Ruben Ruzafa reigns supreme in Zittau

By Erin Greene | 16 Aug, 2014

In a race that has been dominated by Conrad Stotlz (RSA) each of the last three years, Spain’s Ruben Ruzafa avenged his missed world title from last year, winning the men’s 2014 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships by a minute with a blistering bike.

Having earned himself a nearly three-minute advantage on the bike, the XTERRA champ won his first ITU World Championships. After finishing four in both 2011 and 2012, Josiah Middaugh (USA) made it on the podium with silver, and Braden Currie (NZL) earned bronze.

In the men’s race, Germany’s own Christian Otto got the day started by riling up the crowd with his top swim exit. A regular on the ITU World Cup and WTS circuits, Leonardo Chacon (CRC) sat on Otto’s hip in the two-lap swim to pick up his bike in prime position.

Under23 athlete Roger Serrano Delgado (ESP) followed the pair out 10 seconds later to enjoy nearly a minute lead over the pack. Further down, pre-race favourites Ben Allen (AUS) and reigning champ Conrad Stoltz (RSA) left T2 with more than a minute deficit.

As in the women’s race, the bike proved to be pivotal in breaking up the leaders. Ruzafa hammered up the 978m ascent early on the bike to not only make up a two-minute deficit but gain a minute on next-closest competitor Chacon middway through the 36km loop.

Francois Carloni (FRA) went after Chacon on his own, but Stoltz, Middaugh, Currie and Michael Weiss (AUT) worked together from two minutes back.

While Ruzafa continued to forge ahead on the bike for a 2:45 lead, Middaugh broke from his group and surpassed both Carloni & Chacon to drop his bike in T2 in second place.

Behind him, Currie and Carloni ditched their wheels together and headed for the 9km run with a minute advance over Stoltz, but nearly four minutes down from Ruzafa.

Although Middaugh had a monster run, he ran out of space to beat out Spain’s Ruzafa, who earned his first ITU elite men’s title in 2:34:33. Middaugh took silver, while Currie held off Weiss for bronze.

Related Event: 2014 Zittau ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships
16 Aug, 2014 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Ruben Ruzafa ESP 02:34:33
2. Josiah Middaugh USA 02:35:28
3. Braden Currie NZL 02:37:10
4. Michael Weiss AUT 02:38:28
5. Leonardo Chacon CRC 02:39:00
6. Kris Coddens BEL 02:39:28
7. Francois Carloni FRA 02:39:57
8. Conrad Stoltz RSA 02:40:42
9. Brice Daubord FRA 02:42:30
10. Pavel Andreev RUS 02:42:48
Results: Elite Women
1. Kathrin Muller GER 02:58:35
2. Flora Duffy BER 03:00:53
3. Helena Erbenova CZE 03:02:32
4. Chantell Widney CAN 03:05:00
5. Emma Garrard USA 03:05:36
6. Jacqueline Slack GBR 03:05:46
7. Renata Bucher SUI 03:07:24
8. Suzanne Snyder USA 03:10:02
9. Brigitta Poór HUN 03:11:11
10. Maud Golsteyn NED 03:13:59
Results: U23 Men
1. Roger Serrano Delgado ESP 02:44:46
2. Tomas Kubek SVK 02:45:08
3. Malte Plappert GER 02:50:04
4. Andreas Theobald GER 02:50:27
5. Jarrich Van Woersem NED 02:51:23
6. Dominik Wychera AUT 02:54:17
7. Christopher Schwab AUT 02:56:17
8. Aidan Nugent RSA 02:57:28
9. István Király HUN 03:02:49
10. Alessio Buraccioni ITA 03:03:41
Results: U23 Women
1. Jip Veelenturf NED 03:24:39
2. Hanna Maksimava BLR 03:30:29
3. Silvia Valova SVK 03:58:45
4. Marlette Smit RSA 04:03:34
Results: Junior Men
1. Florian Klingler AUT 01:37:11
2. Michael Lord RSA 01:41:28
3. Michael Haas GER 01:42:01
4. Kevin Tarek Viñuela Gonzalez ESP 01:42:04
5. Glenn Wesseling NED 01:43:11
6. Michael Ferreira RSA 01:43:28
7. Michael Singer AUT 01:43:47
8. Peter Lehmann GER 01:44:07
9. Ruan Van Zyl RSA 01:45:28
10. Tim Siepmann GER 01:47:36
Results: Junior Women
1. Lindy Van Anrooy NED 01:59:10
2. Anna Pauline Saßerath GER 02:05:34
3. Sina Hinteregger AUT 02:07:16
4. Mikaela Jonsson RSA 02:11:11
5. Ana Alcaçarenho POR 02:15:28
6. Antonija Zaharija CRO 02:21:50
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