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Felipe Moletta wins XTERRA Brazil. Photo - XTERRA

XTERRA Report: Brazil

Moletta, Gobbo win XTERRA Brazil

Home country heroes Felipe Moletta and Sabrina Gobbo captured the 13th annual XTERRA Brazil Championship elite titles on the island of Ilhabela this morning.

It’s the third Brazil title for Moletta and the fourth straight for Gobbo.

Complete Results / Photos

Men’s Race

In the men’s race, under an azure sky, Moletta took the lead on the bike and held onto it until the end with a time of 2:32:24, just two minutes in front of Kieran McPherson from New Zealand, who finished second in 2:34:29.

“Very happy to win here in Ilhabela, on the Brazilian stage of the XTERRA World Tour, where I started in triathlon many years ago,” posted Moletta to his Facebook page.  “I thank everyone who supported me and especially who believe in the sport, and dedicate this victory to all the moms and in particular, my dear mother and my wife…I love you!”

Moletta, who was the XTERRA Brazil champ in 2012 and 2014, is no stranger to XTERRA Brazil or to victory, but this was the 10-year XTERRA veteran’s first win in Ilhabela.

Moletta previously stated that XTERRA Brazil is very special to him. When it took place in the city of Sao Paulo in 2014, Moletta’s son had just been born and was in the hospital. Happily, both father and son came out as champs that day.

Runner-up Kieran McPherson exited the water first with a small lead, and said “I rode hard but conservatively for the first part of the bike because it wasn’t a matter of if they would catch me but when.”

McPherson, the reigning XTERRA Thailand Champ who has already done four races on the Asia-Pacific Tour (where he sits in third place), added that “Felipe caught me on the last major climb and I could not respond. My legs were definitely feeling all the travel of the last few weeks. Felipe was too strong on the run and I was only able to maintain my gap.”

McPherson now turns his attention to the Pan Am Tour and will be racing at the next stop at XTERRA Oak Mountain in Pelham, Alabama next Saturday.

“I raced well and I’m happy with my second-place performance, but I’m looking forward to a little R&R before ‘Bama.”

Triathlon legend and 2008 XTERRA Brazil Champ Alexandre Manzan was third in 2:41:20.

 

Sabrina Gobbo XTERRA
Sabrina Gobbo on the run. Photo – XTERRA

Women’s Race

In the women’s race, Sabrina Gobbo claimed victory for the fourth year in a row. She finished in 3:12:02, a full 10-minutes in front of runner up, Laura Mira Dias, who finished second in 3:22:25.

With the win Gobbo becomes the first elite to win XTERRA Brazil four times. (American great Shonny Vanlandingham and Moletta each have three titles). Gobbo was fifth on the Pan Am Tour last year and is currently seated fourth in the standings after four races.

Isabella Ribeiro was third in 3:30:40, allowing Brazil to take all three spots on the podium.The top three women finished in the same order last year, and Gobbo and Dias finished 10 minutes apart in 2016, as well.

All-Time XTERRA Brazil Elite Champions
Year – Man/Woman
2017-Felipe Moletta/Sabrina Gobbo
2016-Albert Soley/Sabrina Gobbo
2015-Diogo Malagon/Sabrina Gobbo
2014-Felipe Moletta/Sabrina Gobbo
2013-Conrad Stoltz/Shonny Vanlandingham
2012-Felipe Moletta/Shonny Vanlandingham
2011-Ben Allen/Carina Wasle
2010-Dan Hugo/Shonny Vanlandingham
2009-Rom Akerson/Maria Omar
2008-Alexandre Manzan/Carla Prada
2007-Mike Vine/Candy Angle
2006-Nico Lebrun/Candy Angle
2005-Conrad Stoltz/Jamie Whitmore

