Arnhem 2018: Road races recap ~ Passion/Patin/Vitesse - Passion/Speed/Skating


9 juillet 2018

Arnhem 2018: Road races recap

The inline speed skating World Championships have come to an end in Arnhem on Sunday.

By Jackob Savard
Photos: @freddyrace and Skateworld Backstage

Here's what caught our team's attention during the road portion of the competition.

Zapata and Marreiros on the podium
Even if Daniel Zapata Martinez from Colombia and Diogo Marreiros from Portugal are well-known skaters, not a lot of people could have predicted they would both step on the podium of this points race on Thursday in Arnhem. Their presence in a big breakaway alongside Equatorian skater Carlos Matute, allowed Zapata and Marreiros to collect 12 points each. The Colombian crossed the finish line before the Portuguese to win the World Champion title. Marreiros' silver medal is Portugal's highest placement at any inline speed skating World Championships in history.

Jordy van Workum Netherlands’ newest star
Junior skater from the Netherlands, Jordy van Workum, gave a great show to the Dutch crowd during the road competition. The young Dutch skater was probably the most solid junior skater in the long distances. His victory in the elimination race on day 5 was, in our opinion, one of the most exciting race of these World championships. On day 6, van Workum also won a bronze medal in the points race. You should keep an eye on the young skater in the next seasons as he showed he was able to race solid elimination and points races this week.

Bart Swings king of the road
After two medals on the track in Heerde, Bart Swings added two other medals on the road in Arnhem. He started his road competition with a bronze medal in the crazy points race that was won by Daniel Zapata on day 5. The next day, Swings did a perfect elimination race to won his World champion title.

An emotional victory for Lollobrigida
ltalian star Francesca Lollobrigida made an awesome move to pass Fabriana Arias Perez and Jhoana Viveros on the last corner of the elimination race to win her first world champion title of the competition. It was an emotional win for Francesca and her teammate and sister Giulia Lollobrigida as their mother is currently hospitalized. As soon as the race ended, the Lollobrigida sisters called their parents on Facetime for a family celebration. Lollobrigida ended her championships with 4 medals.

A tight marathon
Like it was often the case in the previous years, both the men's and women's marathon at World Championships were decided by a bunch sprint. German power house Felix Rijhnen won it for the men while Chinese Tapei’s skater Yang Ho-Chen took the title on the women's side. In the men’s marathon, Ecuador’s Jorge Bolanos and Belgium's junior skater Jason Suttels completed the podium. What a performance by the young Belgian who stepped on a senior podium at his first year as a Junior A. Francesca Lollobrigida and Maria Camila Guerra finished second and third in the ladies' race.

Colombia, Colombia and Colombia again!
How could we recap these championships without talking about Colombia? After the successes of skaters like Pedro Causil, Alex Cujavante, Fabriana Arias, Jhoana Viveros, Gabriela Rueda Rueda and many others on the track, Colombia’s domination continued on the road with the powerful duo of Arias and Viveros, the surprise victory of Daniel Zapata and Edwin Estrada's performance in the one lap sprint. Colombia finished first in the nation's ranking with a total of 44 medals ahead of South Korea who won 11 medals and France who won 8 medals.

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