Ivan Vasiliev earns his first European title

Ivan Vasiliev earns his first European title

By Erin Greene on 15/06/13 at 1:48 pm

Ivan Vasiliev continued his successful season with victory at the European Championships in Alanya

Ivan Vasiliev (RUS) continued his successful season at the 2013 Alanya ETU Triathlon European Championships on Saturday, winning his first European title. Alessandro Fabian (ITA) executed a strong race plan from start to finish for silver, while Mario Mola (ESP) smoked the run yet again to make up nearly two minutes off the bike for bronze, each claiming their first elite European Championship medals.

The amphibious Richard Varga (SVK) led the men around the two-lap swim course and into transition. But his lead was minimal, as Vincent Luis (FRA) and Maximilian Schwetz (GER) followed Varga out of the ocean just a second later. A total of 14 men got their bikes out of transition with an 11-second lead, but that group quickly dwindled down to 10 approaching the first bike turn with a half minute advantage.

Included in the group that broke away was Varga, Vasiliev,  Alessandro Fabian (ITA), Pierre le Corre (FRA), and Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS). Meanwhile, pre-race faourite Mola trailed in the second group 40 seconds down after the first lap.

By the second lap the group fell to just nine when Polyanskiy dropped to the chase group, then nearly a minute back. After Varga punctured a tire to take him out of the race on lap 4 of the bike, the leading eight had increased their lead to over a minute and a half with one lap left.

A speedy transition saw the top eight head for the four-lap run course with a 1:44 minute lead. Vasiliev took immediate charge, clearing past all the men by the first run turn with Fabian trailing hotly. Behind them, Mola had already slashed 20 seconds off his deficit to come within 1:17 on the first lap.

Vasiliev’s early push paid off, as he gradually increased his lead with each lap over Fabian, Schwetz, and Luis. On the third lap, Fabian put on his running cap, attempting to reel in Vasiliev, effectively dropping Schwetz and Luis.

But the Russian was too strong on Saturday and held his position to earn the European title in 1:42:09. Fabian crossed over seven seconds later in 1:42:16. But the battle for bronze began on the bell lap when Mola smoked the competition and ran himself into third in 1:42:22 despite starting the run nearly two minutes behind the leaders.

Junior Men’s Race
Dorian Coninx (FRA) is the new Junior European Champion after a scintillating men’s race in Alanya. The Frenchman surprisingly out-ran teammate and pre-race favourite Raphael Montoya in the closing stages of the 5km run. Montoya, whose running prowess is well documented following two sprint finish wins in 2013, claimed the silver medal ahead of Britain’s Marc Austin. For more in the junior race, click here.

Junior files from David Peddie

Elite Men

1. Ivan Vasiliev RUS RU 01:42:09
2. Alessandro Fabian ITA IT 01:42:16
3. Mario Mola ESP ES 01:42:22
4. Maximilian Schwetz GER DE 01:42:42
5. Vincent Luis FRA FR 01:42:48
6. Pierre Le Corre FRA FR 01:42:57
7. Dmitry Polyanskiy RUS RU 01:43:29
8. Joao Pereira POR PT 01:43:31
9. Danylo Sapunov UKR UA 01:43:43
10. Davide Uccellari ITA IT 01:43:50

Junior Men

1. Dorian Coninx FRA FR 00:52:40
2. Raphael Montoya FRA FR 00:52:59
3. Marc Austin GBR GB 00:53:05
4. Gordon Benson GBR GB 00:53:09
5. David Luis POR PT 00:53:11
6. Grant Sheldon GBR GB 00:53:14
7. Antonio Serrat Seoane ESP ES 00:53:23
8. Ilya Prasolov RUS RU 00:53:28
9. Lasse Nygaard-Priester GER DE 00:53:29
10. Bence Bicsák HUN HU 00:53:30

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