Winter Tri Champions Crowned

by ITU Admin on 03 Mar, 2007 12:00

Sigrid Mutscheller of Germany and Arne Post of Norway are the 2007 ITU Winter Triathlon World Champions.  The two athletes ran, cycled and skied their way to victory in less than perfect race conditions in Flassin-Saint Oyen, Italy today. 

Mutscheller continues her dominance of the sport taking her fifth world championship title, and fourth in a row, in a time of 1:53:24.  Austrian Carina Wasle finished second, 2 minutes and 38 seconds back with a time of 1:56:02.  Local Italian favourite, Michela Benzoni finished third a further 22 seconds back with a time 1:56:24.

I am really happy with the result, stated the nine-time world championship medallist, Mutscheller.  The course was extremely hard and long. I felt on the bike the first time that I will win and my goal for next year to win the World Championships in my home town, Freudenstadt. That would be the sixth.

Wasle took an early lead on the muddy seven kilometre run course with her team mate Marlies Penker with her.  The two Austrian managed to put almost 90 seconds between themselves and the days top contenders by the time everyone quickly transitioned to the 12 kilometre cycle course.  Because of heavy rainfall, however, the course was muddy and slick, enabling the more experienced riders to close the gap by the second transition.

First onto the 10 kilometre cross-country ski course was race-favourite Mutscheller who never looked back as she led the entire ski segment to cross the line first, with the fastest ski split of the day. 

In the mens event, world number one ranked, Post was able to claim gold in the largest-ever mens field at a world championships with a time of 1:38:05.  Forty seconds behind in the silver medal position was two-time world champion Sigi Bauer of Austria with a time of 1:38:45.  A further 31 seconds back was another two-time world champion, Nicolas LeBrun of France, with the bronze medal.

I like the number one, since I started with this race number, said world cup points leader, Post.  It put at the same time some pressure on me. The course was hard, but it was the same for everyone. This was the best ever season for me.

After the opening 2-lap run leg, a large group of men entered the first transition, including eventual podium finishers Post and LeBrun.  Bauer started the 3-lap cycle leg 90 seconds back of lead group but managed to pull himself up by the start of the cross-country ski. 

It became clear at this point that the Norwegian ski-specialist Post was at a clear advantage, taking off over the first of three laps, never to look back.  Bauer and LeBrun fought hard over the 10 kilometre course but Bauer managed to pull away at the halfway mark, maintaining his lead to the finish.

In the Under23 races, the winners were Germaine Roullet from Italy in the women and Konstantin Lavrentyev from Russia in the men.

In the Junior events, gold went to Norwegian Tuva Toftdahl in the womens field and Nicholas Jeantet of Italy in the mens field.

Tomorrows competition will feature 250 Age Group competitors from 23 countries and the Elite Team races.

2007 ITU Flassin Winter Triathlon World Championship- Elite Women
1. MUTSCHELLER, Sigrid (GER)1:53:24
2. WASLE, Carina (AUT)1:56:02
3. BENZONI, Michela (ITA)1:56:24
4. SCHUBERT, Jutta (GER)1:57:08
5. HOTT-JOHANSEN, Camilla (NOR)1:59:37
6. PAULI, Gabi (GER)1:59:38
7. GRABMULLEROVA, Sarka (CZE)2:00:28
8. KULLMANN, Anke (GER)2:01:42
9. KALNES, Maria (NOR)2:02:47
10. PENKER, Marlies (AUT)2:03:00

2007 ITU Flassin Winter Triathlon World Championships-Elite Men
1. POST, Arne (NOR)1:38:05
2. BAUER, Sigi (AUT)1:38:45
3. LEBRUN, Nicolas (FRA)1:39:16
4. DOLEZAL, Tomas (CZE)1:39:31
5. HOLME, Alf Roger (NOR)1:40:16
6. WEISENHORN, Oswald (ITA)1:40:19
7. PLANTIZER, Heinz (AUT)1:41:15
8. RODERER, David (GER)1:41:49
9. ZAK, Jiri (CZE)1:41:58
10. GASPERI, Alessandro (ITA)1:42:36

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Arne Post (NOR) wins in impressive fashion.

Sigrid Mutscheller (GER) asserts her dominance of the sport of winter triathlon.

Related Event: 2007 Flassin ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships
03 - 04 Mar, 2007 • event pageall results
Results: 20-24 Male AG
1. Stephane Ricard FRA 01:09:37
2. Jacopo Panerati ITA 01:12:07
3. Alberto Bethaz ITA 01:18:03
4. Leonardo Bonato ITA 01:18:40
DNF. Dmytro Zariaiev UKR 00:00:00
Results: 25-29 Male AG
1. Jeremie Gachet FRA 01:01:11
2. Laurent Bonnet FRA 01:04:45
3. Ben Falconer NZL 01:10:35
4. Fredrik Josefsson SWE 01:22:00
DNF. Enrico Geri ITA 00:00:00
Results: 30-34 Male AG
1. Wolfgang Rieglthalner AUT 01:04:37
2. Giancarlo Parola ITA 01:05:02
3. Francesco Dutto ITA 01:05:36
4. Crespo Jean-Yves FRA 01:06:24
5. Luca De Biaggi ITA 01:13:07
Results: 35-39 Male AG
1. Franck Gorry FRA 01:00:34
2. Guido Ricca ITA 01:03:22
3. Frédéric Wuhrmann FRA 01:04:16
4. Martin Braxmair GER 01:05:28
5. Oscar Barale ITA 01:07:26
Results: 40-44 Male AG
1. Werner Uran AUT 01:02:38
2. Dominique Mollard FRA 01:06:14
3. Stefan Schubert GER 01:06:18
4. Pierre Marion FRA 01:06:40
5. Gunter Pauli GER 01:06:42
Results: 45-49 Male AG
1. Ivo Grabmuller CZE 01:04:05
2. Bernhard Capitani ITA 01:05:07
3. Franz Pretzl GER 01:05:52
4. Leo Schrottenbach AUT 01:07:37
5. Karl-Heinz Rasch GER 01:07:56
Results: 50-54 Male AG
1. Wolfgang Leonhard GER 01:05:14
2. Paolo Demonte ITA 01:08:30
3. Bohuslav Melichercik SVK 01:12:49
4. Jan Klasovity SVK 01:13:27
5. Alberto Bertoni ITA 01:13:54
Results: 55-59 Male AG
1. Giovanni Redaelli ITA 01:12:03
2. Roland Käshammer GER 01:12:38
3. Engert Reinahart GER 01:18:01
4. Maurizio Borgonovo ITA 01:18:35
5. Co Looijesteijn NED 01:19:15
Results: 60-64 Male AG
1. Paolo Lamastra ITA 01:13:28
2. Giovanni Pardini ITA 01:45:31
3. Mauro De Biaggi ITA 01:49:11
4. Eelke Wijnia NED 01:49:32
DNF. Curt Maier AUT 00:00:00
Results: 65-69 Male AG
1. Roberto De Marcellis ITA 01:16:24
2. Armin Beyrich GER 01:32:23
3. Agostino Ramella ITA 01:57:53
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