LUIS ALBERTO HERNANDO & EMELIE FORSBERG REIGN SUPREME IN LA PALMA
A masterclass in Sky Running. Luis Alberto Hernando won the Transvulcania Ultramarathon for the second year in a row. Against a formidable and internationally stacked field he was never out of contention but also bided his time wisely. Zach Miller pushed the early pace before slipping back to an eventual fifth place finish. Incredibly as first light rose over the mountains facing Los Canarios there was a pack of nine chasing the two early leaders Miller and Salomon athlete Dimitris Theodorakakos. They looked liked a train pushing along without a care for the two upfront as they would reel them in in due course. This group proceeded to chug along and swap places and the winner was going to be the one who raced smart and pushed hard at the right time. And that was of course Hernando who switched the cruise control on somewhere around 50km and pushed and pushed to the finish with over a 28 minute lead on second place, a surprise package in Dani Garcia. Third place was Australian Blake Hose who must be truly excited by this result against tough opposition and an even tougher course. Dakota Jones was in the running most of the journey and was almost pipped to the post by a late charging Miller as Jones high-fived his way to the finish line.
The ladies race could have been wide open if the ever smiling Emelie Forsberg had not been running. Fresh off skis Forsberg is still a force to be reckoned with and she lead from start to finish just showing how endurance training from skis can be transferred to hard trails. Sensational stuff and very promising for the rest of the season. Second and third places were Anna Comet Pascua and Myriam Marie Guillot who 30 and 43 minutes behind Forsberg respectively.
|1||Luis Alberto Hernando||06:52:39|
|2||Dani Garcia Gomez||07:21:28|
|2||Anna Comet Pascua||09:02:57|
|3||Myriam Marie Guillot||09:15:06|
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