XTERRA Euro Tour Resumes in Italy

Thursday 24 May 2018
Following a three-week break, the 2018 XTERRA European Tour resumes Sunday, May 27, with a new race at Lake Garda in northern Italy.

XTERRA Garda is the fourth of 17 stops on the 2018 tour, and the inaugural event has attracted more than 40 elite racers and 500 participants from 23 countries.

Garda is the biggest lake in all of Italy and famous for its crystal-clear water, and the host village of Toscolano Maderno on its west coast is a popular tourism destination and easy to get to from neighboring countries.  As a result, the start list is filled with racers from France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

XTERRA European director Nico Lebrun is in Garda to take in all the action, and here he gives us his thoughts on the elite races this weekend: 

In the women’s race XTERRA Greece Champ Nicole Walters, who is second in the Tour standings, will take over the lead from Brigitta Poor (who is not racing) if she finishes in the top 13.  If that happens it will be the first time in a long time someone other than Brigitta or Helena Karaskova have been No. 1.

As for the race itself, Karaskova will be strong here. There are lots of steep climbs on the bike and run, so this race will suit her perfectly and she is my favorite for the win. Walters will have also challenge for the title along with Carina Wasle who does well on this type of course. With a good race, Carina and Helena will get back closer on points but will not be able to move on the lead, only for 3rd and 4th place. From what I know those three athletes might be a little bit above the field, but we could have some surprise from two sides. First will be from XTERRA veteran Renata Bucher.  Last year she had a fantastic race in Scanno, she was solid on her bike and with the same shape she can also play for the podium here. The second is Eleonora Peroncini, the Italian Cross Tri Champ.  This will be her first time in XTERRA, so it’ll be fun to see what she can do against some of our best athletes in Europe.  Other elite women on the start list include Sandra Mairhofer and Bianca Morvillo from Italy, Diane Lee and Jessie Roberts from the UK, Ania Tomica and Sabina Rzepka from Poland, Anna Brychtova from Czech, Diane Luthi from Switzerland and Anne Sophie Marechal from Belgium.

In the men’s race we have a similar scenario with tour leader Roger Serrano, who just organized an XTERRA Spain tour race in Victoria, not on the start list.  That leaves Maxim Chane, who is second on the tour, with the chance to take over the lead, but he needs to finish in the top two. He has done a lot of races already this season, the first three Euro races then Tahiti, so might be quite tired but you just never know.

The second best ranked athlete in this race is François Carloni, in 4th place, but even with a win he cannot take the lead. I think Serrano will stay our leader after this week, some athletes will just come back on the points. Our last podium from Greece will race here, and if you remember, Marcello Ugazio was second 10’’ back of the winner, but here he is home and in a race he won last here when it was called the XGardaman. Macello is one of my favorites to win Sunday’s race. Of course, Arthur Forissier, who won Greece, will come here full of confidence and our other Arthur (Serrieres) might want to take his revenge as he was not 100% in Greece.  I think both will be very strong here.

My fourth choice is Xavier Dafflon.  With a very hard bike and tough run loop, he will have time to get back into the mix after falling behind in the swim. He also knows that the last time we had a race in Italy, he won it, even though he was seven minutes back out of the water.

If we are to speak of strong swimmers, then we will talk about Jens Roth, one of our best. For sure he will lead the race for a bit, but I don’t know for how long. Carloni, who is chasing points for the ranking, will love this bike loop. Normally I would say that here the running loop is too hard for him and he will lose a lot of time, but he showed us in the last couple of races this season that he is way stronger on the run so I see him in the top five. Doug Hall is 5th in the tour will try also to get big points, but it will be hard here, I think he will be happy with a top 10 on Sunday.

