ETU Challenge Barcelona primed for ‘clash of the titans’ showdown

By David Peddie | 17 May, 2013

It’s been billed as one of the most exciting showdown’s of the European Triathlon season as two of the greatest triathlon Champions in the World compete together in the ETU Challenge Barcelona Middles Distance Triathlon European Championships on Sunday.

Chris McCormack, an ITU World Champion, ITU Long Distance World Champion and Ironman Champion, takes on Javier Gomez, Double ITU World Champion and three times ETU European Champion for the first time. This is Gomez’s debut at Middle Distance Triathlon.

All eyes will naturally be on Javier Gomez and Chris McCormack as they go head to head but there are several other top triathletes also involved in the Men’s event, including Danish Olympian Jens Toft, winner of the Half Challenge Fuerteventura, Italy’s Massimo Cigana and Russia’s Pavel Andreev, who is practically invincible in winter triathlons.

The Women’s starting line-up features Camilla Pedersen, the runner-up in the ITU Long Distance World Championships in Vitoria-Gasteiz last year and the defending champion of the Half Challenge Barcelona, Italy’s Martina Dogana. Germany’s Olympian Ricarda Lisk will also make her middle distance debut.

For the 2013 edition, the triathletes will be enjoying a brand new cycling segment, a spectacular circuit that takes in two natural parks and is perfectly adapted to Middle Distance racing.
Over 2,000 entrants have registered for the ETU Challenge Barcelona with Age Group categories split into two waves for the Men.

Six Para-triathletes are registered across categories TRI-4, TRI-5 and TRI-6. Amongst them, only Joaquin Carrasco (TRI-4) has won a European title before so there will be some new names on the podium.

The entire ETU Challenge Barcelona event will be streamed live at The program starts at 0645 (local time) with the Elite Men starting the competition at 0700.

For more information on the ETU Challenge Barcelona Middle Distance Triathlon European Championships, including an interactive course map, all start lists and an event schedule, click here.

Related Event: 2013 Barcelona ETU Challenge Middle Distance Triathlon European Championships
19 May, 2013 • event pageall results
Results: 18-19 Female AG
1. Caroline Ljungström SWE 07:14:32
Results: 20-24 Female AG
1. Jasmin Pienimäki FIN 06:07:28
2. Helia Rocha Iñigo ESP 06:46:36
Results: 20-24 Male AG
1. Jeremy Morel FRA 04:35:19
2. Valentin Tsirtsikolou FRA 04:39:37
3. David Huertas Iglesias ESP 04:52:11
4. Francisco Antonio Rodrigo Cruz ESP 04:53:38
5. Nicola Thermy FRA 04:54:01
6. Carlos Ruiz Villalba ESP 05:02:26
7. Adrian Carneiro Lorenzo ESP 05:08:44
8. Sebastien Truyen FRA 05:16:38
9. Aitor Jimenez Poveda ESP 05:17:04
10. Diego Garcia Mellen ESP 05:19:10
Results: 25-29 Female AG
1. Verena Eisenbarth GER 05:03:29
2. Lucia Thalmann SUI 05:11:44
3. Polly Linskill GBR 05:16:43
4. Ivet Farriols ESP 05:28:58
5. Natàlia Rey Carrera ESP 05:34:10
6. Emma Barraclough GBR 05:55:08
7. Teresa Jori Garcia ESP 05:56:30
8. Sandra Vicente Moreno ESP 06:05:18
9. Caroline Merlier FRA 06:12:22
10. Maria Donadeu Junoy ESP 06:18:12
Results: 25-29 Male AG
1. Risser Jean FRA 04:25:30
2. Niels Brandt-Jørgensen DEN 04:38:01
3. Sebastien Rodriguez FRA 04:41:58
4. Kevin Thornton IRL 04:43:06
5. Victor Garanto Fajo ESP 04:48:43
6. Patricio Puche Palao ESP 04:52:25
7. Julio Herrero Sanz ESP 04:59:24
8. Pierre Aeschlimann FRA 05:01:20
9. Marc Rovira Doñate ESP 05:02:14
10. Joan Tomàs Acosta ESP 05:02:32
Results: 30-34 Female AG
1. Aurelie Beaurepaire FRA 05:08:06
2. Helene Froehlich FRA 05:19:38
3. Beate Speiser GER 05:20:01
4. Kari Flottorp Lingsom NOR 05:24:16
5. Chiin-Hooi Tan DEN 05:24:48
5. Chiin-Hooi Tan DEN 05:24:48
6. Steffi Jansen GER 05:25:28
7. Gemma Farrell GBR 05:27:30
8. Ana Revilla Boned ESP 05:34:18
9. Helle Sommer Sahlholdt DEN 05:43:50
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