Tough weather conditions took it’s toll on the 2013 The North Face Trans Gran Canaria with some key favourites in the 119km race dropping – Miguel Heras, Carlos Sa and Gustav Reyes amongst others did not make the finish.
A super motivated and inform Sebastien Chaigneau dominated the race for The North Face team and secured a dominant victory. After a mixed year in 2012 he will be really motivated and confident with this performance. Oier Ibarbia was 2nd some 25 minutes behind and Yeray Duran was 3rd another 30 minutes behind.
Nerea Martínez completed the 119km race in 17 hours and 16 minutes to take the win, the Canarian, Esther Fernández placed 2nd once again (same as 2012) and the Swiss Denise Zimmerman placed third.
In the 83km race as predicted, Ryan Sandes dominated the race to take the win and in doing so has now won races on four continents. It’s a great start to his 2013 campaign. Behind Ryan was his Salomon team mate, Philipp Reiter. Philipp has only just come of skis so he has found form very early. It will now be interesting to see how he performs on anothe Canary Island in May for the Transvulcania La Palma. Taking the final spot on the podium was David Lutzardo.
In the female category of the 83k race, Yurena Castrillo got first. Lidia Gómez arrived in the second position: she was one of the favourites due to the fact that in the past she had won three times this race. Sophie Grant, the New Zealand runner, placed third.
The marathon race was won by Marcin Świerc in 02:58:53 dominating the distance ahead of Lexis Almedia Benitez who was over 15 mins behind. Rafael Bethencourt Guimera completed the podium 30 minutes behind the winner.
Emelie Forsberg from Salomon running once again confirmed that she is ‘one to watch’ in 2013 by winning her first race of the season. Nuria Dominguez arrived at the finish just 3 mins behind Emelie and Janelle Tarum arrived 10mins later.
CLASIFICACIÓN GENERAL MASCULINA 42 KM
- MARCIN ŚWIERC 02:58:53
- ALEXIS ALMEIDA BENITEZ 03:15:19
- RAFAEL BETHENCOURT GUIMERA 3:28:17
CLASIFICACIÓN FEMENINA GENERAL MARATON 42 km
- EMELIE FORSBERG 03:42:55
- NURIA DOMINGUEZ 03:45:46
- JANELLE TARUM 03:54:52
CLASIFICACIÓN GENERAL MASCULINA 83 KM – Ladies results to follow
- RYAN SANDES 08:11:26
- PHILIPP REITER 08:27:30
- DAVID LUTZARDO 08:46:02
CLASIFICACIÓN GENERAL MASCULINA 119 km – Ladies results to follow
- SEBASTIEN CHAIGNEAU 14:05:53
- OIER IBARBIA 14:30:52
- YERAY DURÁN 15:03:23