So much triathlon action this weekend.
With the final day’s racing in Transylvania on Sunday, with many eyes on the intense battle in Hamburg, there is a pearl in North Macedonia that is of particularly special value.
In its second year now, this small event hosted in 2018 the Balkan Championships and proved to be a great event. Run the clock forwards and now, in 2019, with the accommodation on the lakeside and with athletes now familiar with the course, we can expect some exciting racing.
Coming back to defend her win here last year is Tjaša Vrtačič SLO. Very much in need of a good result, this will be her first international triathlon since last year. Croatia’s Til Ocvirk was runner up in 2018 but had a tough race in Weert, so this is going to be her chance to collect some points. Teammate, Ivana Granosa, 3rd place here last year will be doing the same. Italy’s Asia Mercatelli enjoyed a top ten finish in Melilla in a tough field and could well be one to watch. Home hopes will be for Bojana Gjorgjieska who will have collected some valuable racing experience in the recent Kitzbühel races.
Amongst the men, more names on the start list, so we can expect a pretty intense race. With the race winner from 2018 resting after his race in the 2019 ETU Aquathlon Championships in Transylvania, the runner-up from 2018, Slovenia’s Jan Škrjanc, must be hoping for an upgrade. Following his race here last year, he went to the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires and raced earlier this year in Olsztyn. Valuable experience gained. He will face a very much in form Žiga Hutter, whose 4th Tulcea last year, a 4th in Pontevedra for the Junior Aquathlon, followed by yet another 4th in Dnipro only very recently, shows that his form is holding and that a podium place this weekend is certainly in his grasp. Italy’s Luca Bruni’s top ten finish in Melilla will have given him the confidence he needs for this race. Top five, at least. For the hosts, the cheers will ring out for their two athletes, Gabriel Kotevski and Ivo Jovan Dimovski.
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Related Event: 2019 Ohrid ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup
|Results: Junior Men|
|2.||Alessandro De Angelis||ITA||00:58:37|
|Results: Junior Women|