Monthly Archives: March 2017

JAVIER GOMEZ NOYA – THE IMPOSSIBLE COME BACK!

That which does not kill us makes us stronger …  

This maxim could have been Javier NOYA`s. After a year-break out of the ITU series, he made the most incredible comeback on the Abu Dhabi ITU race, claiming the 1st place as a great champion!

Javier gomez 824x400He took off the lead right from the start… 1st out of the waters, he hopped on his bike and quickly became the front-runner of the first lap. When he finally decided to break through, no one could compete with his fast pace. Tom Bishop tried something but was quickly left behind by a more than determined Javier. After 1H52mins31secs of race, Javier mounts the first step of the podium, hands up!

In 50 endeavours, Javier NOYA has won 13 podiums, been 2nd runner up 17 times and 3rd runner up 7 times.

Tim Wellens bikes through Tuscany in compression tights and comes 3rd!

All that happened on the Strade Bianchi is now levelled to World Tour status and this 12th edition in Italian Tuscany attracted a pack of cycling stars for a unique experience.

Tim Wellens 824x400Lotto Soudal team once again got a breakthrough and placed Tim WELLENS in the leading pack. However Team Sky`s Michael Kwiatowski was unreachable ahead of Greg Van Avermaet from BMC Racing. A well-deserved 3rd place goes to Tim.

On the women`s side, our best rank was Elena CECCHINI`s 10th place, on the account of Canyon SRAM Racing.

Curtains go down on the ISMF Ski Mounteering World Championship

Skimo_824*400Another week of competition on a technical track full of steep obstacles was set on the Italian Alpago Piancavallo. Swiss Iwan Arnold claimed victory on the Sprint race. Our Italian partner Nadir MAGUET finished just outside the podium.

During the vertical race, with perfect weather conditions, Xavier GACHET and William BON MARDION crossed the line in 6th and 7th places respectively.

Last but not least was the relay event claimed again by a Swiss team, followed by the Italians. Our French Team came fourth.

Earnestly awaiting the Pierra Menta Long Distance Team event scheduled for next week.

Other Results on Other Championships

Victor Del Coral 824x400Victor del Corral came 2nd in the half distance Spanish Duathlon Championship while…

Majell Bachausen824x400… Majell Backhausen wins the Motatapu Ultra Trail Race in New Zealand.


In Miami, Leanda Cave makes it to the finish line with a great win on the beach Half Marathon.


Arnaud Demare of FDJ took a great win for his team in Stage 1 of the Paris-Nice World Tour race.

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Tadei Pivk finishes 1st in the Domoliti Winter Trail,

Marco De Gasperi 824x400followed by Marco de Gaspéri, 2nd.


Next Week…

We will be running in Barcelona, cycling from Paris to Nice and ski mountaneering, again, in Italy.

At the same time, the Ironman series set off for a wonderful year! The feast begins in Philippines and Argentina.


Stay tuned and we`ll keep you informed!

COMPRESSPORT HOSTS ITS TRAIL EVENT OF THE YEAR

The scene was staged in the beautiful Marão region of Portugal around an ultra trail that attracted some famous names of the trail world, namely Spanish Diego Pazos and British Paul Giblin.

Diego PAZOS was unbeatable!

Diego Pazos 824x400Climbing over 2600 meters and running over 49 kilometres during the 1st race of the Ultra Trail Marão and crossing the finish line more than 29 minutes ahead of the next runner-up, Diego was definitely the “Zpeediest” of all.

Paul Giblin was not far behind as he grasped the 7th place. A special note for our tireless Sylvain Laur who managed a honourable 23rd place.

In the 104 Km race Gilles Sagnol was outstanding at braving the 6000 vertical meter-climb and never gave up. He secured the second best time at 10:07:46.

Alberto CONTADOR`s 2nd Place on the Volta Catalyuna

Volta Catalyuna 824x400World`s best GC riders would not miss the Volta Catalyuna, one of the most sought-after cycling challenges. Au menu, a mixture of sprint stages and mountain climbs.

