La Squadra Italia beats Germany in tight Mixed Team Relay battle in Kitzbuhel

By David Peddie | 22 Jun, 2014

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By Hans Cleemput

The Italians secured the last of the European titles in Kitzbuhel, outsprinting Germany in an exciting run final of the Mixed Team Relay competition. Charlotte Bonin, Alessandro Fabian, Annamaria Mazzetti and Matthias Steinwandter were extremely satisfied with the win. “We kept the gold medal for last so we could enjoy it even more”, laughs Alessandro Fabian. “It’s so great becoming European champions with this strong team”, says Annamaria. “Will we become world champions as well? We’ll see, but to finish on the podium would already be great. Here in Kitzbuhel it was a tough race, after the last two days of racing. But we’re really happy that we can sing our national anthem out loud on the podium today.”

Italy and Germany made a break when Hanna Philippin and Annamaria Mazzetti worked together on the bike, dropping off Hungarian Margit Vanek. She would be caught before the end of the bike leg by Great Britain, Ukraine, Russia and Czech Republic, making it an exciting battle for bronze.

Italy and Germany came into the final transition together with a lead of 1’12. In a neck-and-neck-race the final 2,5 km run would be all decisive. Matthias Steinwandter sprinted faster than Germany’s Justus Nieschlag and made Italy the new European champions Mixed eam Relay.

Nieschlag was not too disappointed. “It’s great to win silver today with our team. I gave it all, but Matthias is a very strong runner. We are looking out for a big party tonight, with both gold for our junior team and silver for us. All in all I am satisfied with my races here. It has been a good season so far and I am confident for my next race in Hamburg. That will be a big race for us Germans,” he said.

Matthew Sharp had to fight off Hungarian Gabor Faldum to take the bronze medal for Team GB. Hungary and Great Britain also entered the final transition side by side. Sharp was delighted. “That was a pretty fast and hard run, yes. But I really need to thank my team mates Lois Rosindale,  Marc Austin and Holly Lawrence for bringing us in the front. Yesterday was a hard race and I really felt my legs burn in the downhill sections on the run today. I know they were counting on me to finish it off, but I love to do the last leg, so I’m pretty excited that we won bronze.”

Related Event: 2014 Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon European Championships
20 - Jun, 2014 • event pageall results
Results: 16-19 Female AG Sprint
1. Hannah Moser AUT 01:15:21
2. Lisa Totschnig AUT 01:16:32
3. Rosie Lindsay GBR 01:19:11
4. Emily Alderson GBR 01:19:53
5. Mona Ritter AUT 01:21:15
6. Sina Hinteregger AUT 01:21:59
7. Vivien Ploner AUT 01:23:53
8. Clover Murray GBR 01:24:37
9. Chanette Rog AUT 01:26:54
10. Carolina Sandhofer AUT 01:29:53
Results: 16-19 Male AG Sprint
1. Tom Stead GBR 01:05:12
2. Marcel Pachteu AUT 01:05:36
3. Tautvydas Kopustas LTU 01:05:40
4. Michael Singer AUT 01:07:01
5. Massimo Köstl AUT 01:07:41
6. Angus Smith GBR 01:08:02
7. Fergus Robinson GBR 01:08:09
8. Sean Wylie GBR 01:08:13
9. Julian Höllmüller AUT 01:08:49
10. Christopher Davies GBR 01:09:07
Results: 18-19 Female AG
1. Esther Colman GBR 02:55:37
Results: 18-19 Male AG
1. Tautvydas Kopustas LTU 02:11:46
2. Kamil Magott POL 02:19:17
3. Thomas Garbett GBR 02:20:45
4. Charles West GBR 02:46:37
DNF. Thomas Lazenby GBR 00:00:00
Results: 20-24 Female AG
1. Eloise Du Luart GBR 02:23:57
2. Romana Slavinec AUT 02:25:35
3. Lisa Miksch GER 02:27:42
4. Gabriela Brien FRA 02:31:00
5. Hannah Pace MLT 02:31:47
6. Hannah Johnston GBR 02:32:07
7. Abigail Bagshaw GBR 02:32:25
8. Priya Crosby GBR 02:34:35
9. Nathalie Birli AUT 02:35:22
10. Jacqueline Meister AUT 02:35:31
Results: 20-24 Female AG Sprint
1. Sandra Koblmüller AUT 01:13:01
2. Jacqueline Kallina AUT 01:17:36
3. Alex Smethurst GBR 01:19:57
4. Sabrina Stadelmann SUI 01:20:21
5. Catriona Buchanan GBR 01:20:43
6. Nathalie Birli AUT 01:20:52
7. Marlene Rechberger AUT 01:21:29
8. Georgina Hellier GBR 01:22:24
9. Gessica Gambaro SUI 01:22:40
10. Marion Marmorat FRA 01:26:34
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