Wild and Curridori perfect in Portugal

Ruedi Wild ran his way to the win while Elisabetta Curridori took her second win in a few weeks at Challenge Lisboa.

| May 18, 2019 | NEWS

Pictured here on her way to the win at Challenge Riccioni, Elisabetta Curridori took her second Challenge title in a couple of weeks with an impressive win at Challenge Lisboa.

Pictured here on her way to the win at Challenge Riccioni, Elisabetta Curridori took her second Challenge title in a couple of weeks with an impressive win at Challenge Lisboa.

Photo >José Luis Hourcade

In just her second year as a pro triathlete, Elisabetta Curridori is certainly making her mark in a hurry. Two weeks ago she took Challenge Riccioni in impressive style. She followed that up with a dominating performance at Challenge Lisboa, signalling she'll be one to watch over the next month or two as she gears up for Challenge Roth in July.

After trailing Claire Hann (GBR) by just over a minute after the swim, Curridori, a former cross triathlete, quickly made her mark on the race, riding to the front and never looking back. She was over four-minutes up on Carolin Lehrieder (GER) and Hann after the bike and opened up more time on the run to take the win. Eva Wutti (AUT) would run her way to the runner-up spot, leaving Lehrieder to take the final spot on the podium. Great Britain's Susie Cheetham put in a gutsy performance to get fourth after cutting her foot before the start of the swim.

Wild runs down Dapena Gonzalez

The defending men's champion, Pablo Dapena Gonzalez (ESP), led the way out of the water, with Great Britain's Thomas Davis right on his feet. Switzerland's Ruedi Wild exited the water about a minute down. Davis led the way on the bike with Dapena Gonzalez marking his every move. The pair managed to open up a lead of over two minutes on Wild starting the run.

Dapena Gonzalez managed to look strong through the first lap of the four-lap run, but quickly felt the effects of his silver-medal effort at the ITU Long Distance World Championships in his hometown of Pontevedra two weeks ago. Davis was suffering the effects of a tough race in the Azores last weekend and would also fade. Wild didn't fade in the slightest, running a strong half marathon to take the lead just before the start of the final lap. Dapena Gonzalez hung tough for second, while Sam Wade would rip through the half marathon to nip his countryman Davis for the final spot on the podium.

Challenge Lisboa | Men

May 18, 2019 | Lisbon, Portugal

Name

Country

Overall

1

RUEDI WILD

SUI

3:50:10

2

PABLO GONZÁLEZ

ESP

3:51:39

3

SAM WADE

GBR

3:53:40

4

THOMAS DAVIS

GBR

3:54:24

5

LUKE POLLARD

GBR

3:56:26

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Challenge Lisboa | Women

May 18, 2019 | Lisbon, Portugal

Name

Country

Overall

1

ELISABETTA CURRIDORI

ITA

4:16:00

2

EVA WUTTI

AUT

4:22:08

3

CAROLIN LEHRIEDER

GER

4

SUSIE CHEETHAM

GBR

4:26:40

5

LINA-KRISTIN SCHINK

GER

4:32:09

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