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Jelle Geens and Summer Cook claim the first ever titles in Antwerp World Cup

Sun, 17/06/2018 - 21:25
Belgium had a great day of firsts at the 2018 ITU Antwerp World Cup, with Jelle Geens claiming the first ever victory of an ITU race on home soil to much delight of the thousands of spectators who enjoyed a day of triathlon at its best. He was accompanied in the podium by Kiwi Tayler Reid and Canadian Tyler Mislawchuk. On the women’s race, the victory was for one really used to be on top of the podium on world cups: USA’s Summer Cook, who claimed her sixth victory of her career. Behind her in the finish line were British Beth Potter and Italian Verena Steinhauser. Men’s Review The local hero, Marten Van Riel, was one of the favourites before the start and he proved the thousands of spectators lining up in Antwerp right, being the first one to get out of the water. The Belgium, who had a splendid performance last weeks in WTS Leeds finishing in 5th place, was planning on leading since the beginning and he delivered. Behind him, Jonas Schomburg (GER), one of the best swimmers in the field, and Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN), and the three of them tried to escape from the chasers from the first km of the bike course, but they were quickly trapped by a large group, forming a train that will stay together for the 22km of the bike. It was then time for the men to line up to try to avoid problems with the corners, and work in turns, with some of them trying to scape but with no luck. First, it was the turn of Tyler Mislawchuk. A couple of kilometres later the Norwegian Casper Stornes gave it a try as well, and Matthew Sharpe (CAN), Tayler Reid (NZL) and Uxio Abuin Ares (ESP) also had their chance, but all of them with no luck. So a large train of bikers arrived together to the second transition, and with all to be decided in the last 5km run, another Belgium, Jelle Geens, decided to go for it. He led a small group of ten athletes, including himself, Van Riel, Mislawchuk, Reid, Sharpe and Connor Doherty (IRL) among them. In the last lap, five of them were still fighting for the podium positions so it all came to one of the longest sprint ever seen, with Jeens giving all he had for the final push. Cheered by the local fans, he managed to stay one meter ahead of Reid and crossed the finish line in first, claiming his first ever victory in a World Cup. For Reid, Antwerp was the second World Cup podium after grabbing silver in Karlovy Vary last year, while Mislawchuk, finishing in third, is also a newcomer to World Cup podiums, after finishing fourth in WTS...

Jelle Geens and Summer Cook claim the first ever titles in Antwerp World Cup

Sun, 17/06/2018 - 21:25
Belgium had a great day of firsts at the 2018 ITU Antwerp World Cup, with Jelle Geens claiming the first ever victory of an ITU race on home soil to much delight of the thousands of spectators who enjoyed a day of triathlon at its best. He was accompanied in the podium by Kiwi Tayler Reid and Canadian Tyler Mislawchuk. On the women’s race, the victory was for one really used to be on top of the podium on world cups: USA’s Summer Cook, who claimed her sixth victory of her career. Behind her in the finish line were British Beth Potter and Italian Verena Steinhauser. Men’s Review The local hero, Marten Van Riel, was one of the favourites before the start and he proved the thousands of spectators lining up in Antwerp right, being the first one to get out of the water. The Belgium, who had a splendid performance last weeks in WTS Leeds finishing in 5th place, was planning on leading since the beginning and he delivered. Behind him, Jonas Schomburg (GER), one of the best swimmers in the field, and Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN), and the three of them tried to escape from the chasers from the first km of the bike course, but they were quickly trapped by a large group, forming a train that will stay together for the 22km of the bike. It was then time for the men to line up to try to avoid problems with the corners, and work in turns, with some of them trying to scape but with no luck. First, it was the turn of Tyler Mislawchuk. A couple of kilometres later the Norwegian Casper Stornes gave it a try as well, and Matthew Sharpe (CAN), Tayler Reid (NZL) and Uxio Abuin Ares (ESP) also had their chance, but all of them with no luck. So a large train of bikers arrived together to the second transition, and with all to be decided in the last 5km run, another Belgium, Jelle Geens, decided to go for it. He led a small group of ten athletes, including himself, Van Riel, Mislawchuk, Reid, Sharpe and Connor Doherty (IRL) among them. In the last lap, five of them were still fighting for the podium positions so it all came to one of the longest sprint ever seen, with Jeens giving all he had for the final push. Cheered by the local fans, he managed to stay one meter ahead of Reid and crossed the finish line in first, claiming his first ever victory in a World Cup. “I really feel amazing”, he said after his win. “In the sprint I thought I didn’t have anything lef, but when I was 1 meter behind I heard the crowd cheer, so that gave me the extra strength for the final push”....

