Trail Running – Italians on top in USA
The Skyrunning World Series made a stop in Big Sky , Montana, USA for Vertical Kilometer, Ultra and Skyrunning world stages.
Marco De Gasperi and Elisa Desco planned to race both VK and Sky, but Elisa needed to rest and Marco was focused on the Skyrunning event together with Tadei Pivk, also from Italia.
Following on from Friday’s VK victory, Switzerland’s Rémi Bonnet ran a clear race from the front and never really looked back. He opened a gap in the early stages and extended it as the race went on. Climbing up to Lone Peak summit he was 4-minutes ahead of Italians Tadei Pivk and Marco De Gasperi who were pursued by American Joseph Gray.
The positions will remain unchanged until the finish line. The two Italians sprinted for 2nd place and Tadei was the fastest at this game, finishing just 1” in front of Marco.
- 1. Remi Bonnet | 2:58:55.61
- 2. Tadei Pivk | 3:01:32.28
- 3. Marco De Gasperi | 3:01:33.93
Skyrunner® SKY Series provisional ranking, Compressport runners on top
Men provisional ranking :
- 1. Tadei Pivk (ITA) Crazy Idea – 278 points
- 2. Tom Owens (GBR) Salomon – 268 points
- 3. Manuel Merillas (ESP) Mammut/Compressport – 244 points
- 4. Ionut Zinca (RUM) Valetudo – 220 points
Women provisional ranking :
- 1. Maite Maiora (ESP) La Sportiva – 308 points
- 2. Elisa Desco (ITA) SCOTT Sports – 278 points
- 3. Laura Orguè (ESP) Salomon – 276 points
Triathlon – Joe Gambles 2nd at Gerardmer
The Gerardmer XL Triathlon is one of those French races gathering a good field as it is ideally situated few weeks before the IM World Championship. This year, Joe Gambles (Australia) was ready to fight for victory one week after his 16th place at the IM 70.3 World Championship.
Out of the water with the main contenders, Joe pushed hard on the bike to arrive in 2nd position at T2 with a 5’ deficit on Spaniard Hector Guerra, ex-pro cyclist. Joe fought hard during the half marathon, signed the 3rd run split of the day, but finished at only 13” from Guerra.
- 1. GUERRA HECTOR ESP 27:00 2:31:27 1:24:15 4:28:51
- 2. GAMBLES JOSEPH AUS 23:15 2:39:02 1:21:23 4:29:04
- 3. MOUSSEL ROBIN 25:40 2:46:21 1:20:25 4:37:29
- 4. KÜNG MANUEL SUI 22:22 2:46:05 1:24:40 4:38:25
- 5. NICHOLLS RITCHIE GBR 24:11 2:51:09 1:20:30 4:40:48
Triathlon – Gomez Noya 2nd at Edmonton
Driving to become the first athlete to win five World Championships, Javier Gomez Noya (ESP) finished second to retain the top Columbia Thread needle Rankings spot in the last WTS event ahead of the Grand Final.
“Today was a very different race,” Gomez said. “I tried to keep going, but it wasn’t very fast, I couldn’t feel my feet for the first two run laps. I tried to hang on with Richard. Maybe I wasn’t confident enough to beat him (Murray) in the end, but after racing so much, it’s a good result. It’s always good to be ahead of Mario and Vincent but it will all come down to the Grand Final and that’s what I’m focused on.”
The quick 750m swim gave no individual the time to draw out a large lead. With no time to create a gap, a group of just over 20 men formed together to make up the lead pack on the four-lap 20km bike.
Murray, Gomez, and Vincent Luis while Aaron Royle (AUS) and Tom Bishop (GBR) consistently hammered away at the front of the group, but a group of 40 including Mola closed the gap.
At T2, Murray and Wian Sullwald gunned to the front of the pack early on the first of three run laps. But by the end of that lap, Murray had pulled away with Gomez. The South African attacked and pulled far enough away on the last lap to keep the reigning World Champ at a great enough distance to win the race.
Gomez held the pace to keep himself in second, while Mola crossed over with the third fastest race of the day in bronze medal position.
CYCLING – Tough stages are made for our riders
The second week promised to be epic and it was. Tinkoff Saxo lost a second rider after a second collision with a motorbike and even thought about leaving the race, but Rafal Majka, who was 9th at the end of last week had a super week in the mountains and is now 3rd in GC, at 1” from 2nd and only 1’24 from 1st .
The most difficult week gives us also 3 stage victories signed by Kristian Sbaragli (MTN-Qhubeka) on stage 10, Danny Van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing) on stage 12 and Nelson Oliveira (Lampre-Merida) on stage 13.
Rafal Majka (Tinkoff Saxo) finished 2nd of the difficult stage 15 finishing with a 12km climb starting at 220m altitude and finishing at +1200m with some part at 13,3%!