why Chilean Barbara Riveros had to run an extra mile in the sand

why Chilean Barbara Riveros had to run an extra mile in the sand

Barbara Riveros will find it difficult to contest the penalty that Stéphane Garcia, speaker but also and above all organizer of the Triath’Long U Côte de Beauté, has taken the responsibility of inflicting on her (1). Especially since the Chilean continued to take advantage of the suction of a male competitor inserted when Marjolaine Pierré overtook her, before the bumps at Meschers-sur-Gironde.

The rules are clear and known, obviously to triathletes, a fortiori to professionals: on a bike, you cannot ride within 12 meters, for an extended period, of the previous competitor. Pure cyclists know the benefit of suction when pedaling in the immediate wake of another rider. On the return section of the first cycling loop of the Triath’Long, Marjolaine Pierré overtook Barbara Riveros and the Auvergnat Corentin Chouvelon in quick succession. The latter was not completely left behind by the 2021 winner.

A questionable “calculation”

Barbara Riveros should, however, have taken care to leave the regulatory 12 meters between bib number 14 and herself. A gap from which the Chilean blithely freed herself, so as not to lose contact with Marjolaine Pierré. An almost gross error, which surprises even on the part of a triathlete of the level of Barbara Riveros, undoubtedly worried at the idea of ​​seeing Marjolaine Pierré take too large an advantage before the final half-marathon.

Did the Chilean make a good calculation by trying at all costs to stay in contact with Marjolaine Pierré over the 92 kilometers by bike, even if it means making a mistake? Barbara Riveros knew it before the start, Marjolaine Pierré had a difficult season, marked by three stress fractures. A season that she only really started a month ago, still lacking sufficient training and race repetition to achieve optimum performance.

On the 21 kilometers of running, Barbara Riveros gave up time to Marjolaine Pierré, but might have run differently if she had followed her right out of the transition park, after the bike.


On the 21 kilometers of running, Barbara Riveros gave up time to Marjolaine Pierré, but might have run differently if she had followed her right out of the transition park, after the bike.

Jean-Christophe Sounalet

As a penalty, Barbara Riveros had to walk two loops, on the Grande conche beach, once the cycling part was over. That is to say one kilometer more, in the sand, and some 3 minutes 30 in advance left to his young adversary. The 2021 winner doubled the lead in 4 h 23 min 18 ”, ahead of Barbara Riveros by 4 minutes 27. Coming out of the transition park at the same time as her opponent, the Chilean might have run differently (2).

The Specter of 2012

The Chilean’s misadventure is reminiscent of the incredible reversal of the situation which, in 2012, offered victory to Frenchman Toumy Degham. Only six kilometers from the finish, the Russian Stanislav Krylov had made an unfortunate gesture at a refueling point. Unable to make himself understood, he had knocked over the cups waiting for the other competitors. While he was running towards victory, the sanction fell: disqualification.

On Saturday September 8, 2012, during the 2nd Triath'Long in Royan, the Russian Stanislav Krylov had almost won the race when he was disqualified.  He had crossed the line in first position, but head down, inviting the public not to applaud him.


On Saturday September 8, 2012, during the 2nd Triath’Long in Royan, the Russian Stanislav Krylov had almost won the race when he was disqualified. He had crossed the line in first position, but head down, inviting the public not to applaud him.

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The Russian had crossed the finish line in the lead, but, with newfound elegance, he had asked the public not to applaud him, an honor reserved two minutes later, therefore, for a deserving Toumy Degham, but quite surprised to to be crowned winner.

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