Athletes chatter ahead of Antwerp World Cup

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 23:39
Athletes from all over the world seem to be really looking forward to the debut of the Belgium city of Antwerp in the World Cup circuit. 48 hours before toeing the line in the Harbour, let’s see what some of the top elite athletes have to say. Gelle Jeens On how he feels after WTS Leeds: “I wasn’t very sure on how I was going to perform in Leeds, as my knee hurt a bit before that race, but Leeds was alright and the pain is gone now”. On his goals for this season: “The Olympic points have just started and that’s my main goal for this season, to race as hard and best as possible and to get some points and in order to be in a good position at the end of the year. I missed some training going to race in Leeds, but also that race helped me cause Leeds was like a really hard training, so I think I can perform well here”. On how he feels about racing at home: “I don’t know the course but is close to my home and I know what to expect, especially because there are a lot of cobblestones. I think it’s going to be a really great race, and we will have lots of spectators cheering, and also my family is coming to watch me compete, so I am really looking forward the race. It is my first race in Belgium, and it’s going to be a great experience”. Martin van Reel On how he feels after Leeds: “Last week was very, very hard, the course in Leeds was one of the toughest ever. My legs are still a bit tired, but I hope that by Sunday they will be alright again”. On the goals for the season: “The first two or three races I crashed, I hope I’m back on normal racing and no crashing anymore. I’m pretty confident on my swim, bike run now, as long as I can stay on the bike”. On the course for this World Cup: “I live 20 km from the course, I’ve been here and it looks like a very exciting course. It will be a really nice course. We race everywhere in the world, but our family never gets to support us while racing, so it will be great to have a race at home with our friends and family being able to be here and support us”. Casper Stornes On his performance in WTS Leeds: “I am feeling alright now. I had a terrible day in Leeds, I felt dizzy on the bike and was afraid on the corners, so I ended up pulling out. But I’ve had some very good bike sessions in Bergen now and I’m feeling confident and fresh for this race”. On his goal for this race: “I want to win”. On the Antwerp course: “I’ve seen that the bike course has some cobblestones, so that means a hard bike and some smashed...

Athletes chatter ahead of Antwerp World Cup

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 23:39
Athletes from all over the world seem to be really looking forward to the debut of the Belgium city of Antwerp in the World Cup circuit. 48 hours before toeing the line in the Harbour, let’s see what some of the top elite athletes have to say. Gelle Jeens On how he feels after WTS Leeds: “I wasn’t very sure on how I was going to perform in Leeds, as my knee hurt a bit before that race, but Leeds was alright and the pain is gone now”. On his goals for this season: “The Olympic points have just started and that’s my main goal for this season, to race as hard and best as possible and to get some points and in order to be in a good position at the end of the year. I missed some training going to race in Leeds, but also that race helped me cause Leeds was like a really hard training, so I think I can perform well here”. On how he feels about racing at home: “I don’t know the course but is close to my home and I know what to expect, especially because there are a lot of cobblestones. I think it’s going to be a really great race, and we will have lots of spectators cheering, and also my family is coming to watch me compete, so I am really looking forward the race. It is my first race in Belgium, and it’s going to be a great experience”. Martin van Reel On how he feels after Leeds: “Last week was very, very hard, the course in Leeds was one of the toughest ever. My legs are still a bit tired, but I hope that by Sunday they will be alright again”. On the goals for the season: “The first two or three races I crashed, I hope I’m back on normal racing and no crashing anymore. I’m pretty confident on my swim, bike run now, as long as I can stay on the bike”. On the course for this World Cup: “I live 20 km from the course, I’ve been here and it looks like a very exciting course. It will be a really nice course. We race everywhere in the world, but our family never gets to support us while racing, so it will be great to have a race at home with our friends and family being able to be here and support us”. Casper Stornes On his performance in WTS Leeds: “I am feeling alright now. I had a terrible day in Leeds, I felt dizzy on the bike and was afraid on the corners, so I ended up pulling out. But I’ve had some very good bike sessions in Bergen now and I’m feeling confident and fresh for this race”. On his goal for this race: “I want to win”. On the Antwerp course: “I’ve seen that the bike course has some cobblestones, so that means a hard bike and some smashed...

