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jueves, agosto 17, 2017
Xterra Polonia, gana Osborne, Roger Serrano 2º, lidera el tour Ruzafa
Sam Osborne from New Zealand and Brigitta
Poor from Hungary captured the elite titles at XTERRA
Poland in Krakow this afternoon.
The victory is Osborne's fourth this season, and first on the European
Tour. It's also the fourth win of the year for Poor, the reigning
XTERRA European Tour Champion.
XTERRA World Tour
managing director Dave Nicholas was on-site to take in all the action and
brings us this report…
It went about perfect for Brigitta Poor and Sam Osborne. Both led
from T1 and never gave it up. Osborne was pushed hard by 2nd place
Roger Serrano but was able to pull away on the run to win comfortably by
close to four-minutes. Poor had a strong swim, passing leader
Nicole Walters when she missed a turn just after T1, and defeated her
rival Helena Erbenova by more than two-minutes.
“I did not have a great first lap on the run, however, when I got close
to the second loop I felt great and strong all the way to the end,"
The finishes move the Kiwi Osborne up to 6th in the Euro Tour point
standings and brought Poor eight-points closer to Erbenova with two races
left in the series.
Serrano and Osborne had a fabulous battle from swim start through
“I had real problems with my shoes in T2 and lost about 30 seconds.”
moaned Serrano, and indeed Sam saw it and pushed super hard early in the
run and had over a minute by the 3K mark. Jens Roth, as usual, had
a great swim and was holding a steady 3rd behind Serrano and Osborne.
On the second lap of the bike it became apparent that the chase group
featuring two young French pros – Maxim Chane’ and Arthur Serrieres -
were closing on the fast German. Serrieres is very quick on the
trails and passed Jens on the first run lap and set out after
“I wanted to go hard very soon so nobody could follow me and maybe catch
Roger, but I went too hard and paid for it on the second loop,” said
Maxim got hit by a car after France while on Holiday in Croatia. He
hurt his back and has not fully recovered. “I was OK on the swim
and bike but could not run,” he said after the race. Chane put a valiant
effort into the run but fell back steadily ending up in 8th.
Russia’s Pavel Andreev was chasing the two French riders as hard as the
French duo were after Roth. He had closed to within 20-seconds when he
“I felt so good early but could not go so hard at the end. I will
be better next week in Germany” said Andreev, who had his first XTERRA
win in Finland this year. No matter what happens he has a winning
and quick smile befitting a 4-time Winter Triathlon World Champion.
Another quiet gentleman is Rui Dolores from Portugal. Rui came off
the bike 9th and ran his way to 6th behind Pavel. Dolores has put
together a string of top 10 finishes and finds himself in 5th place on
In the women's race it was all Brigitta, all day. Erbenova, as is
typical, rode hard and ran harder to pass Carina Wasle on the run to take
2nd. Carina was feeling good today and had a very steady and impressive
Coming back after a nice 2nd in Italy was Kiwi, Lizzie Orchard to take
4th. Nicole Walters managed to come back to a top five after her
misdirection on the bike. Behind the top five was a battle royal
with three women finishing within 45-seconds of each other.
Diane Lee (GBR) made it first of this bunch into 6th, with Kristina Niczapinova
(SVK) and Angela Niklaus (SUI) separated by only five seconds.
The race was darn near flawless. Dozens of volunteers were everywhere,
aid stations were full, the police did a fantastic job of intermittent
traffic on the double road crossing, the awards were sensational and even
the weather decided to warm up a bit with sunshine sneaking through just
before Osborne came home to take his first win since Sweden in 2015.
We head to Zittau, Germany next and it is only a four-hour drive from
Krakow. A substantial number of athletes are doing this mini
“double” and enjoying the short distance between the two venues. As
well, a lot of athletes (and your XTERRA European Staff) are staying in
Krakow tomorrow for some shopping before heading west on the A4 (E40)
with fond memories of a sensational second edition of XTERRA Poland.
Serrieres , FRA
REMAIN ON TOP OF EURO TOUR
Ruben Ruzafa, the reigning XTERRA European Tour
Champion, is still ranked No. 1 after 12 of 14 races on this year's
tour. In the men's chase Carloni retains his spot at No. 2, with Xavier
Dafflon still in third position followed by Yeray Luxem in 4th, and Rui Dolores
in fifth. With his win today Osborne climbed from 10th to 6th place and is able
to climb even further up the rankings in the last two races.
For the women, Helena Karaskova-Erbenova is still in the lead but Brigitta Poor
closed the gap to 43 points. Carina Wasle moved to 3rd and Golsteyn dropped to
4th. Morgan Riou remained at No. 5.