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French team shows true colours to secure Mixed Relay World title in Hamburg

Triathlon News - Sun, 15/07/2018 - 18:29
If Saturday had felt like a high point for French triathlon, there was good reason. First, Vincent Luis delivered a brilliant WTS Hamburg silver in the men’s race, before 21-year-old Cassandre Beaugrand showed why she has been tipped for greatness with a first-ever WTS gold. By the end of Sunday, France was able to add Mixed Relay World Championship gold to their impressive haul, romping to victory by over 40 seconds from Australia, with USA home in third. “We came here with the A team and everything worked out perfectly,” said Vincent Luis after his final leg sealed the win. “When everything works, you just gotta be happy. The atmosphere here was also great. We are all really looking forward to race the Mixed Relay in the Olympics, we never had a triathlon Olympic medal in France and now we have more chances. “I can’t believe it,” added Beaugrand, “leaving Hamburg with two gold medals is incredible.” As the crowds swelled and the sun shone down, the city was ready to see something special unfold, and it was Netherlands’ Rachel Klamer, undeterred by her accident the day before, who was out of the water and onto the bike ahead of Britain’s Vicky Holland and Kirsten Kasper of USA. Japan’s Yuka Sato was also in the hunt as the riders found their rhythm, but it was Italy’s Angelica Olmo and home favourite Laura Lindemann who finished strongest, the German then seizing control of the 1.5km run to put Germany in a commanding position as she handed off to Jonas Schomburg just seconds ahead of France’s Leonie Periault. Schomburg flew into the water and emerged from the swim with a narrow advantage, but behind him the dangerous trio of Johnny Brownlee (GBR), Ben Kanute (USA) and Dorian Coninx (FRA) were shoulder to shoulder. The four proceeded to set the pace on the bikes while Italy were penalised for a dismount line infringement. Schomburg had over-exerted on the bike and found the run hard going, while Brownlee recovered well having struggled with transition to hold second, Japan’s Furuya, South Africa’s Richard Murray and Australia’s Aaron Royle all seizing an opportunity to make up ground on Ben Kanute. It was Coninx who dug deep, though, carving out a useful lead to give Cassandre Beaugrand another opportunity to shine in Hamburg. And shine she did. With Jodie Stimpson starting 7 seconds back and Katie Zaferes 26 seconds off the lead, it was a trouble-free swim for the French starlet, and a useful window remained as she took to...

French team shows true colours to secure Mixed Relay World title in Hamburg

Triathlon News - Sun, 15/07/2018 - 18:29
If Saturday had felt like a high point for French triathlon, there was good reason. First, Vincent Luis delivered a brilliant WTS Hamburg silver in the men’s race, before 21-year-old Cassandre Beaugrand showed why she has been tipped for greatness with a first-ever WTS gold. By the end of Sunday, France was able to add Mixed Relay World Championship gold to their impressive haul, romping to victory by over 40 seconds from Australia, with USA home in third. “We came here with the A team and everything worked out perfectly,” said Vincent Luis after his final leg sealed the win. “When everything works, you just gotta be happy. The atmosphere here was also great. We are all really looking forward to race the Mixed Relay in the Olympics, we never had a triathlon Olympic medal in France and now we have more chances. “I can’t believe it,” added Beaugrand, “leaving Hamburg with two gold medals is incredible.” As the crowds swelled and the sun shone down, the city was ready to see something special unfold, and it was Netherlands’ Rachel Klamer, undeterred by her accident the day before, who was out of the water and onto the bike ahead of Britain’s Vicky Holland and Kirsten Kasper of USA. Japan’s Yuka Sato was also in the hunt as the riders found their rhythm, but it was Italy’s Angelica Olmo and home favourite Laura Lindemann who finished strongest, the German then seizing control of the 1.5km run to put Germany in a commanding position as she handed off to Jonas Schomberg just seconds ahead of France’s Leonie Perault. Schomberg flew into the water and emerged from the swim with a narrow advantage, but behind him the dangerous trio of Johnny Brownlee (GBR), Ben Kanute (USA) and Dorian Coninx (FRA) were shoulder to shoulder. The four proceeded to set the pace on the bikes while Italy were penalised for a dismount line infringement. Schomberg had over-exerted on the bike and found the run hard going, while Brownlee recovered well having struggled with transition to hold second, Japan’s Furuya, South Africa’s Richard Murray and Australia’s Aaron Royle all seizing an opportunity to make up ground on Ben Kanute. It was Coninx who dug deep, though, carving out a useful lead to give Cassandre Beaugrand another opportunity to shine in Hamburg. And shine she did. With Jodie Stimpson starting 7 seconds back and Katie Zaferes 26 seconds off the lead, it was a trouble-free swim for the French starlet, and a useful window remained as she took to...