FDJ`s David Cimolai had the perfect timing on the 1st stage winning it. But as the roads and climbs turned upwards and the temperatures getting colder and colder the riders were faced with tough finishes.

Alberto Contador 824x400The 5th stage was almost dramatic, the brutal steep mountain climb not being very helpful. Trek Segafredo`s Alberto Contador came close to finish first but settled for the 2nd place.

Overall Contador finished 2nd while Daniel Martin of Quick-Step Floor took the 7th place.

The Ski Mountaineering World Cup was back in Italy!

Race: Mondole Ski Alp           Lieu: Prato Nevosa           Races: 2

Our mountaineers met with adverse weather conditions on the south western Alps and the 18 changes of technique, 8 ascents and 1700 meters of vertical rise were not to make things easy.

After the 7 stages, the best of Compressport athletes managed to win the 6th, 11th and 12th positions by William Bon Mardon, Valentin Favre and Alexis Sevennec respectively.

Elsewhere…

In Belgium – Yves Lampaert wins the Classics Dwars Door Vlaanderen while his team acolyte Philippe Gilbert takes 2nd place. They are both from Quick-Step Floors.

In Spain – The SwinRun competition of Mallorca was won by our team pair Santi Pellejero and Francesc de Lanuza.

In USA – Michael Wardian makes it to the 4th place at the New York City Armory Indoor Marathon Championship.

In Australia – David Byrne finished 2nd both in the 25 Km race and the Marathon.

50 SHADES OF IRONMAN 70.3

In 50 shades the Ironman series definitely will be during the whole year of 2017 but this weekend we already had a glimpse of some of them – in Taiwan, Campeche and Puerto Rico.

Several Compressport Athletes dared to test their potential on these Half-Ironman tracks and they prove no less but impressive and have, in their respective compressive gear, performed to the finish line brilliantly!

It seems nothing is going to stop Ruedi WILD!

All things come in threes apparently – and even more may be – for Ruedi WILD. After a third place in Dubai, the great win in Subic Bay, Ruedi maintains his present momentum, and wins the Taiwanese edition, even though the challenge from a talented pack never receded.

Riedi WIld 824x400His mind on the finish line Ruedi took his first advantage during the swim and bike runs. A boulevard opened ahead of him and he needed no more encouragement to run his best over the last kilometres of the triathlon and stopped the chrono at 3:42:55, almost 3 minutes ahead of the runner up.

Mauricio MENDEZ, the new Mexican gem, adopts compression gear

There`s nothing better for the morale than making the first best impression before one`s own peers. In Campeche, Mexico, Mauricio MENDEZ was at home and he did not let himself be intimidated by the high-class competitors who made the trip.

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3rd after the swim event and 4th out of the bike race, Maurico, newcomer to the Compressport Team,  stayed focused and put all his remaining energy in the last run and brings the 4th place home.

A great morning it was in Puerto Rico for the Canadian Team

And one of them was Taylor REID and not the least! REID opened his 2017 season with a great win, finishing his 3-course race in 3:49:50. The next runner-up, Andy POTTS, was 2 minutes behind.

Taylor_Reid 824x400During this Ironman 70.3 series in Puerto Rico, the Canadian placed 4 athletes in the top 10. 

Mallorca hosted the K42 Marathon

This mountain race in one of the prettiest parts of the Spanish island attracted some trail talents, two of whom, Casey MORGAN and Jordi GAMITO, flew high the colours of Compressport.

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Jordi fought up to his last pace to bring the gold medal.

Unfortunately, Morgan had to abandon after an ankle injury.

Australia: Javier Gomez NOYA comes 4th in the Super League Triathlon

25 of the World`s best triathletes were reunited to run the 3-day race over various distances and handicaps each day. South African Richard Murray over-classed the whole pack to win the $100 000 pay check. Javier Gomez NOYA, Cameron DYE and Brent McMAHON were Compressport representatives on this Super League.

