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 just 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."
2012 TriStar111 Mallorca Results:
Portocolom, Mallorca, Spain - April 15, 2012
|Top Men Results||Time||
|Top Women Results||Time|
|Antonio Jose Cardona Garcia||3:48:42||
|Marta Fernandez De Castro||4:33:31|
|Tine Holst Christensen||4:34:08|
|Richard Calle Martinez||3:52:03||
Full results and pictures at: www.tristarlive.com
Olivier Marceau of Switzerland, two time triathlon world champion and three time Olympic Games athlete was in Portocolom to defend his title. He was a short distance athlete who converted to long distance triathlon events and now has found his perfect race distance in the TriStar111 format, as it combines the best of both worlds for him. Olivier won the first TriStar111 he participated in Monaco in 2010, and was the winner of the inaugural edition of the TriStar Mallorca last year. He finished second in the second race in Nevis in 2011, and won the 2012 edition two weeks ago. Today he's unable to defend his title, he finishes the day in 5th place.
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 triathlon event, a shorter version of the TriStar111 race. It consists of a 0.5km Swim, 50km Bike and a 5km Run.
Photo Credit: José Luis Hourcade
• Wins for Marceau & Kloner at TriStar 111 Nevis