An outstanding weekend for Endura’s roster of female athletes with victory for Lucy Charles-Barclay in long distance triathlon, Rachel Atherton returning to winning ways at the DH World Cup and Bigla impressing at the Giro Rosa.
Lucy Charles blew away the opposition in Germany with a tape to tape win, recording the fourth fastest finish in the event’s history on the way. Last year’s winner and recent Endura signing Daniela Bleymehl came home in third spot with a gritty performance that included the fastest bike split of the day.
Lucy’s phenomenal swimming skills saw her hit T1 with a huge advantage and never looked back. She rounded out her race with the day’s fastest women’s run split to finish in a new personal best of 8:31:09 - the sixth fastest long distance triathlon in history. Behind, Daneila cranked out an impressive fastest bike split before a digging deep to finish with a 3:06:06 marathon for a finishing time of 8:43:17.
Rachel Atherton claimed her 39th win in the latest round of the UCI Downhill World Cup in Vallnord, Andorra on Saturday, emerging with a superb win on an incredibly gnarly track. After qualifying in third spot, Rachel hit an increasingly rutted race track hard, recording the fastest split on the opening sector before flashing down the mountain right on the very edge of control to take the lead. Neither of the following riders could match her pace, leading to another trip to the top step of the podium and allowed her to close the gap on Tracey Hannah in the overall standings (Polygon UR).
Mille Johnset overcame her fears on a track that she admits makes her nervous, with third place finish and sits in the same place in the Junior series category. Meanwhile, Gee Atherton didn’t quite get it going on in the Men’s Elite race, steady through the top sections, a couple of dabs cost him dearly and he finished in 41st. Charlie Hatton suffered a nightmare race, snapping his chain within meters of the start and although he was able to freewheel to the line, it was back in 51st place.
The Bigla Team have performed extremely strongly in the opening stages of the Giro Rosa, with the team finishing in second spot in the opening team trial, before Cecilie Uttrup Luwig showed her GC intentions with a podium finish in Sunday’s brutal final kick to the line in Piedicavallo. Racing in a special #EnduraCustom Bigla kit, topped with a custom FS260-Pro Helmet, the Danish star sits in second position on GC.
After a series of near missed, Movistar Team sprinter Carlos Barbero opening his 2019 win account as he finished off a sensational effort from the rest of the squad on the opening stage of the Tour of Austria, 138km from Grieskirchen to Freistadt. The win is Movistar Team’s 17th of the season.