Pavel Andreev and Helena Erbenova victorious in Vimperk

Pavel Andreev and Helena Erbenova victorious in Vimperk

By David Peddie on 17/02/13 at 7:45 pm

Pavel Andreev and Helena Erbenova claimed the gold medals after a thrilling day of Winter Triathlon racing at the European Cup in Vimperk.

Andreev (pictured above) has started 2013 like a man possessed and he followed up his European Championship title in Tartu a fortnight ago with his second win in as many races.

In perfect weather conditions and a relatively flat course, Andreev joined the leading group of runners early on and maintained his grip on the race. During the bike the Russian accelerated and left all challengers behind him, finishing T2 with a 14 second lead over the field.

He finished in 1:08:16, over a minute ahead of the runner up Evgeny Kirillov of Russia. Slovakia’s Tomas Jurkovic finished third.

Andreev said: “I am very happy. I trained a lot and hard. I had the race under control  and now I am looking forward to Word championship in Cogne.”

Pavel Jindra (CZE) delighted the home crowd by finishing 4th in the Men’s race and this was enough to see him crowned Czech National Champion.

The Women’s race was a real family affair as Helena Erbenova put the disappointment of finishing 2nd in the European Championships behind her to dominate this race and claim a convincing victory on home soil.

She led from start to finish and her winning time of 1:18:06 was almost six minutes ahead of second place.

Erbenova’s supreme performance did deny the home crowd a fairytale result, although Sarka Grabmüllerová will be delighted with her second place.

The wife of the race organiser Ivo Grabmuller, Sarka finished in a comfortable second place in 1:23:55 ahead of Olga Parfinenko who completed the podium (pictured above)

The family day out was complete with daughter Natalie Grabmüllerová finishing in 6th place.

Speaking after the race Erbenova said: "This victory is great for me and I am happy. The race was very difficult for me. I had a trouble with my calf, so during running and skiing I suffered a little bit. I hope, that it will be better in Cogne.”

Now Winter Triathlon attentions turn to Cogne (ITA) for the ITU World Winter Triathlon Championships next weekend.

Pictures courtesy of Adamek/ Further pictures will be available online in due course.

Elite Men

1. Pavel Andreev RUS RU 01:08:16
2. Evgeny Kirillov RUS RU 01:09:34
3. Tomas Jurkovic SVK SK 01:10:51
4. Pavel Jindra CZE CZ 01:11:59
5. Kristian Monsen NOR NO 01:12:12
6. Markus Rothberger AUT AT 01:12:14
7. Libor Erben CZE CZ 01:15:27
8. Martin Husek CZE CZ 01:16:17
9. David Janda CZE CZ 01:17:17
10. Matus Jurecka SVK SK 01:17:58

Elite Women

1. Helena Erbenova CZE CZ 01:18:06
2. Sarka Grabmullerova CZE CZ 01:23:55
3. Olga Parfinenko RUS RU 01:25:57
4. Yulia Surikova RUS RU 01:26:16
5. Dominika Vorackova CZE CZ 01:36:47
6. Natalie Grabmullerova CZE CZ 01:41:54
7. Simona Simunkova CZE CZ 02:04:05
8. Barbara Mackova CZE CZ 02:15:29

Find more details about this event - 2013 Vimperk ITU Winter Triathlon European Cup