We could not ask for conditions as harder as we had this weekend, when athletes gathered at the start of 2. Ocean lava Parenzana triathlon in Kanegra, Croatia. Water temperature was just bellow 16 degrees and the sunny day and clear skies promised, a hard race, on a hard course. Swimming this year was in full 1.900 m distance and it was quite a challenge to come to the turn around point and back to the beach in Kanegra, where the bikes were parked.
SWIM: It was Italian Francesco Cauz who came almost 5 minute ahead of second swimmer. The ladies were not so far behind with Claudia Mueller from Austria in 33 minute, just 3 minutes behind second male swimmer. But the race is just warming up with the swim. The transition area was close to the swim finish, with only a couple of stars from the sea.
BIKE: was the challenge already from T1, with short but steep climb of 2 km to the main road, where the race was about to go hard. Undulating course with 90 km and more than 1000 m of climbing, took athletes towards Plovanija and straight to Buje. From there, they had undulating course and long descent to the lowest point in Ponte Portone at Mirna River. From there, there is about 7 km of climbing back to Buje and Plovanija with turn around point just before Kanegra to go for a second loop. Temperatures were rising already to 25 degrees with no clouds and hot, strong sun. Croatian Jakša Diklić already took over the lead on the bike with Martin Krupicka and Paulo Virgilio chasing him down. They all came really close to T2 and it was the run that will get the overall winner. Ladies were fighting as well, with Marina Novel coming to front with Monica Ferrari and Roberta Maule not far behind.
RUN: Jakša Diklić was maintaning his lead position and increasing the gap for another 5 minutes towards Martin Krupička and Paulo Virgilio. Davide Boldrini and Francesco Cauz were closing behind really fast. Ladies were changing positions as well. Roberta Maule taking the lead from Monica Ferrari and Marina Novel closing the TOP three positions. At the end the overall top 5 TIMES male and female athletes, were despite the real heat on the run course and technical aspect of the surface, really fast.
MALE OVERALL TOP 5:
1. JAKŠA DIKLIĆ (CRO): 29.43, 2.40.00, 1.28.55 in total time: 4.38.39
2. MARTIN KRUPIČKA (CZE): 32.20, 2.40.13, 1.33.28 in total time: 4.46.02
3. PAULO VIRGILIO (ITA): 31.02, 2.39.10, 1.37.53 in total time: 4.48.07
4. DAVIDE BOLDRINI (ITA): 30.28, 2.45.57, 1.32.20 in total time: 4.48.46
5. FRANCESCO CAUZ (ITA): 25.02, 2.51.26, 1.32.28 in total time: 4.48.56
FEMALE OVERALL TOP 5:
1. ROBERTA MAULE (ITA): 37.25, 3.14.30, 1.38.15 in total time: 5.30.10
2. MONICA FERRARI (ITA): 38.37, 3.19.43, 1.48.18 in total time: 5.46.39
3. MARINA NOVEL (ITA): 36.50, 3.09.25, 2.01.56 in total time: 5.48.11
4. DEBORA FRESCHI (ITA): 47.23, 3.22.53, 1.52.50 in total time: 6.03.06
5. ANAMARIJA KEJŽAR (SLO): 55.19, 3.50.41, 2.09.43 in total time: 6.55.43
You can see full results HERE:
AGE GROUP RESULTS: oceanlava_age
RELAY TEAMS: oceanlava_relay
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Congratulation to all athletes that were part of the race. You were the best.
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