TRANSGRANCANARIA HG 2019 (128K/D+7500M): 1st Series Bonus race is gone, be ready for the next.
The third race of the 2019 circuit of the Ultra-Trail® World Tour and the first series bonus race has ended. The 20th edition of the Transgrancanaria HG, 3rd race of the 2019 Ultra-Trail® World Tour circuit and 1st Series Bonus race, just ended under the sun of the Canary Islands. And once again, the Polish Magdalena Łączak and the Spanish Pau Capell won the race!
TRANSGRANCANARIA HG 2019 (128K/D+7500M): RECAP
Another year with an incredible level of the athletes that was predicting a tight race. But in the end it was again the undefeated Pau Capell, champion of the UTWT 2018, who won the TGC for the third straight time. The spaniard knows these paths very well and how to manage the race, he is “the master” here.
Pau Capell and Hayden Hawks led the race until kilometer 30, followed by Tony Moulai, former French triathlete. At kilometer 40, Hayden was leading, followed by Pau, Pablo Villa in 3rd position, Julien Chorrier in 4th and Cristofer Clemente in 5th position.
But Pau will eventually pass Hayden and lead the race after 50 kilometers, he arrives first at Roque Nublo, at kilometer 87 where the the explosion of Hayden Hawks allows Pablo Villa to pass him leaving him 3rd of the race and Cristofer Clemente, 4th, before withdrawing. Despite a good start, he won’t be able to finish the TGC, physical problems, wrong decisions?
Thus, Pau Capell won the race with over 50 minutes in front of Pablo Villa. He made exactly the same time as last year running 4 more kilometers. This race gave him “lots of good sensations” and he didn’t weaken over the difficulty of the trail and the level of the other runners. He said he felt good physically from the beginning to the end. After Pablo Villa (2nd) Cristofer Clemente ended the race in 3rd position, 10 minutes after him.
Pau Capell (SPA) – 12 : 42 : 40
Pablo Villa (SPA) – 13 : 31 : 37
Cristofer Clemente (SPA) – 13 : 42 : 54
On the women side, after leading the race for 50 kilometers, Miao Yao withdrew, passed by Magdalena Łączak. There were lots of expectation on the Chinese women but the result was not as good as expected. Magdalena was followed closely by the American Kaytlyn Gerbin and the Brazilian Fernanda Maciel until kilometer 100 before moving ahead. She finally finished the race in 16 : 22 : 56 with a little bit more than 12 minutes over Kaytlyn.
Concerning Kaytlyn and Fernanda, they stayed close for a while, but Kaytlyn was distance herself from the Brazilian and finishing the race with almost 30 minutes over her. Fernanda finished third of the race (she was sixth last year).
Magda Łączak (POL) – 16 : 22 : 56
Kaytlyn Gerbin (USA) – 16 : 35 : 08
Fernanda Maciel (BRA) – 17 : 03 : 33
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