Posted 20th June 2014

2010, 2012 and now 2014 - she did it again!!!

Swiss Nicola Spirig ran with her Swiss running shoes to her fourth European Champion title.

Every second year since 2010, Nicola Spirig went for Gold at the ETU Triathlon European Championships in Kitzbühel, Austria.

At first, Nicola Spirig didn't have a stellar start. Starting the swim track, she lost the leading group quite early on. Coming out of the water and into the transition zone, Nicola started off with the bike with a 56 seconds gap between her and the leaders in 15th place.

After the first lap, it was a full turnaround,  Nicola reduced her time distance to the leading group by 35 seconds and instead leading the chasing group behind her. After the 3rd lap, Nicola, pushing hard, was already in touch again with the leading group.

Due to the stormy and rainy day in Kitzbühel, big groups were falling into smaller pieces. It was a real endurance test for those athletes with these weather conditions.

Nicola Spirig was still in the leading group while coming into the second transition to running. And off she was with her On Clouds! As leader of the whole female elite group, she managed to enlarge her head start to 22 seconds. Despite of her obvious stitch, she fought her way through to the finish line, regardless of her losing speed. For the Swiss Olympic Champion, she did not let the others come anywhere near her. No chance for her chasers.

"I feel great! I am glad I could handle the stitch I had in the running part. The victory feels amazing!"

In August, Nicola will participate at the Athletics European Championships in Zurich.

Super proud of our Nicola Spirig! Congrats! So glad to have you in our On family!

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