Triathlon European Championships

01 Aug, 2005 12:00

(August 19, 2005 )

Triathlon European Championships – Lausanne, Switzerland

Fair weather, a beautiful center, a wonderful olympic museum: what a great first impression of the host city of the 2005 ETU Triathlon European Championships – Lausanne.

Lots of members of the European triathlon family arrived on the previous days to race at the elite and age-group events on the weekend, or to attend the ETU Congress which was held today. The elite athletes have already taken the opportunity to have a look and to get some training miles on the race-course, accompanied by a high number of age group athletes who will compete on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Olympic Museum hosted the ETU congress, where a new executive board and new commitees have been elected. All of them are looking forward to working for our sport’s development, and to act together in unity. An emotional ceremony has also taken place at the end: the family of our friend Michel Ginoux presented the legendary finish tape of the Sydney triathlon event to the museum, which will show it as part of its exhibition further on – both in memory of the first olympic triathlon and our friend Michel.

The elite races tomorrow promise a real tough and thrilling competition. Water temperature in Lake Geneva is just over 20°C, so the athletes will probably head out for the 2 swim laps without their wetsuits. After the first leg, a tough bike course is waiting for our athletes: 7 laps and 2 hard uphill sections (up to 13%!) per lap… We might see some attacks from the strong bikeriders in the field (just like local favourites Sven Riederer, Olivier Marceau and Reto Hug, defending champion Rasmus Henning and french sensation Fred Belaubre) who would like to take advantage of their excellent biking skills in order to get away from the strong runners – but when it comes to a running race, Filip Ospaly and Tim Don will be hard to beat on the flat profiled running course.

The women’s race promises some great action as well: defending champ Vanessa Fernandes had some impressive victories this year, but Salford winner Liz Blatchford, Sydney bronze medalist Magali Di Marco Messmer and the young Italian, Nadia Cortassa will definately do their best to get to the very top of the podium as well tomorrow.

So watch out folks: a great event is gonna take place tomorrow, which you can join at www. and Look for the post race story and picture gallery on the website just after the race!!!

Related Event: 2005 Lausanne ETU Triathlon European Championships
20 Aug, 2005 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Frederic Belaubre FRA 01:55:56
2. Cedric Fleureton FRA 01:56:00
3. Sven Riederer SUI 01:56:10
4. Sylvain Dodet FRA 01:56:12
5. Tim Don GBR 01:56:16
6. Jan Frodeno GER 01:56:21
7. Andrea D'Aquino ITA 01:56:40
8. Axel Zeebroek BEL 01:56:50
9. Andrew Johns GBR 01:57:04
10. Stuart Hayes GBR 01:57:08
Results: Elite Women
1. Vanessa Fernandes POR 02:07:39
2. Ana Burgos ESP 02:08:27
3. Nadia Cortassa ITA 02:09:02
4. Ainhoa Murua ESP 02:10:07
5. Virginie Jouve FRA 02:10:28
6. Lenka Zemanova CZE 02:10:28
7. Mieke Suys BEL 02:10:29
8. Eva Dollinger AUT 02:10:30
9. Elizabeth May LUX 02:10:30
10. Tania Haiböck AUT 02:10:34
Results: 50-54 Female AG
1. Joan Griffin IRL 02:54:34
2. Penny Edwards GBR 02:58:20
3. Anna Huber SUI 02:59:38
4. Edith Kowalski GER 03:03:49
5. Margarita Riera ESP 03:04:22
6. Sue Hudson GBR 03:05:01
7. Heather Hollister GBR 03:20:56
DNF. Francoise Hantke FRA 00:00:00
Results: 30-34 Female AG
1. Simone Aimann GER 02:31:13
2. Maria Jose Encinas ESP 02:37:08
3. Louise Prole GBR 02:42:39
4. Lucy Williams GBR 02:43:43
5. Vanessa Hogg GBR 02:44:33
6. Elizabeth Fernando GBR 02:45:27
7. Miriam Gomez ESP 02:48:15
8. Clara Zanga SUI 02:56:08
9. Emma Crawshaw GBR 02:56:45
10. Anne Henderson GBR 03:42:03
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