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Volunteers with masks and gloves look on as Sabina Rapelli grabs a cup from the aid station. Rapelli and her partner Alexis Charrier who are typically a very strong mixed team ended up not finishing the race.
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The first swim of the race in Lej Cavloc at 1900 meters of elvation is the coldest swim of the day with temps typically in the high 40s during this time. But after running uphill before and a difficult uphill charge right after this swim it actually is not as bad as it may sound.
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Teams typically spread out pretty fast on this very challenging course. And the upcoming section here is rather tricky.
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Here Antony Costes and Thomas Navarro of team Les DT Suisse chased fellow triathletes Pierre Massonneau and Fabien Besancon of team Argon 18 up this section. In the end however the placements were reversed.
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The mixed team of Martin Flinta and Johanna Edman of team Thule Crew were in the running all day but had to settle for second place in the mixed division at the end.
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Swiss Pro triathletes Jan Van Berkel and Samuel Huerzeler adapted reasonably well to this sport and they ended up in 7th place in the the male division, and 8th place overall.
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Victor Dahl and Desirée Andersson of Team Envol looking comfortable in first place of the mixed division, and in the end with a time of 5:37:53 in 5th place overall and 10 minutes ahead of the next mixed team who finished 9th overall in 5:47:19.
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Athletes encounter a variety of terrain as they race through the Engadin valley. Here Swiss Bastiaan Breine and Belgian Gertjan Winten push up a cobbled climb on the way to 6th place in the male division.
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The leading female team of Ulrika Eriksson and Hanna Skårbratt of team ARK Swimrun also looked comfortable and they held on to that lead from start to finish. Their winning time of 5:48:36 meant 10th place overall.
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The French pro triathlon team of Antony Costes and Thomas Navarro had the leading team within reach all day but in the end fell 2.5 minutes shot of taking the title.
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Even the cows on the Swiss meadows were socially distanced, but curious about the neoprene clad competitors running past them.
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The views athletes experience on the course are breathtaking.
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The place might look inviting to take a quick break and enjoy coffee and pastries, but there was no time for such delights.
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Remi Mariette and Guillaume Henneman of team Gravelines Triathlon on the way to the title and their time of 5:21:56 was the best of the day.
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Alexander Berggren and Peter Oom of Team Garmin grabbed 4th place overall and were about 3 minutes away from the podium in the end.
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There is so much beautiful nature to experience here that it is well worth to come here another time to take it all in at a more mellow pace, and with more time.
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Pushing up one of many climbs on the ÖtillÖ Engadin course
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This type of racing pretty much guarantees social distancing.
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The winning mixed team clearly enjoyed that victory.