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Sunday's Forte Village Challenge Sardinia in pictures, courtesy of the lens of José Luis Hourcade

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Race images from Forte Village Challenge Sardinia 2018

Sunday’s Forte Village Challenge Sardinia (www.fortevillagetriathlon.com) represented the final European race of the Challenge Family European season.

Based at the fantastic Forte Village Resort (www.fortevillageresort.com), the Middle Distance race attracted a solid Pro field, with several athletes looking to improve their positions in the 2018 Challenge Family Bonus Pool Rankings. Unfortunately the weather caused the cancellation of the swim, replaced – for Pro athletes only – by an opening 5km run.

Once again we benefit from the photography (and travel!) skills of José Luis Hourcade (www.joseluishourcade.com), who ends his extensive European tour of triathlon events which has provided us with a great insight into so many events all year.

Forte Village Challenge Sardinia – Sunday 28th October 2018
5km run / 90km bike / 21.1km run

Pro Women

1st – Svenja Thoes (GER) – 4:17:44
2nd – Katrien Verstuyft (BEL) – 4:18:50
3rd – Lena Berlinger (GER) – 4:20:31
4th – Elisabetta Curridori (ITA) – 4:23:39
5th – Laura Siddall (GBR) – 4:24:23
6th – Claire Hann (GBR) – 4:32:50
7th – Chantal Cummings (GBR) – 4:34:28

Pro Men

1st – Pieter Heemeryck (BEL) – 3:47:44
2nd – Matt Chrabot (USA) – 3:51:59
3rd – Frederic Funk (GER) – 3:52:50

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Check out some great images from the race below

Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
No swim = duathlon run start for the Pro athletes
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Pieter Heemeryck (BEL), Frederic Funk (GER), Daniel Bækkegård (DEN)
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
#13 Massimo Cigana (ITA)
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Pieter Heemeryck (BEL)
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Early stages of the ride
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Mauro Pera (ITA)
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Daniel Bækkegård (DEN)
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Matt Chrabot (USA)
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Great Britain’s Laura Siddall
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Cyril Viennot (FRA)
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Katrien Verstuyft (BEL)
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Out on the roads of Sardinia
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Daniel Bækkegård (DEN)
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Plenty of greenery around
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Frederic Funk (GER) in aero mode
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Pieter Heemeryck was strong all day
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Lena Berlinger (GER)
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Ivan Kalashnikov in aero mode, passing Massimo Cigana
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Svenja Thoes (GER)
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Rolling roads
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Coastal views
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Ideal venue for an end of season event
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Laura Siddall working on a climb

Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade

Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Chantal Cummings (GBR)
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Lina-Kristin Schenk (GER)
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Pieter Heemeryck leading the way
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Frederic Funk chasing
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Matt Chrabot (USA)
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Daniel Bækkegård (DEN) would finish 6th
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Laura Siddall keeping fuelled
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Svenja Thoes (GER) and Katrien Verstuyft (BEL)
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Lena Berlinger (GER)
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Laura Siddall
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Former Formula 1 driver and multiple Paralympic Gold medallist, Alex Zanardi
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Volunteers do their thing as Cigana runs past en route to 7th
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Smiles on the finish straight
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Pieter Heemeryck raises the tape
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
The men’s top three (L to R) – Chrabot, Heemeryck, Funk
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
A very happy Svenja Thoes takes the win
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
The women’s top three Pro finishers
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Alex Zanardi
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
More celebrations for the Men’s Pro podium
Challenge Forte Village Sardinia - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
And for the Pro Women too
John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.

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