France dominates European Mixed Team Relay Championships Munich – Elite News

The all-conquering French team, who became mixed team relay world champions earlier this year in Montreal, have proven their status as pre-race favourites. They added European Championships Munich 2022 title of her extensive MTR CV on another breathtaking evening in Munich’s Olympiapark.

Once again, the crowds turned out in great numbers on Day 3 for an event that looked nothing short of stunning to TV viewers. A potential future World Cup or WTCS venue? That would be an amazing inheritance.

The French quartet consists of Leo Bergere, Emma Lombardi, Dorian Coninx and Cassandre Beaugrand – but as we’ve seen over the past few years they seem able to swap athletes and still always deliver in this race format as it is their strength in depth.

With France also winning four of the six individual medals on offer, it’s been a fantastic three days of racing from the hosts of the 2024 Olympics.

Stage 1 – Studer the fast Swiss

Mark Devay led Team Hungary out of the water first, as he had in Saturday’s individual race, but Italy (Alessio Crocciani) and Portugal (Vasco Vilaca) were very quick through T1 to join him.

This trio gained a few seconds initially but the chasing group led Norway (Vettle Bergsvik Thorn) on a much tougher course than yesterday as they used the same hills used on the running course during each event. By the end of the first round there were soon 10 teams but Great Britain (Hamish Reilly) was 17 seconds behind, along with Belgium (Jelle Geens) and Denmark (Emil Holm) among others.

Team Ukraine (Yegor Martynenko) suffered a bad crash on the first lap while news broke that Team Portugal had suffered a penalty. The cause? Leave baby/talcum powder outside the box in transition…

Team France had the men’s individual champion Bergere on stage one and he split the field on the second lap of the bike, allowing four nations to arrive in T2 together – Portugal, France, Switzerland and Norway. The Swiss Studer hit the front immediately while running, only the Portuguese Vilaca was able to stay close.

Switzerland surrendered first a mile later, followed by Portugal (+0:03), France (+0:14), Norway (+0:16), Spain (+0:32) and Hungary (+0:39). Behind, the gaps were significant, perhaps reflecting the hills on both the bike and the run.

Stage 2 – Lombardi leads, France takes over

Switzerland had Cathia Schar on the second stage, but after the 300m swim she was in fourth place, passed by Portugal (Melanie Santos), France (Lombardi) and Norway (Lotte Miller).

Spain, Germany, Belgium, Hungary and Sweden all left the water almost simultaneously, potentially giving them a great opportunity to work together and chase down the leading quartet.

A lap on the bike, and individual bronze medalist Lombardi had given France a lead of around 15 seconds, with Schar showing that while she lost time on the swim, she fought back on the bike.

At the start of the run, France was leading, followed by Switzerland (+0:19), Norway (+0:36) and then Spain, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Hungary and Portugal all together, around 55 seconds back.

Lombardi handed the Coninx 36 seconds clear of Switzerland (Simon Westermann) but Nina Eim had relegated Germany to third place. 51 seconds back. They had U23 European Champion Simon Henseleit on the third stage. He would have the huge home crowd cheering every punch, pedal turn and step.

Stage 3 – Henseleit helps the hopes home

Coninx, a bronze medalist in the individual race, appeared to be in control in the swim and bike. Germany’s Henseleit, fresh into the race, drove through the bike section and he bridged Simon Westermann to form a chasing duo in second and third place.

1:10 behind the leaders, Spain, Belgium and Austria were the next chasing group.

We had predicted French gold and German silver – was that ahead of us?

Coninx tagged Beaugrand by 49 seconds while Henseleit brought on Laura Lindemann, Friday’s individual silver medalist. Switzerland, with Julie Derron bringing up the rear, was just three seconds behind Team Germany.

Leg 4 – Beaugrand completes the win

Lindemann and Derron left the swim and headed out in what might be the slim hope of chasing a deficit of almost a minute on Cassandre Beaugrand. The WTCS Leeds winner wasn’t quite at her best on Friday but certainly had more than enough to see the Frenchwoman home safely.

With just 1.8km on the final run, Beaugrand’s 38 second T2 lead was unchallenged but the real fight would be Derron vs. Lindemann to decide the direction of the silver and gold. The locals would get seriously loud for their hero, Lindemann.

Beaugrand duly delivered another French MTR gold but Lindemann left no doubt as to where the silver medal would go, inspired by amazing crowds in a place that has proven to be a fantastic triathlon venue.

Results of the EM Munich 2022

Sunday 14 August 2022 – MFMF 4x 300m / 7.2km / 1.6km (1.8km for the final runner)

MIXED TEAM RELAY

  • 1. France – 1:25:30
  • 2. Germany – 1:26:03
  • 3. Switzerland – 1:26:19
  • 4. Belgium – 1:27:01
  • 5. Spain – 1:27:02
  • 6. Austria – 1:27:25
  • 7. Portugal – 1:27:31
  • 8. Norway – 1:27:41
  • 9. Denmark – 1:27:59
  • 10. Hungary – 1:28:35
  • 11. Italy – 1:28:50
  • 12. Great Britain – 1:39:14 **

(** Hamish Reilly, Iona Miller, Ben Dijkstra, non-Stanford)

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