Steinwandter (ITA) crowned Junior European Champion

By David Peddie | 21 Apr, 2012

Matthias Steinwandter celebrated becoming European Junior Champion after his long legs powered him to victory on the final lap.

Steinwandter entered the last lap amongst a group of five in contention for the title. He made his move with half a lap to go and it was enough to secure him the Championship.

There was double joy for Italy as Delian Stateff (ITA) finished behind his compatriot and Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) completed the podium.

A 69-strong competitive field entered the water for the one lap swim. Nobody could establish a lead of any size but it was Dorian Coninx (FRA) who exited in first place. British duo Gordon Benson and Marc Austin followed in the procession as the majority of the field stayed together.

A long transition followed but Coninix maintained his lead out of T1 and onto the bike. 

It was a ferocious first as the front pack of 40 stayed together, eating up the bike course. The lead changed several times as the riders jockeyed for position. The Danish riders of Thomas Strange Hansen and Casper Stenderup Korch were at the forefront after lap two, with Mikkel Jensen (also DEN) picking up the reins at the start of the third lap.

By the end of the lap, Jensen had established a little lead as they entered T2 but by in large the pack were together with nothing between them.

But it was Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) who lead out of T2, followed by Marian Schmidt (GER), Rodolphe Alexandre von Berg (ITA) and Jelle Geens (BEL) - as again this top heavy front pack lead a procession out of T2.

Something had to give and as we entered the last lap a breakaway group of five runners had been established. Simon Viain (FRA), Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR), Matthias Steinwandter and Delian Stateff (both ITA) and David Pap (HUN) had a lead of five seconds over the chasers and seemed certain to battle it out between themselves for the podium places.

After some hesitancy it was Steinwandter who broke with half a lap to go as his long legs pushed him towards the finishing line. Stateff went with him but Steinwandter had enough in the tank, crossing just a few second ahead of Stateff and Blummenfelt in a thrilling finish.

Steinwandter’s win erases the memory of last year, when he led for the majortiy of the race in Pontevedra before finishing third. He said: “On the run I didn’t expect that I would do so well at first. I really pushed and the wind was behind me and I knew that with my long legs I could do well on the sprint.

“I didn’t feel so well coming into the race, but I did my best on the swim and on the bike I stayed with the group and run. It was really hard because of the wind.

“It’s really great for Stateff too. It’s funny because we are sharing a room in the hotel.”

On his second place, a delighted Stateff said: “I’m really happy to achieve this place, it was amazing because I am one of the youngest and next year I will race again in this category. I’m really pleased and it’s really amazing for the Italians too.

“The race was really hard, Italy is much colder so it was very hot and not easy for me to race today, but I like Eilat, it’s an amazing place and a beautiful location for the race.”

Third place Kristian Blummenfelt said: “It was amazing. I felt very strong on the run especially on the last lap. It was my goal to be on the podium.

“I had four weeks training previous to this, so I feel I was prepared for this heat.” 

Blummenfelt’s success is also reward for the ITU/ETU Development program. Blummenfelt and his coaches attended the Athlete Development Camp in Alicante in 2011 and their hard work has paid dividends in this race.

Related Event: 2012 Eilat ETU Triathlon European Championships
20 - Apr, 2012 • event pageall results
Results: Junior Women
1. Georgia Taylor-Brown GBR 01:02:47
2. Leonie Periault FRA 01:02:53
3. Sarah Wilm GER 01:03:02
4. Sophie Coldwell GBR 01:03:12
5. Renáta Fuchs HUN 01:03:13
6. Suse Werner GER 01:03:20
7. Luisa Condeço POR 01:03:21
8. Monika Orazem SLO 01:03:21
9. Charlotte Deldaele BEL 01:03:23
10. Lisa Schanung ITA 01:03:24
Results: Junior Men
1. Matthias Steinwandter ITA 00:56:16
2. Delian Stateff ITA 00:56:19
3. Kristian Blummenfelt NOR 00:56:20
4. Simon Viain FRA 00:56:31
5. Dorian Coninx FRA 00:56:38
6. Dávid Pap HUN 00:56:40
7. Amitai Yonah ISR 00:56:40
8. Yohan Saby FRA 00:56:43
9. Bob Haller LUX 00:56:47
10. Nan Oliveras ESP 00:56:53
Results: 75-79 Male AG Sprint
1. Tony Shrimpton GBR 01:41:38
2. Aado Liblikman EST 02:06:05
3. Uri Eliav ISR 02:39:11
DNS. Boris Kirillov RUS DNS
Results: 70-74 Male AG Sprint
1. Barry Johnson GBR 01:34:08
2. George Vargha GBR 01:38:05
3. Gennady Rozhkov RUS 01:39:38
4. Lolo Talmor ISR 01:46:34
5. Dan Dvoskin ISR 02:23:58
Results: 65-69 Male AG Sprint
1. Michael Smallwood GBR 01:16:52
2. Nikolay Kopchenkin RUS 01:29:02
3. Don Hutchinson GBR 01:30:55
4. David Bondi ISR 01:43:12
5. Aharon Edrey ISR 01:48:17
6. Asher Ronen ISR 01:51:50
7. Michael Ziv ISR 01:54:36
DNF. Roger Kiernan GBR DNF
Results: 65-69 Female AG Sprint
1. Peggy Crome GBR 01:53:23
2. Susie Dvoskin ISR 02:07:52