Fernando Alarza and Lucy Gossage head the great cast of Challenge Peguera Mallorca 18 professionals

The next 20 in October comes the fifth edition of Peguera Challenge Mallorca and a large number of professional triathletes will be on the starting line of the event.

Among them Fernando Alarza, runner-up of Europe in Olympic distance; Pablo Dapena, long distance world champion; or Lucy Gossage, twelve times winner of Ironman tests.

Some of the best triathlon professionals have not wanted to miss the opportunity to run in Challenge Peguera Mallorca. The quality of the circuits or the fact of finishing the triathlon season in one of the most attractive destinations in the world are some of the reasons for Peguera to have one more year with one of the best lists of pros within the panorama of triathlon in Europe.

The most mediatic participation will be that of Spanish Fernando Alarza, number 12 in the world ranking of triathlon, which in Challenge Peguera will face its third experience in a medium distance career. In addition to being a fixture on the podiums of the World Triathlon Series - he finished fifth in the 2017 edition - it is the current runner-up in Europe in the Olympic triathlon category.

The British Lucy Gossage, winner of twelve Ironman tests, is another illustrious participant in Challenge Peguera Mallorca. The also two-time Duathlon European champion is one of the main favorites after winning the half-distance Ironman played in Lanzarote at the beginning of October.

For some of the triathletes, Challenge Peguera can be decisive in its goal of getting the economic bonus offered by the franchise Challenge Family. Paguera is the penultimate round of the European circuit and there are triathletes that depending on their result can leave the prize tied. It is the case of Pablo Dapena, Jaroslav Kovacic, Margie Santimaria, Katrien Verstuyft o Bianca Steurer, all located in the highest positions in the ranking.

The Spanish Pablo Dapena is current 2 number of the Challenge Family circuit after a season in which he has definitely taken off in the long distance, getting the victory in Challenge Lisboa and Challenge Gran Canaria-Mogan, plus three second places in Challenge Madrid, Challenge Roma and Challenge Salou that have taken him to occupy the second position with 1.500 points, only 50 less than the first classified, Sebastian Kienle. In addition, less than three months ago he was proclaimed world champion of long distance in the Danish town of Fyn.

The Slovak Jaroslav Kovacic is in the third position with 1.250 points after achieving victory in Challenge Venice and Challenge Alemere, And a third place in Challenge Lisboa. Dapena and Kovacic are separated only by 250 points. The Danish Mathias Petersen, number 22 in the ranking with 275 points and second in Challenge Denmark, or the Mallorcan Francesc Artigues, fifth in Challenge Venice, are other regular athletes of the circuit who will also be on the starting line of Challene Peguera Mallorca.

The Italian Margie Santimaria is fourth with 790 points after being second in Challenge Riccione and get two third places in Challenge Salou and Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee. Of all the women competing in Challenge Peguera, she occupies the highest position in the Challenge Family circuit. The Belgian follows her closely Katrien Verstuyft, fifth with 780 points, after achieving the triumph in Challenge Prague and reach a second place in Challenge Lisboa. Verstuyft, also usual in the Ironman podiums, was second in the last edition of Challenge Peguera Mallorca. The Austrian Bianca Steurer, Tercera this year in Challenge Lisboa and Challenge Riccione, complete the 10 top of women who will compete in Peguera.

Among the local representatives, the participation of Carlos López, that has returned this summer to the competition after suffering a serious accident just over a year ago. Lopez, Winner of the Ironman of Mallorca 2016 y campéon of Spain three years ago in long distance, will be accompanied by the Mallorcan Biel Garcías, Francesc Artigues or Guillem Soler, among others.

The participation of these athletes in the race is another attraction that promises to offer Challenge Peguera Mallorca. The event celebrates its fifth edition with record of participants, 1.200 triathletes, and as in the previous three years, with the complete poster.

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