Four Spanish triathletes were protagonists in the presentation and press conference of the test along with three of the international stars who will participate this Sunday in the first edition of the IRONMAN Vitoria-Gasteiz.
More than two thousand participants, more than sixty countries and an enormous expectation in the streets of a venue that lives triathlon and will enjoy a new dimension together with the international reference franchise.
Three triathletes from Spain participated prominently in the presentation of athletes in the spectacular integrated finish area in the heart of the city: Judith Corachán, Ruth Brito y Eneko Llanos, highly demanded by the public for the necessary photographs together with Alejandro Santamaría, winner of the last two editions of Vitoria.
"Vitoria is my Hawaii ", Ruth Brito
Brito, who has managed three third places in the previous editions of the Vitoria-Gasteiz LD Triathlon and a fourth place, in addition to a first position in the LD World Cup in the Age Group 30-34 years also in Vitoria in 2012, and who was champion of Spain in Media Distance in Pamplona 2017, was especially excited.
"Vitoria is my Hawaii ", declared Ruth under the Iron Man goal arch already installed in the city adding that "It is a great pride to be able to run a test of these characteristics in your city. There is a lot of level but the first objective is to enjoy the atmosphere because the audience from Vitoria is the real lung of the race, especially in the marathon".
Judith Corachán “it's great to be in Vitoria and play an Iron Man ”
For Judith Corachán, runner-up of the World Long Distance Triathlon in Pontevedra 2019, and who shared the limelight at the press conference with Ruth Brito and the North American Heather Jackson, also “it's great to be in Vitoria and play an Iron Man".
The Catalan recognized that “When it was announced that there would be no middle distance, there was a bit of concern, but you had to be here and enjoy the race and go to the full for a good result.".
Eneko Llanos "It will be another very tough sports battle with great rivals"
Eneko Llanos, from Vitoria, appeared before the press and spectators along with two other great favorites to victory on Sunday, the Australian Josh Amberger and the French Antony Costes, winner of the Iron Man of Barcelona in 2017.
For Eneko, the only Spanish men's podium in the Iron Man World Cup in Hawaii with a silver medal in 2008, the test will be “another very tough sporting battle with great rivals such as Josh or Antony and the rest of the professionals who have attended the first edition of the new Iron Man event in Spain ”. He guaranteed his colleagues "a very beautiful day and a dedicated audience cheering everyone on."
Alejandro Santamaría "I come to give war"
Another point of attention of the fans, especially the Spanish, will be Alejandro Santamaría, winner in Vitoria last year of 2018, willing "To wage war and fight as much as possible to get a good result again" in the Alava test.
The day of Saturday July 13 will continue in Vitoria the distribution of numbers in the Plaza de España, from 10 am to 14 pm. and in the Florida Park, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Iron Kids tests will be held for the youngest athletes.
The Palacio Europa in the Alava capital will host the briefings in Basque, French, double in English and also in Spanish, throughout the morning, while in the Plaza del Machete the information point and expo will be open from 10 a.m. to 20 p.m. and in the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca, with the same hours, the official Iron Man store will remain operational.
From 13 to 19 h, with hours depending on the numbers, the check-in T1 and T2 will be carried out in Landa, with buses transferring the participants from Vitoria and returning to the city from 12:45 to 19:30 p.m.
All the information regarding schedules, participants and tours in IronMan Vitoria can be consulted on the web of the test