Endura Sport

Renegade Racers: Don Takes Home Win and Another Stage Victory for the Blues

Tim Don (Team Bravo) continued a hugely impressive season by winning the Ironman 70.3 event in Boulder, Colorado.

Don saw off the challenge of runner-up Matt Chrabot and third-placed Ben Hoffman to win the half-distance event in his adopted home on Saturday August 4, 2017.

Tim Don wins Ironman Boulder

 

The Endura athlete staged a determined comeback after finishing the swim in seventh place. By the end of the bike split, he had gained three places, and overcame his remaining rivals with a powerful run that saw him post a half-marathon time of 1:16:06.

In May, Don broke the record for an Ironman-sanctioned ultra distance triathlon by posting a combined time of 7:40:23 to win the Ironman South American Championship. He is likely to start among the favourites for victory at the Ironman World Championships in Kona this October.

 

Dani Moreno in Vuelta a Burgos

Dani Moreno finished the Vuelta a Burgos in seventh place on the general classification after five stages of racing in central Spain.  

The 35-year-old Spaniard, a key ally to Alejandro Valverde in his compatriot’s hugely successful Spring Classics campaign, was the highest placed Movistar Team rider in a race typically used as form finder for La Vuelta España, which starts on Friday August 19, 2017.

Carlos Barbero claimed the fourth stage of the Vuelta a Burgos for the Blues, thwarting the combined challenge of Team Sky’s Gianni Moscon, and Julian Alaphilippe of QuickStep Floors to win in Clunia.

Movistar Team riders were present in numbers at the European road race championships in Denmark. Racing in Spanish colours, Imanol Erviti, JJ Rojas, Hector Carretero, Victor De La Parte and Spanish champion Jesus Herrada took on national teams comprised of WorldTour riders on a 241km course in Herning.

Denmark’s Alexander Kristoff won the race, beating Italy’s Elia Viviani in a bunch sprint. Rojas was the first of the Spanish team’s Movistar riders to finish, crossing the line in 24th place, in a time recorded as identical to Kristoff’s.

 

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig wins Silver Medal

Movistar Team riders were not the only Endura athletes representing their countries at the European championships. Six members of Cervélo Bigla were in action in Denmark, including local girl Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, the two-time Danish women’s time-trial champion.

Ludwig won the silver medal in the U23 women’s time-trial, finishing ahead of Cervélo Bigla team-mate Lisa Klein (Germany) who was third. In the senior women’s test, Finnish time-trial champion Lotta Lepistö was the highest placed finisher among her Cervélo Bigla team-mates in twelfth place.

Lepistö, the six-time Finnish road race champion, was also the highest-placed Cervélo Bigla rider in the women’s road race, after crossing the line in eighth place. Her trade team-mates Nicole Hanselmann, the Swiss champion, and former Austrian champion Christina Perchtold, finished with the same recorded time.

Emma Norsgaard (Denmark) provided a glimpse of Cervélo Bigla’s bright future by winning a bronze medal in the junior women’s time-trial and a silver medal in the junior women’s road race. The 18-year-old will graduate to the Women’s WorldTour next season, having already reached an agreement with Cervélo Bigla team manager Thomas Campana.

Cervélo Bigla will return to Women’s WorldTour action on Sunday (August 13) at the Crescent Vårgåda race in Sweden. Last year, the Endura-backed team finished second in the opening stage team time-trial, while Lotta Lepistö finished as runner-up in the road race the following day.