Serrano, Wasle win XTERRA Norway

By XTERRA
Sep. 1, 2018

Roger Serrano from Spain and Carina Wasle from Austria captured the XTERRA Norway off-road triathlon elite titles in Norejfell on Saturday, September 1, 2018.

It’s the fourth win of the season for both Serrano and Wasle, and for Wasle, the win also secured her first XTERRA European Tour title after 14 years of racing.

The day started with cold conditions at the Norejfell Ski and Spa resort, so cold that with water temperatures at 13-degrees Celsius (about 55F) technical officials reduced the swim distance from 1500-to-750 meters.

In the elite men’s race Serrano jumped out to an early lead with the fastest swim of the day (10:44), followed by Peter Lehmann and Francois Carloni about 40-seconds back.

Carloni, the Tour leader, was able to catch up to Serrano on the first 16K loop of the bike, and that was by design according to Serrano. “I waited for François,” he explained.  “I didn’t want to do the whole race by myself and I know François was the best guy to ride with.”

Behind those two, Rui Dolores, Lehmann and Dominik Wychera were chasing hard to limit the gap, and then Carloni ran into some bad luck and lost Serrano.

“On the first technical downhill, I took a wrong line on some rocks and punctured,” said Carloni.  “I lost two minutes fixing it with a plug and CO2, but it eventually worked.”

Taking advantage of Carloni’s misfortune, Dolores moved into second, Wychera third, and Lehmann fourth with all three riding close together. By the end of the first lap on single track in the lower part of the mountain Serrano was well in front.

“When I saw François had a flat, I kept going by myself just trying to manage a good pace but not too fast knowing the run was going to be hard,” said Serrano.

Dolores was also unlucky and missed a turn sign, and by the time he realized his mistake it was too late to get back into the race.  Carloni, meanwhile, came back to pass Wychera and move into second place again by the time they reached the bike-to-run transition.

Serrano had two minutes on Carloni, 2:30 on Wychera, and 3:30 on Lehmann heading into the run. Tim Van Daele was 3:45 behind Serrano and Jens Emil Sloth Nielsen from Denmark was in sixth, four minutes back of the lead after posting the fastest bike split of the day in 1:24:37.

Serrano would emerge victorious, crossing the line just 24-seconds ahead of Lehmann, who put in the fastest run split on the day in 47:35 to pass Carloni for the runner-up position.

“I was happy to hold on today,” said Serrano.  “I normally eat dates during the bike, but I lost them, so I started to feel that I was low in energy during the run.” 

Lehmann said he was thrilled to finish in second-place for the second straight week. “I knew I would be fast on this last downhill part, it was perfect for me, so I ran as hard as possible and passed François on the last kilometer,” he said.

While Carloni was satisfied with third, he knew it could’ve been a better day.  “I was able to run all of steep sandy uphills and was quite confident, but sad at the same time knowing that flat on the bike might have cost me a chance at victory today,” he said.

Wychera finished in fourth and Sloth Nielsen, the young mountain bike specialist from Denmark, finished in fifth. 

ELITE MEN

Pos

Name, NAT

Time

Points

1

Roger Serrano, ESP

2:26:33

75

2

Peter Lehmann, GER

2:26:57

67

3

Francois Carloni, FRA

2:27:15

61

4

Dominik Wychera, AUT

2:28:02

56

5

Jens Emil Sloth Nielsen, DNK

2:28:47

51

6

Tim Van Daele, BEL

2:33:20

47

7

Henry Sleight, GRB

2:35:15

43

8

Oivind Bjerkseth, NOR

2:29:58

39

9

Rui Dolores, POR

3:16:12

36

Complete results

Carina Wasle XTERRA Norway

In the women’s elite race, it was Wasle from wire-to-wire.  She posted the fastest swim, bike, and run splits to take the tape in 2:52:39, more than 17-minutes ahead of Jessica Roberts.

“Starting the bike already in the lead meant I could relax and go at my own pace rather than kill myself trying to catch the leader like I have to do at most races” said Wasle.

Wasle’s biggest threat came from Danish amateur Jenni Snangsberg who posted the fastest bike split of the day and ultimately finished second female on the afternoon and top amateur to earn a qualifying spot into XTERRA Worlds.

