Stanford (GBR) and Alarza (ESP) get European season underway with wins in Quarteira

Stanford (GBR) and Alarza (ESP) get European season underway with wins in Quarteira

By David Peddie on 06/04/13 at 10:01 pm

The 2013 European Triathlon season got underway in glorious conditions in Quarteira with Great Britain’s Non Stanford and Spain’s Fernando Alarza getting their season’s off to the best possible start.

U23 World Champion Stanford claimed her first European Cup title with a scintillating performance on the run – after the first 2.5km she had opened up a 50 second lead on the field – and she finished the 10km over two and a half minutes faster than any other female athlete.

In fact, the most exciting battle came behind Stanford, as Germany’s Rebecca Robisch and South Africa’s Gillian Sanders were neck and neck for the final sprint.

The pair could not be separated during the race, matching each other stroke for stroke and stride for stride. But eventually it was Robisch, who was also runner up here back in 2011, who just pipped the South African by a second to claim second place.

Sanders finished comfortably in third place ahead of Charlotte Bonin (ITA) and Maria Czesnik (POL).

In the Men’s race, Fernando Alarza also claimed his first ever European Cup victory in a race dominated by Spanish athletes.

Last year’s winner, Aurelien Raphael, set a brisk pace right from the start but Alarza was never too far from the leading pack at all times.

Helped by a strong Spanish contingent at the front, which included Vicente Hernandez, Francesc Godoy and Jesus Gomar, Alarza emerged from T2 in the lead and over the 10km run course steadily increased his advantage over the field to win comfortably.

Raphael pushed hard and gave it everything and although he could not defend his title he will be satisfied with a second successive podium position in Quarteira.

Spain’s dominance in this race, they had four finishers in the top six,  was cemented with Vicente Hernandez’s securing a podium position with third place.

Picture Credit: Vitor Lopes (

Elite Men

1. Fernando Alarza ESP ES 01:48:47
2. Aurelien Raphael FRA FR 01:49:54
3. Vicente Hernandez ESP ES 01:50:11
4. Stefan Zachäus LUX LU 01:50:43
5. Francesc Godoy Contreras ESP ES 01:50:48
6. Jesus Gomar GEO GE 01:50:56
7. Davide Uccellari ITA IT 01:51:14
8. Sylwester Kuster POL PL 01:51:28
9. Uxio Abuin Ares ESP ES 01:51:33
10. Ivan Ivanov UKR UA 01:51:37

Elite Women

1. Non Stanford GBR GB 02:01:29
2. Rebecca Robisch GER DE 02:04:02
3. Gillian Sanders RSA ZA 02:04:03
4. Charlotte Bonin ITA IT 02:05:44
5. Maria Czesnik POL PL 02:06:08
6. Paulina Kotfica POL PL 02:06:17
7. Marina Damlaimcourt ESP ES 02:06:21
8. Michelle Flipo ITU IU 02:07:22
9. Anne Tabarant FRA FR 02:07:30
10. Sarissa De Vries NED NL 02:07:44

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