With this victory the most active athlete of the XTERRA European Tour made the premature title win as Tourchampion perfect, the lead is so big that the outcome of the last race is completely irrelevant. Another novelty, at this race the dainty Austrian placed the best swim, bike and running split. This is not an everyday occurrence for Carina, as she is not one of the top swimmers in the elite field. Here the shortening of the swim distance to 750 m was certainly very helpful. 2nd place went to Jessica Roberts, 17 minutes behind. And that was it with the elite women. However, with Jenni Snangsberg (DEN) there was an amateur who announced the fight to Carina and came second in the overall standings.
Roger Serrano (ESP) won the men’s race, but Peter Lehmann and Francois Carloni followed him in the places. Carloni had a technical breakdown on the bike-split. With the 3rd place Carloni still managed to maintain the tour lead. Peter Lehmann, who can certainly be described as the shooting star of this year’s tour, is now in second place. However, Roger Serrano is only 6 points behind him.
At the last race, XTERRA Denmark, everything can be mixed up again. However, Francois Carloni only needs a 6th place to maintain the top position in the tour ranking. Not so with the women, there can only be a fight for place 3 (Nicole Walters (GBR) vs. Helena Karaskova (CZE). Brigitta Poor also has second place in her pocket, just like Carina has won.
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