Week N° 28 of 2017, 2nd Week of the Tour de France and it was also another tremendous week for our partner athletes as they perform around the world in their favourite compression apparel.
While almost all professional cyclists continue hunting after the yellow jersey on the French Tour and enter their 3rd week of competition, Compressport® colours flew high on the tracks from Switzerland to Britain and the US.
Will CLARKE went to Bolton, UK and wins his ticket to Kona, Hawai
After Frankfurt, the weekend before, it was UK`s Bolton turn to welcome the IRONMAN event. Good weather, good public and overall good conditions were the necessary ingredients for the vent to be memorable. And again Bolton`s IRONMAN was mandatory for many in their ultimate goal: secure their participation ticket to Kona 2017.
Will CLARKE of BMC Etixx was one of them. Geared in his favourite compression clothing, the R2V2, Will fought fiercely to retain his second place (the first one would definitely be French Cyril Viennot`s). At one moment, Will so tightly clenched to that second place that he was finally penalized by 4 minutes. Not at all perturbed, he forced himself to his limits to catch up and legitimately got his 2nd most envied place. His ticket for Kona was in pocket!
Joe GAMBLES was in Racine, US for another IRONMAN 70.3 event
It was cold in Wisconsin this 17th July 2017 for one of the biggest races in the US! So cold, that the swim run of the IRONMAN Racine had to be cancelled, to the dismay of all the participants. Winds were strong as well but not enough however to deter them from getting on their bike and tackle the 56-mile tour of the Racine Zoo and the beautiful Lake of Michigan.
Compressport`s Joe GAMBLES, Matt HANSON and Matt CHRABOT were in the starting blocks. Battling against the strong winds, they managed to sustain a respective 3rd, 5th and 7th place before the final race.
Eventually, after the 13.1-mile run, Joe GAMBLES crossed the finish line at the 3rd place, confirming his big return to the podium after that of June in Australia.
Mauricio MENDEZ makes it 2nd at the XTERRA Beever Creek
Conditions were perfect in Colorado and on the Rocky Mountains, where the stage was set to welcome the 7th stop on Pan American Tour. Early in the season he had been battling around the world for some IRONMAN sensations and in Colorado our Mexican partner, Mauricio MENDEZ came to enjoy the dirt-racing event.
Though he had the lead after the swim run, Mauricio let go of some precious pedal strokes to Josiah Middaugh who jumped on the occasion and ran to the finish line 41 seconds ahead of Mauricio. Our Mexican talent is well set on track for other great performances!
Jordi GAMITO overcomes injury and makes it 3rd on the Eiger Ultra Trail
The Eiger Ultra Trail is a must-go detour on the Ultra Trail World Tour, where runners set up to climb 6700 vertical meters over 10 Km.
Jordi GAMITO has been on the sidelines for one month because of injury and his comeback to competition has been more than just satisfactory after the fantastic 3rd place he determinedly and strongly secured on the ultra trail.
We now focus on the second half of the season where much will be expected from our talented athletes. The Tour de France will close up after 3 weeks of exhilarating cycling, Nice will welcome its IRONMAN event and many more events are scheduled on the various continents.
Stay tuned here while the results continue to flow in!