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2013 XTERRA France

Written by: Timothy Carlson
Added: Mon Jul 08 2013

In a classic alpine setting in Gerárdmer, defending XTERRA European Tour champions Nico Lebrun of France and Helena Erbenova of the Czech Republic won this demanding race which features rugged climbs on the bike and run.

Lebrun, who announced he was retiring from a stellar pro career at the end of this season, became the fourth different man to win a European Tour event this season as Ruben Ruzafa won the opener in Spain, Ben Allen won in Greece and Victor Del Corral won in Switzerland. Lebrun, the 39-year-old 2005 XTERRA World Champion, was 2 minutes 30 seconds back of Ruzafa after an epic, rugged 2-hour bike split, but made it all back plus 18 seconds with a race-best 43:46 run.

Erbenova gave away 3 minutes to Marion Lorblanchet and 2:42 to Jacqui Slack on the swim, but put the hammer down with a 2:19:44 bike split that was 8:13 faster than Slack and 12:55 quicker than Lorblanchet. Erbenova closed out the race with a 50:59 run that was 5:40 quicker than Slack and 2:06 faster than Lorblanchet. Erbenova thus enjoyed an 11 minutes 12 secoinds cushion over runner-up Slack and 12:24 over 3rd-place finisher Lorblanchet.

All photographs © XTERRA


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