On a beautifully sunny day, Bourg d’Oisans welcomed the most disputed event of the Triathlon Festival! Very early in the race, Pablo Martin from Spain (Trientrenos) and Jessica Oosterlo from the Netherlands (DeLangstraart) gave the tempo without creating a significant gap during the first transition.
As expected, the climb of the Alpe d’Huez was the defining part of the race. The member of Metz Triathlon, Emmanuel Meyssat (Trail specialist and member of the “Equipe de France de Course de Montagne”) looked comfortable and took the lead in the early stages of the climb, whereas Pablo Martin lost some ground throughout the end of the race. The leader never looked back. The biggest battle was for the second place between Frédéric Frech (Sélestat CA Tri), Eric Leblacher (Les Tritons Meldois) and Sepp Odeyn (Flemish Triathlon Team). The latter took a slight lead just before the second transition, battling until the end for his place. Frédéric Frech completed the podium. Emmanuel Meyssat controlled the race even though the top 3 finished within two minutes.
In the womens’ race, the story was similar, Jessica Oosterlo also conceded the lead during early stages of the famous Alpe d’Huez climb to her fellow countrywoman Miriam Van Reijen (19th at the last Duathlon World Championships). Magnificent, she rode to her first win in the Alpe d’Huez. Marion Gay-Pageon (Issy-les-Moulineaux Club) finished second and Jessica Oosterloo completed the podium.
Miriam Van Reijen: “I am very happy with this win. It was extremely hot in the Bourg d’Oisans valley. I decided to manage the first part of the race, and once I overtook Jessica on the bike, I tried to take the biggest lead possible before the second run. I felt better and better throughout the race, it could not have gone better!”
Emmanuel Meyssat: “it's a real pleasure and a privilege to take part in this race. The Alpe d’Huez is a legendary course, winning here is obviously very special. I like to diversify my training by doing duathlon, is there a better place to do it in these conditions?”
1 - VAN REIJEN Miriam 01:40:24
2 - GAY-PAGEON Marion 01:45:34
3 - OOSTERLO Jessica 01:46:42
1 - MEYSSAT Emmanuel 1:27:50
2 - ODEYN Seppe 1:28’253 - LEBLACHER Eric 1:29:25