Wasle, Batelier win European Cross Tri Titles

by Brad Culp on 22 Jun, 2010 10:45 • Español

Myjava, located in the White Carpathian Mountains of Northwest Slovakia, played host to the ETU Cross Triathlon European Championships last weekend, with France’s Franky Batelier and Austria’s Carina Wasle taking top honours. Wet, wild and cold conditions made the 800-meter swim, 30-km mountain bike and 10-km trail run even more difficult for the off-road competitors.

The first-ever ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship will take place April 30, 2011 in Extremadura, Spain.

Wasle entered the women’s contest as the pre-race favourite and did not dissapoint. The Austrian exited the water in third place, just a few seconds back of swim leader Brigitta Poor of Hungary. Onto the bike, Wasle pulled away, towing Maud Golsteyn of the Netherlands with her. The pair of leaders easily distanced themselves from the pack, opening up a gap of ten minutes on the competition throughout the muddy, 30-km mountain bike ride. Onto the run it was all about Wasle, who pulled away with the fastest run of the day to win in 2:53:09, 61 seconds ahead of Golsteyn. Judy Van Der Berg, also of the Netherlands, finished third, over 13 minutes behind Golsteyn.

In the men’s race, Batelier dominanted from start to finish, exiting the water alongside the leaders before pulling away on the bike and never looking back. The Frenchman, who also won the XTERRA Triathlon European Championship earlier this year, posted the best bike split of the day (1:35:24), en route to entering T2 witha massive lead on the competition. Batelier broke the finishing tape in 2:19:42, over four minutes ahead of runner-up Victor Manuel del Corral Morales of Spain, who posted the fastest run-split of the day (26:08). Slovakia’s Tomas Jurkovic rounded out the podium.

The first-ever ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship will take place on April 30 of next year in Extremadura, Spain. For more information on the inaugural event, click here

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Related Event: 2010 Myjava ETU Cross Triathlon European Championships
19 - 20 Jun, 2010 • event pageall results
Results: U23 Women
1. Kairi Schmidt EST 03:07:30
2. Helen Schmidt EST 03:14:59
3. Svetlana Liparova SVK 03:56:36
Results: U23 Men
1. Peter Mosny SVK 02:24:57
2. Tomas Matera CZE 02:34:10
3. Jonas Vojtech CZE 02:39:25
4. Jozef Tomasovic SVK 02:46:10
5. Sébastien Antony FRA 02:59:40
Results: Elite Women
1. Carina Wasle AUT 02:53:09
2. Maud Golsteyn NED 02:54:10
3. Judy Van Den Berg NED 03:07:36
4. Brigitta Poór HUN 03:17:22
5. Dagmar Sverakova CZE 03:22:48
Results: Elite Men
1. Franky Batelier FRA 02:19:42
2. Victor Manuel Del Corral Morales ESP 02:24:03
3. Tomas Jurkovic SVK 02:25:20
4. Jan Kubicek CZE 02:26:35
5. Mikko Vastaranta FIN 02:27:29
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