• Sprints to first ITU World Cup win in Australia

    I claimed my first ITU World Cup win with an electrifying sprint in Mooloolaba, just pipping reigning champion Brad Kahlefeldt and another Frenchman, David Hauss, on the line in the first major event of the 2012 season. ( March, 2012).

  • Winner in Geelong (AUS) for the ITU Continental Cup.

    After shadowing with Will Clarke (GBR) on the last lap, I managed to kick away with the finish line in sight. ( March, 2012).


    After 2011, I won again in Wanaka for the Contact Tri Serie in Wanaka over a strong Kiwi field. (january 2012)


    After 2009, I won my 2nd national title. I am really pleased with my victory, it will give me the joy to lead into the Olympics as the French Champion! (September,2011).


    I answered the London call and secured my spot for the next Olympic Game by finishing 6th and 1st French in the Olympic Test event(August,2011).

mercredi 12 septembre 2012

Winner of the Garmin Alpen Triathlon

Four days after I left Poitier where I won my 3rd national title, I headed up to Germany to compete in the 25th edition of the prestigious Garmin Alpen Triathlon.
This event also doubled as the  BundesLiga grand final.

A transition area in between lake and mountains
I already competed there last year and took the silver medal behind my good mate Will Clarke from Britain. Just like the 2012 French Champs, Schliersee is an old school triathlon with a one lap very hilly bike and a run in the middle of stunning mountains.
Final climb with Will Clarke

The bike leg consists of 40k with 4 hills finishing with a 5k climb followed by a roller coaster 10k off road at 1100m altitude.
In the lead with Will Clarke up the last climb

In the breakaway with Will Clarke in the last hill, I won the race after a little bit more than 2h in front of the German Olympian Christian Prochnow and my french team mate Tony Moulai.
Right at the finish I was delighted to taste the Kaisersmarren, a local speciality which is pretty much a massive thick pancake.
The podium of the day.

Without any doubt it was a great reward for all the 1000 athletes who competed but also a good way to short cut the beginning of a bonk.

With my win and the performance of Jonny Zipf, David Hauss, Patrick Lange and Will Clarke my German Team EJOT won the German Team Championship title.

1/ Laurent Vidal (FRA) 2h00min39sec
2/ Christian Prochnow (GER) 2h00min59sec
3/ Tony Moulai (FRA) 2h01min31sec
4/ Jonathan Zipf (GER) 2h01min36sec
5/ David Hauss (FRA) 2h02min16sec

In the woman's race, it's also a french who won as Charlotte Morel crossed the finish line ahead of Simic (SVL) and Mueller (GER).

Next stop Yokohama and Auckland for the last two events of the World Triathlon Series but first I will spend some time with my friends and family.
Photos courtesy of Team EJOT
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