Arthur Forissier and Camille Defer from France captured the 10th annual XTERRA Switzerland off-road triathlon elite titles on a beautiful day in Vallee de Joux on Saturday, June 29, 2019.
For Forissier, who won his first-ever XTERRA World Tour major on this course back in 2015, the victory was the sixth of his XTERRA career, third in a row in Switzerland, and second on the European Tour this season. He also won the ITU Cross Tri World Title in April.
For Defer, it’s the first big XTERRA win of her career, following a breakout race at XTERRA Belgium earlier this month where she finished third.
In the men’s elite race Maxim Chane was first out of the water with a group of four athletes including Mathurin Boutte, Pierrick Page, Doug Hall, and Aurilien Lescure following seconds behind him. Forissier was in sixth place after the swim, about one-minute back.
Forissier caught Chane early on the bike and the duo worked together up front for a while before Forissier pulled away and took a big lead into the bike-to-run transition.
The strong mountain biker Theo Dupras, who was ninth out of the water, made his move and passed everybody including Chane to reach transition in second place with Chane in third one-minute behind him.
Swiss favorite Dafflon, who was fighting for the national title, posted the fastest bike split of the day and exited transition in fourth with Fleureton, Hall, Lescure, and Duclos all together seconds behind him.
At the end of the first loop of the run, Forissier was still in the lead and opening the gap even more. The big fight was behind him as Fleureton was coming fast from behind and passed Dupras at the beginning of the second loop while Duclos had a great pace to pass Dafflon and Lescure.
Nothing would change in the lead during the second half of the run and Forissier crossed the finish line first with a winning time of 2:15:07. Fleureton finished second nearly four minutes back, with Duclos in third 25-seconds later.
“I had a great day,” said Forissier. “The swim was pretty hard as I had to swim alone and push very hard. I was able to catch Maxim early on the bike and manage my pace. My legs where strong and fresh and was able to push and have a good lead reaching transition. I was very confident and was able to run well. I am very impressed with the talent and form of Fleureton. I will have to keep an eye on him next week in France.”
Lescure had a solid performance and finished fourth and Dafflon took the national title as the first Swiss men’s finisher to complete the top five. Dupras was sixth and Hall held on for seventh.
“I came here unpretentious, I live quite close, so of course I’m very happy with this second place here at this beautiful race,” said Fleureton.
“At 45-years-old, I have nothing to prove anymore, I just want to have fun. Having a full-time job and two kids, even I try to do one training a day, and be lucky to have a good engine. It’s not the same as before when triathlon was my job. I’m also happy to prove that with a good lifestyle, respecting your body, you can still be really fit at this age. I had surgery last year on my knee and took a year off. This year, I still can’t run too long and go back to my trail run activities. So, it was the perfect timing to go back to XTERRA, a sport that I really love. I will be in France, Czech and Maui, and hopefully with my 17 year-old-son, who will race with me.”
As for third-place finisher Duclos, he detailed his race like this, “I had a very good swim, without wetsuits I was so surprised to swim with Fleureton. I was then able to run with him and even he slowly dropped me, I was always able to see him. Then Xavier Dafflon caught me and I took his wheel, it was fast but I was able to hold it, so for sure that was so good for the mind! On the run I was smart to start slow, I was eighth, but they all start so fast and with this heat, I let them die and came back. I realize just at the end that I was 3rd, so good! But next week I start the Gendarmerie school, so no more sport or races for a while! At least I stop with my best race ever.”
From l-r: Duclos, Forissier, Fleureton
Top 15 Elite Men
|1||Arthur Forissier, FRA||2:15:07||75|
|2||Cedric Fleureton, FRA||2:19:04||67|
|3||Corentin Duclos, FRA||2:19:29||61|
|4||Aurelien Lescure, FRA||2:20:06||56|
|5||Xavier Dafflon, SUI||2:20:25||51|
|6||Theo Dupras, FRA||2:22:34||47|
|7||Doug Hall, GBR||2:24:24||43|
|8||Samuel Jud, CHE||2:25:22||39|
|9||Andrea Zanega, ITA||2:27:02||36|
|10||Mathurin Boutte, FRA||2:27:09||33|
|11||Maxim Chane, FRA||2:28:24||30|
|12||Romaric Ladet, FRA||2:31:53||27|
|13||Pierrick Page, FRA||2:31:57||25|
|14||Mathieu Desserprit, FRA||2:33:19||23|
|15||Maxim Danon, FRA||2:40:35||21|
In the women’s race Nicole Walters was first out of the water, almost three-minutes in front of Isabelle Ferrer. Another 1:20 back was local Ladina Buss together with fellow Swiss, Angela Nicklaus. XTERRA Malta Champion Maria Doring was in fifth five minutes behind the leader, and Defer, the eventual winner, was more than six-minutes behind Walters.
Early on the bike Buss and Niklaus worked together and passed Ferrer and were chasing Walters. After the first half of the bike, Walters broke a spoke and suffered a flat that forced her to pull from the race.
