Ultra Champions: Bruno Hasulyo, Lena Ribeiro conquer the 11 Cities

 

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THE TOUR IS COMPLETE! 🎉🎉 Congratulations @brunohasulyo and @lenagribeiro for claiming the 2019 @sup11citytour after more than 200km and five days of paddling around the Dutch province of Friesland.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ And well done to every single paddler – more than 100 this yaer – who completed the entire tour along with the nearly 500 paddlers who took part in the prologue and day stages.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Bruno won his third 11 Cities title after proving simply too strong for the peleton. The defending champ won all five stages including today's 27km time trial with a final gap of more than 30 minutes. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The Dutch dark-horse @joepvanbakel was the revelation though, overpowering the Italian duo of @martinorogai and @paolomarconisup to claim runner-up. The fast-finishing Paolo summed up the challenge of the 11 Cities by saying he wants to return and tackle the Tour again after having learned so much about this race and himself in his first year.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The women's title returns to Brazil for the second time after Lena matched her 2017 heroics. Once again, it was her Mistral SUP teammate @petronella_van_malsen in a close second and less than five minute behind after a combined 24 hours of paddling. Germany's @ecker.tanja was extremely impressive and gained with every stage to cement third place.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The headwinds returned for the final day to remind competitors this race is no walk in the park, but we did enjoy three magic days of sunshine in the middle to make this a memorable 11 City Tour. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ We'll have full results and many more stories from this epic "ultra" over the coming hours and days. Here are the top finishers for now — tune in to "The Evening Stage" live show on Facebook at 7.30pm tonight (about 4 hours from now) for a quick chat with the winners!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ MEN'S TOUR⁣⁣ 1st: @brunohasulyo 🇭🇺⁣⁣ 2nd: @joepvanbakel 🇳🇱⁣⁣ 3rd: @martinorogai 🇮🇹⁣⁣ 4th: @paolomarconisup 🇮🇹⁣⁣ 5th: @kjellb21 🇧🇪⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ WOMEN'S TOUR⁣⁣ 1st: @lenagribeiro 🇧🇷⁣⁣ 2nd: @petronella_van_malsen 🇳🇱⁣⁣ 3rd: @ecker.tanja 🇩🇪⁣⁣ 4th: Marion Behrens 🇩🇪⁣⁣ 5th: @tracyacullinane 🇺🇸⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ …full results to follow ✌️ #sup11citytour #ultrapaddleleague

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In brief: Bruno Hasuluyo has claimed his third SUP 11-City Tour title and Lena Ribeiro her second after an epic week of paddling around the Dutch province of Friesland.

Bruno was far too strong for the peleton led by Dutch darkhorse Joep van Bakel (2nd) and Italians Martino Rogai (3rd) and Paolo Marconi (4th), while Lena once again usurped her team mate and the home-nation hero Petronella van Malsen to repeat the rest from 2017.

Full results over here; full recap coming soon.