World Mixed Relay Series all set for second stop of year in Hamburg

Triathlon News - Sun, 15/07/2018 - 00:37
After the action-packed debut of the new World Mixed Relay Series took Nottingham by storm at the start of June, the teams move on to Hamburg this Sunday, eager to once again have the opportunity to prove their collective superiority. The 20 teams line up for the 300m swim, 7km bike and 1.7km run course knowing that explosive power is often the key to success in this format. Maintaining it is the challenge. The strong squads of four will once again stretch themselves to deliver for their country, but Series rules mean that the composition of the teams can be changed up to two hours before the race start. Regardless, for the fans, the shorter distances and show-stopping, full-tilt dives after the athletes tag are always hugely entertaining. The team to beat will again be Australia after the current World Champions also grabbed this season’s gold at the Mixed Relay in the Commonwealth Games. Both astonishing runners, Ashleigh Gentle and Jacob Birtwhistle will take the last two legs, saving the two bullets for the end of the race in a bid to ensure their spot on the podium. It was the Americans who took the tape a month ago, but they now draft in Kevin McDowell and Ben Kanute to accompany Kirsten Kasper and Katie Zaferes in Hamburg. Both women finished in the top five of Saturday’s individual event, while neither of the men competed, so expect McDowell and Kanute to be fresh, fired up and raring to race. The Dutch team is always one to watch, but the big question is whether Rachel Klamer will compete just a matter of hours after coming off her bike in the individual race. Klamer showed her mettle to carry on and finish a remarkable 12th, but will be looking for teammates Jorik Van Egdom and Marco Van Der Steg, who along with Klamer finished third here last year, plus new team member Maya Kingma, to also shoulder the responsibility. For Great Britain, it will be Vicky Holland assuming the first leg in place of Non Stanford, Jodie Stimpson setting off in the third slot after a tag from Tom Bishop. Johnny Brownlee takes the responsibility of the final fling, and will want to make up for the frustration of a hard-earned fourth place in Saturday’s individual race. The provisional France team sees Saturday’s individual champion Cassandre Beaugrand assume the first leg, but it remains to be seen how much the exertions of her debut WTS win will have taken out of the 21-year-old emerging star. Book-ending the team is Vincent Luis, himself second...

Beaugrand powers to first WTS gold thanks to inspired run in Hamburg

Triathlon News - Sat, 14/07/2018 - 22:59
From a starting line-up packed with seriously powerful podium potential, it was to be France’s surprise package, Cassandre Beaugrand, who left the field in her wake to earn a first-ever WTS gold at Saturday’s WTS Hamburg. An excellent swim saw the French National Champion in contention early on and she held firm in the 6-strong lead bike pack, before taking the race by the scruff of the neck and flying through the 5km run in a time of 15:48, Germany’s Laura Lindemann out-sprinting USA’s Katie Zaferes to win silver. “I am so, so happy, I can’t believe,” said the delighted 21-year-old after the race. “I had a crash here last year, and to be able to win one year later is just amazing. I have improved a lot on the bike, and I pushed a lot today to be in the front group” With such a strong field, including the returning double World Champion Flora Duffy (BER), Series leader Zaferes and Great Britain’s WTS Leeds winner Vicky Holland, it always looked like victory would require something special. Jessica Learmonth (GBR) and Summer Cook (USA) were the two first out of the swim, but Beaugrand, Taylor Spivey (USA), Vittoria Lopes (BRA) and Duffy were part of a sizeable swarm exiting T1. An early fall from Rachel Klamer (NED) may have seen her lose touch with the lead group, but did little to deter her from another gutsy display on the bike. She then merged with a chase group that included Zaferes, Nicola Spirig (SUI) Vicky Holland, Kirsten Kasper (USA) and Emma Jeffcoat (AUS), but there seemed little hope of catching the front six. By the bell, that had all changed. The hugely experienced Spirig had pushed the pace of the chase group and both she and Zaferes, accompanied by the likes of Angelica Olmo (ITA), Kirsten Kasper and Non Stanford, were making up ground. By the time T2 came into view at the end of the six laps, Duffy, Georgia Taylor-Brown (GB), Learmonth, Taylor Spivey (USA), Beaugrand and Lopes had been caught. As if to underline the momentum shift, it was Spirig who was first out of transition and onto the two-lap run, Australians Emma Jeffcoat and the in-form Natalie van Coevorden on her shoulder, Beaugrand dropping back to 16th and Laura Lindemann also struggling to negotiate T2 efficiently. That merely seemed to dictate the French star’s tactics for the remainder of the race, however. Having put in a huge effort to get back among the leaders, Beaugrand clearly felt comfortable enough to maintain the pace and soon found herself alone out...

