Foxy on start line for Challenge Walchsee

CHALLENGEWALCHSEE in the Tyrolean Alps has become a fixture of the European race calendar. This year not only the defending champions Giulio Molinari and Yvonne Van Vlerken enter the race, but also Filip Ospaly and Daniella Sämmler join the competition for the popular title on Sunday 23 August.

Athletes from all over the world head to Austria's picturesque Kaiserwinkl area for the sixth time. Not only high-calibre professional athletes, but also more than a thousand amateur athletes come to the crystal-clear Lake Walchsee for the test run for the ETU Middle Distance European Championships next year.


1.9 kilometres of swimming, 90 kilometres of cycling and 21 kilometres of running. The classic middle distance race, which captivates with one of the most beautiful and demanding courses in Europe, has repeatedly enticed stars of the triathlon scene to come to the small and friendly village of Walchsee. Winners of the race include James Cunnama, Andreas Raelert, Ronnie Schildknecht and Yvonne Van Vlerken, who has won the race already four times. The Dutchwoman and last year's winner aims for her next victory and will be the one to beat to win the race. This year's winner of CHALLENGEROTH is challenged by the Briton Lucy Gossage, who won Ironman UK in an impressive manner earlier this year. Next to the two top favourites also the German Daniela Sämmler will try her luck. She too knows the Kaiserwinkl area well. With her third start in Walchsee she will do her best to secure a place on the podium.

In the men's competition a duel between last year's winner Giulio Molinari and the Czech Filip Ospaly is eagerly anticipated. The Italian Molinari proved already last year that he is not afraid of big names, when he held off none other than Michael Raelert. The battle between Molinari and Ospaly is not a new one, since they already met at this year's ETU-European Championships at CHALLENGERIMINI. There the Czech won by a narrow margin.

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Challenge Walchsee Pro Athletes 2015

1 Molinari Giulio ITA
2 Ospaly Filip CZE
3 Fachbach Markus DEU
4 Steger Thomas AUT
5 Giglmayr Andreas AUT
6 Kastelein Nick AUS
7 Frommhold Jens DEU
8 Wojt Lukasz DEU
9 Brecko Blaz SVN
10 Dröll Martin DEU
11 Erhardt Julian DEU
12 Fox Michael AUS
13 Jais Christian DEU
14 Kaiser Jens DEU
15 Krivanek Josef CZE
16 Mehring Daniel DEU
17 Rahn Fabian DEU
18 Saupriegl Manuel AUT
19 Schuster Paul DEU
20 Zasypkin Valentin RUS

40 van Vlerken Yvonne NLD
41 Sämmler Daniela DEU
42 Gossage Lucy GBR
43 Jameson Catherine Emma GBR
44 Braendli Simone CHE
46 Kuch Celia DEU
47 Eversdijk Ilona NLD
48 Gehnböck Sylvia AUT
49 Kozar Nika SVN
50 krivankova simona CZE
51 Stoilova Nikoleta AUT
52 Strokova Tatyana RUS

Courtesy: Challenge-Family