The 12th stop of the EuroTour took place in Corfu, Greece in June 15-16th. On its third edition, and the first one with EuroTour the beautiful island of Corfu lived up to the hype with beautiful scenery and crystal clear waters.
On Saturday morning the final registration and beach check in took place under the scorching sun, with the race briefing at 11:30 right before the main race:
At noon the main event took place with the Elite competitors completed two laps on the beautiful 7km course along the coast and the Amateurs did one loop. Australian powerhouse Michael Booth (Starboard) had a convincing win gaping the entire field by nearly three minutes, and American Fiona Wylde (Starboard) also claimed top honors after being in the lead on her own the entire race.
For the woman’s race, it was a battle between American Fiona Wylde (Starboard) and eventual second place Italian Caterina Stenta that stayed within contention the whole race an finish a minute adrift the American.
Behind the leading duo in third place was Frenchwoman Amandine Chazot (Sunova) after missing the top train with an uncharacteristical fall at the start of the race. Germay’s Sussane Lier (F-One) came in a solid 4th place, followed by a new face on tour Hungary’s Dori Bathori in 5th.
1 Fiona Wylde USA 01:38'33"343
2 Caterina Stenta Italy 01:39'30"880
3 Amandine Chazot France 01:41'34"208
4 Sussane Lier Germany 01:46'05"367
5 Dori Bathori Hungary 01:49'14"624
6 Linda Schwaiger Austria 01:53'02"937
7 Petra Pyffrader Austria 01:55'37"952
The Men’s race had one name only, Australian’s Michael Booth (Starboard) took full advantage of the flat conditions and made an attack early on the first lap, to finish by gapping the entire field by 3nearly three minutes. It was a truly epic performance considering he had some of the world's best behind him in a 10 deep chasing pack.
The Top10 results were all decided in a frantic sprint to the line. Tahitian Enzo Bennett (425PRO) had the best of it earning yet another 2nd place showing his consistency. One of the original European champs Italian Leo Nika (Starboard) had one of his best results on tour being the best European in a well deserved 3rd place. Virtually head to head were the rest of the Top10 separated by 1-2secs at the most. See results:
1 Michael Booth Australia 01:23'50"656
2 Enzo Bennett Tahiti 01:26'09"837
3 Leonard Nika Greece 01:26'11"467
4 Arthur Arutkin France 01:26'14"843
5 Titouan Puyo New Caledonia 01:26'17"422
6 liran Machlev ISRAIL 01:26'18"606
7 Tom Auber France 01:26'19"338
8 Eri Tenorio Brazil 01:26'23"300
9 Ty Judson Australia 01:26'28"646
10 Noic Garioud New Caledonia 01:26'36"896
The award ceremony followed in the afternoon right on the beach. We really want to thank Vassilis, Christos and the entire volunteer team for the great set-up and the warm welcome to all competitors. Corfu we will be back in 2020 for sure.