Ivan Vasiliev is crowned European Champion in Alanya

By David Peddie | 15 Jun, 2013


Ivan Vasiliev continued his successful season with victory at the European Championships in Alanya.

The Russian looked comfortable throughout the race but he needed every second of his lead after a remarkable charge from Mario Mola. Alessandro Fabian (ITA) raced superbly to win his first Elite European medal and Mola was simply sensational, making up a deficit of 1 minute 44 seconds to climb from the chase pack to third over the 10km run.

After a clean start it was no surprise to see Richard Varga emerge from the water after the two lap swim course in front. Varga is a superb swimmer but he was followed by Vincent Luis (FRA) and Maximilian Schwetz (GER) out of the water just a few seconds behind.

Alessandro Fabian and Pierre Le Corre (FRA) followed with Vasiliev amongst the front runners to exit the water.

A group of 14 exited T1 together but ten made an immediate breakaway and set a thrilling pace around the six lap bike course.

Polyanskiy (RUS) was the first to fall from the lead group and after four laps Richard Varga unfortunately suffered a puncture. The lead group was therefore down to eight but Vasiliev, Luis and Fabian continued to push the pace alongside Marco Van der Stel and Schwetz who were riding superbly.

The lead over the chase group increased lap by lap and was 1 minute and 44 seconds by the time the leaders turned in for T2. But Mario Mola (ESP) was part of the chasing pack and it soon became clear that no lead is too big for Mario as he hunted down and caught those in front of him.

Vasiliev had broke away on the first lap on the run and Fabian, Luis and Schwetz were isolated and battling it out for the remaining podium spots. But behind them, Mola was relentless. He was up to 7th after two laps and with a lap to go he was 5th.

It meant the front runners couldn’t afford to relax but both Vasiliev and Fabian continued to run well and Vasiliev crossed the line to become the first Russian European Champion. It’s also his third podium in Alanya in two years after a third place in 2011 and a win in last year’s European Cup.

He said: “I am very pleased, I knew I needed a big lead because of Mario. I had to be strong and keep going.”


Alessandro Fabian was delighted to claim his first European medal. He said: “What an incredible race, it’s my first medal and I’m very happy to finish in second place.

“At the beginning of the run I said keep calm and run. I ran as fast as I could.”

The incredible Mario Mola wowed the crowd with his pace, recording a 29.05 10k split, but he paid tribute to Ivan Vasiliev: “The winner today is Ivan and Alessandro. We worked hard on the bike but they also worked hard and we couldn’t catch up. The first group worked very well and I have to congratulate them.

“I just had to give 100% on the run which is what I did. I tried my best and today, my best was third.”


Related Event: 2013 Alanya ETU Triathlon European Championships
14 - Jun, 2013 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Ivan Vasiliev RUS 01:42:09
2. Alessandro Fabian ITA 01:42:16
3. Mario Mola ESP 01:42:22
4. Maximilian Schwetz GER 01:42:42
5. Vincent Luis FRA 01:42:48
6. Pierre Le Corre FRA 01:42:57
7. Dmitry Polyanskiy RUS 01:43:29
8. Joao Pereira POR 01:43:31
9. Danylo Sapunov UKR 01:43:43
10. Davide Uccellari ITA 01:43:50
Results: Elite Women
1. Rachel Klamer NED 01:55:43
2. Vicky Holland GBR 01:55:45
3. Vendula Frintova CZE 01:55:53
4. Annamaria Mazzetti ITA 01:56:03
5. Oleksandra Kokhan UKR 01:56:15
6. Anja Knapp GER 01:56:39
7. Margit Vanek HUN 01:56:42
8. Katrien Verstuyft BEL 01:56:55
9. Alice Betto ITA 01:57:07
10. Rebecca Robisch GER 01:57:09
Results: Junior Men
1. Dorian Coninx FRA 00:52:40
2. Raphael Montoya FRA 00:52:59
3. Marc Austin GBR 00:53:05
4. Gordon Benson GBR 00:53:09
5. David Luis POR 00:53:11
6. Grant Sheldon GBR 00:53:14
7. Antonio Serrat Seoane ESP 00:53:23
8. Ilya Prasolov RUS 00:53:28
9. Lasse Nygaard-Priester GER 00:53:29
10. Bence Bicsák HUN 00:53:30
Results: Junior Women
1. Georgia Taylor-Brown GBR 00:58:46
2. Laura Lindemann GER 00:59:03
3. Angelica Olmo ITA 00:59:11
4. Lotte Miller NOR 00:59:14
5. Leonie Periault FRA 00:59:23
6. Zsanett Bragmayer HUN 00:59:49
7. Anastasia Gorbunova RUS 00:59:56
8. Luisa Condeço POR 01:00:18
9. Kirsten Nuyes NED 01:00:22
10. Julia Hauser AUT 01:00:28
Results: Mixed Relay
1. Team I Germany GER 01:32:05
2. Team I Russia RUS 01:32:25
3. Team I Italy ITA 01:32:29
4. Team I France FRA 01:33:21
5. Team I Hungary HUN 01:34:05
6. Team I Spain ESP 01:34:20
7. Team I Netherlands NED 01:34:23
8. Team II Ukraine UKR 01:35:02
9. Team I Austria AUT 01:36:29
10. Team I Turkey TUR 01:49:21
Results: Mixed Junior Relay
1. Team I Great Britain GBR 01:34:18
2. Team I France FRA 01:34:38
3. Team I Germany GER 01:34:46
4. Team I Italy ITA 01:36:36
5. Team I Portugal POR 01:36:46
6. Team I Russia RUS 01:36:49
7. Team I Spain ESP 01:37:43
8. Team I Norway NOR 01:37:50
9. Team I Netherlands NED 01:38:15
10. Team II Hungary HUN 01:38:43
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