Spirig scoops up consecutive ETU title

By Paul Groves | 11 Jul, 2015

With the sunshine beating down at 31C and with the crowds growing in anticipation of seeing once again their favourite Swiss female elite athlete race the swim/bike/run of Geneva, the atmosphere was electric.

A strong current allowed British athletes Lucy Hall and Jessica Learmonth take full advantage of their swim strength. Having pulled to the front of the pack they built an impressive lead to leave the water comfortably at the front. They were joined on the bike by three others but their pace was such that one by one they fell off the back.

Behind them, Nicola Spirig (SUI), Lisa Nordén (SWE), Annamaria Mazzetti (ITA), Ainhoa Murúa (ESP), Jodie Stimpson (GBR), Margit Vanek (HUN), Zsófia Kovács (HUN) and Jolanda Annen (SUI) were working together to catch them.

Stimpson endured a mechanical issue on her bike, which caused her to drop from the pack. It was not an immediate capture as the two Brits pushed harder and harder on the bike showing great strength and determination. Finally they were caught on the final lap of the bike.

With a couple of attempts to break away, the pack dropped some athletes and soon the leaders, with Spirig, Nordén, Mazzetti and Murúa came into view.But Norden was forced to serve a 15 second penalty for throwing rubbish away on the bike course.

As T2 finished, it was Spirig who accelerated out onto the run course and for the first 5k was content to keep a lead of just under 20 seconds. It was the second half of the 10k that she put in a negative split and really accelerated away, leaving the battle for silver and bronze to be fought by Mazzetti and Murúa.

With the Swiss crowds shouting their encouragement and with the incredible form that Spirig has shown recently, it was never going to be much doubt that she would not take gold. As the crowds erupted into cheers, it was a Swiss victory with Spirig smiling.

The voices rang out to welcome Mazzetti who once again took a medal at a European Championships, trading in her 2014 bronze for a brand new and shining 2015 silver. Ainhoa Murúa crossed the line to take bronze much to the delight of the many Spanish fans whose cheers were ringing out as strongly as those of the Italians.

Related Event: 2015 Geneva ETU Triathlon European Championships
09 - Jul, 2015 • event pageall results
Results: 30-34 Female AG Sprint
1. Danica Bonello Spiteri MLT 01:14:07
2. Maria Hivner GER 01:14:56
3. Céline Dupuis SUI 01:15:43
4. Margaret Seguna MLT 01:16:36
5. Claire Coey GBR 01:17:16
6. Lauraann Mcgill GBR 01:17:23
7. Holly Grundon GBR 01:19:02
8. Charmaine Sterling GBR 01:19:10
9. Paula Foley IRL 01:19:11
10. Katherine Barrett GBR 01:19:47
Results: 30-34 Male AG
1. Jérôme Blanc FRA 01:57:13
2. James Travers GBR 01:59:59
3. Felix Saur GER 02:00:01
4. Luca Bertaccini ITA 02:00:36
5. David Roper GBR 02:02:06
6. Thomas Thalhammer AUT 02:02:15
7. Alex Foster GBR 02:02:22
8. Urs Schiess SUI 02:03:47
9. Graham Borg MLT 02:03:49
10. Sébastien Jossi SUI 02:04:16
Results: 30-34 Male AG Sprint
1. Isacco Andrenucci ITA 01:05:44
2. Wolfgang Mangold AUT 01:07:05
3. Thomas Thalhammer AUT 01:07:06
4. Alan O'Brien IRL 01:08:43
5. Scott Wardman GBR 01:09:21
6. Djalil Baiou GBR 01:09:46
7. Thomas Winkelmann GER 01:10:03
8. Grant Ormerod GBR 01:10:20
9. Andrew Bedford GBR 01:10:21
10. Francois Fontaine FRA 01:11:03
Results: 35-39 Female AG
1. Franzisca Widmer SUI 02:11:15
2. Sylvia Gehnböck AUT 02:13:16
3. Franziska Fleck GER 02:14:03
4. Gunhild Berntsen NOR 02:18:59
5. Anja Kobs GER 02:19:10
6. Rachel Beck SUI 02:19:44
7. Alys Mathew GBR 02:20:54
8. Karen Lennox GBR 02:21:29
9. Ellie Astins GBR 02:21:39
10. Dominique Lothaller AUT 02:21:52
Results: 35-39 Female AG Sprint
1. Sylvia Gehnböck AUT 00:20:16
2. Elizabeth Bullivant GBR 00:20:13
3. Franziska Fleck GER 00:20:03
4. Rachel Beck SUI 00:20:29
5. Anja Kobs GER 00:19:37
6. Gayle Vickers GBR 00:21:45
7. Sally Baldwin GBR 00:20:21
8. Emma Robinson GBR 00:20:28
9. Kelly Weall GBR 00:20:39
10. Sara Eames GBR 00:21:27
Results: 35-39 Male AG
1. Chris Standidge GBR 02:00:28
2. Olivier Oesterle FRA 02:01:07
3. Richard Munday GBR 02:02:40
4. Daniel Künzi SUI 02:02:50
5. Martin Welti SUI 02:04:25
6. Pete Shuttleworth GBR 02:05:15
7. Stefan Leitner AUT 02:05:18
8. Michael Dalmasso FRA 02:05:38
9. Nicolas Debons SUI 02:05:39
10. Chris Randall GBR 02:05:47