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Challenge Walchsee: Laura Siddall wins again

Laura Siddall continued her run of success and countdown to Kona with victory on Sunday at a weather-shortened Challenge Walchsee in Austria

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Kona-bound Brit adds another victory to the 2017 season in Austria

Site of the ETU Middle Distance Triathlon European Championships in 2016, Sunday’s Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl took place under shortened distances due to the weather conditions in Austria.

The revised 1.5km / 68km / 21.1km format didn’t appear to phase Laura Siddall, and no surprise really, given she also won this year the Challenge Roma 753 – a race where the event distances were linked to the year of foundation of the Italian city! An ambassador for the Challenge brand, Laura had a great race to finish second at Challenge Roth to bounce back from a disappointing race at The Championship in Samorin.

WALCHSEE, AUSTRIA - SEPTEMBER 03: Laura Siddall of Great Britain on the bike course during the Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl Triathlon on September 3, 2017 in Walchsee, Austria. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Laura Siddall
Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images

While she may well be our ‘Brit Abroad’ and more accustomed to sunshine these days, the weather conditions were also suitably British and wet.

WALCHSEE, AUSTRIA - SEPTEMBER 03: Laura Siddall of Great Britain passes Margie Santimaria of Italy on the run course during the Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl Triathlon on September 3, 2017 in Walchsee, Austria. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Laura Siddall; Margie Santimaria
Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images

The Walchsee victory had to be earned, starting the run in third place with both Daniela Sammler (GER) and Margi Santimaria (ITA) to chase. She did just that, and a race best 1:24:10 run was more than sufficient to deal with the 1:28’s of both Sammler and Santimaria, and add another win to the C.V. She looks well set for her debut now at the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, one of seven British female Pro athletes who have qualified to start on Saturday 14th October.

WALCHSEE, AUSTRIA - SEPTEMBER 03: Laura Siddall of Great Britain celebrates winning the Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl Triathlon on September 3, 2017 in Walchsee, Austria. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Laura Siddall
Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images

The men’s race, Thomas Steger (AUT) of the Pewag Racing Team took the win, running down Giulio Molinari (ITA), the winner earlier this year at IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire.

Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl – Sunday 3rd September 2017
1.5km / 68km / 21.1km (race shortened)

WOMEN

1st – Laura Siddall (GBR) – 3:45:21
2nd – Daniela Sammler (GER) – 3:48:36
3rd – Margi Santimaria (ITA) – 3:49:18
4th – Marta Bernardi (ITA) – 3:53:18
5th – Lena Berlinger (GER) – 3:54:22

WALCHSEE, AUSTRIA - SEPTEMBER 03: Winners Thomas Steger of Austria and Laura Siddall of Great Britain pose on the podium after the Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl Triathlon on September 3, 2017 in Walchsee, Austria. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Thomas Steger; Laura Siddall
Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images

MEN

1st – Thomas Steger (AUT) – 3:21:57
2nd – Giulio Molinari (ITA) – 3:22:57
3rd – Mike Phillips (NZL) – 3:23:59
4th – Florian Angert (GER) – 3:24:31
5th – Tim Meyer (GER) – 3:26:41

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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