French athletes Arthur Forissier and Morgane Riou captured the XTERRA Italy-Lake Garda off-road triathlon elite titles with winning times of 2:41:22 and 3:10:02, respectively, on Sunday May 26, 2019, in Toscolano Maderno.
French athletes Arthur Forissier and Morgane Riou captured the XTERRA Italy-Lake Garda off road triathlon elite titles with winning times of 2:41:22 and 3:10:02, respectively, on Sunday May 26, 2019, in Toscolano Maderno.
For Forissier, it is his first XTERRA win this season and the second major victory after winning the 2019 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship last month. For Riou, it was her first victory of the season following a fourth-place at XTERRA New Zealand and a sixth-place at the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship.
In the men’s race, Italian Matteo Bozzato was first out of the water together with Mathurin Boutte and Floriano Nicollardi. Thirty-seconds behind were fast swimmers Doug Hall and Tiago Maia, and another 30-seconds behind were the favorites; Forissier and last years Garda Champ Arthur Serrieres.
The first loop of the bike found Forissier and Boutte together in the lead with Italians Filippo Rinaldi and Bozzato working together just 15-seconds behind the leaders. Last week's XTERRA Malta Champion Rui Dolores was in fifth place proving that this year he has made big improvements.
After a crash by Rinaldi, Forissier made his move on the second loop and entered transition in first place with 60-seconds to Rinaldi. Bozzato would enter in third place but Serrieres was coming strong from behind in fourth place and Dolores was still maintaining his fifth place with a solid performance.
Forissier was on fire, pushing from the start of the run and opened the gap to three-minutes over Serrieres, who moved into second place by the end of the first run split. Rinaldi held strong in third place just 30 seconds behind him and Dolores moved to fourth having overtaken a cramping Bozzato.
Nothing would change during the second half of the run and Forissier crossed the finish line first, with last year’s winner Serrieres in second, and Rinaldi was the first Italian and third overall in the elite category.
"I had a good swim even if the start was a bit tricky to understand where I was and with who," said Forissier. "Once on the bike I very quickly took the lead with Rinaldi and Bozzato and stayed as relaxed as possible. I felt great and was never going all out. On the middle of the second loop, Rinaldi made a mistake on a technical downhill, I took the lead and never looked back. Starting the run in the front I felt great, I always tried to focus on my own sensations and not worry about the others. Of course, it’s always easy when you are leading. I’m happy to show I can win in a completely different race to the ITU World Champs. The next race for me is Switzerland where I will try to win again".
Dolores had another great day among a strong field of athletes and finished fourth. Filippo Barazzuol was the second Italian of the day to complete the top five. A great performance of note from Xavier Dafflon from Switzerland, who started the run in 12th place but managed to finish sixth.
"I started the bike in a good position to quickly move to the front of the race," said Rinaldi. "I rode the first lap with Forissier before I had a small crash which meant I lost some time and started the run in second place. As soon as I started running, I felt really really tired and my legs were done! I had to walk the really steep uphill and struggled with cramps, so I’m happy to finish third. I know I can still improve so it gives me good confidence going into the rest of the season. I’m now looking forward to racing Belgium in two weeks".
Link to Full Results
Elite Men's Results
|1||Arthur Forissier, FRA||02:41:23||75|
|2||Arthur Serrieres , FRA||02:43:38||67|
|3||Filippo Rinaldi, ITA||02:46:06||61|
|4||Rui Dolores, POR||02:46:30||56|
|5||Filippo Barazzuol, ITA||02:48:19||51|
|6||Xavier Dafflon, SUI||02:48:43||47|
|7||Riccardo Ridolfi, ITA||02:49:01||43|
|8||Francesco Figini, ITA||02:49:33||39|
|9||Lorenzo Ciuti, ITA||02:50:21||36|
|10||Geert Lauryssen, BEL||02:50:38||33|
|11||Karel Dusek, CZE||02:50:47||30|
|12||Samuel Jud, CHE||02:51:45||27|
|13||Matteo Bozzato, ITA||02:54:01||25|
|14||Aleix Sierra Oliver, ESP||02:54:33||23|
|15||Doug Hall, GBR||02:55:40||21|
In the women’s race, super-fast swimmer Nicole Walters was first out of the water with a three-minute lead over Sabrina Harpaintner. Another twenty seconds later, the 2019 ITU Cross Tri World Champion Eleonora Peroncini, together with fellow Italian athlete Sandra Maihrofer, exited ahead of Anna Tomica from Poland.