Clement Briere is in 6th place, but from what I saw in the first races he will have a hard time to get big points here, but for sure he will do his best to stay on as long as possible in the tour top 10. I think its exactly the same for Peter Lehmann. Geert Lauryssen was the faster on the bike in Malta, always strong, so this is a good race for him, I place him also in the top 10 Sunday.  There are a lot of Italian elites in this one, as you’d expect, featuring Francesco Figini, Fausto Fognini, Tommaso Gatti, Fiippo Rinaldi and Andrea Zanenga.  Other men’s elite racers include well known guys like Jan Kubicek and Tomas Kubek from Czech, Markus Benesch from Austria, Thomas Kerner and Veit Hoenle from Germany, Henry Sleight from the UK and Christophe Betard from France. The last big name on the list is a Swiss/French athlete, 3x Olympian, who won many XTERRA’s since his first victory in 2002 in Hluboka, Czech (where he came in front of me) … he is a legend of triathlon, and we welcome back Olivier Marceau.

But guys, don’t be scared, he will be not here for his come back and fight for the podium, but with a group of friends, because he loves sport and always stayed in good shape.
XTERRA Triathlon


Coming Triathlon Events View all

    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

22

Sep

2018

Redman

Oklahoma City, United States

Website Google Map

22

Sep

2018

IronStar 226

Sochi, Russian Federation

Website Google Map YouTube

22

Sep

2018

BearMan Xtreme

Amélie-Les-Bains, France

Website Google Map YouTube

23

Sep

2018

Challenge Madrid

Madrid, Spain

Website Google Map

29

Sep

2018

Hispaman

Peniscola, Spain

Website Google Map

30

Sep

2018

Elbaman

Elba Island, Italy

Website Google Map YouTube

13

Oct

2018

Spirit of 78

Freixo, Porto, Portugal

Website Google Map

14

Oct

2018

Winterman Xtreme

Decin, Czech Republic

Website Google Map YouTube

20

Oct

2018

ICAN Gandia

Gandia, Spain

Website Google Map YouTube

20

Oct

2018

The Great Floridian

Clermont, Florida, United States

Website Google Map YouTube
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

22

Sep

2018

Ironman Italy

Carvia, Italy

Website Google Map YouTube

29

Sep

2018

Ironman Maryland

Cambridge, Maryland, United States

Website Google Map

30

Sep

2018

Ironman Chattanooga

Chattanooga, TN, United States

Website Google Map

07

Oct

2018

Ironman Taiwan

Penghu, Taiwan, China

Website Google Map YouTube

07

Oct

2018

Ironman Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Website Google Map YouTube