Buss took the lead with Ferrer and Nicklaus not far behind and Defer about one-minute back by the time they reached the bike-to-run transition.
Buss maintained her position up front through the midway point on the run while Defer, who is a super-fast runner, passed Nicklaus and Ferrer to move into second position about one-minute behind Buss.
Defer went on to post the fastest run of the day by far and took the tape in 2:43:43, more than one-minute in front of Buss, who was the top Swiss female finisher to earn national title accolades. Ferrer came in third, with Nicklaus in fourth, Segolene Leberon fifth, and Doring sixth.
“I'm so happy with my race today,” Defer exclaimed.
“Again, I was last elite exiting the swim leg, but now I’m used to it, and finally when I got some splits, I was not that far back in a non-wetsuit swim. I had very good legs on the bike, then I saw Nicole Walters pushing her bike, but I never thought I could win, I just focused on my race and what I had to do. I came back in T2 in 4th place with less than 3' from the lead. I started slow, didn't try to catch to fast, with no pressure, focus on my sensations. On the second and last lap on the run, I passed Ladina who was leading, and only at this time I knew I could win this race. Next week it will be XTERRA France, I like this race, is not far from home and I know pretty well those tracks. I was 5th last year overall, and for sure I love to do something good there. Also, today winning with Arthur and being able to share the victory with him, he is so important on Team T-Vert, he always give me lots of good info and help me to be stronger and stronger.”
Elite Women's Results
|1||Camille Defer, FRA||2:43:43||75|
|2||Ladina Buss, SUI||2:45:15||67|
|3||Isabelle Ferrer, FRA||2:47:36||61|
|4||Angela Niklaus, SUI||2:51:38||56|
|5||Ségolène Leberon, FRA||2:59:36||51|
|6||Maria Doring, DEU||3:19:40||47|
All-Time XTERRA Switzerland Elite Winners
|Year||Men's Champ||Women's Champ||Venue|
|2010||Olivier Marceau||Marion Lorblancet||Prangins|
|2011||Olivier Marceau||Marion Lorblancet||Prangins|
|2012||Nicolas Lebrun||Helena Erbenova||Prangins|
|2013||Victor Del Corral||Helena Erbenova||Vallee de Joux|
|2014||Ruben Ruzafa||Kathrin Mueller||Vallee de Joux|
|2015||Arthur Forissier||Carina Wasle||Vallee de Joux|
|2016||Ruben Ruzafa||Michelle Flipo||Vallee de Joux|
|2017||Arthur Forissier||Michelle Flipo||Vallee de Joux|
|2018||Arthur Forissier||Brigitta Poor||Vallee de Joux|
|2019||Arthur Forissier||Camille Defer||Vallee de Joux|
Dolores, Wasle lead XTERRA European Tour
Rui Dolores from Portugal and Carina Wasle from Austria remain at the top of the 2019 XTERRA European Tour standings after eight of 14 events. Elites count their best eight scores of the season. Learn more at xterraplanet.com.
ELITE MEN STANDINGS
|1||Rui Dolores, PRT||298||36||X||75||56||75||X||56||X|
|2||Xavier Dafflon, SUI||237||67||33||X||47||X||39||X||51|
|3||Arthur Forissier, FRA||217||X||67||X||75||X||X||X||75|
|4||Arthur Serrieres , FRA||209||X||75||X||67||X||67||X||X|
|5||Peter Lehmann, GER||207||X||X||56||X||51||33||67||X|
|6||Samuel Jud, CHE||200||47||36||51||27||X||x||X||39|
|7||Filippo Rinaldi, ITA||197||75||X||X||61||X||61||X||X|
|8||Corentin Duclos, FRA||181||X||39||X||X||X||30||51||61|
|9||Francois Carloni, FRA||145||X||51||67||X||X||27||X||X|
|10||Yeray Luxem, BEL||136||X||61||X||X||X||75||X||X|
|11||Geert Lauryssen, BEL||130||61||X||x||33||X||36||X||X|
|12||Kris Coddens, BEL||122||X||47||X||X||X||x||75||X|
|13||Doug Hall, GBR||118||33||X||X||21||X||21||X||43|
|14||Jens Nielsen, DNK||117||56||X||X||X||X||X||61||X|
|15||Maximilian Sasserath, GER||107||X||56||x||X||X||51||X||X|
|16||Tiago Maia, PRT||104||43||X||X||x||61||X||X||X|
|17||Andrea Zanega, ITA||96||30||30||x||x||X||X||X||36|
|18||Dominik Wychera, AUT||94||51||43||X||x||X||X||X||X|
|19||Aleix Sierra Oliver, ESP||79||X||X||X||23||56||X||X||X|
|20||Theo Dupras, FRA||72||X||X||X||x||X||25||X||47|
|21||Ricard Costa, ESP||70||27||X||X||x||43||X||X||X|