Martin Schulz to go all-out attack in Besancon Paratriathlon World Cup

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 19:21
Germany’s Martin Schulz is not going to hold anything back when he competes at the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup in Besancon, France, on Sunday. Victory at the Eton Dorney World Cup three weeks ago ensured it was a winning return to international competition for the 28-year-old after suffering an ankle problem in the weeks building up to the race. But, despite his winning return, Schulz said he was not at his best. “The race was OK,” Schulz said. “The weeks before Eton Dorney I could not train as I usually do and I was more likely to play it safe without risking anything. But only winning was important to me.” “I have very high standards for myself but I’m not a machine” After being unable to follow his usual training regime due to his ankle injury, Schulz has returned to a hard block of training and said he is now ready to go all-out attack in Besancon in the men’s PTS5 category. “I don’t know how this weekend’s race will go, but I will do my best and this time I will be much more offensive than in Eton Dorney, especially on the bike and while running,” Schulz said. Eton Dorney was only the third international event Schulz has competed in since winning Paralympic gold at Rio 2016, where the sport made its Games debut. The German decided to take a break from competing internationally post-Rio, but he is back and now fully focussed on Tokyo 2020. “After achieving everything, I needed new goals and I wanted to try other things which I put on hold ahead of Rio,” Schulz said. “I wanted to do competitions that I always wanted to do, such as the Bundesliga [German league] races, local triathlons and I didn’t want to travel that much.” “My big goal is now Tokyo 2020 where I want to win gold again. But, for that a lot had to be clarified and I knew I needed some distance away from Paratriathlon to rest and refocus,” Schulz added. The German has become one of the most well-known names in Paratriathlon since taking up the sport in 2011 and he admitted the expectation adds pressure. “The pressure from the outside is strong,” Schulz said. “Many expect that I will always win, especially in my homeland. Everyone expected me to win in Rio. A second place would have been a disappointment. But, especially for Rio, I only ever had Plan A with the gold medal in my hand. “I have very high standards for myself but I’m not a machine. I work hard every day for my goals, but sometimes you also need a bit of luck,” the...

Antwerp ready to join the World Cup circuit

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 00:01
It is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has a long and lasting tradition of cycling sports, so it was just about time that the Belgium city on Antwerp joined the ITU World Cup circuit with an astonishing event ready to take the stage this weekend. The race, with some of the greatest triathletes of the world lining up, will be the eighth stop of the season as we reach the halfway point of what has already been an incredible 2018 for our sport, and represents the biggest triathlon event in the country in almost 20 years. The new sprint-distance course will take in a one-lap, 750m circuit around Antwerp Harbour before the athletes transition onto their bikes for a technical 22.6km ride through the city streets. From there, the final section will see the runners loop back around the harbour before finishing by the grandstands overlooking the water and the beautiful Museum aan de Stroom. Men’s Preview After his splendid performance only one week ago in WTS Leeds, Belgium Marten Van Riel will be indeed the home-crowd favourite and wearing the number one in this race will be enough to give him the extra fuel needed to recover from the Olympic distance race and face the demanding course of his hometown. But Van Riel will have to share the spectator’s cheers with his teammate, Jelle Geens, who has had some of his best results in sprint races. It won’t be an easy challenge for him, though, with some other strong triathletes lining up in the Harbour. Matthew Sharpe and Tyler Mislawchuk, both Canadians, have had really strong performances in the last few weeks, with Mislawchuk earning his first ever top five in a WTS in Yokohama and both of them helping the Canadians claiming the seventh place in the first event of the World Triathlon Mixed Relays Series in Nottingham. Another American, Kevin McDowell (USA), will also be trying to redeem himself of the not so great performances in the last races, looking forward going back to the top ten positions that he earned at the beginning of the seasons in a couple of World Cups. Germany’s Jonas Schomburg is also returning to the World Cup circuit, after focussing on WTS events, and will be likely among the ones to watch if he can put together another strong display on the bike as the ones he usually does. Spaniard Uxio Abuin Ares will also put up a show in Antwerp, after one of the strongest swims of his career only two weeks ago in Cagliari World Cup. With him in the pack of favourites will also be...

