Marceu and Mullan winners in the Tristar Mallorca, Marcel Zamora second
The TriStar Mallorca has met all the expectations created in recent days with more than 350 participants and with one of the best possible cast of stars in this sport.
The Swiss Olivier Marceu has been the winner of the first edition of the TriStar111 Mallorca in a very fun day that has brought together thousands of spectators around the Club Nautico de Portocolom in Felanitx, Mallorca.
Marceau has achieved a brilliant victory beating many of the best triathletes of today, thanks to the impressive pace he has managed to impose in the foot race after the tough cycling segment. In this TriStar111 Mallorca, contested over 1 km of swimming in the bay of Portocolom, 100 km of cycling - going up Sant Salvador twice - and 10 km of running through the streets of Portocolom, an unforgettable day full of emotions has been lived .
After the starting gun, Francesc Godoy came out of the water first towards the transition with almost a minute of difference on the German Potrebitsch and Marceu. The first climb to Sant Salvador was crowned in first position by Normann Stadler, twice world champion, with Godoy and Macca just behind him until km 30, where the Australian began to lose positions (he was finally sixth at the finish line).
But Marceu managed to neutralize the difference in the running race and took the lead, entering the finish line alone, repeating his victory in the last TriStar111 Monaco, this time with a final time of 3:40:29. Marcel Zamora, who put the emotion with his spectacular comeback, was very close to hunting down the Swiss. Finally he was second in Portocolom less than half a minute. Normann Stadler came in third at the finish line.
“It was one of the most beautiful and toughest races I have ever participated in. The level has been fantastic. The cycling route is very demanding, more than I thought, I am very satisfied ”, said Marceu. Zamora was also happy with the result: “I have really enjoyed competing with all these world-class stars, this race has changed a lot and is at the height of the best. The climb to Sant Salvador is beautiful and very tough, ”said the five-time Nice winner. For Chris McCormack, current world champion, "the race was much more complicated than I expected, I tried to go very hard on the bike, the route is great."
In the women's category there was also a spectacular day with a very exciting victory for Elmear Mullan (4:10:27), who was competing for the first time as a professional. "I have always run a lot, now I have to learn to compete by bike too!" Said the young Irish woman. She managed to hunt down the British Tamsin Lewis after the cycling segment and showed her power as a runner to face the finish line alone at the Portocolom Yacht Club, in Felanitx. German Heidi Jesberger was third.
The Catalan triathlete Richard Calle took the victory in the TriStar55.5 Mallorca that was held in parallel to the 55.5 (500 meters of swimming, 50 km of cycling and 5 km of running). "I am amazed, it is a day that I will always remember. I would've been great. It is one of the most beautiful races I have ever seen ”, indicated Calle. Catalina Villalonga, from Palma de Mallorca, was the brilliant winner of the women's category, dominating the race with great reliability.
TriStar Mallorca has supported the Balearic association ASPANOB, together with the LIVESTRONG FoundationTM, which is raising funds throughout the weekend to use to help Balearic children with cancer and their families.
Results (download them as Excel file)
TriStar111 Mallorca 2011
TriStar55.5 Mallorca 2011