding a big gap of 1:20 over Wasle with Renata Bucher from Switzerland 1:30 back from the front of the race.

“I felt terrible from the first stroke and had to pace myself over the two laps,” said Walters.  “I found some feet and just tried to take it steady. So, when I heard I had a big gap I was surprised, maybe I wasn’t feeling so bad.”

Once on the bike, Wasle was clearly on a mission and posted a race best bike split of 1:29:50 to catch Walters halfway through the second lap. The two worked together on the bike, sharing the pace to keep the gap to Bucher as big as possible.

“I was really surprised to catch Nicole as quickly as I did, it’s quite a flat bike course so I wasn’t expecting to go so well,” said Wasle.  “When I caught her, we worked together to keep the speed high. I would push the technical parts and she would ride hard on the fire roads.”

Bucher also rode well and came into transition less than one-minute from the front of the race.

“I rode the whole bike by myself and had no idea how far back I was,” said Bucher. “I tried to ride smooth to stay fast to keep some energy for the run.”

At the bike-to-run transition Wasle took charge and created a big gap to Walters during the first 5K lap. Walters started her second lap 2:42 back and her second-place position looked to be under threat from Bucher.

With such a big lead Wasle was able to relax and enjoy the second lap on the way to her first European Tour victory of 2018.

“I very happy to finally win in Europe this year,” said Wasle.  “This run was perfect for me, very technical with lots of steep uphills and downhills so I knew this race provided my best chance to get a win. I’m looking forward to racing in Norway next week, and if I have a good race there I can win the tour with a race to spare!”

Renata Bucher XTERRA Finland

Bucher faded on the steep climbs of the second lap allowing Walters to enjoy a runner-up finish. Bucher held on for third, with Jessie Roberts from the UK in 4th, and Yulia Surikova, the reigning ITU Winter Triathlon Champion, in 5th.

ELITE WOMEN

Pos

Name, NAT

Time

Points

1

Carina Wasle, AUT

2:53:47

75

2

Nicole Walters, GBR

2:56:35

67

3

Renata Bucher, SUI

2:58:53

61

4

Jessica Roberts, GBR

3:09:36

56

5

Yulia Surikova, RUS

3:16:44

51

6

Tiina Toivonen, FIN

3:28:02

47

7

Joanna Kuronen, FIN

3:35:53

43

All-time XTERRA Finland Elite Winners

Year - Location - Men's / Women's
2018 - Imatra - Xavier Dafflon / Carina Wasle
2017 - Imatra - Pavel Adreev / Louise Fox

XTERRA Finland Bike

XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR ELITE STANDINGS

XTERRA Finland was the 14th of 16 events on the 2018 XTERRA European Tour.  With his runner-up finish today Peter Lehmann jumped from fifth to second place in the tour rankings, just 41-points behind the leader Francois Carloni.  With two races remaining, Norway next weekend then XTERRA Denmark on September 9, Lehmann has a chance to win the tour.  Dafflon, with his win, jumped up from seventh into a tie for fourth place with Arthur Serrieres.

In the women’s chase Wasle extended her lead atop the standings, and with a good result next week she can win the tour with a race to spare.  There were no other major changes at the top, however, Jessie Roberts moved up to 8th and Renata Bucher jumped into the ninth spot.