Javier Noya  824x400 Noya came out of the race 4th overall, while Dye took the win in the Individual Time Trial.

Trail World Championships – Pre-selection is ON!

And it all began on the tough track of Mount Ventoux, in Frane Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The French Team had to earn its selection and our partners David HAUSS and Ludovic POMMERET  had to put in their contribution. After his tremendous effort on last week`s Pierra Menta, Ludovic managed to take the 2nd place, enough to win himself a well deserved selection. David Hauss crossed the finish line at the 18th place.

They won too…

Pedro GOMES was 1st at the Toughman Arizona

Sage CANADAY comes 3rd in the Chuckanut 50K.

Elena CECCHINI wins a 5th place at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda WOmens World Cup.

Julian ALAPHILIPPE came 3rd in the Milan-Sanremo Classic.

Our African partner, Run2gether Team makes a great debut for the young Kenyan runners.


Stay tuned and more results are coming to you just here !

RUEDI WILD LAUNCHES HIS IRONMAN SEASON WITH BRIO

The show was set in the Subic Bay… a new race on the Philippines triathlon scene that attracted numerous talents in search of their first Ironman sensations of the year!

The challenge: 1.9 Km of swimming, 90 Km of biking and 21 Km of running.

Swiss Ruedi WILD, brilliant in Compressport`s compression gear

Rudi_Wild_824_400Leaving his homeland less stringent conditions for the hot and hard tracks of South East Asia Ruedi put on his Pro Racing Socks Ultralight and kicked-off for a fantastic mano-a-mano with the living legend – Craig Alexander.

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The duel was tenacious, none of the two willing to leave the least pace or least second to his acolyte. But Ruedi Wild, his mind set on victory, let no chances to his opponents. He finished the race at 3:48:24. Craig Alexander was 33 seconds behind.

Alberto Contador loses by only 2 seconds but the show was his!

Conditions were brutal throughout the 8-stage race and Paris Nice was not quite the race to the sun as it claims to be.

Arnaud Demare of FDJ started in yellow but Pro Teams, Quick –Step Floors and Trek-Segafredo made strong opposition and propelled themselves in the lead thanks to Julian Alaphilippe`s stand-out performance.

Alberto Contador_824_400)The last stages saw an gigantic Alberto Contador leap out of the pack, race through the mountains, sweep away his rivals to catch up on Team Sky Sergio Henao, who nevertheless did not give away the first step of the podium.

Contador, impressive in his recovery compression tights, was a magnificent runner-up and Daniel Martin of Quick-Step Floors completed the podium!

Compressport`s Athletes hit the podium on the Pierra Menta

The Arches-Beaufort, in French Savoie, staged the 32nd edition of the Pierra Menta, on the slopes of the Grand-Mont – 10 000 meters, 15 peaks and ascents and some dizzying descents.

Nothing could stop the Italian pair Matteo Eydallin and Damiano Lenzi who won all the stages. But, overall, our athletes and partners claimed some very good places.

 

Alex Sevennec with his pair Killian Jornet finished 2nd while Nadir Maguet came 3rd, with Michele Boscacci. Valentin Favre and William Bon Mardion were 4th and 5th respectively.

Meanwhile, elsewhere … Spain, Italy, South Africa, Brazil

While Elena Cecchini of Canyon/SRAM Womens Team was runningt the Ronde van Drenthe, one of Women`s World Tour Classics,  Zigor Iturreita was on the  76 Km Addo Elephant Trail in South Africa. Elena came out 2nd, Zigor 3rd.

After the Domoliti Winter Trail, tireless Tadei Pivk did it again this weekend by winning the Santa Caterina Winter Trail in Italy.

Under the Brazilian sun, Marcus Fernandes finishes at an honorable 9th place in the Ironman 70.3 Buenos Aires.


Stay tuned and more results are coming to you just here !