The Spanish dominate Transgrancanaria HG, third step of Ultra-Trail World Tour
The Spanish dominate Transgrancanaria HG, third step of Ultra-Trail® World Tour
Determined looks on the start line of Transgrancanaria HG predicted a passionate race. And this was the case for the 125 kilometers of the race. At the end, two Spanish performed. Pau Capell and Azara Garcia filled their country with emotion.
A defeated champion for this 15th edition of Transgrancanaria HG:
At the beginning of the famous Spanish race, the French runner looks relaxed. The defending champion, Caroline Chaverot, has lived a perfect season last year and wanted to repeat the performance. Unfortunately for her, the race does not go as planned and at the 33th kilometer, the news broke: the 2016 Ultra-Trail® World Tour champion had to stop the race.
Azara Garcia took advantage of this situation by winning Transgrancanaria HG in 16 hours 25 minutes and 18 seconds. The Spanish had a comfortable gap over Andrea Huser but the Swiss woman benefits from this second place to approach Caroline Chaverot at the UTWT World Ranking. Only eleven points separate the two women now.
Melanie Rousset came away with third place of this iconic race. This allows her to integrate the TOP 10 of the Ultra-Trail® World Tour World Ranking.
Pau Capell was impressive:
Before the start of the race, it was hard to make predictions about the winner of Transgrancanaria HG. But the Spanish Pau Capell gave no chance to the other competitors and won the race in 13 hours 21 minutes et 5 seconds. Between the race record and his devastating entry to 7th place of the UTWT World Ranking, Pau Capell proved he was in very good shape at the start of this new season. We wait for the rest impatiently.
The second place of Vaidas Zlabys at Transgrancanaria HG shows Lithuania is becoming a great country of ultra-trail. With Gediminas Grinius and Andrius Ramonas, the three athletes proudly represent their country on the Ultra-Trail World Tour.
Didrik Hermansen finished the race with the third place and he takes over the lead of the 2017 UTWT Annual Ranking thanks to this performance.
And finally, the fourth place of Diego Pazos (tied with Maxime Cazajous) opens for him the doors of the TOP 10 of the UTWT World Ranking.
The UTWT supports:
Despite the withdrawal of Caroline Chaverot, there were some great performances for our supported athletes during Transgrancanaria. Indeed, the French woman, Juliette Blanchet, finished the race with the seventh place on the women side and Timothy Olson and Fabien Antolinos finished in the 10th and the 20th place respectively.
Congratulations to 524 finishers of 2017 Transgrancanaria HG