Antwerp ready to join the World Cup circuit

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 00:01
It is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has a long and lasting tradition of cycling sports, so it was just about time that the Belgium city on Antwerp joined the ITU World Cup circuit with an astonishing event ready to take the stage this weekend. The race, with some of the greatest triathletes of the world lining up, will be the eighth stop of the season as we reach the halfway point of what has already been an incredible 2018 for our sport, and represents the biggest triathlon event in the country in almost 20 years. The new sprint-distance course will take in a one-lap, 750m circuit around Antwerp Harbour before the athletes transition onto their bikes for a technical 22.6km ride through the city streets. From there, the final section will see the runners loop back around the harbour before finishing by the grandstands overlooking the water and the beautiful Museum aan de Stroom. Men’s Preview After his splendid performance only one week ago in WTS Leeds, Belgium Marten Van Riel will be indeed the home-crowd favourite and wearing the number one in this race will be enough to give him the extra fuel needed to recover from the Olympic distance race and face the demanding course of his hometown. But Van Riel will have to share the spectator’s cheers with his teammate, Jelle Geens, who has had some of his best results in sprint races. It won’t be an easy challenge for him, though, with some other strong triathletes lining up in the Harbour. Matthew Sharpe and Tyler Mislawchuk, both Canadians, have had really strong performances in the last few weeks, with Mislawchuk earning his first ever top five in a WTS in Yokohama and both of them helping the Canadians claiming the seventh place in the first event of the World Triathlon Mixed Relays Series in Nottingham. Another American, Kevin McDowell (USA), will also be trying to redeem himself of the not so great performances in the last races, looking forward going back to the top ten positions that he earned at the beginning of the seasons in a couple of World Cups. Germany’s Jonas Schomburg is also returning to the World Cup circuit, after focussing on WTS events, and will be likely among the ones to watch if he can put together another strong display on the bike as the ones he usually does. Spaniard Uxio Abuin Ares will also put up a show in Antwerp, after one of the strongest swims of his career only two weeks ago in Cagliari World Cup. With him in the pack of favourites will also be...

WTS Nottingham & WTS Leeds By the Numbers

Thu, 14/06/2018 - 06:39
On June 7, 18 nations from across the globe lined up in teams of four with two men and two women to compete in the very first Triathlon Team Mixed Relay Series in Nottingham, Great Britain. Then just three days later, the elites travelled 115 kilometres north to Leeds, where 57 men and 51 women also toed a start line to race in the fourth stop of the 2018 World Triathlon Series. In all three races, while champions were crowned and victories won, there were athletes who came out on top, despite either making it onto the podium or not. So, we want to honour the best of the best in triathlon, but also in the journey it takes to get there - the swim, bike and run. Here are the top split times and other fun statistic facts for each discipline from the Team Relay WTS Nottingham and WTS Leeds events. #WTSNottingham #TriMixedRelay WINNER Team - USA 01:21:16 LEG M - Aaron Royle (AUS) 00:19:13 F - Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) 00:20:42 SWIM M - Matthew Sharpe (CAN) 00:04:02 F - Kirsten Kasper (USA) 00:04:05 BIKE M - Aaron Royle (AUS) 00:09:41 F - Julia Hauser (AUT) 00:10:30 RUN M - Eli Hemming (USA) 00:04:20 F -  Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) 00:04:47 #WTSLeeds WINNER M - Richard Murray (RSA) 01:45:52 F - Vicky Holland (GBR) 01:56:23 SWIM M - Richard Varga (SVK) 00:17:10 F - Jessica Learmonth (GBR) 00:18:02 BIKE M - Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) 00:55:26 F - Vittoria Hauser (BRA) 00:58:49 RUN M - Richard Murray (RSA) 00:30:57 F -  Vicky Holland (GBR) 00:35:21 BEST SWIM LAPS M - Richard Varga (SVK) - Lap1 - 00:08:29.67 F - Chelsea Burns (USA) - Lap 2 - 00:07:10.99 FASTEST BIKE LAP M - Marc Austin (GBR) -  Lap 4 - 00:05:24.29 F - Vittoria Lopes (BRA) - Lap 5 - 00:05:52.94 FASTEST BIKE PACE M - Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) - 41.78 KM/HR F - Vittoria Lopes (BRA) - 39.77 KM/HR FASTEST RUN LAP M - Richard Murray (RSA) - Lap 1 - 00:07:16.52 F - Leonie Periault (FRA) - Lap 1- 00:08:31.71 HIGHEST RANKING CLIMB M - Marten Van Riel (BEL) - 21 spots (#39 to #18) F - Georiga Taylor-Brown (GBR) - 17 spots (#31 to #14)

