Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®
Amazing race at UTMB® with an incredible finish from Gonzalo CALISTO (5TH), Manu Villaseca (10TH) and Majell Backhausen (23TH). Congratulations also to Pau Capell who crossed the CCC® at the sixth place!
Vuelta a Espana
The first week has started well for our teams with 3 stage victories (P.Sagan TCS, B-J.Lindeman TLJ, J.Stuyven TFR) and the green jersey (P.Sagan). Unfortunately, the rider of Tinkoff-Saxo had to retire from the race due to his injuries after being hit by a motorcycle.
French Bertrand Billard showed he is back. Finishing 2nd in a time of 8h27’39 and with a sub3 hours marathon, we can say his bike crash beginning of the season is an old story.
In the female race, Spaniard Gurutze Frades won the first edition of IronMan Vichy in a time of 9h25. Gurutze signed a 3h05 marathon!
IM 70.3 World Championship
The best athletes in the world fought hard on this race with a challenging bike course and high temperatures. Javier Gomez Noya (Spain), Ruedi Wild (Switzerland) , Joe Gambles (Australia), Taylor Reid (Canada), Jonathan Ciavatella (Italy), Magali Tisseyre (Canada), Holly Lawrence (Great Britain) were at the startline.
Despite being sick most of the week prior to the race, the defending champion, Javier Gomez Noya, managed to sign a 3rd place. Congratulations! Ruedi has been bitten by a wasp at an aid station during the bike and did not feel good after that. Despite that, Ruedi finished 11th. Joe and Jonathan finished 16th and 20th while Taylor had to abandon at T1 because of broken derailleur hanger. In the female race, Magali did a good run allowing her to take a good 4th place. Holly finished 11th.
Focusing on his Kona prep, Brent McMahon chose to stay at home and race Challenge Penticton. Despite difficult conditions with rain and wind, Brent went out of the water in first position and kept this position untill the end. With a good half marathon (1h14), Brent showed he is in good shape for Kona in October.