13

Oct

2018

Ironman World Championships

Kona, Hawaii, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

14

Oct

2018

Ironman Louisville

Louisville, United States

Website Google Map

03

Nov

2018

Ironman Florida

Panama City Beach, Florida, United States

Website Google Map

17

Nov

2018

Ironman Malaysia

Langkawi, Malaysia

Website Google Map YouTube

18

Nov

2018

Ironman Los Cabos

Los Cabos, Mexico

Website Google Map YouTube
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

23

Sep

2018

Ultra Tri Series

Theewaterskloof Dam, South Africa

Website Google Map

23

Sep

2018

Triathlon Long Island

Long Island, Croatia

Website Google Map YouTube

29

Sep

2018

TOUGHMAN South Carolina

Greenwood, SC, United States

Website Google Map

30

Sep

2018

Elbaman73

Elba, Italy

Website Google Map YouTube

30

Sep

2018

Kerrville Festival

Kerrville, Texas, United States

Website Google Map

06

Oct

2018

Natureman

Les Salles-sur-Verdon, France

Website Google Map YouTube

07

Oct

2018

TOUGHMAN Tennessee

Lenoir City, Tennessee, United States

Website Google Map

07

Oct

2018

Rev3 Dominican Republic

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Website Google Map

14

Oct

2018

TOUGHMAN Puerto Rico

Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Website Google Map YouTube

20

Oct

2018

Challenge Salvador

Salvador, Brazil

Website Google Map
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

23

Sep

2018

70.3 Augusta

Augusta, Georgia, United States

Website Google Map

23

Sep

2018

70.3 Atlantic City

Atlantic City, NJ, United States

Website Google Map

23

Sep

2018

70.3 Weymouth

Weymouth, United Kingdom

Website Google Map YouTube

23

Sep

2018

70.3 Chongqing

Chongqing, China

Website Google Map

23

Sep

2018

70.3 Slovenian Istria

Koper, Slovenia

Website Google Map YouTube

30

Sep

2018

70.3 Portugal

Cascais, Portugal

Website Google Map YouTube

30

Sep

2018

70.3 Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Website Google Map

30

Sep

2018

70.3 Cozumel

Cozumel, Mexico

Website Google Map YouTube

06

Oct

2018

70.3 Lanzarote

Lanzarote, Spain

Website Google Map YouTube

13

Oct

2018

70.3 North Carolina

Wilmington, North Carolina, United States

Website Google Map

Triathlon News & Media Blogs View all

Genet, von Berg win 70.3 Nice

Genet, von Berg win 70.3 Nice

Monday 17 Sep 2018 [Triathlon News]

Two-time IRONMAN world champion (1996 and 1999) Luc Van Lierde has pushed young American charge Rodolph Von Berg to better his biking as the primary aim since taking over the youngster's coaching last year. The 24-year-old showed it's a winning strategy, taking the inaugural title at IRONMAN 70.3 Nice, which will host the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship next year. The victory was secured with a 2:21 bike over the famed and fabled climbs through the villages above Nice. Von Berg finished the ride more

Luis wins WTS gold and Mola earns ITU World title at Gold Coast finale

Luis wins WTS gold and Mola earns ITU World title at Gold Coast finale

Monday 17 Sep 2018 [Triathlon News]

Vincent Luis capped a brilliant day for France on the Gold Coast on Sunday afternoon, following the team’s U23-Junior Mixed Relay World title with a WTS gold of his own on a blowy afternoon in Brisbane. Mario Mola’s own place in the sport’s history books was rarely in doubt as he crossed the line in second place looking typically assured on route to securing a remarkable third Series win. South Africa’s Richard Murray crossed the line for a hard-earned bronze, while Jacob Birtwhistle’s 7th place more

Middaugh, Paterson win XTERRA Pan Am Championship

Middaugh, Paterson win XTERRA Pan Am Championship

Monday 17 Sep 2018 [Triathlon News]

Josiah Middaugh from Eagle-Vail, Colorado and Lesley Paterson from Scotland captured the 15th annual XTERRA Pan American off-road triathlon elite titles on a beautiful morning at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah on Saturday, September 15, 2018. In the men’s elite race Middaugh came out of the water less than one-minute behind the leaders, took the lead from South Africa’s Bradley Weiss at about mile eight on the bike, and took the tape in 2:26:34. Weiss finished second in 2:30:32, and Sam Long more

Holland crowned 2018 ITU World Champion Gentle wins WTS Gold Coast thriller

Holland crowned 2018 ITU World Champion Gentle wins WTS Gold Coast thriller

Monday 17 Sep 2018 [Triathlon News]

It was the race that everybody hoped they might see and much, much more as Britain’s Vicky Holland became the 2018 ITU World Champion on Saturday afternoon, sprinting down the chute two seconds behind Ashleigh Gentle, who delivered the home-nation win that the huge crowds deserved. But that was just the tip of the entertainment iceberg, coming at the end of an engrossing battle between Holland and USA’s Katie Zaferes, with both athletes knowing that finishing ahead of their rival would mean leav more

Sven Riederer, Lena Berlinger win CHALLENGE Davos

Sven Riederer, Lena Berlinger win CHALLENGE Davos

Monday 17 Sep 2018 [Triathlon News]

Just in time for the start, the fog over Davos moved on and offered the athletes a beautiful backdrop. After last year’s exceptional weather conditions both athletes and race crew were more than happy that all distances could be organised as planned. In bright sunshine, co-organiser Sven Riederer prevailed in an exciting duel against Pieter Heemeryck. Marcello Ugazio from Italy completed the podium. Last year's winner Lena Berlinger defended her title in front of the Swiss Martina Kunz. more

Twitter


Facebook


YouTube


Sign up for FREE NEWSLETTER:

We will never share your email address or spam you.