#Superwrap Day 4, Mallorca

Build up, build up, build up, then suddenly, IT’S ON.  The Super League Triathlon (SLT) Mallorca Championship Weekend is here, and it did not let us down.

Not only was the racing intense, but also Porto Cristo turned out in force to enjoy the show. The sun was shining, and the atmosphere pumping as the locals lifted the roof to welcome SLT. You could sense the excitement as the sun rose, and this community gave it everything as the racing unfolded. The home town of Rafa Nadal knows what sporting greatness looks like, and in SLT they found new heroes.

SLT is built around engagement, and taking the sport to an entirely new level, giving fans the opportunity to be closer to the action than ever before. First thing this morning was the Age Group Enduro (swim-bike-run-swim-bike-run). With 12 teams stepping up to the challenge, splitting the stages as they see fit, it was truly fantastic to see representation from across the spectrum of triathlon, from the very best in the world to relative newcomers.

 

Not only did the passionate athletes get to tackle the same course as the professional field, but they also shared the start line with some of the sports most iconic names. Chris McCormack, Alistair Brownlee, Mario Mola, and Javier Gomez were lining up to join their ranks. There is a full report on our website detailing how it shook out, and how things stand going into the second day for these lucky athletes.

 

Age Group Enduro Results:

  1. Team 6 (Gomez, Mola, Mola)
  2. Team 2 (Goldovskii, Rostyagaev)
  3. Team 8 (Chikin, Hayes, Philip)

The professional racing followed with the women being first to take on the Triple Mix. Taylor Spivey took the first stage, but it was Katie Zaferes who confirmed her place at the top of the ranking with a win in both the second and third stages. Zaferes will go into tomorrow’s Sprint Enduro in the full belief that she is the strongest out there, but Spivey has staked a claim to the crown, finishing the first day in second place. Kirsten Kasper rounded off the podium ensuring it was an all American clean sweep.

Overall Standings:

  1. Katie Zaferes (USA)
  2. Taylor Spivey (USA)
  3. Kirsten Kasper (USA)

The men’s field took to the course tackling the Triple Mix immediately following the women, and today was all about one man. Henri Schoeman had complained of being ill pre-race, but did not show any sign of issues as the racing unfolded. He got himself a gap going into the final stage allowing him to use his strength in the water to dominate. He’ll be hoping to continue this form into tomorrow, and that he has properly shaken off his illness. Vincent Luis finished in second despite dropping a chain on the bike in the first stage. Can Vincent turn things around and take that extra step tomorrow? Schoeman will be hoping not.

Overall Standings:

  1. Henri Schoeman (RSA)
  2. Vincent Luis (FRA)
  3. Jonny Brownlee (GBR)

Tomorrow we have the Sprint Enduro, which is split into two stages. The first being two heats in the morning which will decided who goes into the main event later in the day. The fastest four in each heat will progress alongside the two fastest remaining athletes from either heat.

Rest and recovery for all of the athletes tonight as tomorrow is going to be savage!