After the first half of the bike Peroncini had taken the lead from Walters and had a one-minute gap over Helena Karaskova. Riou was working together with Karaskova to close the gap.
"The race was quite long for me today, I’m not yet used to such long and hard races," said Peroncini. "It was very difficult and quite technical. I’m more used to ITU Cross races and sprint races. But I really want to work on it and be able to fight on longer races like this. But I’m happy with my performance today, Helena and Morgane were stronger than me and to be on the podium at home in Italy, is very nice. Next week I will be in Portugal to keep improving and get more experience in XTERRA racing. I will be also be in Czech for the XTERRA European Championship"
Karaskova pushed on the second loop and took the lead reaching transition with a small gap to Riou and Peroncini just behind in third. Maihrofer was in fourth place three-minutes back, and Alizee Paties was in fifth.
Riou made her move and took the lead at half way through the run on the steepest section of the course. Karaskova was not done and would re-take the lead on a technical downhill. Peroncini was not able to keep pace with the front duo and was already two minutes and 30-seconds behind them.
In the end, Riou broke away from Karaskova and opened up a 60-second gap at the end to finish first. Karaskova came in second and Peroncini third, four minutes later. Fourth place went to Maihrofer and fifth to Paties.
"I’m so happy and surprised too! I never thought I could win today in front of Helena or Eleonora. I broke my collarbone this winter and it took a long time to recover," said Riou. "Today I had an okay swim, I was fifth out of the water, but quickly moved into third on the bike. Once Helena passed me on the first loop I was able to stay with her which was a good sign. I suffered a little bit on the second bike lap, but I only lost 60-seconds to Helena and passed Eleonora, so my motivation stayed high. Starting the run, I felt quite good, as I hadn’t done any hard training sessions yet, so when I saw Helena just in front of me my heart rate went higher, thinking I could win! I tried to relax and stay focused thinking that second place was already very good! That helped me pass her on the hard uphill. But she re-overtook me on the technical downhill, she was flying! Thankfully I was not too far away and was able to pass in the last uphill and stay in front. This is by far my best victory, with such an amazing race organization and to finish in front of a legend of XTERRA!"
Elite Women's Results
|1||Morgane Riou, FRA||3:10:03||75|
|2||Helena Karaskova, CZE||3:11:06||67|
|3||Eleonora Peroncini, ITA||3:15:07||61|
|4||Sandra Mairhofer, ITA||3:17:09||56|
|5||Alizee Paties, FRA||3:21:19||51|
|6||Sabrina Harpaintner, DEU||3:27:15||47|
|7||Anna Tomica, POL||3:29:30||43|
|8||Camille Defer, FRA||03:31:21||39|
|9||Nicole Walters, GBR||03:42:31||36|
All-Time XTERRA Italy-Lake Garda Elite Champions
|2018||Arthur Serrieres||Helena Karaskova|
|2019||Arthur Forissier||Morgane Riou|
MAIELLO, ZEMANOVA WIN AMATEUR RACES
For the men in the early age group wave, Jonas Held led almost the entire race, with Jacques Martinez in second for a while before Mathieux Desserprit would overtake Martinez to enter T2 in second behind Held. On the run, Martinez ran through everyone, passing Desserpri first and then Held just 500-meters before the finish line. However, all these athletes would be beaten by Giovanni Maiello. Starting in the last wave the 50-year-old ex-professional cyclist lost time on the swim but rode 60-seconds faster than any other age grouper. He then ran four minutes faster than Martinez to record the best total race time.
For the women a very quick bike leg from Segolene Leberon put her in front, however, Jindriska Zemanova, a strong Czech athlete, overtook her on the run to win the overall amateur race. Zemanova was the fastest female at XTERRA Worlds last year, and shows the effort by Leberon was notable. The third overall amateur was Martina Donner, winning the 40-44 category at the same time.
