The team led by Roberto Cejuela formed with Lasse Lührs, Roberto Sánchez, Luis Miguel Velázquez, Hector Arevalo and David Cantero. The women’s team was made up of Yaiza Saiz, Sara Alemany, Laura Duran and Josefina Florez.
The UA is marking an era in Spanish triathlon, achieving his fifth win in seven years (2015, 2016, 2019, 2020 and 2021) with a third place in 2018 and a retirement due to fall in cycling in 2017.
The girls, for their part, repeated a great fifth place, just like last year, with a very young team made up of three under-23s and one junior.
The triathletes of the University of Alicante made clear their intention to repeat in the Cup title with a time of 55:20 very early but already pointing to unbeatable. Roberto Sánchez Mantecón, Luismi Velázquez, David Cantero, Héctor Arévalo and Lasse Lührs achieved victory with just over a minute ahead of Cidade de Lugo Fluvial for which they stopped the clock at 56:23 Martín Cando, Rubén Pereira, Andrés Cendán, Ricardo Hernández, Tiago Lemos and Guillem Montiel. Third place went to Alusigma Peñota Dental Portugaletekoa, with a time of 56:29 and Camilo and Nico Puertas, Joan Reixach, Ander Ganzábal, Ander García and Joanes Goitisolo in the race. Imps from Rivas and Saltoki Trikideak completed the first five places in the classification.
The next day the Spanish Relay Championship was played, where again the men’s team achieved the victory and the double as in 2015 and 2016, forming with Lührs, Sánchez and Velasquez. And the girls got sixth place. With this, a new historic weekend was completed for the University of Alicante, achieving two new victories at the national elite level, competing all the clubs in Spain.
Roberto Cejuela has led the UA triathlon team since its foundation in 2008. With a degree in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences from the University of León in 2005 and a PhD from the UA in 2009, Cejuela was the first licensed trainer in triathlon of the Spanish Triathlon Federation (FETRI) of the Castilian-Leon province and the founder of the first federated triathlon team of the aforementioned university.
The UA triathlon team is a great example of high performance. Just list a few of your achievements. Thus, the team has been champion of the Copa del Rey in 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2020, and champion of Spain Federated 2020 and University 2019. It also revalidated in Bétera the title of regional champion of Mixed Relay Triathlon, among many other triumphs . Within the set stands out the triathlete Fernando Alarza Vicente, world bronze in 2016, runner-up in Europe in 2018 and Olympian at the Rio de Janeiro Games. Alarza, the fourth athlete in the world in this discipline, competed this summer at the Tokyo Olympics.
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