Jenny Schulz claims European Long Distance Duathlon title

By David Peddie | 13 Apr, 2014

Jenny Schulz (GER) claimed her first European Championship title with victory in the ETU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon European Championship in Horst aan de Maas.

The 15km/60km/7.5km course may be flat but it is a challenging course with many twists and turns through the narrow streets of Horst.

Schulz finished third in the same competition last year but returned to claim the gold in a dominant performance.

Sabrina Monmarteau (FRA) was the early pace setter and after three laps she had built a lead of over 40 seconds. The chasing group included Schulz, Susanna Svendsen (DEN) and Isabelle Ferrer (FRA).

Monmarteau’s lead was cut but she exited T1 with a gap of over thirty seconds. However, on the bike, Schulz was in hot pursuit and by the end of the first 20km lap she had caught and passed Monmarteau.

Schulz continued to apply the gas, increasing her lead over the bike course. The chasing pack had no answer to her pace and with Monmarteau isolated in second the real battle was for third place where Svendsen, Ferrer and Katrin Esefeld (GER) were trading positions.

Incredibly, Schulz built up a gap of over 4 minutes by the time she exited T2, and her victory seemed secure.

However, a bout of cramp, suffered immediately on the final run, slowed Schulz to a walking pace at times. She remained calm and composed and with Monmarteau unable to make much of an impact into her lead, Schulz hobbled and limped across the finish line to become European Long Distance Duathlon Champion.

A delighted Schulz said: “I love racing here and I was pleased to come back after finishing third last year and win. The plan was always to go for it on the bike but I was surprised to build up such a big lead.

“But I clearly needed it because as soon as I came off the bike I started to cramp. I knew I was comfortable that I didn’t need to panic and I’m so happy to win.”

Monmarteau finished second but behind her Svendsen and Ferrer continued to be neck and neck and in a dramatic sprint finish, Ferrer looked to have nicked it before appearing to stumble in the closing moments to allow Svendsen to steal third place in an incredible finale.

Related Event: 2014 Horst ETU Powerman Long Distance and Sprint Duathlon European Championships
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Results: Elite Men Long Distance
1. Rob Woestenborghs BEL 02:43:34
2. Kenneth Vandendriessche BEL 02:44:54
3. Yannick Cadalen FRA 02:45:19
4. Benjamin Choquert FRA 02:46:04
5. Søren Bystrup DEN 02:47:43
6. Glen Laurens BEL 02:48:40
7. Yohan Le Berre FRA 02:49:25
8. Evert Scheltinga NED 02:49:37
9. Matt Moorhouse GBR 02:50:18
10. Esben Kaczmarek DEN 02:50:31
Results: Elite Women Long Distance
1. Jenny Schulz GER 03:03:54
2. Sabrina Monmarteau FRA 03:08:23
3. Susanne Svendsen DEN 03:08:50
4. Isabelle Ferrer FRA 03:08:50
5. Katrin Esefeld GER 03:11:35
6. Heleen Bij De Vaate NED 03:11:38
7. Lucie Van Genugten NED 03:12:31
8. Lina-Kristin Schink GER 03:13:05
9. Caroline Dubois FRA 03:14:21
10. Carla Van Rooijen NED 03:16:57
Results: U23 Men Sprint Distance
1. Alberto Della Pasqua ITA 00:54:46
2. Emile Blondel FRA 00:54:51
3. Lorenzo Ciuti ITA 00:55:28
4. Dario Chitti ITA 00:56:01
5. Mark Hamersma NED 00:56:13
6. Ruud De Rybel BEL 00:56:31
7. Maxim Subbotin RUS 00:56:52
8. Juul Van De Kruijs NED 00:57:09
9. Anton Melnikov RUS 00:58:19
10. Igor Ostrovskiy RUS 00:58:24
Results: U23 Women Sprint Distance
1. Giorgia Priarone ITA 01:00:02
2. Pien Keulstra NED 01:01:44
3. Krystsina Rulkevich BLR 01:09:35