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Stolz, McQuaid take ITU Cross Triathlon World Champs
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Posted on: Saturday 30th April 2011

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The ITU debuted their Cross Triathlon World Championships for the first time today in Extremadura, Spain. While the event may have been new, there were familiar names at the top of the leaderboard and new (ITU) World Champions as Conrad Stolz (four times) and Melanie McQuad (three times) are both well used to victory in Maui at the annual XTERRA World Championship.

For the 'Caveman' Stolz, it was his incredible off-road bike strength that won him the day. Exiting the water in only 20th, and 1:32 in arrears of GB's Richard Stannard, his 50:20 clocking for the 20km course was a full 3:29 quicker than eventual second placer, and second fastest rider Seth Wealing (USA). Former ITU World Champion Olivier Marceau took the bronze, while Richard Stannard had a fine race - certainly ahead of our pre-event expectations - to finish fifth, and take the scalp of Eneko Llanos (ESP), a three-time XTERRA World Champion.

Worthy of note is Rob Barel (NED) at age 53 (!), who finished 12th in 1:36:01.

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While McQuaid and Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) were well in arrears in the swim behind XTERRA swim star Christine Jeffrey (CAN), importantly McQuad had over two minutes advantage on the reigning XTERRA World Champion before heading out on to the bike. The pair comfortably set the two fastest splits of the day on two wheels, and while Vanlandingham cut back a few seconds on McQuaid, it wasn't enough and allowed McQuaid to run 'only' the ninth fastest run and still take the World title. Jacqui Slack, Britain's only elite female representative finished 12th, 1:51:50.

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There was one GB elite medal success as Mark Threlfall took bronze in the Under-23 category.

(Click HERE for GB Age Group team report)

Pos Men Women
1st Conrad Stolz (RSA) 1:26:40 Melanie McQuaid (CAN) 1:43:02
2nd Seth Wealing (USA) 1:27:36 Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) 1:43:24
3rd Olivier Marceau (SUI) 1:29:42 Emma Garrard (USA) 1:43:43
Pos Men Women
1st Hugo Ventura (POR) 1:32:35 Brigitta Poor (HUN) 1:53:11
2nd Tim Dullaart (NED) 1:37:06 Kairi Schmidt (EST) 2:01:53
3rd Mark Threlfall (GBR) 1:38:08 Baibe Medne (LAT) 2:05:10
Pos Men Women
1st Filipe Azevedo (POR) 50:36 Miriam Casillas Garcia (ESP) 1:01:47
2nd Hugo Alves (POR) 50:52 Jip Veelenturf (NED) 1:05:10
3rd Diego Paz Sobreira (ESP) 51:28 Judit Saizar Ardanuy 1:05:14


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