Next up: XTERRA Norway, September 1 at Norefjell

PL

NAME, NAT

TOT

M

C

G

L

P

B

S

F

C

S

R

P

G

F

1

Francois Carloni, FRA

485

56

x

51

47

x

75

x

69

x

51

67

x

69

x

2

Peter Lehmann, GER

444

33

x

39

30

67

x

43

x

39

x

51

47

28

67

3

Roger Serrano, ESP

430

75

75

56

x

x

x

67

x

x

75

x

x

82

x

t4

Arthur Serrieres, FRA

393

x

x

61

75

x

x

56

75

x

x

75

51

x

x

t4

Xavier Dafflon, SUI

393

x

x

43

56

x

47

47

x

x

67

x

x

58

75

6

Maxim Chane, FRA

382

51

67

23

27

x

x

x

53

47

x

x

61

53

x

7

Bradley Weiss, RSA

324

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

82

67

x

x

75

100

x

8

Rui Dolores, POR

309

36

x

x

x

61

30

27

28

x

39

x

39

49

x

9

Arthur Forissier, FRA

307

x

x

75

67

x

x

75

90

x

x

x

x

x

x

10

Ruben Ruzafa, ESP

250

x

x

x

x

75

x

x

100

75

x

x

x

x

x

11

Marcello Ugazio, ITA

250

x

x

67

61

x

x

61

x

x

61

x

x

x

x

12

Doug Hall, GBR

233

39

51

x

x

x

x

21

x

33

x

x

33

x

56

13

Jan Kubicek, CZE

222

x

56

x

x

x

x

36

x

36

x

x

43

x

51

14

Geert Lauryssen, BEL

209

47

x

x

43

x

61

x

58

x

x

x

x

x

x

15

Dominik Wychera, AUT

204

x

x

36

x

x

x

x

x

x

43

x

27

37

61

16

Sam Osborne, NZL

200

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

43

x

x

67

90

x

17

Fausto Fognini, ITA

146

x

x

x

21

x

43

x

49

x

33

x

x

x

x

18

Victor Del Corral, ESP

128

67

61

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

19

Tomas Kubek, SVK

122

27

x

x

25

x

x

x

x

x

x

47

23

x

x

20

Ben Allen, AUS

117

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

61

56

x

x

21

Karel Zadak, CZE

114

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

51

x

x

x

63

x

22

Anthony Pannier, FRA

114

x

47

x

x

x

67

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

23

Theo Dupras, FRA

107

x

x

x

x

x

56

51

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

24

Filippo Rinaldi, ITA

107

x

x

x

51

x

x

x

x

x

56

x

x

x

x

25

Lukas Kocar, CZE

106

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

61

x

x

x

45

x

26

Tim Van Daele, BEL

106

x

x

30

x

51

x

25

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

27

Francesco Figini, ITA

105

x

x

x

39

x

39

x

x

x

27

x

x

x

x

28

Yeray Luxem, BEL

94

x

x

x

x

43

51

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

29

Christophe Betard, FRA

90

x

x

x

23

x

x

x

31

x

x

x

36

x

x

30

Pavel Andreev, RUS

86

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

30

x

56

x

x

x

31

Clement Briere, FRA

85

25

33

27

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

32

Will Crudgington, GRB

81

x

x

x

x

x

25

x

x

x

x

x

25

31

x

33

Hannes Wolpert, GER

80

23

30

x

x

x

x

x

x

27

x

x

x

x

x

34

Veit Hoelne, GER

79

43

x

x

x

x

36

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

35

Jose Estrangeiro, PRT

77

30

x

x

x

47

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

36

Olly Shaw, NZL

75

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

75

x

37

Pierrick Page, FRA

72

x

x

x

x

x

33

39

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

38

Corentin Duclos, FRA

71

x

x

x

x

x

x

30

41

x

x

x

x

x

x

39

Greg Souvatzoglou, GRC

69

x

36

33

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

40

Henry Sleight, GRB

68

x

x

x

x

x

21

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

47

41

Francisco Serrano, MEX

63

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

63

x

x

x

x

x

x

42

Emanuele Aru, ITA

63

x

x

x

x

x

x

33

x

x

30

x

x

x

x

43

Maximilian Sasserath, GER

61

61

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

44

Ricard Costa, ESP

58

x

x

22

x

36

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

45

Andreas Silberbauer, AUT

56

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

56

x

x

x

x

x

46

Ander Lazkano, ESP

56

x

x

x

x

56

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

47

Kris Coddens, BEL

47

x

x

47

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

48

Riccardo Ridolfi, ITA

47

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

47

x

x

x

x

49

Jens Roth, GER

45

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

45

x

x

x

x

x

x

50

Markus Benesch, AUT

43

x

43

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

51

Cedric Lassonde, FRA

43

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

43

x

x

x

52

Repo Waltteri, FIN

43

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

43

53

Sylwester Swat, POL

42

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

21

21

x

x

54

Malte Plappert, DEU

41

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

41

x

55

Gaetan Vivien, FRA

39

x

x

x

x

39

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

56

Ciprian Balanescu, ROU

39

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

39

x

x

x

57

Priit Ailt, EST

39

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

39

58

Xavier Jove Riart, ESP

37

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

37

x

x

x

x

x

x

59

Olivier Marceau, SUI

36

x

x

x

36

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

60

Mattia De Paoli, ITA

36

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

36

x

x

x

x

61

Krysztof Kokot, POL

36

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

36

x

x

x

62

Andre Haga, FIN

36

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

36

63

Jan Francke, CZE

34

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

34

x

64

Dominik Soweija, GER

34

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

34

x

x

x

x

x

x

65

Rafael Gomes, POR

33

x

x

x

x

33

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

66

Szabolcs Kovacs, ROU

33

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

33

x

x

x

67

Jani Puhakka, FIN

33

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

33

68

Bruno Pais, POR

30

x

x

x

x

30

