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Nicknamed the Formula 1 of Triathlons, the Monaco TriStar111 has again kept its promises from the 3rd competition. Almost 800 athletes took part in this high-level 111-km (69-mile) challenge, which is comprised of swimming, cycling and running.
The third TriStar Monaco took place last Sunday, 2 September. After starting orders at the Larvotto Beach in Monaco, given by HSH Prince Albert II, the triathletes set off on a 111-km (69-mile) route – 1 km (0.62 miles) of swimming, 100 km (62 miles) of cycling and 10 km (6.21 miles) of running – in the surrounding countryside and on the Formula 1 circuit in the Principality.
D’Aquino and Hütthaler – conquerors of TriStar111 Monaco 2012
Among the male athletes, the Italian Andrea d’Aquino, who was taking part in TriStar Monaco for the first time, took first place on the podium with 3 hours 43'04", followed by the Monegasque athlete Hervé Banti.
"It was my first TriStar and I won it. Marceau, Chabaud, Casadei, Passuello, Moldan, Banti – all these very experienced athletes – finishing before them and winning has made me so happy!" declared Andrea d'Aquino, just after the race.
As for the women's section, the Austrian Lisa Hütthaler won her third victory this year in a TriStar, in 4 hours 21'09". "I'm very proud of this victory in Monaco. The cycling route was really difficult, and the running in Monaco, on the same roads as the Formula 1, it's incredible! It's my 29thbirthday today, and it was a wonderful present! I was determined to win, but I didn't know my rivals, so I gave it my all right from the start. I won the Kufstein TriStar and the Estonia TriStar, and winning a third time this year is simply fantastic."
Famous sportspeople and celebrities at the TriStar111
Among the athletes competing in the race were several celebrities … including drivers Lucas Di Grassi, Maro Engel et Gilles Panizzi, cyclists Christophe Agnolutto and Geoffroy Lequatre, former French rugby players Sébastian Viars and Stéphane Ougier and stars such as Marc Toesca and Paul Belmondo.
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