It was the 21st XTERRA World Tour win in Wasle’s career, but it wasn’t all perfect as she twisted her ankle on the last technical part of the run.

“It was really a stupid mistake. I just wasn’t concentrating enough, maybe looking at the view a little too much,” laughed Wasle. Even with the mistake she managed to post the best run split of the day with a time of 56:35.

As for Roberts, she said she was happy with the experience and good points towards the standings.

“Running off the bike after so much climbing was really hard,” said Roberts. “I could feel the lactate in my legs during the last uphill section. However, the view from the top was worth the hard work.”

ELITE WOMEN

Pos

Name, NAT

Time

Points

1

Carina Wasle, AUT

2:52:39

75

2

Jessica Roberts, GBR

3:10:59

67


All-time XTERRA Norway Elite Winners

Year - Location - Men's / Women's
2018 - Norefjell - Roger Serrano / Carina Wasle
2017 - Norefjell - Ruben Ruzafa / Maud Golsteyn

XTERRA Norway Scenic

XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR ELITE STANDINGS

XTERRA Norway was the 15th of 16 events on the 2018 XTERRA European Tour. 

Just one race remains and the gap between the top three elite men is just 41 points.  Carloni, Lehmann and Serrano sit with 546, 511 and 505 points, respectively.

“Serrano needs to beat Lehmann in Denmark next week to finish second,” explained XTERRA Europe director Nico Lebrun. “To win the Tour the Spaniard needs to win in Denmark and Carloni would have to finish outside of the top six positions.  While Lehmann has secured a position on the podium, he’ll need both Serrano and Carloni to have unlucky days in Denmark to claim the crown.”

The women’s Tour, however, is all but settled.  Wasle wins it, Brigitta Poor will finish second, and only Nicole Walters could catch Helena Karaskova for the third spot (Walters would have to finish first or second in Denmark next week).