Beaugrand powers to first WTS gold thanks to inspired run in Hamburg

Triathlon News - Sat, 14/07/2018 - 22:59
From a starting line-up packed with seriously powerful podium potential, it was to be France’s surprise package, Cassandre Beaugrand, who left the field in her wake to earn a first-ever WTS gold at Saturday’s WTS Hamburg. An excellent swim saw the French National Champion in contention early on and she held firm in the 6-strong lead bike pack, before taking the race by the scruff of the neck and flying through the 5km run in a time of 15:48, Germany’s Laura Lindemann out-sprinting USA’s Katie Zaferes to win silver. “I am so, so happy, I can’t believe,” said the delighted 21-year-old after the race. “I had a crash here last year, and to be able to win one year later is just amazing. I have improved a lot on the bike, and I pushed a lot today to be in the front group” With such a strong field, including the returning double World Champion Flora Duffy (BER), Series leader Zaferes and Great Britain’s WTS Leeds winner Vicky Holland, it always looked like victory would require something special. Jessica Learmonth (GBR) and Summer Cook (USA) were the two first out of the swim, but Beaugrand, Taylor Spivey (USA), Vittoria Lopes (BRA) and Duffy were part of a sizeable swarm exiting T1. An early fall from Rachel Klamer (NED) may have seen her lose touch with the lead group, but did little to deter her from another gutsy display on the bike. She then merged with a chase group that included Zaferes, Nicola Spirig (SUI) Vicky Holland, Kirsten Kasper (USA) and Emma Jeffcoat (AUS), but there seemed little hope of catching the front six. By the bell, that had all changed. The hugely experienced Spirig had pushed the pace of the chase group and both she and Zaferes, accompanied by the likes of Angelica Olmo (ITA), Kirsten Kasper and Non Stanford, were making up ground. By the time T2 came into view at the end of the six laps, Duffy, Georgia Taylor-Brown (GB), Learmonth, Taylor Spivey (USA), Beaugrand and Lopes had been caught. As if to underline the momentum shift, it was Spirig who was first out of transition and onto the two-lap run, Australians Emma Jeffcoat and the in-form Natalie van Coevorden on her shoulder, Beaugrand dropping back to 16th and Laura Lindemann also struggling to negotiate T2 efficiently. That merely seemed to dictate the French star’s tactics for the remainder of the race, however. Having put in a huge effort to get back among the leaders, Beaugrand clearly felt comfortable enough to maintain the pace and soon found herself alone out...

Mola magnificent once more as he makes it three from three in Hamburg

Triathlon News - Sat, 14/07/2018 - 22:00
Mario Mola (ESP) made it a remarkable third straight WTS Hamburg victory on Saturday afternoon, delivering a superb run to take the tape once more in Germany. It had been a strong three-deep group of Johnny Brownlee (GBR), Vincent Luis (FRA) and Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) that carved out a solid lead on the bikes, but Mola timed his attack to perfection as first he shut down the gap then created one of his own with an impressive 13:59 run to finish ahead of Luis in second and Richard Murray (RSA) in third. “I saw that the leaders were running fast and working well and there was a gap opening up but the atmosphere is unbelievable here and I just love this course,” said Mola afterwards, still Series leader with two races left ahead of the Gold Coast Grand Final. “Im happy how things are going right now but i know from experience that nothing is over until it’s over, so i’ll keep up the work and hope for the best come September.” It was a fast pace being set from the first strokes of the swim, and one that would eventually see Mola shave more than 40 seconds off his winning time from 12 months ago. He was already well placed as Vincent Luis, Belgium’s Martin van Riel and Richard Varga (SVK) led out of the water and up the ramp to T1, and the lead group was compact coming out of transition. Norway’s Blummenfelt was ten seconds back at that stage but wasted no time in taking control over the early stages of the bike, forcing the breakaway with only Brownlee and Luis able to go with him. Meanwhile, behind, a huge peloton took shape, including the ever-dangerous Murray, Mola and Australia’s Jacob Birtwhistle. That remained the story for much of the 6-lap bike, the gap to the ever-stretching peloton reaching 23 seconds by the bell, but despite the lead trio exiting T2 together, Blummenfelt soon paid the price for his exertions, stomach cramps taking him right out of contention at the start of the run. Meanwhile Mola and Murray, who had done battle over the final kilometres in Leeds just weeks before, had the lead pair firmly in their sights. First, Murray put down the hammer to close the gap and pile on the pressure, then Mola seized his moment and attacked hard towards the halfway point. For Murray, it looked like that effort might have proved too much as Mola soared and Brownlee held strong, but the story was far from over. Soon the momentum swung again. Fortunately for Mola, who by now had some light between him and the chasers, the...