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

69

Mihail Chindris, ROU

30

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

30

x

x

x

70

Bartosz Banach, POL

30

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

30

x

x

71

Valtteri Skytta, FIN

30

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

30

72

Fabien Combaluzier, FRA

27

x

x

x

x

x

27

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

73

Alejandro Tenorio, ESP

27

x

x

x

x

27

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

74

Emil Stoynev, BGR

27

x

27

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

75

Madaras Daniel, ROU

27

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

27

x

x

x

76

Tomas Jiranek, CZE

25

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

25

x

x

x

x

x

77

Jordi Gil Faus,ESP

25

x

x

x

x

25

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

78

Thomas Kerner, GER

25

x

x

25

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

79

Matteo Bozzato, ITA

25

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

25

x

x

x

x

80

Maxim Danon, FRA

23

x

x

x

x

x

x

23

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

81

Nico Sterk, ZAF

23

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

23

x

x

x

x

82

Julien Buffe, FRA

23

x

x

x

x

x

23

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

83

Tiago Maia, PRT

23

x

x

x

x

23

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

84

Jan Sneberger, CZE

21

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

21

x

x

x

x

x

85

Damien Guillemet, FRA

21

21

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

86

Lizar Azkune, ESP

21

x

x

x

x

21

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

87

Adriaan Myburgh, ZAF

21

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

21

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PL

NAME, NAT

TOT

M

C

G

L

P

B

S

F

C

S

R

P

G

F

1

Carina Wasle, AUT

818

67

x

61

67

67

61

61

82

67

67

x

61

82

75

2

Brigitta Poor, HUN

698

75

75

56

x

75

x

75

100

x

x

75

67

100

x

3

Helena Karaskova, CZE

589

61

x

67

75

x

x

56

90

75

x

x

75

90

x

4

Nicole Walters, GBR

503

47

61

75

61

x

67

67

x

x

x

x

x

58

67

5

Morgane Riou, FRA

393

56

x

51

x

x

75

47

x

x

x

67

56

41

x

6

Ania Tomica, POL

233

x

51

x

x

x

x

30

53

43

x

56

x

x

x

7

Sandra Mairhofer, ITA

223

x

x

43

56

x

x

x

x

x

61

x

x

63

x

8

Jessica Roberts, GBR

221

x

x

30

30

x

47

x

58

x

x

x

x

x

56

9

Renata Bucher, SUI

209

x

x

x

36

x

x

x

x

56

56

x

x

x

61

10

Eva Garcia, ESP

205

x

x

x

x

61

x

x

x

x

75

x

x

69

x

11

Penny Slater, AUS

197

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

69

47

x

x

47

34

x

12

Elizabeth Orchard, NZL

187

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

61

51

x

x

75

x

13

Bianca Morvillo, ITA

155

x

x

x

51

x

x

x

x

51

x

x

x

53

x

14

Maud Golsteyn, NED

154

51

x

47

x

x

56

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

15

Angela Niklaus, SUI

130

x

x

x

x

x

x

39

63

x

x

x

x

28

x

16

Cecilia Jessen, SWE

128

39

56

33

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

17

Diane Luethi, SUI

119

43

x

x

43

x

x

33

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

18

Daria Rogozina, RUS

98

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

61

x

37

x

19

Loanne Duvoisin, SUI

96

x

x

x

x

x

x

51

x

x

x

x

x

45

x

20

Diane Lee, GBR

78

x

x

x

27

x

51

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

21

Sabina Rzepka, POL

78

x

x

x

39

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

39

x

x

22

Lesley Paterson, GBR

75

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

75

x

x

x

x

x

x

23

Ine Couckuyt, BEL

75

36

x

39

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

24

Mikaela Jonsson, ZAF

73

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

43

x

30

x

x

25

Barbara Riveros, CHL

67

x

67

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

26

Anna Brychtova, CZE

66

x

x

x

33

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

33

x

x

27

Aina Picas, ESP

56

x

x

x

x

56

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

28

Mariana Brugger, BRA

51

x

x

x

x

51

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

29

Samantha Kingsford, NZL

51

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

51

x

x

30

Yulia Surikova, RUS

51

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

51

31

Johandri Leicester, ZAF

49

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

49

x

x

x

x

x

x

32

Maria Doring, DEU

49

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

49

x

33

Ksenia Chemykh, RUS

47

x

47

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

34

Eleonora Peroncini, ITA

47

x

x

x

47

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

35

Sarah Tavecchio, ITA

47

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

47

x

x

x

x

36

Tiina Toivonen, FIN

47

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

47

37

Megane MCDonald, GBR

43

x

x

x

x

x

43

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

38

Isabelle Ferrer, FRA

43

x

x

x

x

x

x

43

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

39

Marta Menditto, ITA

43

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

43

x

x

40

Joanna Kuronen, FIN

43

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

43

41

Lenka Cibulkova, CZE

39

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

39

x

x

x

x

x

42

Elisabeth Gruber, AUT

36

x

x

36

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

43

Ladina Buss, SUI

36

x

x

x

x

x

x

36

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

44

Daria Radczuk, POL

36

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

36

x

x

45

Bianca Reitwiessner, DEU

31

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

31

x

 

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