|The moments before the start. Photo: Canoë-Kayak Magazine|
1,472 paddlers gathered under a fine sunny day that made the delight of competitors and spectators. Among the favorites, big names in the international scene, with all sights set on the current world champion and Olympic medalist in K1 1000m Max Hoff, who returned to his first discipline (river descent) with his teammate Tobias Bong. Having already won the Ardèche three times with Stiefenhofer , he tried again this time commanding a K2 that...
from the early stages took the lead of the race. Behind them, just a few meters away, the new couple formed by Czech Tomas Slovak (K1 champion in former editions) and Frenchman Cyrille Carré , bronze at the recent Copenhagen Marathon Worlds and one of the most versatile paddlers in this last years. However, the thrust of the Germans opened a 30 seconds gap that they could keep up to half race smoothly.
|Slovak (front) and Carré (back) celebrate victory. Photo: Le Dauphiné|
|Kiko Vega (ESP), winner in singles on a surfski. Photo: Le Dauphiné|
In the women's competition , the K2 title for the French couple by Malaterre and Hostens in a very good time of 1h55' (30th place overall), while in K1 there was a great fight for victory until the final meters, with Deborah Fogel (SUI) and Annika Gierenz (GER) neck by neck, with final victory in the sprint for the Swiss, staying the German in a well-deserved second place. Just one minute behind them , the French Lise Vinet completed the podium.
In Mixed K2 category, victory for brother and sister Achim and Alke Overbeck. The couple from Brunswick rounded the great results of the German national Team with their teammates from Köln Hoff , Bong and Gierenz, among others.
Here you can check the results of the marathon and of the team challenge.