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XTERRA European Series Titles Up for Grabs in Denmark


Epic Showdown On Tap in Denmark

It all comes down to this.

The Belgian, Kris “Cool Cat” Coddens VS the Kiwi, Sam “Bam Bam” Osborne

Heading into the XTERRA European Tour finale at XTERRA Denmark next Sunday (Sept 4) those two sit in second and third-place in the elite standings, separated by just 13 points.

The leader, three-time XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa, will not make the trip.

“No, my focus now is on Maui,” Ruzafa explained.  “This year I have done two parts in the season, Reunion to XTERRA France, then two-weeks rest, and now I have Maui and ITU Worlds on my mind.  This year we have tried to make little changes to my swimming, so I can be faster in the water, and my running so I can be better on the climbs and the downhills.  The secret, however, is arriving fresh at each race.  With seven weeks focus on the preparation for Maui, I hope to arrive healthy and with energy, that is the key.”

Ruzafa collected 442 points on the XTERRA European Tour this season, 82 more than Coddens and 99 more than Osborne.

“What that means is if Kris finishes 1st or 2nd he beats Ruben.  If Sam finishes 1st he also beats Ruben, but if Kris is 2nd he beats Sam,” said XTERRA World Tour managing director Dave Nicholas, who notably went out of his way to prod those two with these facts.

The tight race sets up an exciting finale in Mons Klint.  In head-to-head racing this year Coddens got the better of Osborne at XTERRA Belgium (He won, Sam was 2nd) and XTERRA Switzerland (He was 2nd, Sam was 7th) but Osborne finished ahead of Coddens at the last two races, placing 3rd at XTERRA Sweden (Kris was 4th) and 2nd at XTERRA Germany (Kris was 12th).

Ah, but it’s not just about Bam Bam and Cool Cat!  The “Kid” Mauricio Mendez from Mexico will be in Denmark as well, eager to claim his third win on the European Tour this season and mess-up the whole deal.  If Mendez wins, and Coddens doesn’t finish second, the title goes to Ruzafa.

Looking back, Mendez was faster than Osborne on his way to winning at XTERRA Italy (Sam was 2nd), and he got the better of both Sam and Kris when he won in Sweden, but then Osborne bounced back in Germany last weekend with a runner-up showing to Ruzafa (Mauricio was 5th).

And let’s not forget about Roger Serrano, the reigning XTERRA European Tour Champ, who won the first two races of the season at XTERRA Malta and XTERRA Greece (where he beat Ruzafa).  He’s back from injuries and looking to re-establish his spot on top.

Women Also Feature a Tight Race


There’s drama in the women’s race as well, with Brigitta Poor looking to become the first elite racer from Hungary to win an XTERRA European Tour title.  She’s got the lead with 429 points, and behind her is the “Swiss Miss” Renata Bucher with 401 points.  Poor can lock-down the crown with a fourth-place finish or better.  If Renata wins it, and Poor is fifth-or-worse, Bucher will walk away with her fifth XTERRA European Tour title.

