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
Leaving 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.
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.
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 !