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Marceau, Robin Win Inaugural TriStar111 Monaco

TriStar11 Monaco Olivier MarceauIt was a hot day of racing in Monaco for the inaugural running of the TriStar111 Monaco triathlon. Olivier Marceau of Switzerland and Christel Robin of France conquered the condition and course to win the inaugural TriStar111 Monaco titles. The best relay team of the day was the Livestrong Team No. 2 with Gregory Mallet, Geoffroy Lequatre and Marcel Zamora.

Over 660 triathletes took part in the new triathlon race with the unique TriStar distances of 1km of swim, 100km bike and 10km of run for a total of 111km. The new triathlon replaces the previously run Ironman 70.3 Monaco race that was held in the Principality for several years.

Chris McCormack: Not a great day for me. Blew my rear tire out at 35km point of the race. Long day for me. 1km swim, 35km bike, 26km uphill walk home.
At 8.00 AM athletes entered the clam sea at Larvotto beach. It was Olivier Marceau who came out of the water first, namely in 12:10 minutes - only four seconds ahead of Hervé Banti from Monaco. Behind him, Chris McCormack (AUS) and Romain Cadiere (FRA) were the first to follow him to the transition area. Christel Robin was the first of the female professionals to touch solid ground (14:41), leaving Sara Tavecchio (ITA) and Charlotte Loaring (CAN) behind her.

The bike course from the Larvotto area - right 2km through the Principality of Monaco in the direction of Roquebrune Cap-Martin, then to the hinterland, is a very demanding one. Climbs alternated with very technical downhills. Olivier Marceau was leading on the bike for the whole race and raised the gap to the next competitors on 2 minutes and 29 seconds. The second athlete in the Transition area 2 was Mikel Elgezabel. In 3rd place: Regis Maniora (LUX), 6:16 minutes down. On the women's side Christel Robin made a souverain race. She enlarged her advantage up to unbelievable 17 minutes and 18 seconds.

The Mirabeau curve, the Rascasse and the Tunnel Louis II are the key areas of the Formula 1 Grand Prix track in Monaco. On the 2 loops run the triathletes had the opportunity to experience how steep the climbs and the descents are on the track. Olivier Marceau kept his lead throughout the whole course and finished in an amazing race first (3:44:51). The chasers Mikel Elgezabal and Regis Maniora crossed the finish line 2 minutes and 47 seconds and 9 minutes and 5 seconds later.

On the women's side Christel Robin crossed the finish line first in 4:07:40 leaving Coralie Lemaire (4:30:26) and Annika Seeg from Germany (4:40:02) behind her.

2010 TriStar111 Monaco Results:

Pro Men Results Time
Pro Women Results Time
Olivier Marceau (SUI) 3:44:51
Christel Robin (FRA) 4:07:40
Mikel Elgezabal (ESP) 3:47:38
Coralie Lemaire (BEL) 4:30:26
Regis Maniora (LUX) 3:53:56
Dina Braguti (ITA) 4:43:02
Hervé Banti (MON) 3:54:13
Sara Tavecchio (ITA) 4:59:11
Nicolas Fernandez (FRA) 3:57:35

The best Relay Team was the Livestrong Team No. 2 (Gregory Mallet, Geoffroy Lequatre, Marcel Zamora) in 3:34:48, followed by Azur Perf Cycles Antipolis 1 (Raphael Smolin, Cedric Barret, Didier Roux) and the 4vita team (Marion Hillenbrand, Fred Philippe, Brice Gauffier).

The race attracted many Formula 1 drivers (World Champion Jenson Button, Bruno Senna, Lucas Di Grassi, and Alexander Wurz) to participate in the race. Jenson Button for the Livestrong Team No. 2 (Button, Wurz, Rosberg) had a quite impressive Swim leg and came out of the water in 9th position (15:03). The Cycling course was, like created for Bruno Senna. He overtook Alexander Wurz after about 80 kilometres. Team Button/Wurz/Rosberg finished after a strong run of Nico Rosberg on the 18th position. Just one minute and eight seconds behind Lucas di Grassi (20. rank) crossed the finish line right under the terraces of the famous Café de Paris.

Check the website www.tristar111monaco.com for additional race coverage including videos, photos and athlete tracking.

Next up is the inaugural TriStar222 Sardinia race in October. Next year athletes can look forward to the race in Monaco and the new TriStar111 Nevis race in the Caribbean.

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