Elite Results

Pos Name, NAT Time Points Swim Bike Run
1 Felipe Moletta, BRA 2:32:24 75 0:24:28 1:18:02 0:49:06
2 Kieran McPherson, NZL 2:34:29 67 0:22:50 1:20:39 0:50:05
3 Alexandre Manzan, BRA 2:41:20 61 0:24:26 1:24:59 0:50:43
4 Frederico Zacharias, BRA 2:43:06 56 0:25:13 1:21:51 0:55:06
5 Henrique Lugarini, BRA 2:46:18 51 0:24:15 1:23:15 0:57:50
6 Diogo Malagon, BRA 2:49:54 47 0:24:26 1:25:55 0:58:34
7 Rodrigo Moreira, BRA 2:54:37 43 0:26:30 1:29:25 0:57:27
8 Silveira Silva, BRA 2:59:00 39 0:26:30 1:29:29 1:01:58
9 Guilherme Goncalves, BRA 3:08:08 36 0:24:56 1:31:01 1:11:05
10 Anderson Ferreira, BRA 3:10:01 33 0:24:22 1:41:51 1:01:02
11 Wellington Conceicao, BRA 3:32:16 30 0:34:45 1:54:18 1:00:54
12 Pericles Andrade, BRA 3:43:25 27 0:31:14 1:47:51 1:23:04
13 Fernando Melo, BRA 3:56:38 25 0:33:04 2:03:13 1:13:09
14 Leonardo Lisboa, BRA 4:04:41 23 0:25:59 2:24:13 1:12:46
Pos Name, NAT Time Points Swim Bike Run
1 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 3:12:02 75 0:28:19 1:38:13 1:04:36
2 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 3:22:25 67 0:27:30 1:46:21 1:07:15
3 Isabella Ribeiro, BRA 3:30:40 61 0:29:15 1:48:12 1:11:12
4 Vanessa Cabrini, BRA 3:39:30 56 0:24:23 2:00:03 1:13:35
5 Fernanda Prieto, BRA 3:41:10 51 0:33:17 1:53:16 1:12:08
6 Brisa Melcop, BRA 3:51:27 47 0:26:05 1:54:50 1:28:04

 

XTERRA Brazil

XTERRA Pan America Tour Elite Standings

With the win today, coupled with his third place finish at XTERRA Chile last month, Felipe Moletta moves into fourth-place in the 2017 XTERRA Pan America Tour elite standings.  Jean-Philippe Thibodeau from Canada is still in the lead, followed by Branden Rakita from the U.S. and Gonzalo Tellechea of Argentina.

In the women’s standings Laura Mira Dias jumped past Suzie Snyder to take the lead after her second-place showing today.  Dias is the only racer to do all four events on the Tour this season.

Next up: XTERRA Oak Mountain in Pelham, Alabama next Saturday, May 20.  Oak Mountain is the first Gold race of the season, awarding points at the 100-point level and awarding $15,000 USD in prize money.

