Spain’s Laura Quetglas (photo: @eurotoursup)
In brief: Tom Auber and Amandine Chazot have claimed the latest round of the EuroTour in the north-east of Spain. The French duo saluted at the Cap de Creus SUP Challenge in a great downwind run a couple of hours north of Barcelona.
Tom’s toughest challenge came from compatriot Martin Vitry, while last week’s third-place finisher Vinni Martins repeated his result after out-sprinting Martin Letourneur and Ty Judson in the final hundred metres.
Amandine triumphed over fellow Frenchwoman Olivia Piana, while Laura Quetglas hit the podium for Team Spain for the second week in a row. It was another big showing from the junior girls out of the Spanish island of Mallorca, with young training team-mates Duna Gordillo, Sonia Caimari and Sonia Hurtado all hitting the top 10.
Follow The Euro Tour for more coverage. Here are the early results…
WOMEN’S TOP 10
1st: Amandine Chazot (FRA) Sunova/QB
2nd: Olivia Piana (FRA) Rogue
3rd: Laura Quetglas (ESP) Starboard/QB
4th: Melanie Lafenetre (FRA) Infinity
5th: Susak Molinero (ESP) RRD
6th: Noelani Sach (GER) NSP
7th: Duna Gordillo (ESP) F-One/QB
8th: Sheila Sirvent (ESP) Starboard/QB
9th: Sonia Caimari (ESP) SIC/QB
10th: Sonia Hurtado (ESP) Starboard/QB
MEN’S TOP 10
1st: Tom Auber (FRA) Fanatic
2nd: Martin Vitry (FRA) SIC/QB
3rd: Vinnicius Martins (BRA) JP
4th: Martin Letourneur (FRA)
5th: Ty Judson (AUS) NSP
6th: Ludovic Teulade (FRA) Oxbow/QB
7th: Enzo Bennett (TAH) 425
8th: Bruno Hasulyo (HUN) Lightboard
9th: Boris Jinvresse (FRA) Sunova/QB
10th: Kelly Margetts (AUS) Sunova/QB
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Tom Auber and Melanie Lafenetre have won the 2018 GlaGla Race, as hundreds of paddlers braved the freezing cold French Alps to produce one of the largest races our sport has ever seen.
Tom claimed victory for the home nation after a frantic finish with Leo Nika — it was a literal photo finish, which is heartbreaking for Leo as it repeats the exact same scenario from 12 months ago. Italian Martino Rogai was just behind in third after pushing hard over the final kilometres, while Molokai hero Travis Grant had to settle for fourth place following a high-paced sprint to the line. The lead quartet stuck together for almost the entire 14km race, with Federico Esposito and Yanis Maire the only ones who could stay within shouting distance.
In the women’s it was all Melanie, with the 17-year-old from St. Maxime opening a commanding lead early and never looking back.
But the real story from this year’s GlaGla adventure was just how many paddlers stood on the start line. With just under 500 paddlers signed up for this crazy, cold water classic, the GlaGla is officially one of the biggest (by one measure it’s the #2 race in the world right now).
Full results from the short distance and long distance over on the official timing site.
You can also watch a full replay of our GlaGla Race Facebook Live stream.
A massive “merci beaucoup” to Benoit and the crew from the Alpine Lakes Tour, as well as title sponsor Red Paddle Co, for helping make this amazing event happen. See you back in the French Alps in January 2019!