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Paterson gets XTERRA title
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Posted on: Monday 24th October 2011

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Despite puncturing on the bike and a fairly significant tumble on the rocks during the run Scotland's Lesley Paterson took the XTERRA World Champion title in Maui yesterday with a last mile dash to Melanie McQuaid. Melanie McQuaid, who was trying for a fourth win in the race, pushed herself past the red line and collapsed 400 yards from the finish. Patterson's previous best was second in 2009 behind Julie Dibens.

In the men's race all eyes were on Lance Armstrong and he certainly went for it big-style. With Richard Stannard doing his usual leading pack swim it must have been a bit of a surprise to see the seven-time Tour winner just behind him and for much of the mid-section of the bike course Lance was in the lead until Michael Weiss used his Olympic-level MTB skills to pass him around 14 miles in and then stormed on to take the win. Lance had a fairly major crash near the end of the bike that seems to have knocked him about a bit and he eventually finished in 23rd but one can't help but wonder how much better he could have done without the tumble.

Weiss's win puts to rest a disappointing DNF in Kona and a string of minor podium places here on Maui. Among the other XTERRA illuminati Conrad Stoltz was an unusual DNF although fellow countryman Dan Hugo took second while Eneko Llanos, three times a winner at this event, ended up with third after a blistering run.

Best GB performance overall was Sam Gardner in 11th while Graham Wadsworth was 24th (right behind Lance), Llewelyn Holmes 25th and Richard Stannard 33rd. Cedric Lassonde was a DNF. There are a handful of GB age groupers in the results as well, we've flagged them in the country column.

Pos Men Women
1 Michael Weiss (AUT) 2:27:00 Lesley Paterson (GBR) 2:45:59
2 Dan Hugo (RSA) 2:27:33 Marion Lorblanchet (FRA) 2:48:08
4 Eneko Llanos (ESP) 2:28:26 Helena Erbenova (CZE) 2:51:51

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