European Champs turns out allstar lineup

by ETU Coordinator on 10 Jul, 2015 07:59 • Español

This weekend, Geneva has come alive with swim, bike, and run fever.

The venue is built. The systems are all working. The Age Group Sprint athletes have racked their bikes. The Parade of Nations has made its way along the closed roads close to the swim start. The Alpine horns have welcomed everyone to the Opening Ceremony and ETU President, Renato Bertrandi has declared the ETU Geneva European Championships, 2015, open. Check out what’s on point this weekend.

European Championships has a tradition of attracting the top elite athletes for the prestige of calling themselves the fastest athletes in Europe, a continent that is known for its strong triathletes. This year proves to be no different with the likes of Javier Gomez Noya (ESP), Nicola Spirig (SUI) and Jodie Stimpson (GBR) lining up. Between Gomez and Spirig, the pair own seven European titles and they’ll be looking to bump that number up even more come Saturday.

Elite Women
With Spirig having already clenched her spot to Rio with a win at the Baku European Games, we know the reigning Olympic gold medallist is in form. She is also the defending European Champ and if her total of four titles is an indication, expect this superstar to put up a fight for the top spot in front of a home crowd. Her stiffest competition will perhaps come from Stimpson, who had an explosive year in 2014. However the Brit endured an injury early in the season that has sidelined her from racing.

Likewise, Stimpson’s training partner Lisa Norden (SWE) has also battled an injury that’s kept her from running with the best. But as she proved in Baku, her swim and bike are on point, making her one to watch. Lucy Hall (GBR) will also be a woman to push the pace on the swim and bike, as is Margit Vanek (HUN). Keep an eye on Vendual Frintova, who’s been enjoying a strong season, as well as on rising stars Audrey Merle (FRA) and Tamara Gomez Garrido (ESP).

Elite Men
In the men’s race, Gomez is the hot favourite. With three European titles to his name, Gomez returns to the continental championship race for the first time since winning in 2012. Not many can match this man’s speed, but look out for David Hauss (FRA), Pierre Le Corre (FRA) and Alessandro Fabian (FRA), as well as Switzerland’s own Sven Riederer, to challenge on the back half of the race.

Meanwhile Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy and Alexander Bryukhankov, along with Andrea Salvisberg (SUI) and Richard Varga (SVK) have the front speed.

If you are wondering about the ranking for the Elite Athletes then their allocation is based upon their performance at the 2014, Kitzbühel event here.

Eventful week
A full weekend of racing will see medals presented to the Age Group Sprint athletes and ParaTri on Friday, to the Juniors and Elite on Saturday and to the Age Group Standard athletes and Elite Mixed Relay and Junior Mixed Relay on Sunday. It will be chalked full of non-stop action, so stay tuned!

ETU Congress
Tucked away in a seminar room in the Kempinski Hotel, the Presidents and Representatives from the National Federations that make up ETU have worked their way through the Annual Congress.

Live tracking
You will be able to follow the athletes using the Datasport live tracker by clicking here. You can also follow the races live on twitter at @triathlonlive

For all the start lists, click here. The elite men will take off at 12pm, while the women will race on Saturday at 3:30pm.

Related Event: 2015 Geneva ETU Triathlon European Championships
09 - 12 Jul, 2015 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Women
1. Nicola Spirig SUI 02:07:15
2. Annamaria Mazzetti ITA 02:08:14
3. Ainhoa Murua Zubizarreta ESP 02:09:16
4. Vendula Frintova CZE 02:09:45
5. Lucy Hall GBR 02:09:59
Results: Elite Men
1. David Hauss FRA 01:52:55
2. Sven Riederer SUI 01:53:13
3. Kristian Blummenfelt NOR 01:53:16
4. Richard Varga SVK 01:53:20
5. Thomas Bishop GBR 01:53:22
Results: Junior Women
1. Laura Lindemann GER 01:04:06
2. Jeanne Lehair FRA 01:04:42
3. Lena Meißner GER 01:04:50
4. Lisa Tertsch GER 01:04:52
5. Emilie Morier FRA 01:05:09
Results: Junior Men
1. Lasse Lührs GER 00:57:41
2. Ignacio Gonzalez Garcia ESP 00:57:42
3. Ben Dijkstra GBR 00:57:42
4. Maxime Hueber-Moosbrugger FRA 00:57:42
5. Léo Bergere FRA 00:57:44
Results: Mixed Relay
1. Team I France FRA 01:25:21
2. Team I Switzerland SUI 01:25:30
3. Team I Great Britain GBR 01:25:31
4. Team I Russia RUS 01:27:04
5. Team I Italy ITA 01:27:10
Results: Mixed Junior Relay
1. Team I France FRA 01:28:37
2. Team I Germany GER 01:28:59
3. Team I Denmark DEN 01:29:14
4. Team I Italy ITA 01:29:33
5. Team I Switzerland SUI 01:29:54
Results: Women's PT1
1. Rita Cuccuru H1 ITA 01:21:22
2. Eva María Moral Pedrero H1 ESP 01:29:38
Results: Men's PT1
1. Jetze Plat H2 NED 00:54:08
2. Phil Hogg H1 GBR 00:59:47
3. Giovanni Achenza H1 ITA 01:01:21
4. Joseph Townsend H2 GBR 01:03:05
5. Markus Hausling GER 01:05:59
Results: Women's PT2
1. Saskia Van Den Ouden NED 01:21:04
2. Liisa Lilja FIN 01:26:56
3. Rakel Mateo Uriarte ESP 01:31:40
4. Veronika Gabitova RUS 01:40:43
DNF. Elise Marc FRA DNS
Results: Men's PT2
1. Vasilii Egorov RUS 01:06:14
2. Stephane Bahier FRA 01:06:50
3. Michele Ferrarin ITA 01:09:09
4. Andrew Lewis GBR 01:09:28
5. Stefan Loesler GER 01:10:08
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