CURRENT XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR RANKINGS

2016 XTERRA EUROPEAN TOUR PRO STANDINGS                  
After 10 – 8.20.16                      
                         
Men     S S S S G G S S S G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR BEL SUI FRA ITA POL SWE GER
1 Ruben Ruzafa, ESP 442 DNS 67 75 DNS 100 100 DNS DNS DNS 100
2 Kris Coddens, BEL 360 DNS x47 DNS 75 90 41 DNS 61 56 37
3 Sam Osborne, NZL 343 DNS DNS x51 67 58 DNS 67 DNS 61 90
4 Yeray Luxem, BEL 299 DNS DNS 67 x27 DNS 90 DNS 75 67 DNS
5 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 286 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 67 75 69
6 Francois Carloni, FRA 263 DNS 51 56 61 DNS 37 x51 DNS DNS 58
7 Brice Daubord, FRA 261 43 61 DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
8 Peter Lehmann, GER 239 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 39 51 DNS 45
9 Jan Kubicek, CZE 234 DNS 36 DNS DNS 37 DNS 56 56 DNS 49
10 Arthur Serrieres, FRA 230 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 63 DNS DNS 51 63
11 Bradley Weiss, RSA 227 DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 82 DNS DNS DNS 82
12 Veit Hoenle, GER 226 DNS DNS 23 DNS 75 75 DNS DNS DNS 53
13 Roger Serrano, ESP 211 75 75 61 DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNP
14 Arthur Forissier, FRA 150 DNS 56 DNS DNS DNF DNS 47 DNS 47 DNS
15 Tomas Kubek, SVK 137 DNS 43 DNS 47 DNS DNS x23 47 DNS DNS
16 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 127 47 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNP 23 27 DNS
17 Maxim Chane, FRA 126 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 36 DNS DNS DNP
18 Henry Sleight, GBR 125 DNS DNS DNS 39 28 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS
19 Damien Guillemet, FRA 120 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS
20 Hannes Wolpert, GER 114 36 DNS 33 DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNP
21 Sebastian Norberg, SWE 111 DNS 25 DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS 43 DNF DNS
22 Llewellyn Holmes, GBR 110 DNS DNS 25 33 DNS 31 21 DNS DNS DNP
23 Jan Pyott, SUI 110 DNF 33 DNS DNS 34 DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS
24 Christophe Betard, FRA 108 27 DNS DNS 36 DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS
25 Dominik Wychera, AUT 108 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 33 DNS 36 DNP
26 Mattia De Paoli, ITA 94 DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS
27 Nicolas Fernandez, FRA 87 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 31
28 Pierre-Antoine Guilhem, FRA 82 61 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Max Neumann, AUS 79 DNS 30 DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
30 Theo Blignaut, RSA 79 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36 43 DNS
31 Markus Benesch, AUT 73 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 27 21 DNS DNP
32 Stephen Bayliss, GBR 71 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS 41
33 Cedric Lassonde, FRA 69 30 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
34 Jens Roth, GER 67 67 DNS DNS DNS DNP DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Tomas Jurkovic, SVK 64 DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS
36 Karl Shaw, GBR 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNF
37 Tim Van Daele, BEL 57 DNS 27 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
38 Bartosz Banach, POL 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 José Estrangeiro, POR 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
40 Maximilian Sasserath, GER 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
41 Anthony Pannier, FRA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
42 Julen Loroño, ESP 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
43 Aidan Nugent, RSA 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNP
44 Thomas Kerner, GER 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNP
45 Rui Dolores, POR 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNP
46 Christian Otto, GER 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34
47 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 33 33 DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
48 Norbert Durauer, AUT 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 33 DNS
49 Mester Balint, HUN 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS
50 Jari Palonen, SWE 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 30 DNS
51 Ben Allen, AUS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNP DNS DNS DNS DNS
52 Anthony Flinois, FRA 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS
53 Jan Francke, CZE 28 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 28
54 Gonzalo Orosco, ESP 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
55 Emil Stoynev, BUL 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS
56 Jim Thijs, BEL 25 DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNP DNS DNS DNS
57 Lubos Truhlar, CZE 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS DNP
58 Simone Calamai, ITA 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 25 DNS
59 Julien Buffe, FRA 23 DNF 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
60 Martial Schmidt, FRA 23 DNS DNS DNS 23 DNS DNP DNP DNS DNS DNS
61 Tiago Maia, POR 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNP DHS DNS DNP DNS DNS
62 Boris Chambon, FRA 21 DNS DNS DNS 21 DNS DNP DNS DNS DNS DNS
Women   S S S S G G S S S G
Pl Name, NAT TOTAL MLT GRE POR BEL SUI FRA ITA POL SWE GER
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 429 75 67 x61 DNS 63 75 DNS 67 DNS 82
2 Renata Bucher, SUI 401 DNS DNS 51 DNS 75 90 61 61 DNS 63
3 Helena Erbenova, CZE 382 DNS 75 75 75 DNS 82 x67 x75 x75 75
4 Carina Wasle, AUT 364 DNS DNS 56 67 58 63 DNS DNS 51 69
5 Morgane Riou, FRA 331 67 51 DNS 61 49 45 DNS DNS DNS 58
6 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 308 DNS DNS 67 DNS 82 69 DNS DNS DNS 90
7 Maud Golsteyn, NED 232 56 DNS 39 47 41 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS
8 Louise Fox, GBR 229 DNS 56 47 DNS 45 28 DNS DNS DNS 53
9 Ladina Buss, SUI 228 DNS 61 DNS DNS 69 DNS 51 47 DNS DNS
10 Michelle Flipo, FRA 200 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS 100
11 Lesley Paterson, GBR 175 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 75 DNS DNS DNS
12 Jacqui Slack, GBR 148 DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS
13 Elisabetta Curridori, ITA 130 DNS DNS DNS 43 31 DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS
14 Kristina Nec Lapinova, SVK 125 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 31 DNS 51 DNS DNS
15 Jessie Roberts, GBR 122 DNS DNS DNS 51 37 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS
16 Lenka Cibulkova, CZE 119 DNS DNS DNS 39 DNP DNP DNS 39 DNS 41
17 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 114 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS
18 Diane Lee, GBR 103 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS
19 Danica Spiteri, MLT 86 39 DNS DNS DNS DNP DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS
20 Cecilia Jessen, SWE 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS
21 Kara LaPoint, USA 65 DNS DNS DNS DNS 28 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Mayalen Noriega, ESP 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS
23 Isabelle Klein, LUX 56 DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Sandra Santanyes, ESP 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS
25 Coralie Redelsperger, FRA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Alena Stevens, SVK 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Ivana Loubkova, CZE 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49
28 Sabina Rzepka, POL 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45
29 Sara Bonilla Bernardez, ESP 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
30 Belinda Hadden, AUS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS
31 Sanne Van Paassen, NED 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS
32 Birgit Jüngst-Dauber, GER 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37
33 Monica Cibin, ITA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS

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