Re-vamped Riga; a new course for the Juniors who race this Sunday

By Paul Groves | 10 Aug, 2018

Your attention might be on a big event in Scotland but there are also some really keen athletes racing this weekend in Riga. The 2018 Riga ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup is once again supported by Radisson Blu Hotels and by Land Rover, Latvia and has a re-vamped course on offer.

With the updated ranking now available

We can see that the French have stormed to the top of the table but with a strong team of athletes, Israel will be aiming to claw back some of that lead and the Brits will try to get back into the top ten.

The Juniors will race on Sunday.

With ten nations on the start list for the Junior Women, there are huge teams from Israel and Great Britain, but the athlete wearing #1 is home favourite, Daniela Leitāne. Her 4th in Bucharest and a bronze last weekend in Kupiškis has put her first in the line-up but she will face stiff competition from Austria’s Magdalena Früh who lost out to the European title in Tartu against Pauline Landron, FRA. Früh’s bronze here last year and her subsequent improvement in pace suggests that she is the one to watch. She will have Pia Totschnig working with her. Totschnig has yet to re-discover her previous form but has improved through the season.

For the full start list, please click here.

The new course will enhance the event but will still ensure that some of the iconic views of this fascinating city are seen by the athletes and spectators.

Amongst the massive Junior Men’s field, 16 nations will race. Latvia, Estonia, Israel and Great Britain have sent huge teams. Johannes Sikk EST will lead them out. With top ten places this year, his racing has been solid but he too will face a tough challenge from home favourite, Savelijs Suharževskis. 4th here last year and a disappointing race in Tartu will see him fired up and ready to race to the cheers of the home supporters.

Croatia will be cheering for Luka Grgorinić. He had a great race in Bucharest to claim the silver medal but somehow could not find his pace in Tartu. Ahead of him there were Jan Škrjanc and Valdemar Solok, who comes to the race as ITU World Junior Aquathlon Champion. A good swimmer but an impressive runner. His pace over the final 5k will be something to watch.

For the full start list, please click here.

Related Event: 2018 Riga ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup
12 Aug, 2018 • event pageall results
Results: Junior Men
1. Daniel Dixon GBR 00:57:41
2. Andreas Carlsson SWE 00:57:46
3. Matthew Willis GBR 00:57:52
4. Cameron Main GBR 00:57:54
5. Valdemar Solok DEN 00:58:15
6. Jan Skrjanc SLO 00:58:42
7. Marcus Dey GBR 00:59:17
8. Martin Semerad CZE 00:59:27
9. Elai Izhak Chaski ISR 00:59:40
10. Artjoms Gajevskis LAT 00:59:42
Results: Junior Women
1. Magdalena Früh AUT 01:03:51
2. Freya Thomson GBR 01:04:33
3. Sophia Green GBR 01:04:55
4. Annabel Morton GBR 01:04:57
5. Pia Totschnig AUT 01:04:59
6. Daniela Leitāne LAT 01:05:01
7. Hollie Elliott GBR 01:05:29
8. Sinead Clark GBR 01:05:30
9. Rosie Allen GBR 01:05:42
10. Imogen Moroney GBR 01:05:45