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Arthur Forissier and Eleonora Peroncini crowned World Champions in Pontevedra

By Courtney Akrigg | 30 Apr, 2019
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Pontevedra, Spain, set the scene for the 2019 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships. Classy fields of cross triathletes lined up to tackle the terrain, in and around the event precinct, which encompassed a 1km swim, 30km bike and 7km run. Arthur Forissier FRA and Eleonora Peroncini ITA crowned World Champions in Pontevedra.

Elite men’s race
Pontevedra, Spain, set the scene for the 2019 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships.

Classy fields of cross triathletes lined up to tackle the terrain, in and around the event precinct, which encompassed a 1km swim, 30km bike and 7km run.

In the men’s field Frenchman Arthur Forrissier produced a solid swim and striking bike and run combination to be able to run down the 2018 world champion, Ruben Ruzafa, and claim the 2019 Cross Triathlon world title.

Forrissier claimed fifth place in the 2018 Fyn ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships and was thrilled with today’s performance which led him to victory.

“It’s a great pleasure to be the world champion and to be Racing with athletes like that, world champions in the field - I am really happy and Proud, It was such a good day for me,” Forrissier said.

Spain’s Ruben Ruzafa was slightly behind in the swim and although showed form across the bike and run, didn’t the power of Forrissier. Ruzafa crossed the line to be awarded the silver medal.

“I am really happy with today as I have been injured. I am so happy for all the people that came here to support me, I felt people wanted to see me fight. Thank you to everybody.”

A group of four men came off the bike together and hit the off-road run course. The battle was on for podium spots and in the end it was USA’S Josiah Middaugh who pulled back.

Lukas Kocar from Czech Republic, renowned for his swim leg, showed off impressive and surprising form across all three cross triathlon disciplines, to claim the bronze medal in the men’s field.

Elite women’s race
Eleonora Peroncini storms home to claim the cross triathlon world title in Pontevedra

Pontevedra, Spain, hosted the 2019 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships. Conditions were perfect and crowd support lined the course.

A stacked field of elite triathletes lined up for battle across the cross triathlon course, which encompassed a 1km swim, 30km bike and 7km run.

In the women’s field, it was Italy’s Eleonora Peroncino who showcased an astonishing performance to claim the gold medal. Peroncino snared the gold medal from reigning world champion Lesley Paterson, from Great Britain.

“I am so happy. It was such a beautiful course, although the swim was a bit cold. I fought hard today and am just so happy. I am so proud to represent Italy and to claim the title here today” Peroncino said.

Great Britain’s duo Jacqueline Slack and Nicole Waters played chase for most of the race today and despite challenging to attack across the bike course, Peroncino was a force to be reckoned with as she cut across the tactical cross triathlon course in Spain.

Slack crossed the finish line and was presented with the silver medal.

“It was such a tough day and I couldn’t be happier with my race set up and stepping onto the podium,” said Slack.

Waters, silver medallist from 2018 Fyn ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships was disappointed to step down a position on the podium but remained content with her race set up.

“It’s not as good as a silver medal but it was so tough out there today and I am really happy. To be on the podium with Jacq (Slack) is such an honour. We worked hard and together out there today,”

Review the full list of results online.

Related Event: 2019 Pontevedra ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships
30 Apr, 2019 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Arthur Forissier FRA 01:48:21
2. Ruben Ruzafa ESP 01:48:54
3. Lukas Kocar CZE 01:49:05
4. Josiah Middaugh USA 01:49:24
5. Brice Daubord FRA 01:50:52
6. Arthur Serrieres FRA 01:50:57
7. Tim Van Hemel BEL 01:51:40
8. Kevin Tarek Viñuela Gonzalez ESP 01:52:01
9. Francisco Serrano Plowell MEX 01:52:05
10. Filippo Rinaldi ITA 01:52:18
Results: Elite Women
1. Eleonora Peroncini ITA 02:10:17
2. Jacqueline Slack GBR 02:11:20
3. Nicole Walters GBR 02:12:14
4. Loanne Duvoisin SUI 02:12:30
5. Lesley Paterson GBR 02:13:38
6. Adriana Fabiola Corona MEX 02:13:46
7. Sofiya Pryyma UKR 02:13:54
8. Helena Karásková CZE 02:14:32
9. Ladina Buss SUI 02:14:49
10. Marta Menditto ITA 02:15:12
Results: U23 Men
1. Maxim Chane FRA 01:55:58
2. Ruan Van Zyl RSA 01:56:35
3. Victor Goené NED 01:56:52
4. Mathurin Boutte FRA 01:57:33
5. Lucas Van Deynze BEL 01:57:57
6. Will Crudgington GBR 01:58:29
7. Corentin Duclos FRA 01:59:35
8. Michael Ferreira RSA 01:59:35
9. Adriaan Myburgh RSA 02:00:53
10. Cameron MacNair RSA 02:01:58
Results: U23 Women
1. Loanne Duvoisin SUI 02:12:30
2. Sofiya Pryyma UKR 02:13:54
3. Marta Menditto ITA 02:15:12
4. Matilde Bolzan ITA 02:15:46
5. Hayley Preen RSA 02:17:59
6. Penny Slater AUS 02:19:32
7. Marina Muñoz Hernando ESP 02:20:41
8. Pauline Vie POR 02:21:29
9. Megan Mcdonald GBR 02:22:17
10. Anna Vallverdú Cortada ESP 02:22:45
Results: Junior Men
1. Oscar Gladney Rundqvist DEN 00:58:05
2. Jose Ignacio Galvez Ponce ESP 00:58:35
3. Manuel Menéndez Valledor ESP 00:58:55
4. Ander Ganzabal Bilbao ESP 00:59:26
5. Timo Spitzhorn GER 01:00:04
6. Lorenzo Spagnolo ITA 01:00:51
7. Filippo Pradella ITA 01:01:40
8. Caleb Van Der Veen RSA 01:02:29
9. Khan Nothnagel RSA 01:02:51
10. Lucas Goene NED 01:02:53
Results: Junior Women
1. Willemijn Fuite NED 01:12:24
2. Zoe Davison AUS 01:13:25
3. Beatriz Medrano Serrano ESP 01:15:00
4. Jasmine Eden Gray AUS 01:16:15
5. Daria Berezhna UKR 01:19:32
6. Lucia Melgar García ESP 01:21:29
7. Josette Njeri KEN 01:46:11
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