2017 XTERRA PAN AM TOUR ELITE STANDINGS
After 4 (As of 5.14)

S S S S
PL NAME, NAT TOT ARG CHI CRC BRA
1 Jean-Philippe Thibodeau, CAN 178 61 56 61 DNS
2 Branden Rakita, USA 159 56 47 56 DNS
3 Gonzalo Tellechea, ARG 142 75 67 DNS DNS
4 Felipe Moletta, BRA 136 DNS 61 DNS 75
5 Maximiliano Morales, ARG 118 67 51 DNS DNS
6 León Drajer, ESP 94 51 43 DNS DNS
7 Julien Buffe, FRA 82 43 39 DNS DNS
8 Felipe Barraza, CHI 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS
9 Josiah Middaugh, USA 75 DNS DNS 75 DNS
10 Ian King, USA 74 DNS 27 47 DNS
11 Guiherme Goncalves, BRA 72 DNS DNS 36 36
12 Kris Coddens, BEL 67 DNS DNS 67 DNS
13 Kieran McPherson, NZL 67 DNS DNS DNS 67
14 Alexandre Manzan, BRA 61 DNS DNS DNS 61
15 Frederico Zacharias, BRA 56 DNS DNS DNS 56
16 Ryan Ignatz, USA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS
17 Henrique Lugarini, BRA 51 DNS DNS DNS 51
18 Andres Darricau, ARG 47 47 DNS DNS DNS
19 Diogo Malagon, BRA 47 DNS DNS DNS 47
20 Greg Schott, USA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS
21 Rodrigo Moreira, BRA 43 DNS DNS DNS 43
22 Federico Venegas, CRC 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS
23 Silveira Silva, BRA 39 DNS DNS DNS 39
24 Diego Moya, CHI 36 DNS 36 DNS DNS
25 Guilherme Goncalves, BRA 36 DNS DNS DNS 36
26 Gaspar Riveros, CHI 33 DNS 33 DNS DNS
27 Billy Gordon, PAN 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS
28 Anderson Ferreira, BRA 33 DNS DNS DNS 33
29 Benjamin Munizaga, CHI 30 DNS 30 DNS DNS
30 Micheal Nunez, USA 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS
31 Wellington Conceicao, BRA 30 DNS DNS DNS 30
32 Andres Zuniga, CRC 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS
33 Pericles Andrade, BRA 27 DNS DNS DNS 27
34 Fernando Melo, BRA 25 DNS DNS DNS 25
35 Leonardo Lisboa, BRA 23 DNS DNS DNS 23
ELITE WOMEN S S S S
PL NAME, NAT TOT ARG CHI CRC BRA
1 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 221 51 47 56 67
2 Suzie Snyder, USA 217 75 67 75 DNS
3 Kara LaPoint, USA 184 61 56 67 DNS
4 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 182 56 51 DNS 75
5 Morgane Riou, FRA 128 67 61 DNS DNS
6 Barbara Riveros, CHI 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS
7 Annie Bergen, CAN 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS
8 Isabella Ribeiro, BRA 61 DNS DNS DNS 61
9 Vanessa Cabrini, BRA 56 DNS DNS DNS 56
10 Liz Gruber, USA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS
11 Fernanda Prieto, BRA 51 DNS DNS DNS 51
12 Caroline Colonna, USA 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS
13 Brisa Melcop, BRA 47 DNS DNS DNS 47

2017 XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Series Schedule

XTERRA Brazil was the 16th of 41 events where amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 22nd annual XTERRA World Championship in Maui on October 29.

Date
Race
Elite Winners or Location
Feb 25
Richard Murray / Flora Duffy
Mar 4
Dougal Allan / Josie Wilcox
Mar 18
XTERRA Saipan + Silver
Sam Osborne / Carina Wasle
Mar 25
Gonzalo Tellechea / Suzie Snyder
Apr 1
Kieran McPherson / Renata Bucher
Apr 1
XTERRA Chile # Silver
Felipe Barraza / Barbara Riveros
Apr 2
XTERRA Malta * Silver
Roger Serrano / Brigitta Poor
Apr 8
Sam Osborne / Jacqui Allen
Apr 9
Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder
Apr 16
Ruben Ruzafa / Carina Wasle
Apr 23
Bradley Weiss / Carina Wasle
Apr 23
XTERRA Cyprus * Silver
Yeray Luxem / Brigitta Poor
Apr 29
Osborne,Allen,Weiss,McPherson/Wasle
Apr 30
XTERRA Greece * Silver
Ruben Ruzafa, Helena Erbenova
May 6
Sam Osborne / Jacqui Allen
May 13
XTERRA Brazil # Silver
Felipe Moletta / Sabrina Gobbo
May 14
XTERRA Spain * Silver
Tarragona
May 20
Pelham, AL, USA
May 27
Golega
Jun 10
Namur
Jun 17
Milton, Ontario, Canada
Jun 18
Imatra
Jun 24
Vallee de Joux
Jul 2
Xonrupt
Jul 9
Victoria, B.C., Canada
Jul 15
Beaver Creek, CO, USA
Jul 30
Scanno, Abruzzo, Italy
Aug 5
Tapalpa
Aug 5
XTERRA Norway * Silver
Norefjell
Aug 6
Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Aug 12
Quebec City, Canada
Aug 12
Ontario, Canada
Aug 13
Barahona
Aug 13
XTERRA Poland * Silver
Krakow
Aug 19
Zittau
Aug 26
XTERRA Sweden * Silver
Hammarbybacken, Stockholm
Aug 26
Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
Sep 2
XTERRA Japan + Silver
Hokkaido
Sep 3
Mons Klint
Sep 16
Ogden, Utah, USA
Oct 29
Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

* XTERRA European Tour / # XTERRA Pan American Tour / + Asia-Pacific Tour
Silver = Min. $7,500 pro purse & 75-point scale // GOLD = Min $15,000 pro purse & 100-point scale

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