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Pablo Dapena European LD Runner-up in Challenge Madrid

The city of Madrid has hosted the second edition of the Challenge Madrid whereBelgian Timothy Van Houtem has reissued last year's victory y Pablo Dapena has achieved a spectacular second position, debuting in a full distance in a big way.

Challenge Madrid It started punctually at 7:45 with the elite male start. The Riosequillo reservoir in Buitrago de Lozoya, was the place where the 3.800 m were swamped in an 1.900m circuit that the triathletes gave two laps.

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The Spanish team came out in a rush with four triateltas taking the top four positions in T1. Carlos López Diaz was the first to get out of the water with a 46 time: 10, with Pablo It's pitiful stuck to it. At 5 ′ in third position came the T1 Ramon Ejeda, along with Albert Moreno y Morten Brammer. Meanwhile Timothy From Houtem he left almost 10 ′ with the race head in the first segment. Further back were other favorites such as Carlos Aznar o Alejandro Santa Maria.

Carlos López y Pablo It's pitiful They were going together in the first kilometers of cycling, a hard sector of 180 km with the ports of Canencia, Morcuera and Preserves. Lopez y It's pitiful They passed first at kilometer 50. Van Houtem placed third behind, who in these first kilometers had already reminded them of more than three minutes at the head of the race.

The fourth position was for Albert Moreno who at that time was next to the Belgian. It's pitiful y López They continued to lead the cycling segment, but with Houltem already closer. The Belgian was performing the best cycling partial and was only giving 2 ′ at km 100. Behind Moreno was fourth at 4 ′ from Houlten.

Around kilometer 125 Van Houlten hunted It's pitiful y López, the three of them went through control point number three together. Moreno He was still fourth over 9 ′ from the leading trio, along with Morten Brammer.

In the final kilometers of cycling From Houtem He was going alone, breaking the race head and arriving at the T2 with a time of 6: 09: 23. His partial ciclsita was the best of all the participants, with 5: 10: 44. Pablo It's pitiful he was second in the T2 to 4 minutes and a half of the Belgian. Third was Carlos López who lost time in the last kilometers of the cycling segment and reached more than 14 ′ of It's pitiful to the T2. Fourth was Brammer 40 »from Carlos. Behind several trialtetas traced much of lost time in swimming and came in top10 position as Javier Garcia o Alexander Santa Maria.

A spectacular marathon with steps through the Calle Mayor, the Royal Palace, the Senate, the Plaza de España, the Temple of Debod or the Paseo Pintor Rosales was going to end this edition of the Challenge Madrid.

Timothy From Houtem He came out strong to face the 42km race on foot with a good pace and went through the first lap first, keeping practically the same difference with It's pitiful, which was second. Behind if important variations were taking place: Brammer he was third, with a 4 ′ advantage over Carlos López, while the fifth place was for Carlos Aznar who had gone up five places and sixth was Santa Maria.

When passing through the second round, From Houtem He would be even more leader with It's pitiful at almost 10 ′. Third was the Danish Brammer y Carlos López he was still fourth, with only a 2 ′ advantage over Carlos Aznar that came flying. At the start of the third lap, everything remained the same in the podium positions, but behind Aznar was fourth.

Finally, a convincing victory for Timothy From Houtem with a great cyclist and a solid foot race, who proclaimed himself the European Long Distance champion. Second in goal and silver medal was Pablo It's pitiful, the reigning LD world champion. The third to enter the goal was Carlos Aznar , but since he was not part of the team, he did not go on the podium. The fourth in goal and bronze medal was Morten Brammer followed by Alejandro Santamaría who entered fifth position finishing finishing fourth in the Eruopa Championship.

As regards the female competition lto british Laura Siddall has won the second edition of the Challenge Madrid, followed by the Belgian Alexandra Tondeur and the American Lisa Roberts.

The Italian Margie Santimaría she was the first to cover the 3800m of swimming, with a great time of 53'39 ", only surpassed by four men. Later, almost 5 minutes from it, a quartet with the Austrian Eva Wutti, the british mary Norman, Laura Siddall and the Belgian Alexandra Tondeur

Pronto Wutti, Tondeur and Siddall They began to pedal hard, overtook the Italian and placed themselves in the lead, passing by the 50 km. In the second point of timing Laura Siddall I spent pulling the group with Tondeur y Wutti next to them. For its part Santimaria it yielded more than 7 minutes. Fifth was Lisa Roberts, last year's winner, who at this point left more than 12 minutes with the head of the race. In the second third of the cycling segment Laura Siddall She broke the competition and went alone, arriving at T2 with a time of 6:46:18. 6 minutes from her I did Eva Wutti together with Tondeur Further back to almost 20 ′ was fourth Santimaria and a little later it came Roberts to the second transition.

After the first leg of the race on foot Laura Siddall she was still comfortable in first position, managing the lead. The Belgian Tondeur She was second but had only been able to cut a few seconds with the leader. Third era Eva Wutti to almost 7 minutes of Siddall. Meanwhile Lisa Roberts she was making the best partial on foot and was fourth at this point in the race, more than 13 'from the Austrian.

At the beginning of the second round, the two heads continued the same, Siddal Solid leader and Tondeur 5 minutes away. Behind Eva Wutti suffered and lost time with Roberts who was already 10 minutes from the podium. On the third lap Tondeur had cut the lead to just over 4 minutes, but the leader Siddall I kept running very whole. For his part Roberts was only 5 ′ from the podium, cutting a long time to Wutti On the way through the fourth round Roberts He was already third, taking time to Wutti who was not able to run well in the marathon.

Finally victory has been for Laura Siddall that was proclaimed European Champion, second was the Belgian Alexandra Tondeur who achieved the silver medal. Third place in the Challenge Madrid corresponded to last year's winner, the American Lisa Roberts. Fourth in goal and bronze medal a great Eva Wutti that despite suffering a lot on foot managed to get on the podium. The fifth position has been for the Italian Santimaria

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