Vansteelant and Mullan win in the TriStar of Mallorca

The Belgian Joerie Vansteelant won yesterday in Portocolom in a second edition of the TriStar Mallorca that was tougher than expected due to the weather conditions, with rain and strong wind at times in the morning that were not an obstacle for the 700 triathletes who participated in the proof.


Just over 40 professionals fought in a victory that had its most difficult moment in the spectacular cycling segment (100 kilometres) in the double climb to Sant Salvador. Vansteelant completed the total 111 kilometers in 3h.42:51, and achieved victory in his first participation in a triathlon. He has made his debut in TriStar111 Mallorca after starting swimming for the first time this season. “I am very satisfied, I did not know how my result could be before the start, I had never participated in a complete triathlon. I felt very good in the cycling segment, and despite the fact that I suffered a fall I was able to recover to give my best in the run”, indicated Vansteelant.

British Ben Howard was second with 3:43:34 (after leading part of the cycling segment) and German Johannes Moldan, winner of the last edition of TriStar Monaco, was third. Due to the wet asphalt, some professionals had problems in the downhill technique of Sant Salvador. Former cyclist José Antonio Cardona was the first Spaniard to cross the finish line, sixth, after an impressive comeback on the bicycle.

In the women's category, Eimear Mullan was able to repeat his 2011 victory after a brilliant last segment on foot. "It was a while in Mallorca like the one you do in Ireland, at my house... it was like training there!" Said the Irish joking after crossing the finish line in 4:12:49.

The British Tamsin Lewis was second in the Club Náutico de Portocolom area, despite having recently recovered from an injury. The podium was completed by another British, Anna Turvey. The first Spanish was Marta Fernández de Castro, eighth overall.

The Swiss Gabriel Hopf and the Estonian triathlete Liis-Grete were the winners of TriStar55.5 Mallorca.


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