Mola magnificent once more as he makes it three from three in Hamburg

Triathlon News - Sat, 14/07/2018 - 22:00
Mario Mola (ESP) made it a remarkable third straight WTS Hamburg victory on Saturday afternoon, delivering a superb run to take the tape once more in Germany. It had been a strong three-deep group of Johnny Brownlee (GBR), Vincent Luis (FRA) and Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) that carved out a solid lead on the bikes, but Mola timed his attack to perfection as first he shut down the gap then created one of his own with an impressive 13:59 run to finish ahead of Luis in second and Richard Murray (RSA) in third. “I saw that the leaders were running fast and working well and there was a gap opening up but the atmosphere is unbelievable here and I just love this course,” said Mola afterwards, still Series leader with two races left ahead of the Gold Coast Grand Final. “Im happy how things are going right now but i know from experience that nothing is over until it’s over, so i’ll keep up the work and hope for the best come September.” It was a fast pace being set from the first strokes of the swim, and one that would eventually see Mola shave more than 40 seconds off his winning time from 12 months ago. He was already well placed as Vincent Luis, Belgium’s Martin van Riel and Richard Varga (SVK) led out of the water and up the ramp to T1, and the lead group was compact coming out of transition. Norway’s Blummenfelt was ten seconds back at that stage but wasted no time in taking control over the early stages of the bike, forcing the breakaway with only Brownlee and Luis able to go with him. Meanwhile, behind, a huge peloton took shape, including the ever-dangerous Murray, Mola and Australia’s Jacob Birtwhistle. That remained the story for much of the 6-lap bike, the gap to the ever-stretching peloton reaching 23 seconds by the bell, but despite the lead trio exiting T2 together, Blummenfelt soon paid the price for his exertions, stomach cramps taking him right out of contention at the start of the run. Meanwhile Mola and Murray, who had done battle over the final kilometres in Leeds just weeks before, had the lead pair firmly in their sights. First, Murray put down the hammer to close the gap and pile on the pressure, then Mola seized his moment and attacked hard towards the halfway point. For Murray, it looked like that effort might have proved too much as Mola soared and Brownlee held strong, but the story was far from over. Soon the momentum swung again. Fortunately for Mola, who by now had some light between him and the chasers, the...

World Mixed Relay Series all set for second stop of year in Hamburg

Triathlon News - Sat, 14/07/2018 - 18:37
After the action-packed debut of the new World Mixed Relay Series took Nottingham by storm at the start of June, the teams move on to Hamburg this Sunday, eager to once again have the opportunity to prove their collective superiority. The 20 teams line up for the 300m swim, 7km bike and 1.7km run course knowing that explosive power is often the key to success in this format. Maintaining it is the challenge. The strong squads of four will once again stretch themselves to deliver for their country, but Series rules mean that the composition of the teams can be changed up to two hours before the race start. Regardless, for the fans, the shorter distances and show-stopping, full-tilt dives after the athletes tag are always hugely entertaining. The team to beat will again be Australia after the current World Champions also grabbed this season’s gold at the Mixed Relay in the Commonwealth Games. Both astonishing runners, Ashleigh Gentle and Jacob Birtwhistle will take the last two legs, saving the two bullets for the end of the race in a bid to ensure their spot on the podium. It was the Americans who took the tape a month ago, but they now draft in Kevin McDowell and Ben Kanute to accompany Kirsten Kasper and Katie Zaferes in Hamburg. Both women finished in the top five of Saturday’s individual event, while neither of the men competed, so expect McDowell and Kanute to be fresh, fired up and raring to race. The Dutch team is always one to watch, but the big question is whether Rachel Klamer will compete just a matter of hours after coming off her bike in the individual race. Klamer showed her mettle to carry on and finish a remarkable 12th, but will be looking for teammates Jorik Van Egdom and Marco Van Der Steg, who along with Klamer finished third here last year, plus new team member Maya Kingma, to also shoulder the responsibility. For Great Britain, it will be Vicky Holland assuming the first leg in place of Non Stanford, Jodie Stimpson setting off in the third slot after a tag from Tom Bishop. Johnny Brownlee takes the responsibility of the final fling, and will want to make up for the frustration of a hard-earned fourth place in Saturday’s individual race. The provisional France team sees Saturday’s individual champion Cassandre Beaugrand assume the first leg, but it remains to be seen how much the exertions of her debut WTS win will have taken out of the 21-year-old emerging star. Book-ending the team is Vincent Luis, himself second...

