The second edition of the TriStar Mallorca was tougher because of the rain and the wind at some moments, but 700 athletes enjoyed one of the most valued TriStar races last year. Duathlon World reigning Champion Joerie Vansteelant beat the other 40 PROs with a spectacular cycling performance in the double climb to Sant Salvador. The Belgian Vansteelant, 3:42:51, won in his first ever participation in a triathlon. He started swimming this year!
British Ben Howard was second in 3:43:34 (after leading the bike segment) and the german Johannes Moldan -the winner of the TriStar Monaco 2011 got a great third place. Some of the professional athletes have problems during the bike segment because of the rain. Former pro cyclist José Antonio Cardona was the first Spanish (6th) after an impressive climbing to Sant Salvador and overtake other three Spanish professionals: Richard Calle (10th) and Majorcan athlete Carlos López (14th first overall after the swimming) and Alejandro Santamaría. “I’m pretty happy, I really didn’t know how I could do it today before the start, because I’m starting this season my swimming workouts. But I felt comfortable on the bike leg, I even crashed, but I could recovery and push hard on the run” said Vansteelant.
“I know that I had to cycle faster than the others to be the first Spanish. I know well Sant Salvador and these roads, I trained here many times as a former cyclist, and I had the feeling that I can finish in the top-5, but the run segment was tough for me. I’m happy, it’s one of the best races I have ever been participating.”
Eimear Mullan could repeat her last year victory after a brilliant run segment. “Today the weather here in Portocolom was like in Ireland! I feel like training at home” said the Irish athlete joking. She finished in 4:12:49. “I’m very proud of this victory, I love this race and this nice village, it’s a perfect race! I won in Mallorca my first pro race last year, and I really wanted to get it again” The british Tamsin Lewis was second at the finish line in the Club Nautic of Portocolom, despite of recovering from an injury. The British top-3 was completed by Anna Turvey. Marta Fernández de Castro was the first Spanish (8th).
Swiss Gabriel Hopf and Estonian Liis-Grete achieved the victory on the TriStar55.5 Mallorca.
Full results: www.tristarlive.com
1 VANSTEELANT Joerie BEL 03:42:51
2 HOWARD Ben GBR 03:43:34
3 MOLDAN Johannes GER 3:44:23
4 DREITZ Andreas GER 03:45:04
5 MARCEAU Olivier SUI 03:45:19
1 MULLAN Eimear IRE 04:12:49
2 LEWIS Tamsin GBR 04:14:13
3 TURVEY Anna GBR 04:22:36
4 GROHMANN Katharina GER 04:24:32
5 KIVIRANTA Merja FIN 04:25:19