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Alpe d'Huez Short Course results and report 2011 [Updated]
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Thursday 28th July 2011

Tags  Alpe DHuez  |  Nicola Spirig  |  Tim Don

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Tri247's 2011 Alpe d'Huez Triathlon Coverage:

With blue skies, warm(ish) temperatures and a leisurely 2pm start, today's EDF Alpe d'Huez Short Course Triathlon almost seemed easy after yesterday's long course epic!

I did say almost...

Alpe d'Huez swim exit ©John LevisonTo be fair, the first half of the race isn't too difficult. A straightforward rectangular 1.2km swim kicks off proceedings, and a threesome of Cesc Goday (ESP) and Andreas & Florian Salvisberg (SUI) lead out of the water, with Britain's Tim Don next out only around 20 seconds back. Nicola Spirig headed the ladies field, and nothing changed on that front for the rest of the day.

The first 15km or so of the bike is pretty simple. After a (very brief) climb from T1, the course is flat and fast and made for speed. With 1000+ athletes and only 1.2km swim to split things up, this fast section of racing can and does lead to some 'close racing' shall we say, certainly within the Age Group ranks. Not a BIG deal - especially with a BIG climb ahead - but it was quite amusing the see four (ahem) French guys clearly think that the translation of "non-drafting" is "tonight Matthew, we're going to be the GB Team Pursuit Squad." Would have been quite interesting to see what would have happened had I been wearing a marshalls jersey as we passed them on the moto... Anyway,that was the hors d'ourve, on to the main course, the climb of Alpe d'Huez!

Tim Don ©John LevisonUp at the front, Nicola Spirig having lead out of the water (in her supposed weakest event) was mixing it with the elite men - and pulling away from the likes of Marcel Zamora, 2010 winner Alberto Casedei and plenty more. Australian Felicity Abram was several minutes back in second, but in turn a long way clear of third.

The men's race was much closer. Early doors on the 21 hairpins and Tim Don was setting the pace with Cesc Godoy and the Salvisburg's close, but it was close behind and there was a long way to go - another 20 hairpins in fact.

As the altitude gained the gaps grew and it was Don along with Julien Loy (FRA), the 2007 and 2008 ITU World Long Distance Champion who pulled clear. Aussie David Dellow was racing well too - he lead yesterday's Long Course race until a mechanical on the first climb, thus deciding to enter today and test out his fitness. Loy was making Don work, but Tim held him and pushed the last half a km into T2 to get away on the run in the lead. Once that was achieved - and he looked in good shape - game over against a long distance specialist.

The ladies race was a one women show and Nicola was running inside the top ten. Abram was a distant second, and finished in that position - to be later disqualified for, we understand, an infringement relating to her race number....

Tim Don and Nicola Spirig win Alpe d'Huez Short Course 2011

With 10 days to go until the WCS Hyde Park race, Don and Spirig got the strength workouts they were looking for. "Today was about training for me" said Don. As if to prove a point "I did a 5km swim session this morning" Tim told me. On the specificity of the (hilly) Alpe d'Huez with the (flat) Hyde Park Tim said "yes, this is hard and you need to be strong - but ITU racing, while it's drafting, is still hard. The Brownlee's race hard, and that's what I need to do - it doesn't matter what the course is, you have to ride hard." Having had a solid period of training in Switzerland and raced Hamburg (seventh) without tapering, he'll be hoping that the hard speed sessions he has planned will put him in the game in ten days time.

Provisional Results: Alpe d'Huez Short Course 2011

Pos Men Women
1st Tim Don (GBR) 1:49:41 Nicola Spirig (SUI) 1:59:24
2nd Julien Loy (FRA) 1:50:54 Jeanne Collonge (FRA) 2:10:18
3rd Dave Dellow (AUS) 1:55:52 Alexandra Louison (FRA) 2:15:13
4th Danielo Brustolon (ITA) 1:55:53 Juliette Coudrey (FRA) 2:16:20
5th Andreas Salvisberg (SUI) 1:56:26 Ruth Nivon Machoud (SUI) 2:23:28
6th Florian Salvisberg (SUI) 1:57:24 Ruth Hutton (GBR) 2:23:28
7th Jérémy Jurkiewicz (FRA) 1:58:05 Veerle D'Haese (BEL) 2:24:55
8th Rodolphe Von Berg (ITA) 1:59:18 Magalie Satre Buisson (FRA) 2:25:30
9th Kristian MacCartney (AUS) 1:59:57 Lizette Van Der Vegt (NED) 2:28:48
10th Tom Mets (BEL) 1:59:57 Céline Valtat (FRA) 2:28:59

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