Alejandro qualifies for the Ironman world championships in Kona – Lars puts his foot next to the best U23 riders in Monts et Chateaux! – Thibaud 8th AG in Salou after a fast race!

First racing in a while for Alejandro (Spain) today! Not having a WC ticket yet for 2022 was playing in his mind, ready to set back and grab it on a powerful way.
A pity for all triathletes and also Alejandro when IM announced the swim was cancelled.
Mental strength in these cases work of course, raceday = raceday. And so it happened. With the current IM AG world champion in this continental championship it was clearly to become a tough race!
With a strong bike ride Alejandro put himself in front after the bike course, 262NP for this 69kg athlete before his marathon!

As the stomach is one of the most importants part of an athlete’s body…Alejandro had a bad food experience and had to vomit during the run course. This made him slow down and lose some time. But finally he kept on his pace and could maintain his 2nd place in the AG, 6th AG athlete overall, 21st Pro field included.

Alejandro will join our already strong squad in the Ironman World championships 2022 in Kona Hawaii!
Alejandro is one of our athletes who trains 80-90%of all sessions indoor, spot on. Easy is easy, hard is hard…after all smart work, to perform better!

Some short pitstops on the run for a stomach that was messed up past halfway made A. slow down a bit but in between pace was kept properly and keep his 2nd spot.

In Salou (Spain), the Challenge 70.3 race was held! A tough field of athletes at the starting line…first international race in Europe in 2022. After 2 years of Covid athletes were definitely keen on suffer modus! Thibaud (Switzerland) and Lucas (France) were racing today!
Lucas had an excellent start and got on the bike first, during the bike he kept pace and could put down his bike in 5th position…this position he maintained untill he had to quit the race with 5K to go. Missing the necessary gels on the bike and getting a hypo was not the plan. But sometimes you learn from small failures.

Thibaud from his side had a very steady race and positioned himself in top 10 from the beginning of the race. During the whole race he kept on being between 4th and 10th place to finally run a 3’58/km half marathon after his 310NP bike split! Thibaud is in full prep towards the Ironman World Championships 2021, that will happen in May 2022, in Saint-George USA. Race ready!

Thibaud chased down his opponents on the flat course in Salou and puts down well paced 310NP bike split.

Today we als had the last stage of Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux (UCI2.2), one of the value meters in the international U23 peloton.
The first 2stages made already very clear which riders were on and those who were off.
Lars could manage himself daily in the front of first group, just behind the riders who got stage victory.
Today the ITT started quited well, an early start and not getting the HR totally up, fatigue of the past 2days and starting early will sure have played a role within. Despite that, the power output will have been strongly enough…taking 31st and maintaining his GC spot just outside top 20.

With the afternoon race of 130K and a tough final there were opportunities to take top20 in GC. Lars gave what he was worth among these strong riders and succeeded in this goalset by taking 19th in GC in the end! RESULTS
Another good performance and a short time for recovery and focus on Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Arden Challenge and much more!



Onwards to next weekend with for example European championships duathlon, regional champs cycling,…

Train smart, Perform better!

Jesse

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