One of the annual bodybuilding traditions is the post-Olympia bodybuilding tour that includes various destinations around the world. The first stop on this year’s tour was Padova, Italy for the Yamamoto Pro Cup,ro and it served as a place of redemption for one of bodybuilding’s most popular stars.
1st Place – Roelly Winklaar
Winklaar is coming off of a 5th place finish at last weekend’s Mr. Olympia. While most competitors would be ecstatic to place so high, Winklaar was expected to win the title by many fans and experts, so it was a disappointment for him. It was later revealed that he suffered a hamstring injury while preparing for the contest.
In spite of that, he still competed at this show and was much fuller and rounder, so the judges scored him in first place in both prejudging and the finals. He was already qualified for the 2020 Olympia but the win and extra prize money were both incentives for him to compete.
2nd Place – Nathan DeAsha
The 2019 British Grand Prix winner had prepped for the Olympia but was unable to travel and compete so he opted to step onstage in Italy since he was already in shape. While he looked impressive, Winklaar was larger and had a stronger stage presence. While he may not have won, he did score points in the IFBB Pro League scoring system so if he doesn’t win a show this coming year, he might still qualify for Las Vegas next September.
3rd Place – Lukas Osladil
Lukas had great condition and was defined in both the front and back but like DeAsha, he was simply outsized and outmuscled by the winner. There were some fans who felt that Osladil deserved the win based on that conditioning. If he can maintain it or bring it again after an offseason of work, he can still see the winner’s spot on center stage.
2019 Yamamoto Pro Cup Top 5
1st – Roelly Winklaar
2nd – Nathan DeAsha
3rd – Lukas Osladil
4th – Andrea Muzi
5th – Vahid Baharlou
Stan de Longeaux a.k.a. “Stanimal” is a classic physique athlete but jumped into the Open division here and placed 6th. There is no official word on whether he will continue in the Open, stay in Classic Physique, or alternate between the two divisions in the future.
Two-time Classic Physique Olympia Champion Breon Ansley rebounded off his runner-up finish at this year’s Olympia and won here over second place finisher Alex Cambronero. Fan favorite David Hoffman took the bronze position.
Lauralie Chapados was victorious in the Bikini division at this show. Portugal’s Beatriz Biscaia was the runner-up and third place went to Alessia Facchin.
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