TRANSGRANCANARIA HG®: a weekend full of surprises!
For the 3rd stage of the Ultra-Trail® World Tour, the 125km-long Transgrancanaria HG®, had surprises in store for us. It becomes usual on UTWT races, forecasts are often foiled.
A crazy start!
The elite field was exciting on the start line and the race has kept its promises. The weather forecast was unpredictable, with strong showers and wind, and it disrupted the schedule of the marathon race. However, the main race could normally start. The start was given at 9pm local time. The organizers had decided to innovate and offer a great night show. The show was on the start line but also on the beach with fireworks celebrating the beginning of a great adventure for the runners!
The surprise from Poland
Among the women field, the UTWT 2017 champion Andrea HUSER (SUI) appeared as favorite with the defending Transgrancanaria champion Caroline CHAVEROT (FRA). But this the unexpected Magdalena LACZAK (POL) who won the race! She dominated from start to the end. She had a 2-minute lead after only 16km! 39 minute behind her, the Swiss Andrea Huser finished at 2nd place. The Russian Ekaterina MITYAEVA, another surprise, completed the podium 54 minutes after the winner. Caroline CHAVEROT had to abandon after 50 km unfortunately, just like Amy SROSTON (USA) around the 80th km. Fernanda MACIEL (BRA) is 6th.
The double for Pau CAPELL!
In a 3-men race, the suspense was sustained until the 111th km. Tim TOLLEFSON (USA), Pau CAPELL (ESP) and Aurélien COLLET stayed together. The Spanish took a definitive lead at the end. First over the American who abandoned after 75 km. Not feeling physically well, he opted for a safe decision for the rest of the season. Aurélien COLLET had a 30 second lead at the summit of the race (1700m high) at km 82. But Pau made the difference in the descent. Sharper and fitter, he wins Transgrancanaria HG® for the second time in a row, 14 minutes before the French. Cristofer CLEMENTE MORA (ESP) stayed in wait all along the race and finished 3rd, 40 minutes behind Pau CAPELL.
Congratulations to all the runners! Thank you for taking part to the 3rd stage of the Ultra-Trail® World Tour. We will see you on April, 6th for 100 Miles of Istria, Patagonia Run Mountain Hardwear and Marathon des Sables.
Top 3 Female’s race :
- Magdalena LACZAK (POL) 15 :18 :37
- Andrea HUSER (SUI) 15 :58 :11
- Ekaterina MITYAEVA (RUS) 16 :12 :48
Top 3 Men’s race :
- Pau CAPELL (SPA) 12:42:08
- Aurélien COLLET (FRA) 12:56:39
- Cristofer CLEMENTE MORA (ESP) 13:22:48
The results of the athletes supported by UTWT
2ème Aurélien COLLET (FRA)
4ème Daniel Jung (ITA) 13 :50 :13