Up Next: XTERRA Denmark, September 9, Mons Klint

PL

Name, NAT

Total

M

C

G

L

P

B

S

F

C

S

R

P

G

F

N

1

Francois Carloni, FRA

546

56

x

51

47

x

75

x

69

x

51

67

x

69

x

61

2

Peter Lehmann, GER

511

33

x

39

30

67

x

43

x

39

x

51

47

28

67

67

3

Roger Serrano, ESP

505

75

75

56

x

x

x

67

x

x

75

x

x

82

x

75

4

Arthur Serrieres, FRA

393

x

x

61

75

x

x

56

75

x

x

75

51

x

x

x

5

Xavier Dafflon, SUI

393

x

x

43

56

x

47

47

x

x

67

x

x

58

75

x

6

Maxim Chane, FRA

382

51

67

23

27

x

x

x

53

47

x

x

61

53

x

x

7

Rui Dolores, POR

345

36

x

x

x

61

30

27

28

x

39

x

39

49

x

36

8

Bradley Weiss, RSA

324

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

82

67

x

x

75

100

x

x

9

Arthur Forissier, FRA

307

x

x

75

67

x

x

75

90

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

10

Dominik Wychera, AUT

260

x

x

36

x

x

x

x

x

x

43

x

27

37

61

56

11

Ruben Ruzafa, ESP

250

x

x

x

x

75

x

x

100

75

x

x

x

x

x

x

12

Marcello Ugazio, ITA

250

x

x

67

61

x

x

61

x

x

61

x

x

x

x

x

13

Doug Hall, GBR

233

39

51

x

x

x

x

21

x

33

x

x

33

x

56

x

14

Jan Kubicek, CZE

222

x

56

x

x

x

x

36

x

36

x

x

43

x

51

x

15

Geert Lauryssen, BEL

209

47

x

x

43

x

61

x

58

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

16

Sam Osborne, NZL

200

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

43

x

x

67

90

x

x

17

Tim Van Daele, BEL

153

x

x

30

x

51

x

25

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

47

18

Fausto Fognini, ITA

146

x

x

x

21

x

43

x

49

x

33

x

x

x

x

x

19

Victor Del Corral, ESP

128

67

61

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

20

Tomas Kubek, SVK

122

27

x

x

25

x

x

x

x

x

x

47

23

x

x

x

21

Ben Allen, AUS

117

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

61

56

x

x

x

22

Karel Zadak, CZE

114

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

51

x

x

x

63

x

x

23

Anthony Pannier, FRA

114

x

47

x

x

x

67

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

24

Henry Sleight, GRB

111

x

x

x

x

x

21

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

47

43

25

Theo Dupras, FRA

107

x

x

x

x

x

56

51

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

26

Filippo Rinaldi, ITA

107

x

x

x

51

x

x

x

x

x

56

x

x

x

x

x

27

Lukas Kocar, CZE

106

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

61

x

x

x

45

x

x

28

Francesco Figini, ITA

105

x

x

x

39

x

39

x

x

x

27

x

x

x

x

x

29

Yeray Luxem, BEL

94

x

x

x

x

43

51

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

30

Christophe Betard, FRA

90

x

x

x

23

x

x

x

31

x

x

x

36

x

x

x

31

Pavel Andreev, RUS

86

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

30

x

56

x

x

x

x

32

Clement Briere, FRA

85

25

33

27

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

33

Will Crudgington, GBR

81

x

x

x

x

x

25

x

x

x

x

x

25

31

x

x

34

Hannes Wolpert, GER

80

23

30

x

x

x

x

x

x

27

x

x

x

x

x

x

35

Veit Hoelne, GER

79

43

x

x

x

x

36

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

36

Jose Estrangeiro, PRT

77

30

x

x

x

47

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

37

Olly Shaw, NZL

75

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

75

x

x

38

Pierrick Page, FRA

72

x

x

x

x

x

33

39

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

39

Corentin Duclos, FRA

71

x

x

x

x

x

x

30

41

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

40

Greg Souvatzoglou, GRC

69

x

36

33

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

41

Francisco Serrano, MEX

63

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

63

x

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

x

43

Max Sasserath, GER

61

61

x

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

x

45

Andreas Silberbauer, AUT

56

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

56

x

x

x

x

x

x

46

Ander Lazkano, ESP

56

x

x

x

x

56

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

47

Jens Sloth Nielsen, DEN

51

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

51

48

Kris Coddens, BEL

47

x

x

47

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

49

Riccardo Ridolfi, ITA

47

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

47

x

x

x

x

x

50

Jens Roth, GER

45

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

45

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

51

Markus Benesch, AUT

43

x

43

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

52

Cedric Lassonde, FRA

43

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

43

x

x

x

x

53

Repo Waltteri, FIN

43

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

43

x

54

Sylwester Swat, POL

42

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

21

21

x

x

x

55

Malte Plappert, DEU

41

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

41

x

x

56

Gaetan Vivien, FRA

39

x

x

x

x

39

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

57

Ciprian Balanescu, ROU

39

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

39

x

x

x

x

58

Priit Ailt, EST

39

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

39

x

59

Oivind Bjerkseth, NOR

39

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

39

60

Xavier Jove Riart, ESP

37

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

37

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

61

Olivier Marceau, SUI

36

x

x

x

36

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

62

Mattia De Paoli, ITA

36

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

36

x

x

x

x

x

63

Krysztof Kokot, POL

36

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

36

x

x

x

x

64

Andre Haga, FIN

36

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

36

x

65