World Mixed Relay Series all set for second stop of year in Hamburg

Triathlon News - Sat, 14/07/2018 - 18:37
After the action-packed debut of the new World Mixed Relay Series took Nottingham by storm at the start of June, the teams move on to Hamburg this Sunday, eager to once again have the opportunity to prove their collective superiority. The 20 teams line up for the 300m swim, 7km bike and 1.7km run course knowing that explosive power is often the key to success in this format. Maintaining it is the challenge. The strong squads of four will once again stretch themselves to deliver for their country, but Series rules mean that the composition of the teams can be changed up to two hours before the race start. Regardless, for the fans, the shorter distances and show-stopping, full-tilt dives after the athletes tag are always hugely entertaining. The team to beat will again be Australia after the current World Champions also grabbed this season’s gold at the Mixed Relay in the Commonwealth Games. Both astonishing runners, Ashleigh Gentle and Jacob Birtwhistle will take the last two legs, saving the two bullets for the end of the race in a bid to ensure their spot on the podium. It was the Americans who took the tape a month ago, but they now draft in Kevin McDowell and Ben Kanute to accompany Kirsten Kasper and Katie Zaferes in Hamburg. Both women finished in the top five of Saturday’s individual event, while neither of the men competed, so expect McDowell and Kanute to be fresh, fired up and raring to race. The Dutch team is always one to watch, but the big question is whether Rachel Klamer will compete just a matter of hours after coming off her bike in the individual race. Klamer showed her mettle to carry on and finish a remarkable 12th, but will be looking for teammates Jorik Van Egdom and Marco Van Der Steg, who along with Klamer finished third here last year, plus new team member Maya Kingma, to also shoulder the responsibility. For Great Britain, it will be Vicky Holland assuming the first leg in place of Non Stanford, Jodie Stimpson setting off in the third slot after a tag from Tom Bishop. Johnny Brownlee takes the responsibility of the final fling, and will want to make up for the frustration of a hard-earned fourth place in Saturday’s individual race. The provisional France team sees Saturday’s individual champion Cassandre Beaugrand assume the first leg, but it remains to be seen how much the exertions of her debut WTS win will have taken out of the 21-year-old emerging star. Book-ending the team is Vincent Luis, himself second...

World Championship Triumph for Dapena and Frederiksen in Denmark

Triathlon News - Sat, 14/07/2018 - 13:32
The 2018 Long Distance Triathlon World Championships course commenced in Odense Harbour with a 3km out and back swim, followed by a 120km bike, which crossed Odin’s Bridge, and finished with a 30km run through the charming streets of Odense. Dapena and Frederiksen claimed the golden world champion titles, in their respective elite races, in Denmark. Men’s recap A stacked and experienced men’s field lined up for the Long Distance Triathlon World Championships. Estonia’s Marko Albert launched into the swim and stayed out in front to lead the men into the first transition and onto the 120km bike course. Following the Estonian was Spain’s Pablo Dapena Gonzalez and Switzerland’s Ruedi Wild. Out on the flat yet technical bike course Albert set the pace and worked hard out in front. Wild, Dapena Gonzalez and Frenchman Kevin Maurel followed until the Wild made a daring move in the final portion of the bike stage, enabling him to lead the men into the second transition, up the ramp and onto the pavement. The Swiss triathlete charged out of the unique underground transition, with Dapena Gonzalez, Maurel, Italy’s Giulio Molinari and Albert, to battle it out across the 30km course running through the heart of the city. In the early stages of the 4-lap run course, Wild strode out in front but it wasn’t long before speedy Gonzalez surged to the front and established an impressive gap of nearly 3-minutes on Wild. Albert was running 20-seconds behind Wild in third and Maurel in fourth position. Dapena Gonzalez looked in complete control as he dominated the final leg of the day to cross the finish line and claim the world champion glory. “It’s amazing, I have no words. To take the win today is unbelievable. I was just behind Marko Albert in the water, I was just behind Marko Albert on the bike and I pushed hard on the run. It’s really amazing, I am really happy today,” said the World Champion. “It almost felt like I was racing at home, the support was so great!” added the Spaniard. Wild produced a thrilling performance to be awarded with the silver medal. “I really went for the win today, I tried everything,” said Wild. An emotional Albert rounded the men’s podium with the bronze medal. “I gave it everything and fortunately I came through and now I have a medal,” said an emotional Albert. Women’s recap The elite women’s field was stacked with experience across the long distance race format. Danish triathlete...

World Championship Triumph for Dapena and Frederiksen in Denmark

Triathlon News - Sat, 14/07/2018 - 13:32
The 2018 Long Distance Triathlon World Championships course commenced in Odense Harbour with a 3km out and back swim, followed by a 120km bike, which crossed Odin’s Bridge, and finished with a 30km run through the charming streets of Odense. Dapena and Frederiksen claimed the golden world champion titles, in their respective elite races, in Denmark. Men’s recap A stacked and experienced men’s field lined up for the Long Distance Triathlon World Championships. Estonia’s Marko Albert launched into the swim and stayed out in front to lead the men into the first transition and onto the 120km bike course. Following the Estonian was Spain’s Pablo Dapena Gonzalez and Switzerland’s Ruedi Wild. Out on the flat yet technical bike course Albert set the pace and worked hard out in front. Wild, Dapena Gonzalez and Frenchman Kevin Maurel followed until the Wild made a daring move in the final portion of the bike stage, enabling him to lead the men into the second transition, up the ramp and onto the pavement. The Swiss triathlete charged out of the unique underground transition, with Dapena Gonzalez, Maurel, Italy’s Giulio Molinari and Albert, to battle it out across the 30km course running through the heart of the city. In the early stages of the 4-lap run course, Wild strode out in front but it wasn’t long before speedy Gonzalez surged to the front and established an impressive gap of nearly 3-minutes on Wild. Albert was running 20-seconds behind Wild in third and Maurel in fourth position. Dapena Gonzalez looked in complete control as he dominated the final leg of the day to cross the finish line and claim the world champion glory. “It’s amazing, I have no words. To take the win today is unbelievable. I was just behind Marko Albert in the water, I was just behind Marko Albert on the bike and I pushed hard on the run. It’s really amazing, I am really happy today,” said the World Champion. “It almost felt like I was racing at home, the support was so great!” added the Spaniard. Wild produced a thrilling performance to be awarded with the silver medal. “I really went for the win today, I tried everything,” said Wild. An emotional Albert rounded the men’s podium with the bronze medal. “I gave it everything and fortunately I came through and now I have a medal,” said an emotional Albert. Women’s recap The elite women’s field was stacked with experience across the long distance race format. Danish triathlete...

