Both the new competition format XTERRA Short Track and the “real” XTERRA Czech had the same winners on the podium: Arthur Serrieres (FRA) and Laura Philipp (GER). Which means nothing else than that both athletes are good sprinters, good technicians and condition specialists in equal measure.
Maxim Chane was still in the lead in the men’s competition at T2, but was finally taken by the extremely good runner Arthur Serrieres on the running split. But the real surprise was the Belgian Sebastien Carabin, who, after a moderate swim performance, achieved the absolute best bike split and then left Francois Carloni (FRA) and the Czech Kocar behind him on the trail run.
Since the spectacular victory of the German long distance specialist Laura Philipp in the almost legendary mud battle of the XTERRA France 2017, she was once again believed to be able to reward the trip from the road triathlon to the terrain with precious metal. And how she managed to do this: unchallenged start-finish victory ahead of the two Italians Sandra Mairhofer (who thus achieved her best ranking ever) and Marta Menditto.
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