It is one of the most extreme of the Xtreme triathlon races – the Icon Livigno Xtreme Triathlon takes athletes through 5,000m of climbing through the 195 km bike ride that includes the famous Stelvio Pass (the second highest pass in Europe) before finishing with a marathon run that ends on Carosello 3000 – and, yes, that stands for 3,000 m. The day begins, of course, with a 3.8 km swim in Gallo Lake in Livigno before embarking on the challenging bike and run courses.
Italy’s own Giulio Molinari started the race one hour behind the rest of the field, raising money for every athlete he passed along the way for the Il sorriso di Car-lotta non-profit organization. Molinari had passed almost the entire field by the time he hit the Stelvio pass and was in the lead by the start of the run. He would take a second win of the Icon Livigno Xtreme Triathlon in 13:39:33. Jacco Langerak from the Netherlands took second in 14:01:09, while Germany’s Martin Hauf rounded out the podium in 14:06:41.
Austria’s Lisa Wiestner led the women by the top of the Stelvio Pass, too, and never looked back as she took the women’s race in 15:00:36, with Switzerland’s Andrea Cortina taking second in 15:51:06. There was a crazy-close race for third as Michela Menegon (ITA) and Melanie Steiner (SUI), who was second at the race in 2018, just a few hundred meters apart as they neared the finish line. In the end Menegon held on for a close win, crossing the line in 17:18:29 with Steiner finishing a few minutes later in 17:23:06
You can see the full results from the race here.
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