Mixed Relay steals the show in Geneva

by Erin Greene on 13 Jul, 2015 10:04 • Español

Mixed Relay stole the show at the 2015 ETU European Championships in Geneva when it came down to a sprint finish between France, Switzerland and Great Britain with France edging its competitors out by a narrow nine seconds.

Great Britain got started with a bang when Commonwealth Games Mixed Relay gold medallist Jodie Stimpson secured her woman-man-woman-man team a lead. While Italy’s Annamaria Mazzetti and Hungary’s Margit Vanek managed to stay with Stimpson, that would change when the women changed over to the first man.

Matthew Sharp took over the responsibility of keeping Great Britain out front, but France’s Simon Viain got France back into fighting position after the team suffered a 40-second deficit following the first competitor. Despite having the fastest split of the second leg, Great Britain remained out in front.

However, with the European Champion Nicola Spirig took over for the Swiss team, Spirig sprinted out a time 10 seconds faster than anyone else to edge Switzerland closer to the top. Her performance was no match for Lucy Hall (GBR) or Sara Dossena (ITA), making the race suddenly anybody’s for the taking.

France capitalized on their new spot ahead to catapult into the lead with men’s European Champion David Hauss as the anchor. Just as he did in the individual race, a shoe-less Hauss hauled it home with a stunning final run leg, keeping Switzerland’s Sven Riederer and Great Britain’s Thomas Bishop at bay long enough to steal him in 1:25:21.

Just meters behind, Bishop and Riederer sprinted it out in a battle down the finish line. With a roaring Swiss crowd on its feet to bring him home, Riederer outpaced Bishop to clench silver by just a second in 1:25:30, leaving bronze for the Brits in 1:25:31.

The ITU Mixed Relay World Championships will be contested this weekend in Hamburg on Sunday.

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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