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Llanos and Morrison take TriGrandPrix Basque Country
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Saturday 12th June 2010

Tags  Cat Morrison  |  Catriona Morrison  |  Eneko Llanos  |  Leanda Cave  |  Mirinda Carfrae  |  TriGrandPrix  |  Zarautz

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The second race of the 2010 TriGrandPrix Series ( took place on Saturday afternoon as part of the Zarauzko Triatloia, in the Basque Country, northern Spain.

Unlike TriGrandPrix UK, The Outrageous Half, which was a first year event from a standing start, this was the 24th running of the event in Zarautz which attracted a large age group field, as well as a large number of top professionals competing for an attractive €40,000 prize purse.

As we like to do each week, in our weekend preview we forecast a win for Eneko Llanos, along with a top-three in the ladies race of Cat Morrison, Mirinda Carfrae and Leanda Cave - but how close would we get? We were particularly keen to see a showdown on the run course between Mirinda Carfrae (AUS), and Scotland's Catriona Morrison, who may well be two of the fastest runners over the half-iron distance. Indeed, Mirinda may have claims on that for Ironman distance too, having set the run course record on Kona last year...

Hearing that the men exited the swim in close contention, while Leanda Cave was close to them - with a three minute lead on her nearest challengers - was perhaps the most predicatble part of the day. Leanda is strong across all three disciplines, but surely knew she would need a buffer going into the half marathon to hold of the fast running duo of Carfrae and Morrison, and in so doing improve on her (puncture-impacted) second place in Kent two weeks ago? That puncture had likely cost her £5,000...

2010 is proving to be a stellar year for Spaniard Eneko Llanos. With wins in Abu Dhabi, Ironman Lanzarote and a solid third at Wildflower he proved to be the strongest once again, taking the win, and leading a Spanish 1/2/3 with Alonso and Elgezabel close behind. It also proved his recovery from Lanzarote three weeks ago was complete.

For the ladies, Cave lead off the bike...but Morrison hit the run hard and by the final lap of the run had almost caught the former ITU World Champion at Standard and Olympic distances. So, as with the men, the winner of Ironman Lanzarote went on to become the Zarautz TriGrandPrix champion. The expected challenge from Carfrae didn't happen - perhaps impacted from last week's Rev3 win and trans-Atlantic travel - and she came home third, making it a British ladies one-two on the top step of the podium.

Joanna Carritt, Tri247 columnist and member of the newly formed Team TBC-Sports Aid finished in ninth place (4:50:50)


Pos Men Ladies
1st Eneko Llanos (ESP) 3:58:14 Catriona Morrison (GBR) 4:18:25
2nd Clemente Alonso (ESP) 3:58:42 Leanda Cave (GBR) 4:19:07
3rd Mikel Elgezabel (ESP) 3:59:43 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 4:22:33

Llanos and Morrison add Zarautz to Ironman Lanzarote titles

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