World Championship Triumph for Dapena and Frederiksen in Denmark

Triathlon News - Sat, 14/07/2018 - 13:32
The 2018 Long Distance Triathlon World Championships course commenced in Odense Harbour with a 3km out and back swim, followed by a 120km bike, which crossed Odin’s Bridge, and finished with a 30km run through the charming streets of Odense. Dapena and Frederiksen claimed the golden world champion titles, in their respective elite races, in Denmark. Men’s recap A stacked and experienced men’s field lined up for the Long Distance Triathlon World Championships. Estonia’s Marko Albert launched into the swim and stayed out in front to lead the men into the first transition and onto the 120km bike course. Following the Estonian was Spain’s Pablo Dapena Gonzalez and Switzerland’s Ruedi Wild. Out on the flat yet technical bike course Albert set the pace and worked hard out in front. Wild, Dapena Gonzalez and Frenchman Kevin Maurel followed until the Wild made a daring move in the final portion of the bike stage, enabling him to lead the men into the second transition, up the ramp and onto the pavement. The Swiss triathlete charged out of the unique underground transition, with Dapena Gonzalez, Maurel, Italy’s Giulio Molinari and Albert, to battle it out across the 30km course running through the heart of the city. In the early stages of the 4-lap run course, Wild strode out in front but it wasn’t long before speedy Gonzalez surged to the front and established an impressive gap of nearly 3-minutes on Wild. Albert was running 20-seconds behind Wild in third and Maurel in fourth position. Dapena Gonzalez looked in complete control as he dominated the final leg of the day to cross the finish line and claim the world champion glory. “It’s amazing, I have no words. To take the win today is unbelievable. I was just behind Marko Albert in the water, I was just behind Marko Albert on the bike and I pushed hard on the run. It’s really amazing, I am really happy today,” said the World Champion. “It almost felt like I was racing at home, the support was so great!” added the Spaniard. Wild produced a thrilling performance to be awarded with the silver medal. “I really went for the win today, I tried everything,” said Wild. An emotional Albert rounded the men’s podium with the bronze medal. “I gave it everything and fortunately I came through and now I have a medal,” said an emotional Albert. Women’s recap The elite women’s field was stacked with experience across the long distance race format. Danish triathlete...

Lejeune and Hannesdottir crowned Aquathlon World Champions in Denmark

Triathlon News - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 21:24
Belgium’s Emmanuel Lejeune and Icelandic’s Edda Hannesdottir have been awarded with the prestigious 2018 Aquathlon World Championships titles, in their respective elite races, in Denmark. In perfect Danish Summer conditions athletes lined up to contest in the 2018 Multisport Aquathlon World Championships, part of the ITU Multisport World Championships Festival. Men’s recap Encompassing a start in the waters of ‘Little Belt’, Middelfart, the field of elite men took on a fast 1km ocean swim. It was no surprise that Australia’s Nathan Breen, renowned for his strong swim skills, launched in front, lead the men into transition and onto the blistering 5-km run portion of the aquathlon. Breen held on for the first kilometre before Belgium’s Lejeune closed the gap and took control in front. The Belgium set the pace and strode nearly 45-seconds away from Breen and Alexis Kardes from France, who were chasing hard to keep up. Lejeune dominated the final stage of the run to charge across the finish line and claim the victorious 2018 World Champion glory. “It’s amazing. I was aiming for top ten. My transition was good and I felt incredible on the run to move into first place,” said Lejeune. In an impressive sprint to the finish it was the young fun Aussie, Breen, who earned the silver medal and the bronze triumph going to Kardes. “The swim is my strength I like to push pretty hard and make others work behind me and onto the run I tried not to think about what was going on behind me. I just couldn’t get there in the end.” “I am very happy with my race, I was aiming for top five and had a really good swim and run,” said Breen. Women’s recap The women’s race got underway in the gleaming waters of Middelfart, Denmark. Chloe Pollard, from Great Britain, clocked the fastest swim of the day for the women, in a time of 12minutes15seconds. Pollard led the field out of the water and out onto the run stage of the race. Icelandic’s Edda Hannesdottir mastered the 5-km run, producing a split of 18-minutes-11-seconds. Hannesdotir looked resilient in front and held onto a 30-second gap on the chase pack which included Hannah Kitchen from Great Britain, Vida Media from Serbia and Danish triathlete Augusta Grønberg Christensen. Hannesdotir proved she was the champion of the day by emotionallly charging across the blue carpet to claim the golden Aquathlon World Champion title. “It means a lot to me. I raced a month ago and got a...

