This race was absolutely stacked with some of the best inline speed skaters in Europe. Throughout the race each country’s team stuck close together in groups of two and three skaters, forming one, two or event three main pacelines. The Teams from France and Italy spent the most time up front, but there were many different lead changes throughout an exciting race filled with strategy.
Mid-way through the race, Italy started to pick up the pace, and speed skating teammates Sadrine Tas and Anke Vos began working their way to the front of skating pack, finally settling in behind the Italian’s. The hard working Italian team skated very well and actually controlled most of the race.
With ten laps to go, Tas tucked in behind the Italian team, and the remaining skaters were quickly eliminated one after another. Italian speed skating champion, Francesca Lollobrigida was in good position to win the race with one lap to go. She she held off a surprise sprint attack by Tas going into the final turn, and looked to be closing the race strongly.
Coming out of the final turn, Lollobrigida was a little wider than Tas, and the sprinting skaters raced head to head to the finish line. Tas used her long legs to crank out strong strokes and reached the line first, taking home the 1500 meter championship. The elite female athletes really left everything out on the track, giving the crowd all the excitement they could handle. What a race!
The skating footage in this inline championship video is incredible and the crowds at the European Championships were huge. The crowd gathered around the track were enthusiastic and vocal in cheering for their favorite skater. What an incredible event. We look forward to the United States working towards high quality outdoor inline speed skating race events like this. Enjoy the race!
European Championships 2019 Race Results: 15000 Mts Eliminations Senior Ladies Final
- Sandrine Tas – BELGIUM
- Francesca Lollobrigida – ITALY
- Giorgia Bormida – ITALY
- Josie Hofmann – GERMANY
- Edda Paluzzi – ITALY
- Andreia Canha – PORTUGAL
- Berber Vonk – THE NETHERLANDS
- Marine Lefeuvre – FRANCE
- Maite Anciin – SPAIN
- Maialen Onate – SPAIN
- Teresa Moreno – SPAIN
- Anna Van Den Bos – THE NETHERLANDS
- Marie Dupuy – FRANCE
- Sabine Berg – GERMANY
- Dominika Gardi – HUNGARY
- Anke Vos – BELGIUM
- Carolina Ferreira – PORTUGAL
- Angelina Otto – GERMANY
- Margarida Sousa – PORTUGAL
- Andrea Lokvencova – CZECH REPUBLIC
- Maya De Jong – THE NETHERLANDS
- Chloé Geoffroy – FRANCE
- Eleonóra Kopilovic – HUNGARY
- Katharina Thien – AUSTRIA
- Laura Nagiller – AUSTRIA