Jan Francke, CZE

34

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

34

x

x

66

Dominik Soweija, GER

34

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

34

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

67

Rafael Gomes, POR

33

x

x

x

x

33

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

68

Szabolcs Kovacs, ROU

33

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

33

x

x

x

x

69

Jani Puhakka, FIN

33

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

33

x

70

Bruno Pais, POR

30

x

x

x

x

30

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

71

Mihail Chindris, ROU

30

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

30

x

x

x

x

72

Bartosz Banach, POL

30

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

30

x

x

x

73

Valtteri Skytta, FIN

30

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

30

x

74

Fabien Combaluzier

27

x

x

x

x

x

27

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

75

Alejandro Tenorio, ESP

27

x

x

x

x

27

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

76

Emil Stoynev, BGR

27

x

27

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

77

Madaras Daniel, ROU

27

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

27

x

x

x

x

78

Tomas Jiranek, CZE

25

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

25

x

x

x

x

x

x

79

Jordi Gil Faus,ESP

25

x

x

x

x

25

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

80

Thomas Kerner, GER

25

x

x

25

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

81

Matteo Bozzato, ITA

25

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

25

x

x

x

x

x

82

Maxim Danon, FRA

23

x

x

x

x

x

x

23

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

83

Nico Sterk, ZAF

23

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

23

x

x

x

x

x

84

Julien Buffe, FRA

23

x

x

x

x

x

23

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

85

Tiago Maia, PRT

23

x

x

x

x

23

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

86

Jan Sneberger, CZE

21

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

21

x

x

x

x

x

x

87

Damien Guillemet, FRA

21

21

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

88

Lizar Azkune, ESP

21

x

x

x

x

21

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

89

Adriaan Myburgh, ZAF

21

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

21

x

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elite Women

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pos

Name, NAT

Total

M

C

G

L

P

B

S

F

C

S

R

P

G

F

N

1

Carina Wasle, AUT

893

67

x

61

67

67

61

61

82

67

67

x

61

82

75

75

2

Brigitta Poor, HUN

698

75

75

56

x

75

x

75

100

x

x

75

67

100

x

x

3

Helena Karaskova, CZE

589

61

x

67

75

x

x

56

90

75

x

x

75

90

x

x

4

Nicole Walters, GBR

503

47

61

75

61

x

67

67

x

x

x

x

x

58

67

x

5

Morgane Riou, FRA

393

56

x

51

x

x

75

47

x

x

x

67

56

41

x

x

6

Jessica Roberts, GBR

288

x

x

30

30

x

47

x

58

x

x

x

x

x

56

67

7

Ania Tomica, POL

233

x

51

x

x

x

x

30

53

43

x

56

x

x

x

x

8

Sandra Mairhofer, ITA

223

x

x

43

56

x

x

x

x

x

61

x

x

63

x

x

9

Renata Bucher, SUI

209

x

x

x

36

x

x

x

x

56

56

x

x

x

61

x

10

Eva Garcia Gonzalez

205

x

x

x

x

61

x

x

x

x

75

x

x

69

x

x

11

Penny Slater, AUS

197

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

69

47

x

x

47

34

x

x

12

Elizabeth Orchard, NZL

187

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

61

51

x

x

75

x

x

13

Bianca Morvillo, ITA

155

x

x

x

51

x

x

x

x

51

x

x

x

53

x

x

14

Maud Golsteyn, NED

154

51

x

47

x

x

56

x

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

x

16

Cecilia Jessen, SWE

128

39

56

33

x

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

x

18

Daria Rogozina, RUS

98

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

61

x

37

x

x

19

Loanne Duvoisin, SUI

96

x

x

x

x

x

x

51

x

x

x

x

x

45

x

x

20

Diane Lee, GBR

78

x

x

x

27

x

51

x

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

x

22

Lesley Paterson, GBR

75

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

75

x

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

x

24

Mikaela Jonsson, ZAF

73

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

43

x

30

x

x

x

25

Barbara Riveros, CHL

67

x

67

x

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

x

27

Aina Picas, ESP

56

x

x

x

x

56

x

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

x

29

Samantha Kingsford

51

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

51

x

x

x

30

Yulia Surikova, RUS

51

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

51

x

31

Johandri Leicester, ZAF

49

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

49

x

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

x

33

Ksenia Chemykh, RUS

47

x

47

x

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

x

35

Sarah Tavecchio, ITA

47

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

47

x

x

x

x

x

36

Tiina Toivonen, FIN

47

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

47

x

37

Megane McDonald

43

x

x

x

x

x

43

x

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

x

39

Marta Menditto, ITA

43

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

43

x

x

x

40

Joanna Kuronen, FIN

43

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

43

x

41

Lenka Cibulkova, CZE

39

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

39

x

x

x

x

x

x

42

Elisabeth Gruber, AUT

36

x

x

36

x

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

x

44

Daria Radczuk, POL

36

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

36

x

x

x

45

Bianca Reitwiessner

31

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

31

x

x

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