Legends of the sport and rising stars will battle for the European Crown in Glasgow

By Olalla Cernuda | 07 Aug, 2018

The battle for the title of 2018 European Champion will once again be fierce as 45 women take the stage this Thursday in Glasgow, including legends of the sport such as Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig vying for her sixth title and rising stars like France’s Cassandre Beaugrand looking for the first of her career.

The calm waters of the Strathclyde Country Park lake will be the venue for some brilliant swimmers including Britain’s Jessica Learmonth. The current European champion still finds it funny that she hated swimming when she was a kid, having now ended up being one of the first out of the water on the international circuit in the majority of her recent races. Currently ranked 5th in the WTS, she won the first major title of her career last year when she claimed the European crown, and followed it up with a silver medal at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast.

Learmonth won’t be able to count on the support of her usual WTS teammates, however, with neither Vicky Holland, Non Stanford nor Georgia Taylor-Brown competing in Glasgow. She will, however, team up with one of the rising stars of British triathlon, former track Olympian Beth Potter, and 2016 European champion India Lee.

At the same time, many eyes will be set on one of the legends of the sport: Nicola Spirig. At 36 years of age, and with gold and silver Olympic medals to her name, the Swiss hero is not only back on the ITU circuit after giving birth to her second child, but aiming squarely for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She also desperately wants a sixth European title, having won her first back in 2009 and most recently in 2015.

Another athlete dealing with the pressure of expectation will be Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA). The young French star claimed her first WTS victory just a matter of weeks ago in Hamburg, followed it up with a brilliant leg in her team’s gold-winning Mixed Relay and in the process underlined her reputation as one of the strongest runners out there.

Also fast on their feet are Claire Michel (BEL) and Laura Lindemann (GER), both ready to fight for the podium on a course that suits them well; pretty flat on the run but with some testing hills to be found on the bike course.

Among the other names to watch will be Melanie Santos (POR), Leonie Periault (FRA) and Anna Godoy Contreras (ESP), all with recent performances strong enough to suggest they have what it takes to be true contenders in Glasgow. 

The women will take the stake at Strathclyde Country Park on Thursday at 13.15 local time. Follow the race live on and on social media via the hashtags #ECGlasgow or #TheMoment.

Related Event: 2018 Glasgow ETU Triathlon European Championships
09 - Aug, 2018 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Pierre Le Corre FRA 01:47:17
2. Fernando Alarza ESP 01:47:28
3. Marten Van Riel BEL 01:47:40
4. Alistair Brownlee GBR 01:48:12
5. Jelle Geens BEL 01:48:47
6. Tamás Tóth HUN 01:48:53
7. Márk Dévay HUN 01:49:04
8. Igor Polyanskiy RUS 01:49:09
9. Barclay Izzard GBR 01:49:19
10. Jonas Schomburg GER 01:49:26
Results: Elite Women
1. Nicola Spirig SUI 01:59:13
2. Jessica Learmonth GBR 01:59:46
3. Cassandre Beaugrand FRA 02:00:57
4. Laura Lindemann GER 02:01:42
5. Claire Michel BEL 02:02:06
6. Vendula Frintova CZE 02:02:06
7. Julia Hauser AUT 02:02:37
8. Kaidi Kivioja EST 02:02:38
9. Petra Kurikova CZE 02:02:41
10. Melanie Santos POR 02:03:18
Results: Mixed Relay
1. Team I France FRA 01:15:07
2. Team I Switzerland SUI 01:15:18
3. Team I Belgium BEL 01:15:29
4. Team I Hungary HUN 01:16:06
5. Team I Denmark DEN 01:16:28
6. Team I Germany GER 01:16:36
7. Team I Portugal POR 01:16:42
8. Team I Spain ESP 01:16:45
9. Team I Italy ITA 01:16:46
10. Team I Russia RUS 01:17:00
Results: 16-19 Female AG Sprint
1. Eden Schiller GBR 01:13:31
2. Ines Mommen BEL 01:16:04
3. Grace Goodall GBR 01:16:17
4. Cecilia Hime GBR 01:16:41
5. Ailsa Beck GBR 01:17:06
6. Sofia Warter Rubio GER 01:17:29
7. Lilly Gibbs GBR 01:18:32
8. Abigail Kerr GBR 01:18:34
9. Lotti Knights GBR 01:18:42
10. Kathryn Bell GBR 01:18:46
Results: 16-19 Male AG Sprint
1. Jack Shayler GBR 01:03:30
2. William Dixon GBR 01:03:49
3. Reuben Trotter GBR 01:04:12
4. Michael Eagling GBR 01:04:34
5. Ruben Slot NED 01:05:54
6. Reece Ashfield GBR 01:05:59
7. Tom Whelan GBR 01:06:08
8. Antoine Waltzing BEL 01:06:45
9. Jacob Cann GBR 01:06:49
10. Callum Gaunt GBR 01:07:04
Results: 20-24 Female AG Sprint
1. Hannah Dodwell GBR 01:13:42
2. Brooke Gillies GBR 01:13:47
3. Anna Heyder GER 01:14:03
4. Jonie Vanhoutte BEL 01:14:37
5. Rosie Weston GBR 01:15:04
6. Naomi Elliott GBR 01:16:13
7. Karlien De Waele BEL 01:16:51
8. Cosima Mücke GER 01:17:36
9. Cliona Ferguson GBR 01:17:45
10. Katie Bain GBR 01:17:49
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