CHALLENGE Sanremo Celebrates International Triathlon on the Italian Riviera

Friday 22 September 2023

The celebration of sport that is Challenge Sanremo returns to the Italian Riviera this weekend, bringing together professional athletes, young people and amateurs on one of the circuit’s most spectacular but testing courses.

With over 40 professional athletes on the start line, the spotlight is on Bart Aernouts (BEL), vice world champion in Kona in 2018, winner of the Challenge Roth in 2017, duathlon world champion in 2010 and more recently winner of the inaugural Challenge Fréjus in May. The expert Belgian triathlete will try to repel the attacks of Frenchmen William Mennesson and Simon Viain, both on the podium of Challenge Sanremo 2022, and the Australian Caleb Noble, who has been getting familiar with the local Sanremo roads for several days and who is chasing the top spot in the Challenge Family World Bonus. Also noteworthy are Jon Breivolt (NOR), absolute protagonist of Norseman, Youri Keulen (NED), Jonathan Wayaffe (BEL) who took the title at last year’s Challenge Peguera-Mallorca and Marcel Bolbat (GER) who took third at Challenge Gdansk earlier this year. 

Among the women, in addition to the Italian Giorgia Priarone (world team silver and European champion in the duathlon and winner of the Bardolino Triathlon, first at 70.3 Maine and second at Challenge Cagnes-Sur-Mer) it is worth keeping an eye on the British champion Jodie Stimpson, who before turning to long distance was world triathlon champion (2010) and two-time gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games. South African Magda Nieuwoudt is on a winning streak with victories this season at Challenge Fréjus, Challenge Korea and Challenge Davos and a second at Challenge London. She two has a season goal of taking out the Challenge Family World Bonus and will be fighting for the win. Justine Guerard (FRA), third last year, Sarah Schoenfelder (GER), Lisa Maria Dornauer and Gabriele Maria Obmann (AUT), Megan McDonald (GBR), Charlene Clavel (FRA) and the Italian Lilli Gelmini are also all in the mix.

"We work with passion and dedication alongside local and national institutions and partners, with sports and non-sports associations, with the territory," said Daniele Moraglia, Challenge Sanremo race director. "There are so many parts that contribute to making this event special, including the many volunteers who work behind the scenes: together with the core team, I thank all those who allow the success of the event and I wish all the athletes to have fun and enjoy these splendid days in Liguria at Challenge Sanremo".

Athletes will enjoy two days dedicated to multisport, but also music, with the Symphony Orchestra which will perform both during the race and at the awards ceremonies, and good Ligurian food that the athletes will be able to enjoy at the post-race refreshment points. The first day of racing on Saturday 23 September is the turn of the young triathletes along with a Swimrun.

Sunday 24 September is the key day. At 8:00am on Sunday 24 September the middle distance Challenge Sanremo start gun will go off (1.9km swim, 90km bike, 21km run) followed at 9:00am by the sprint distance athletes. Follow all the action on the free livestream at http://www.challenge-family.live with English commentary by Belinda Granger along with live updates and timing. For further information on Challenge Sanremo, please visit www.challenge-sanremo.com.

MALE PRO:
1 KEULEN YOURI NED      
2 GUILLOUX ARNAUD FRA      
3 AERNOUTS BART BEL      
4 WAYAFFE JONATHAN BEL       
5 VIAIN SIMON FRA         
6 MENNESSON WILLIAM FRA       
7 SPERL MAXIMILIAN GER      
8 MONTRAVETA MOYA JORDI ESP     
9 NOBLE CALEB AUS      
10 CONTE REMI FRA     
11 VISTI GRAAE KRISTOFFER DEN      
12 THALMANN SVEN SUI       
13 BOLBAT MARCEL GER       
14 VAELEN TOM BEL      
15 NAVARRO THOMAS FRA      
16 JACOBI ERWAN FRA       
17 FARACO EMANUELE ITA        
18 ALEXANDRE VICTOR ITA      
19 RIVRON MAXIME FRA      
20 CLAVEL VINCENT FRA      
21 BRANN KEVIN SUI     
22 DELCO LORENZO SUI      
23 PAOLETTI TOMMASO ITA       
24 BREINLINGER DAVID GER     
25 BARITAUX HADRIEN FRA     
26 DECURNEX THIBAUD SUI     
27 RECAGNO ANDREA ITA        
28 MEESEN GIEL NED       
29 SECHAUD LUDOVIC SUI     
30 WEIGAND PAUL GER     
   
FEMALE PRO:
31 NIEUWOUDT MAGDA RSA      
32 CLAVEL CHARLENE FRA     
33 OBMANN GABRIELE MARIA AUT     
34 GUERARD JUSTINE FRA       
35 MCDONALD MEGAN GBR      
36 DORNAEUR LISA MARIA AUT     
37 AHRENS JOHANNA GER      
38 SCHONFELDER SARAH GER      
39 WESTON ROSIE GBR      
40 MEYER CAROLIN GER      
41 SERENA EVA ITA      
42 GELMINI LILLI ITA      
43 MIORI ALBERTA ITA        
44 SKALA JULIA GER     
45 SPARROW CHLOE GBR     
46 STIMPSON JODIE GBR

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