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Swings And Geoffroy Win Splendid WIC Race In Harbin

Bart Swings (BEL) and Chloé Geoffroy (FRA) are the winners of today’s WORLD INLINE CUP race in the Chinese city of Harbin. More than 5.000 spectators came to the banks of the Songhua River for this big event which, in addition to the second TOP CLASS WIC race hosted by Harbin, featured kids’ races, a half marathon and a 12km race.

Swings wins in less than an hour despite windy conditions

Already in the second of eight laps, the Belgian Bart Swings (Powerslide Matter World Team) and Frenchman Ewen Fernandez (RollerBlade World Team) broke away and stayed together until about the last two laps. At this point, Swings could leave Fernandez behind and finish the race on his own in a top time of 59:52.428, despite the windy conditions. Fernandez came in second; Swing’s team mate, Felix Rijhnen from Germany, was third.

Geoffroy wins close women’s race

Unlike the men’s race, the women’s race saw a top field of skaters stay together until the finish line. Eventually, Chloé Geoffroy (Powerslide Matter World Team) of France had the edge over Li Sishan from China and Anna Odlazek from Slovenia.

Men’s Results
1.Bart Swings (BEL)Powerslide/Matter World Team59:52.428
2.Ewen Fernandez (FRA)RollerBlade World Team1:01:44.813
3Felix Rijhnen (GER)Powerslide/Matter World Team1:04:33.793
Women’s Results
1.Chloé Geoffroy (FRA)Powerslide/Matter World Team1:18:06.361
2.Li Sishan (CHN)1:18:09.541
3.Anna Odlazek (SLO)1:18:19.355