Lejeune and Hannesdottir crowned Aquathlon World Champions in Denmark

Triathlon News - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 21:24
Belgium’s Emmanuel Lejeune and Icelandic’s Edda Hannesdottir have been awarded with the prestigious 2018 Aquathlon World Championships titles, in their respective elite races, in Denmark. In perfect Danish Summer conditions athletes lined up to contest in the 2018 Multisport Aquathlon World Championships, part of the ITU Multisport World Championships Festival. Men’s recap Encompassing a start in the waters of ‘Little Belt’, Middelfart, the field of elite men took on a fast 1km ocean swim. It was no surprise that Australia’s Nathan Breen, renowned for his strong swim skills, launched in front, lead the men into transition and onto the blistering 5-km run portion of the aquathlon. Breen held on for the first kilometre before Belgium’s Lejeune closed the gap and took control in front. The Belgium set the pace and strode nearly 45-seconds away from Breen and Alexis Kardes from France, who were chasing hard to keep up. Lejeune dominated the final stage of the run to charge across the finish line and claim the victorious 2018 World Champion glory. “It’s amazing. I was aiming for top ten. My transition was good and I felt incredible on the run to move into first place,” said Lejeune. In an impressive sprint to the finish it was the young fun Aussie, Breen, who earned the silver medal and the bronze triumph going to Kardes. “The swim is my strength I like to push pretty hard and make others work behind me and onto the run I tried not to think about what was going on behind me. I just couldn’t get there in the end.” “I am very happy with my race, I was aiming for top five and had a really good swim and run,” said Breen. Women’s recap The women’s race got underway in the gleaming waters of Middelfart, Denmark. Chloe Pollard, from Great Britain, clocked the fastest swim of the day for the women, in a time of 12minutes15seconds. Pollard led the field out of the water and out onto the run stage of the race. Icelandic’s Edda Hannesdottir mastered the 5-km run, producing a split of 18-minutes-11-seconds. Hannesdotir looked resilient in front and held onto a 30-second gap on the chase pack which included Hannah Kitchen from Great Britain, Vida Media from Serbia and Danish triathlete Augusta Grønberg Christensen. Hannesdotir proved she was the champion of the day by emotionallly charging across the blue carpet to claim the golden Aquathlon World Champion title. “It means a lot to me. I raced a month ago and got a...

Lejeune and Hannesdottir crowned Aquathlon World Champions in Denmark

Triathlon News - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 21:24
Belgium’s Emmanuel Lejeune and Icelandic’s Edda Hannesdottir have been awarded with the prestigious 2018 Aquathlon World Championships titles, in their respective elite races, in Denmark. In perfect Danish Summer conditions athletes lined up to contest in the 2018 Multisport Aquathlon World Championships, part of the ITU Multisport World Championships Festival. Men’s recap Encompassing a start in the waters of ‘Little Belt’, Middelfart, the field of elite men took on a fast 1km ocean swim. It was no surprise that Australia’s Nathan Breen, renowned for his strong swim skills, launched in front, lead the men into transition and onto the blistering 5-km run portion of the aquathlon. Breen held on for the first kilometre before Belgium’s Lejeune closed the gap and took control in front. The Belgium set the pace and strode nearly 45-seconds away from Breen and Alexis Kardes from France, who were chasing hard to keep up. Lejeune dominated the final stage of the run to charge across the finish line and claim the victorious 2018 World Champion glory. “It’s amazing. I was aiming for top ten. My transition was good and I felt incredible on the run to move into first place,” said Lejeune. In an impressive sprint to the finish it was the young fun Aussie, Breen, who earned the silver medal and the bronze triumph going to Kardes. “The swim is my strength I like to push pretty hard and make others work behind me and onto the run I tried not to think about what was going on behind me. I just couldn’t get there in the end.” “I am very happy with my race, I was aiming for top five and had a really good swim and run,” said Breen. Women’s recap The women’s race got underway in the gleaming waters of Middelfart, Denmark. Chloe Pollard, from Great Britain, clocked the fastest swim of the day for the women, in a time of 12minutes15seconds. Pollard led the field out of the water and out onto the run stage of the race. Icelandic’s Edda Hannesdottir mastered the 5-km run, producing a split of 18-minutes-11-seconds. Hannesdotir looked resilient in front and held onto a 30-second gap on the chase pack which included Hannah Kitchen from Great Britain, Vida Media from Serbia and Danish triathlete Augusta Grønberg Christensen. Hannesdotir proved she was the champion of the day by emotionallly charging across the blue carpet to claim the golden Aquathlon World Champion title. “It means a lot to me. I raced a month ago and got a...

