Siddall and Riederer rally in Rome

Laura Siddal and Sven Riederer were the class of the fields at the inaugural Challenge Roma 753 event.

| July 24, 2017 | NEWS

Laura Siddall competes at Challenge Roth.

Laura Siddall competes at Challenge Roth.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Just two weeks after a huge runner-up finish at Challenge Roth, Laura Siddall bounced back to take the inaugural Challenge Roma 753 in impressive style. The event celebrates the foundation of Rome in 753 BC, so consists of a 1,753 m swim, 75.310 m bike and a 17.530 km run.

Line Thams (DEN) led the way out of the water, with Siddall and Sofie Goos (BEL) about 90 seconds back. Siddall moved to the lead by the end of the second loop of the bike and remained out in front through the rest of the race, besting Goos by over four minutes to take the title. Goos trailed Thams by 2:30 starting the run, with Erika Csomor (HUN) another three minutes down, but both would overtake the Dane on the run to complete the podium.

Sven Riederer took the men's title in a much closer battle with Italy's own Giulio Molinari, who was just over a minute down by the finish line. Riederer, Molinari and New Zealand's Dylan McNeice marked each other closely on the bike, with the Italian leading the way out of T2. Riederer pulled clear on the run, though, to take the win. McNeice would round out the podium.

Top three women:

  1. Laura Siddall (GBR) 3:20:11
  2. Sofie Goos (BEL) 3:24:29
  3. Erika Csomor (HUN) 3:27:04

Top three men:

  1. Sven Riederer (SUI) 2:55:06
  2. Giulio Molinari (ITA) 2:56:12
  3. Dylan McNeice (NZL) 2:58:16