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: Elite Men
1. David Hauss FRA 01:52:55
2. Sven Riederer SUI 01:53:13
3. Kristian Blummenfelt NOR 01:53:16
4. Richard Varga SVK 01:53:20
5. Thomas Bishop GBR 01:53:22
6. Dmitry Polyanskiy RUS 01:53:46
7. Francesc Godoy Contreras ESP 01:54:00
8. Alessandro Fabian ITA 01:54:03
9. Matthew Sharp GBR 01:54:07
10. Tamás Tóth HUN 01:54:59
Results: Elite Women
1. Nicola Spirig SUI 02:07:15
2. Annamaria Mazzetti ITA 02:08:14
3. Ainhoa Murua Zubizarreta ESP 02:09:16
4. Vendula Frintova CZE 02:09:45
5. Lucy Hall GBR 02:09:59
6. Agnieszka Jerzyk POL 02:10:20
7. Lisa Norden SWE 02:10:26
8. Emmie Charayron FRA 02:10:33
9. Jodie Stimpson GBR 02:10:50
10. Katrien Verstuyft BEL 02:10:56
Results: Junior Men
1. Lasse Lührs GER 00:57:41
2. Ignacio Gonzalez Garcia ESP 00:57:42
3. Ben Dijkstra GBR 00:57:42
4. Maxime Hueber-Moosbrugger FRA 00:57:42
5. Léo Bergere FRA 00:57:44
6. Gabriel Sandör SWE 00:57:49
7. Max Studer SUI 00:57:53
8. Gustav Iden NOR 00:57:54
9. Emil Deleuran Hansen DEN 00:57:55
10. Daniel Bækkegård DEN 00:58:07
Results: Junior Women
1. Laura Lindemann GER 01:04:06
2. Jeanne Lehair FRA 01:04:42
3. Lena Meißner GER 01:04:50
4. Lisa Tertsch GER 01:04:52
5. Emilie Morier FRA 01:05:09
6. Margot Garabedian FRA 01:05:11
7. Julie Derron SUI 01:05:18
8. Angelica Olmo ITA 01:05:20
9. Alessandra Tamburri ITA 01:05:37
10. Lotte Miller NOR 01:05:43
Results: Mixed Relay
1. Team I France FRA 01:25:21
2. Team I Switzerland SUI 01:25:30
3. Team I Great Britain GBR 01:25:31
4. Team I Russia RUS 01:27:04
5. Team I Italy ITA 01:27:10
6. Team I Hungary HUN 01:27:19
7. Team I Germany GER 01:27:45
8. Team I Austria AUT 01:28:10
9. Team I Czech Republic CZE 01:28:20
10. Team I Ukraine UKR 01:28:52
Results: Mixed Junior Relay
1. Team I France FRA 01:28:37
2. Team I Germany GER 01:28:59
3. Team I Denmark DEN 01:29:14
4. Team I Italy ITA 01:29:33
5. Team I Switzerland SUI 01:29:54
6. Team I Russia RUS 01:30:59
7. Team I Great Britain GBR 01:31:18
8. Team I Hungary HUN 01:31:39
9. Team I Portugal POR 01:31:56
10. Team I Belgium BEL 01:32:06