World Triathletes Racing Duathlon in #Fyn2018 as Told by Photos!

Triathlon News - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 20:52
World Triathletes who opted in to conquer the run-bike-run courses lined up for the Duathlon World Championships in Fyn! athletes had the chance of competing in two different distances, the standard-distance course measuring out for a 9.1km run, 33km bike, 5.2km run and the sprint-distance course being a 5km run, 20km bike and 2.5km run. Duathlon is the perfect race for those who do not want to get their feet wet, so take a look at this gallery by Wagner Araujo and see the race highlights!

World Triathletes Racing Duathlon in #Fyn2018 as Told by Photos!

Triathlon News - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 20:52
World Triathletes who opted in to conquer the run-bike-run courses lined up for the Duathlon World Championships in Fyn! athletes had the chance of competing in two different distances, the standard-distance course measuring out for a 9.1km run, 33km bike, 5.2km run and the sprint-distance course being a 5km run, 20km bike and 2.5km run. Duathlon is the perfect race for those who do not want to get their feet wet, so take a look at this gallery by Wagner Araujo and see the race highlights!

World Triathletes Racing Cross Triathlon in #Fyn2018 as Told by Photos!

Triathlon News - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 20:47
World Triathletes from all across the globe came together for the Cross Triathlon event staged in Svendborg, a town on the island of Fyn in south-central Denmark. The race was a 1km swim in the harbour followed by a challenging 27km mountain bike ride meeting gravel, jumps, steep and technical sections and ending with a 10km run which had short climbs and descended in the forest. Cross triathlon is always one of the most picturesque races of the year and an exciting race for the age-group category, so take a look at the gallery by the talented Wagner Araujo of what the World Triathletes got to enjoy!

World Triathletes Racing Cross Triathlon in #Fyn2018 as Told by Photos!

Triathlon News - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 20:47
World Triathletes from all across the globe came together for the Cross Triathlon event staged in Svendborg, a town on the island of Fyn in south-central Denmark. The race was a 1km swim in the harbour followed by a challenging 27km mountain bike ride meeting gravel, jumps, steep and technical sections and ending with a 10km run which had short climbs and descended in the forest. Cross triathlon is always one of the most picturesque races of the year and an exciting race for the age-group category, so take a look at the gallery by the talented Wagner Araujo of what the World Triathletes got to enjoy!

Athletes’ chatter ahead of WTS Hamburg

Triathlon News - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 15:04
WTS Hamburg’s race number one Katie Zaferes assumed the World Series top spot with a hard-fought third place in Leeds. With Flora Duffy returning to the starting list, the American will need to summon the same spirit that saw her take the tape here in 2016: “
For the individual race, Flora is always going to be hard to count against, but there’s been so many people on the podium this year and the British and American teams are so strong. Plus, you’ve always got to look out for the Germans. Whatever the race it’s never a good idea to write off any athlete. The Mixed Relay field is also incredibly competitive, there is no room for a weak link in there so we’re going to be giving it all we have got.” Jonathan Brownlee will want to recover from the disappointment of having to pull out of WTS Leeds last month with another big display like the one that took him to the top of the podium six editions ago: “I hope that it’s a good weekend for British Triathlon as it has been for English football. We always have a strong team, the women are really strong and I feel like im in good shape and ready to be competing here for the first time since 2014. I’m pleased to be back. My first event here was in 2006 as a junior, I won in 2013 and this is a great place to race, it’s a good course and it’s a great weekend of triathlon. I do miss having Alistair to race with, he’s a good man to drive the front bike pack but he also beats me so I’m glad he’s not here. I like coming to places where you feel like the event is part of the city, it’s short and fast and exciting.” At 22, Germany’s Laura Lindemann is one of the youngest of the female athletes competing but, after her third place here last year, one that the crowd will be certainly be getting behind: “I have only positive memories from Hamburg. It is always great fun racing here and my goal is to reach the top 10, but a podium finish like in 2017 would be great. In the Mixed Team Relay we want to finish better than last year, but you have to take into account that there are a lot of changes within the federation and we need the time and patience to develop.” German Lasse Luhrs will be going in to his third WTS Hamburg race on Saturday, looking to improve on his best-placed finish of 31st two years ago: “The level in Hamburg is unbelievable. My family and friends will come to watch and support me, so that is an extra motivation in addition to the always great atmosphere here. That and the...

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