|22||Rafael Domingos, PRT||67||X||X||X||X||67||X||X||X|
|23||Cedric Fleureton, FRA||67||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||67|
|24||Francesco Figini, ITA||62||X||X||X||39||X||23||X||X|
|25||Jens Roth, GER||61||X||X||61||X||X||X||X||X|
|26||Mathurin Boutte, FRA||60||X||27||X||x||X||X||X||33|
|27||Sébastien Carabin, BEL||56||X||X||X||X||X||56||X||X|
|28||Aurelien Lescure, FRA||56||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||56|
|29||Filippo Barazzuol, ITA||51||X||X||X||51||X||X||X||X|
|30||Alejandro Tenorio, ESP||47||X||X||X||X||47||X||X||X|
|31||Veit Hoelne, GER||47||X||X||X||X||X||47||X||X|
|32||Ole Hemme Hansen, DNK||47||X||X||X||X||X||X||47||X|
|33||Riccardo Ridolfi, ITA||43||X||X||X||43||X||X||X||X|
|34||Tim Van Hemel, BEL||43||X||X||X||X||X||43||X||X|
|35||Jan Kubicek, CZE||39||39||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|36||Rafael Gomes, PRT||39||X||X||X||X||39||X||X||X|
|37||Lorenzo Ciuti, ITA||36||X||X||X||36||X||X||X||X|
|38||Philipp Reiner, AUT||36||X||X||X||X||36||X||X||x|
|39||Tomas Ruano, ESP||33||X||X||X||X||33||X||X||X|
|40||Karel Dusek, CZE||30||X||X||X||30||X||X||X||X|
|41||Maxim Chane, FRA||30||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||30|
|42||Romaric Ladet, FRA||27||X||X||X||X||X||x||X||27|
|43||Will Kelsay, USA||25||X||25||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|44||Matteo Bozzato, ITA||25||X||X||X||25||X||X||X||X|
|45||Ivan Vasilyev, RUS||25||25||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|46||Pierrick Page, FRA||25||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||25|
|47||Pierric Brochet, FRA||23||X||23||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|48||Oliver Kreindl, AUT||23||23||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|49||Mathieu Desserprit, FRA||23||X||X||X||X||X||x||X||23|
|50||Kovacs Szabolcs, ROM||21||X||21||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|51||Maxim Danon, FRA||21||X||X||X||x||X||X||X||21|
ELITE WOMEN STANDINGS
|1||Carina Wasle, AUT||259||75||x||61||X||X||56||67||X|
|2||Anna Tomica, POL||225||36||56||X||43||X||39||51||X|
|3||Helena Karaskova, CZE||209||X||67||X||67||X||X||75||X|
|4||Eleonora Peroncini, ITA||203||67||X||X||61||75||X||X||X|
|5||Maria Doring, DEU||198||33||X||75||X||X||X||43||47|
|6||Camille Defer, FRA||175||X||X||X||39||X||61||X||75|
|7||Pauline Vie, PRT||161||39||X||X||X||61||X||61||X|
|8||Morgane Riou, FRA||150||X||X||X||75||X||75||X||X|
|9||Nicole Walters, GBR||140||61||X||X||36||X||43||X||x|
|10||Matilde Bolzan, ITA||118||51||X||X||x||X||67||X||X|
|11||Brigitta Poor, HUN||112||56||X||X||X||56||X||X||X|
|12||Janni Spangsberg, BNK||103||X||X||X||X||X||47||56||X|
|13||Alizee Paties, FRA||98||47||X||X||51||X||X||X||X|
|14||Lesley Paterson, GBR||75||X||75||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|15||Adriana Klimkova, CZE||67||X||X||67||X||X||X||X||X|
|16||Eva Garcia, ESP||67||X||X||X||X||67||X||X||X|
|17||Ladina Buss, SUI||67||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||67|
|18||Charlotte Deldaele, BEL||61||X||61||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|19||Isabelle Ferrer, FRA||61||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||61|
|20||Sandra Mairhofer, ITA||56||X||X||X||56||X||X||X||X|
|21||Angela Niklaus, SUI||56||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||56|
|22||Malvina Gomes, PRT||51||X||X||X||X||51||X||X||X|
|23||Loanne Duvoisin, SUI||51||X||X||X||X||X||51||X||X|
|24||Ségolène Leberon, FRA||51||X||X||X||X||X||x||X||51|
|25||Sabrina Harpaintner, DEU||47||X||X||X||47||X||X||X||X|
|26||Heidi Thranum, DNK||47||X||X||X||X||X||X||47||X|
|27||Marta Menditto, ITA||43||43||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|28||Pavlina Vargova, CZE||36||X||X||X||X||X||36||X||X|
|29||Helene Pietrenko, FRA||33||X||X||X||X||X||33||X||X|
XTERRA Switzerland was the 17th of 30 races around the world where amateur athletes could qualify for XTERRA Worlds. Next up, XTERRA France on July 7.