In the Men's race, Galea and Borg came out of the water together in 2nd and 3rd place respectively few seconds behind leader Enrico Schiavino. Once on the bike, the Maltese duo took advantage of the Drafting rule and worked well together as a team during the entire hilly bike route. The Maltese caught Schiavino after only 2 laps. Race favourite Emiliano Cucci caught the Maltese duo and started hi attacks on the most challenging parts of the course. However, Galea reacted to Cucci’s attack whilst Borg managed to hang on and the three came in together in T2, marking the transition between the cycling and the final, running segment of the race.
Galea came out first from transition setting his usual fast pace. Cucci was feeling the efforts done during the bike as he could not keep up with Galea’s pace who went on to win the race in 1hr 43mins 40sec. Enrico Schiavino finished second, a full 1minute 40sec behind Galea whilst Cucci finished in third place 3 minutes behind the leader. Graham Borg finished in 4th, put grabbing first place of the podium in his age category.
The women’s race was dominated from start to finish by Hannah Pace. Pace was in a class of her own as she won the race in 1hr 55 minutes and 30seconds. The second placed athlete was a full twelve minutes behind Pace at the Finish Line. This was Pace second win in Sicily as she won the San Vito lo Capo Sprint Triathlon last April.
The Maltese Athletes were jubilant after the race and all expressed their great satisfaction for topping the spots in another International race. Both Pace and Galea remarked that this win gave them a mental boost ahead of the participation in the first European Games scheduled in Baku this June. Borg stated that his return to shape is a great feeling and he is now more determined than ever to reach further goals in the sport.
The athletes thanked their sponsors for their support, namely GARMIN Malta, BBB Bike Parts, Malta, Jaycee Malta, Challenge Malta Marathon, Mochika Outdoor life, Starbene 24/7, Cfragrances.com and their triathlon clubs.
All three athletes would like to thank the Malta Triathlon Federation, the Maltese Olympic Committee and the Kunsill Malti ghall-iSport for their constant support.