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Vansteelant, Mullan win TriStar Mallorca
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Sunday 15th April 2012


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The second TriStar111 Mallorca titles went to first-time 'triathlete' Joerie Vansteelant (BEL) and defending champion Eimear Mullan (IRL) in Portocolum today.

We previewed the event on Wednesday HERE, and said then of the Powerman Duathlon specialist Vansteelant "provided he doesn't lose too much in the water, a potential race winner." That proved to be correct. As far as we are aware, this is the first triathlon ever from the run-bike-run legend.

Men

The story of the day from a British perspective though may be the performance of Ben Howard in second. Ben won the British Standard Distance Champs (Dambuster) in 2011, and was Age Group World Champion (20-24) in Budapest (2010), but this was a step up in class for the relative newcomer to the sport - and we certainly hadn't picked him to finish second overall.

After a top-10 swim, Howard made it to the head of the race in the late stages of the bike, reaching T2 with a clear gap on Vansteelant and early leader Johannes Moldan (GER), who had taken fifth in Mallorca last season. Losing to spot to an athlete of the class of Joerie Vansteelant on the 10km run is no shame - and we can expect to hear more of Ben's name during 2012.

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Bryan McCrystal (IRE) took ninth, Joel Jameson 16th and Karl Shaw 18th of the other top British/Irish finishers

Ladies

Before the race, Tamsin Lewis had been struggling with a running injuries over the past month, which probably added to the favourite status of 2011 winner Eimear Mullan (IRL), who we interviewed this past week HERE.

Full timing details are limited at the time of writing, but the pair had an eight minute margin over third placed Brit Anna Turvey at the finish, repeating the one-two spots of 2011 with Eimear retaining her title, finishing 1:24 clear over regular training partner Lewis. We expect plenty more battles between that pair during 2012, including Ironman 70.3 Wimbleball.

Other top British/Irish finishers were Trudy Brown (IRL) in sixth.

UPDATE: In the preview we did mention that Lou Collins was racing - we now understand (thanks Lucy Gossage), that Lou came off her bike on a wet bend and crashed. Nothing broken, but plenty of bruises an road rash. Get well soon Lou.

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Pos Men Women
1st Joerie Vansteelant (BEL) 3:42:51 Eimear Mullan (IRL) 4:12:49
2nd Ben Howard (GBR) 3:43:34 Tamsin Lewis (GBR) 4:14:13
3rd Johannes Moldan (GER) 3:44:23 Anna Turvey (GBR) 4:22:36
4th Andreas Dreitz (GER) 3:45:04 Katherina Grohmann (GER) 4:24:32
5th Olivier Marceau (SUI) 3:45:19 Merja Kiviranta (FIN) 4:25:19

PROVISIONAL TIMING DATA

TriStar Mallorca


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