XTERRA Italy – Lake Garda was the fourth of 14 races on the 2019 XTERRA European Tour, offering up $7,500 USD and 75-point scale scoring towards elite and amateur Tour standings, plus 26 qualifying spots for age groupers vying to race at XTERRA Worlds. Elites count their best eight scores of 14 events to determine Tour champs. Find complete details at xterraplanet.com.
European Tour Elite Standings
After 4 as of 5.26.19
|1||Rui Dolores, POR||167||36||X||75||56|
|2||Samuel Jud, CHE||161||47||36||51||27|
|3||Xavier Dafflon, SUI||147||67||33||X||47|
|4||Arthur Serrieres , FRA||142||X||75||X||67|
|5||Arthur Forissier, FRA||142||X||67||X||75|
|6||Filippo Rinaldi, ITA||136||75||X||X||61|
|7||Francois Carloni, FRA||118||X||51||67||X|
|8||Dominik Wychera, AUT||94||51||43||X||X|
|9||Geert Lauryssen, BEL||94||61||X||X||33|
|10||Yeray Luxem, BEL||61||X||61||X||X|
|11||Jens Roth, GER||61||X||X||61||X|
|12||Andrea Zanega, ITA||60||30||30||X||X|
|13||Jens Nielsen, DNK||56||56||X||X||X|
|14||Max Sasserath, GER||56||X||56||X||X|
|15||Peter Lehmann, GER||56||X||X||56||X|
|16||Doug Hall, GBR||54||33||X||X||21|
|17||Filippo Barazzuol, ITA||51||X||X||X||51|
|18||Kris Coddens, BEL||47||X||47||X||X|
|19||Tiago Maia, PRT||43||43||X||X||X|
|20||Riccardo Ridolfi, ITA||43||X||X||X||43|
|21||Jan Kubicek, CZE||39||39||X||X||X|
|22||Corentin Duclos, FRA||39||X||39||X||X|
|23||Francesco Figini, ITA||39||X||X||X||39|
|24||Lorenzo Ciuti, ITA||36||X||X||X||36|
|25||Karel Dusek, CZE||30||X||X||X||30|
|26||Ricard Costa, ESP||27||27||X||X||X|
|27||Mathurin Boutte, FRA||27||X||27||X||X|
|28||Ivan Vasilyev, RUS||25||25||X||X||X|
|29||Will Kelsay, USA||25||X||25||X||X|
|30||Matteo Bozzato, ITA||25||X||X||X||25|
|31||Oliver Kreindl, AUT||23||23||X||X||X|
|32||Pierric Brochet, FRA||23||X||23||X||X|
|33||Aleix Sierra Oliver, ESP||23||X||X||X||23|
|34||Kovacs Szabolcs, ROM||21||X||21||X||X|
|1||Carina Wasle, AUT||136||75||X||61||X|
|2||Anna Tomica, POL||135||36||56||X||43|
|3||Helena Karaskova, CZE||134||X||67||X||67|
|4||Eleonora Peroncini, ITA||128||67||X||X||61|
|5||Maria Doring, DEU||108||33||X||75||X|
|6||Alizee Paties, FRA||98||47||X||X||51|
|7||Nicole Walters, GBR||97||61||X||X||36|
|8||Lesley Paterson, GBR||75||X||75||X||X|
|9||Morgane Riou, FRA||75||X||X||X||75|
|10||Adriana Klimkova, CZE||67||X||X||67||X|
|11||Charlotte Deldaele, BEL||61||X||61||X||X|
|12||Brigitta Poor, HUN||56||56||X||X||X|
|13||Sandra Mairhofer, ITA||56||X||X||X||56|
|14||Matilde Bolzan, ITA||51||51||X||X||X|
|15||Sabrina Harpaintner, DEU||47||X||X||X||47|
|16||Marta Menditto, ITA||43||43||X||X||X|
|17||Pauline Vie, PRT||39||39||X||X||X|
|18||Camille Defer, FRA||39||X||X||X||39|