WTS Nottingham & WTS Leeds By the Numbers

Thu, 14/06/2018 - 06:39
On June 7, 18 nations from across the globe lined up in teams of four with two men and two women to compete in the very first Triathlon Team Mixed Relay Series in Nottingham, Great Britain. Then just three days later, the elites travelled 115 kilometres north to Leeds, where 57 men and 51 women also toed a start line to race in the fourth stop of the 2018 World Triathlon Series. In all three races, while champions were crowned and victories won, there were athletes who came out on top, despite either making it onto the podium or not. So, we want to honour the best of the best in triathlon, but also in the journey it takes to get there - the swim, bike and run. Here are the top split times and other fun statistic facts for each discipline from the Team Relay WTS Nottingham and WTS Leeds events. #WTSNottingham #TriMixedRelay WINNER Team - USA 01:21:16 LEG M - Aaron Royle (AUS) 00:19:13 F - Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) 00:20:42 SWIM M - Matthew Sharpe (CAN) 00:04:02 F - Kirsten Kasper (USA) 00:04:05 BIKE M - Aaron Royle (AUS) 00:09:41 F - Julia Hauser (AUT) 00:10:30 RUN M - Eli Hemming (USA) 00:04:20 F -  Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) 00:04:47 #WTSLeeds WINNER M - Richard Murray (RSA) 01:45:52 F - Vicky Holland (GBR) 01:56:23 SWIM M - Richard Varga (SVK) 00:17:10 F - Jessica Learmonth (GBR) 00:18:02 BIKE M - Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) 00:55:26 F - Vittoria Hauser (BRA) 00:58:49 RUN M - Richard Murray (RSA) 00:30:57 F -  Vicky Holland (GBR) 00:35:21 BEST SWIM LAPS M - Richard Varga (SVK) - Lap1 - 00:08:29.67 F - Chelsea Burns (USA) - Lap 2 - 00:07:10.99 FASTEST BIKE LAP M - Marc Austin (GBR) -  Lap 4 - 00:05:24.29 F - Vittoria Lopes (BRA) - Lap 5 - 00:05:52.94 FASTEST BIKE PACE M - Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) - 41.78 KM/HR F - Vittoria Lopes (BRA) - 39.77 KM/HR FASTEST RUN LAP M - Richard Murray (RSA) - Lap 1 - 00:07:16.52 F - Leonie Periault (FRA) - Lap 1- 00:08:31.71 HIGHEST RANKING CLIMB M - Marten Van Riel (BEL) - 21 spots (#39 to #18) F - Georiga Taylor-Brown (GBR) - 17 spots (#31 to #14)

