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: 30-34 Female AG Sprint
1. Danica Bonello Spiteri MLT 01:14:07
2. Maria Hivner GER 01:14:56
3. Céline Dupuis SUI 01:15:43
4. Margaret Seguna MLT 01:16:36
5. Claire Coey GBR 01:17:16
Results: 30-34 Male AG
1. Jérôme Blanc FRA 01:57:13
2. James Travers GBR 01:59:59
3. Felix Saur GER 02:00:01
4. Luca Bertaccini ITA 02:00:36
5. David Roper GBR 02:02:06
Results: 30-34 Male AG Sprint
1. Isacco Andrenucci ITA 01:05:44
2. Wolfgang Mangold AUT 01:07:05
3. Thomas Thalhammer AUT 01:07:06
4. Alan O'Brien IRL 01:08:43
5. Scott Wardman GBR 01:09:21
Results: 35-39 Female AG
1. Franzisca Widmer SUI 02:11:15
2. Sylvia Gehnböck AUT 02:13:16
3. Franziska Fleck GER 02:14:03
4. Gunhild Berntsen NOR 02:18:59
5. Anja Kobs GER 02:19:10
Results: 35-39 Female AG Sprint
1. Sylvia Gehnböck AUT 00:20:16
2. Elizabeth Bullivant GBR 00:20:13
3. Franziska Fleck GER 00:20:03
4. Rachel Beck SUI 00:20:29
5. Anja Kobs GER 00:19:37
Results: 35-39 Male AG
1. Chris Standidge GBR 02:00:28
2. Olivier Oesterle FRA 02:01:07
3. Richard Munday GBR 02:02:40
4. Daniel Künzi SUI 02:02:50
5. Martin Welti SUI 02:04:25
Results: 35-39 Male AG Sprint
1. Daniel Künzi SUI 01:07:38
2. James M Wilson GBR 01:07:40
3. Michael Dalmasso FRA 01:08:40
4. Stefan Leitner AUT 01:09:08
5. Uwe Ebner AUT 01:09:15
Results: 40-44 Female AG
1. Sandra Patt SUI 02:11:43
2. Louise Croxson GBR 02:16:57
3. Kai Sachtleber GER 02:17:47
4. Samantha Boswell GBR 02:18:02
5. Nicole Gaillard SUI 02:21:35
Results: 40-44 Female AG Sprint
1. Gwen Kinsey GBR 01:13:21
2. Tanya Brightwell GBR 01:15:45
3. Lena Poulton GBR 01:16:45
4. Kai Sachtleber GER 01:17:26
5. Celia Miall GBR 01:20:06
Results: 40-44 Male AG
1. Bruno Pasqualini ITA 01:59:56
2. Xavier Tupet FRA 02:00:09
3. Bruno Invernizzi SUI 02:00:42
4. Mitja Mori SLO 02:01:50
5. Martin Jessup GBR 02:04:19
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