European Champs turns out allstar lineup

by ETU Coordinator on 10 Jul, 2015 07:59 • Español

This weekend, Geneva has come alive with swim, bike, and run fever.

The venue is built. The systems are all working. The Age Group Sprint athletes have racked their bikes. The Parade of Nations has made its way along the closed roads close to the swim start. The Alpine horns have welcomed everyone to the Opening Ceremony and ETU President, Renato Bertrandi has declared the ETU Geneva European Championships, 2015, open. Check out what’s on point this weekend.

European Championships has a tradition of attracting the top elite athletes for the prestige of calling themselves the fastest athletes in Europe, a continent that is known for its strong triathletes. This year proves to be no different with the likes of Javier Gomez Noya (ESP), Nicola Spirig (SUI) and Jodie Stimpson (GBR) lining up. Between Gomez and Spirig, the pair own seven European titles and they’ll be looking to bump that number up even more come Saturday.

Elite Women
With Spirig having already clenched her spot to Rio with a win at the Baku European Games, we know the reigning Olympic gold medallist is in form. She is also the defending European Champ and if her total of four titles is an indication, expect this superstar to put up a fight for the top spot in front of a home crowd. Her stiffest competition will perhaps come from Stimpson, who had an explosive year in 2014. However the Brit endured an injury early in the season that has sidelined her from racing.

Likewise, Stimpson’s training partner Lisa Norden (SWE) has also battled an injury that’s kept her from running with the best. But as she proved in Baku, her swim and bike are on point, making her one to watch. Lucy Hall (GBR) will also be a woman to push the pace on the swim and bike, as is Margit Vanek (HUN). Keep an eye on Vendual Frintova, who’s been enjoying a strong season, as well as on rising stars Audrey Merle (FRA) and Tamara Gomez Garrido (ESP).

Elite Men
In the men’s race, Gomez is the hot favourite. With three European titles to his name, Gomez returns to the continental championship race for the first time since winning in 2012. Not many can match this man’s speed, but look out for David Hauss (FRA), Pierre Le Corre (FRA) and Alessandro Fabian (FRA), as well as Switzerland’s own Sven Riederer, to challenge on the back half of the race.

Meanwhile Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy and Alexander Bryukhankov, along with Andrea Salvisberg (SUI) and Richard Varga (SVK) have the front speed.

If you are wondering about the ranking for the Elite Athletes then their allocation is based upon their performance at the 2014, Kitzbühel event here.

Eventful week
A full weekend of racing will see medals presented to the Age Group Sprint athletes and ParaTri on Friday, to the Juniors and Elite on Saturday and to the Age Group Standard athletes and Elite Mixed Relay and Junior Mixed Relay on Sunday. It will be chalked full of non-stop action, so stay tuned!

ETU Congress
Tucked away in a seminar room in the Kempinski Hotel, the Presidents and Representatives from the National Federations that make up ETU have worked their way through the Annual Congress.

Live tracking
You will be able to follow the athletes using the Datasport live tracker by clicking here. You can also follow the races live on twitter at @triathlonlive

For all the start lists, click here. The elite men will take off at 12pm, while the women will race on Saturday at 3:30pm.

Related Event: 2015 Geneva ETU Triathlon European Championships
09 - 12 Jul, 2015 • event pageall results
Results: 16-19 Male AG Sprint
1. Lars Holenweger SUI 01:04:45
2. Simon Weber GER 01:05:23
3. Pierre Moraz SUI 01:05:41
4. Alexandre Picard SUI 01:05:55
5. Joshua Jones GBR 01:06:23
Results: 18-19 Male AG
1. Titas Pumputis LTU 02:02:21
2. Sebastian Kuhn GER 02:04:27
3. Harry Preston GBR 02:06:55
4. James Kershaw GBR 02:13:52
5. Jacob Anson GBR 02:16:23
Results: 20-24 Female AG
1. Désirée Gmür SUI 02:07:48
2. Alice Jenkins GBR 02:08:04
3. Hannah Johnston GBR 02:09:59
4. Nina Derron SUI 02:11:02
5. Hannah Cutajar MLT 02:15:31
Results: 20-24 Female AG Sprint
1. Malgorzata Wasik POL 01:11:34
2. Imogen Simmonds GBR 01:13:15
3. Hannah Cutajar MLT 01:16:08
4. Celine Senia FRA 01:16:57
5. Elle Twentyman GBR 01:17:00
Results: 20-24 Male AG
1. Luke Pollard GBR 01:56:08
2. Thomas Davis GBR 01:57:32
3. Jordan Skelly GBR 01:59:28
4. Fraser Rounds GBR 02:00:51
5. Manuel Sainjon FRA 02:00:53
Results: 20-24 Male AG Sprint
1. Nicklas Røssner DEN 01:04:21
2. James Phillips GBR 01:05:33
3. Marcel Pachteu AUT 01:05:54
4. Kristian Trier DEN 01:06:32
5. Christian Tschudi SUI 01:06:43
Results: 25-29 Female AG
1. Carmen Bucher SUI 02:11:49
2. Hannah Lord GBR 02:13:00
3. Hazel Macleod GBR 02:15:03
4. Katherine De Rome GBR 02:18:24
5. Jessica Earp GBR 02:18:52
Results: 25-29 Female AG Sprint
1. Anna Seymour GBR 01:13:59
2. Michelle Willcocks GBR 01:14:43
3. Steffi Duss-Schärer SUI 01:15:34
4. Lydia Bencic AUT 01:16:51
5. Desirée Wagner SUI 01:17:04
Results: 25-29 Male AG
1. David Bill SUI 01:57:23
2. Michael Birchmore GBR 01:58:50
3. Iain Gillam GBR 01:58:57
4. Daniel Jenkin GBR 01:59:12
5. Jean Risser FRA 01:59:21
Results: 25-29 Male AG Sprint
1. Edward Castro GBR 01:06:31
2. Bjarke Andreasen DEN 01:06:51
3. Pascal Frieder SUI 01:06:58
4. Benjamin Ueltschi SUI 01:07:24
5. Kristian Rød NOR 01:07:48
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