Richard Murray digs deep to earn magnificent gold in Leeds

Sun, 10/06/2018 - 21:48
A gutsy run from Richard Murray secured the South African his first-ever Olympic distance WTS gold in AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds on a steamy Sunday afternoon in the north of England. Murray put down the hammer on the first lap of the 10km run to carve out what proved to be an unassailable lead despite the best efforts of race no.1 Mario Mola. The Spaniard finished second after pulling away on the final lap from Vincent Luis of France who took the bronze. “During the swim today I actually thought I should retire from triathlon,” said a smiling Murray after the race. “I was way behind the pack in the swim, it was really tough. But during the bike I started feeling better and by the run I felt pretty good”. “I always look back too soon so this time I just wanted to focus 100% on my race, and I’m delighted with my first win over the Olympic distance.” To nobody’s surprise, it was once again Richard Varga (SLO) who emerged first from the two-lap, 1500m swim on Waterloo Lake. More surprising was that Jonnathan Brownlee (GBR), Henri Schoeman (RSA) and Aaron Royle (AUS), all struggled to come to terms with the second lap and found themselves almost 15 seconds behind. After one of his better swims, Mario Mola (ESP) was also well-positioned, but some trouble with his shoe in transition saw the Spaniard fall back further, while France’s Pierre le Corre strode out of T1 and mounted his bike in front as the athletes snaked out of Roundhay Park for the point-to-point section of the cycle. With a train of 13 men working hard over those first kilometres of the bike course, the faster sections really allowed the athletes to gather up some momentum and hometown hero Jonny Brownlee was among those looking comfortable sharing the load alongside Henri Schoeman and Leo Bergere. Things slowed down somewhat as the city section came into view and the first of the seven passes through transition in front of the grandstands on Millennium Square as the leaders sought to avoid any congestion trouble on the testing technical section. Aware of that, the chasing bunch only needed a couple of laps to swallow the leading pack. Henri Schoeman and Leo Bergere made their move and pushed for some breathing space, carving a 16 second lead only to then be swallowed back up by the likes of Richard Murray (RSA), Ben Kanute (USA) and Dorian Coninx (FRA). At the same time, the crowd was left speechless as their idol Jonny Brownlee dropped back and then eventually...

Richard Murray digs deep to earn magnificent gold in Leeds

Sun, 10/06/2018 - 21:48
A gutsy run from Richard Murray secured the South African his first-ever Olympic distance WTS gold at the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds on a steamy Sunday afternoon in the north of England. Murray put down the hammer on the first lap of the 10km run to carve out what proved to be an unassailable lead despite the best efforts of race no.1 Mario Mola. The Spaniard finished second after pulling away on the final lap from Vincent Luis of France who took the bronze. “During the swim today I actually thought I should retire from triathlon,” said a smiling Murray after the race. “I was way behind the pack in the swim, it was really tough. But during the bike I started feeling better and by the run I felt pretty good”. “I always look back too soon so this time I just wanted to focus 100% on my race, and I’m delighted with my first win over the Olympic distance.” To nobody’s surprise, it was once again Richard Varga (SLO) who emerged first from the two-lap, 1500m swim on Waterloo Lake. More surprising was that Jonathan Brownlee (GBR), Henri Schoeman (RSA) and Aaron Royle (AUS), all struggled to come to terms with the second lap and found themselves almost 15 seconds behind. After one of his better swims, Mario Mola (ESP) was also well-positioned, but some trouble with his shoe in transition saw the Spaniard fall back further, while France’s Pierre le Corre strode out of T1 and mounted his bike in front as the athletes snaked out of Roundhay Park for the point-to-point section of the cycle. With a train of 13 men working hard over those first kilometres of the bike course, the faster sections really allowed the athletes to gather up some momentum and hometown hero Jonny Brownlee was among those looking comfortable sharing the load alongside Henri Schoeman and Leo Bergere. Things slowed down somewhat as the city section came into view and the first of the seven passes through transition in front of the grandstands on Millennium Square as the leaders sought to avoid any congestion trouble on the testing technical section. Aware of that, the chasing bunch only needed a couple of laps to swallow the leading pack. Henri Schoeman and Leo Bergere made their move and pushed for some breathing space, carving a 16 second lead only to then be swallowed back up by the likes of Richard Murray (RSA), Ben Kanute (USA) and Dorian Coninx (FRA). At the same time, the crowd was left speechless as their idol Jonny Brownlee dropped back and then eventually...

