Xavi Llobet and Eloise Crowley triumph in the Ibercaja Valencia Grand Prix Triathlon
After the Saturday races, in which 1,300 triathletes took part in the Supersprint, Women's Triathlon and the First Day Sprint, the Ibercaja Valencia Grand Prix Triathlon competition experienced its big day with another 1,300 triathletes participating in the Sprint and Olympic races. The Olympic triathlete Xavi Llobet repeated his victory in Valencia by winning clearly, more than seven minutes ahead of second place.
Pedro Antonio Martin Reig and Marta Tello triumph in the Sprint
At 08:00 a.m., the 450 Sprint participants set off in the race to cover 750 m swimming, 20 km cycling and 5 km running. After swimming in the calm waters of the Royal Marina dock, the triathletes went on to the cycling route, covering two laps of a 10 km circuit that followed the Valencia Street Circuit and reached the City of Arts, crossing the l'Assud L'Or bridge. The running section took place parallel to the dock up to the Clock Building, with two laps of 2.5 km.
Pedro Antonio Martin Reig, double world champion in the Sprint distance in his age group, grabbed victory with a time of 1:04:04.45.
In the women's category, Marta Tello came in at a time of 1:16:45.
Superior from start to finish
The Olympic race began at 9:15 a.m. with 850 triathletes ready to savour the enjoyable popular triathlon in Valencia. The challenge was dominated from start to finish by the triathlete Xavi Llobet, who covered the 1,500 m swim four minutes ahead of his nearest rival.
The Catalan had no rival in the 40 km cycling section nor in the 10 km running race, reaching the spectacular finishing line at the Veles e Vents (Foredeck) building in a time of 2:00:38.
A few minutes later, the first woman crossed the finish line - the British Eloise Crowley, coming in 2:17:12.
A festival for all
When the third Valencia Triathlon came to a close, the competition had established itself as an example to follow in Spanish triathlon, consolidating its growth in terms of both participants and spectators.