Azerbaijani Rostislav Pevtsov and German Lisa Tertsch won the triathlon European Cup in Funchal yesterday, with Ricardo Batista (eighth) and Madalena Amaral Almeida (12th) being the best Portuguese.
As was the case in 2018, the men’s race ended with a photo-finish as Rostislav Pevtsov and British Samuel Dickinson played in the final moments of the match, leaving many doubts about the winner as they both made the 52.00 minute time. having beaten the triathlete of Azerbaijan.
“This is the second time I compete here. It is a beautiful route and a lovely place. The last meters were hard. I did my best. It is a very technical course. The hardest part was the bike part because the terrain is so mountainous, ”commented the winner.
With German Tim Hellwig completing the podium by scoring 52.19 minutes, Ricardo Batista was the best Portuguese for the second consecutive year in Madeira, finishing eighth in 52.46 minutes, which made him “very happy”.
“It’s always great to be the best Portuguese at home. It was a very competitive test from start to finish. In swimming, there was a lot of contact of the buoys. In cycling, it was a little tactical and then went after the injury, to see what gave, ”he said.
Lisa Tertsch took the top spot in the women’s race by cutting the finish with 1: 00.22 hours ahead of Spaniard Xisca Tous and Italy’s Luisa Iogna-Prat, both scoring 1: 01.19.
The German athlete admitted to having some difficulties in the swimming part, but, after that, gained confidence for the rest of the course, in which she pointed out some particularities.
“I loved the race and the island. It was fantastic. It was the first time [in Madeira] and I want to go back. The hills were very interesting. I loved the course because there were a lot of technical difficulties and you had to stay focused, ”said Lisa Tertsch.
The highest ranked Portuguese was Madalena Amaral Almeida, who finished in 12th place, with a time of 1: 03.17 hours, a very positive outcome, given the difficulties experienced throughout the week.
“It was a very tough race. I spent the whole week sick so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had a good swim and felt very strong in cycling. In the race, I didn’t feel well. It always tastes good [to be the best Portuguese], especially with Portuguese to support, ”she told Lusa, aiming for the podium in 2020.
The race had 750 meters of swimming, one lap, 20 kilometers of bicycle in three laps, and five kilometers of race in two laps.
Translation from Diário Noticias