Richard Murray digs deep to earn magnificent gold in Leeds

Sun, 10/06/2018 - 21:48
A gutsy run from Richard Murray secured the South African his first-ever Olympic distance WTS gold at the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds on a steamy Sunday afternoon in the north of England. Murray put down the hammer on the first lap of the 10km run to carve out what proved to be an unassailable lead despite the best efforts of race no.1 Mario Mola. The Spaniard finished second after pulling away on the final lap from Vincent Luis of France who took the bronze. “During the swim today I actually thought I should retire from triathlon,” said a smiling Murray after the race. “I was way behind the pack in the swim, it was really tough. But during the bike I started feeling better and by the run I felt pretty good”. “I always look back too soon so this time I just wanted to focus 100% on my race, and I’m delighted with my first win over the Olympic distance.” To nobody’s surprise, it was once again Richard Varga (SLO) who emerged first from the two-lap, 1500m swim on Waterloo Lake. More surprising was that Jonathan Brownlee (GBR), Henri Schoeman (RSA) and Aaron Royle (AUS), all struggled to come to terms with the second lap and found themselves almost 15 seconds behind. After one of his better swims, Mario Mola (ESP) was also well-positioned, but some trouble with his shoe in transition saw the Spaniard fall back further, while France’s Pierre le Corre strode out of T1 and mounted his bike in front as the athletes snaked out of Roundhay Park for the point-to-point section of the cycle. With a train of 13 men working hard over those first kilometres of the bike course, the faster sections really allowed the athletes to gather up some momentum and hometown hero Jonny Brownlee was among those looking comfortable sharing the load alongside Henri Schoeman and Leo Bergere. Things slowed down somewhat as the city section came into view and the first of the seven passes through transition in front of the grandstands on Millennium Square as the leaders sought to avoid any congestion trouble on the testing technical section. Aware of that, the chasing bunch only needed a couple of laps to swallow the leading pack. Henri Schoeman and Leo Bergere made their move and pushed for some breathing space, carving a 16 second lead only to then be swallowed back up by the likes of Richard Murray (RSA), Ben Kanute (USA) and Dorian Coninx (FRA). At the same time, the crowd was left speechless as their idol Jonny Brownlee dropped back and then eventually...

Vicky Holland brings home the gold after thrilling Leeds display

Sun, 10/06/2018 - 20:43
Sunday afternoon in the sun-kissed city of Leeds saw Vicky Holland of Great Britain deliver one of the performances of her career to earn a tough third WTS gold in front of a delirious crowd of 70,000 fans. The win caps a strong first half of the year for Holland, who finished second in Bermuda and fourth in the Commonwealth Games. Teammate Georgia Taylor-Browne came home second to secure a first ever World Series podium, with USA’s Katie Zaferes finishing third. “That was the toughest podium so far for me. It was a yo-yo of a race and I don’t really know how but I managed to end up on top,” said Holland after her first WTS win since 2015. “I had a fantastic start but ended up in no-man’s land, so I take my hat off to Sophie and Georgia who were so strong on the bikes. It was a war of attrition but I somehow came out on top. It’s been nearly three years since I won a big race and I wasn’t sure that I would ever stand on top of a big podium like this again.” With no Flora Duffy in the starting line-up in the 2018 AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds the opportunity was there for the likes of race number-one Katie Zaferes to seize the reigns, and it looked like she would do exactly that after an excellent swim saw the American exit just behind GB’s Jessica Learmonth. Right there too were USA’s Taylor Spivey and Summer Cook, as a small lead group began the long point-to-point through the Leeds countryside and back into the city centre. The trio of Zaferes, Learmonth and Spivey then threatened to develop a more sizeable advantage as they hit the fastest part of the course down into Headingley, with a 51-second window opened between them and the chase pack. The likes of Rachel Klamer and Italy’s Alice Betto were going well at the head of that large group which Summer Cook had by now fallen to the back of. As the riders headed into the technical twists and turns of the 7-lap city course, it began to look like Zaferes might struggle to keep up with Learmonth in her first taste of the challenging Leeds course, while the Brit, who already finished in the top 10 twice here, knew its eccentricities well and had the crowd right with her. The effort had clearly taken a toll on the leaders, however, and with two laps to go the pack began to draw ever closer, before T2 eventually saw a swarm of athletes pour through together, led out by GB’s Sophie Coldwell and Georgia Taylor-Brown. The runners then became more spread out, Coldwell taking...

Vicky Holland brings home the gold after thrilling Leeds display

Sun, 10/06/2018 - 20:43
Sunday afternoon in the sun-kissed city of Leeds saw Vicky Holland of Great Britain deliver one of the performances of her career to earn a tough third WTS gold in front of a delirious crowd of 70,000 fans. The win caps a strong first half of the year for Holland, who finished second in Bermuda and fourth in the Commonwealth Games. Teammate Georgia Taylor-Browne came home second to secure a first ever World Series podium, with USA’s Katie Zaferes finishing third. “That was the toughest podium so far for me. It was a yo-yo of a race and I don’t really know how but I managed to end up on top,” said Holland after her first WTS win since 2015. “I had a fantastic start but ended up in no-man’s land, so I take my hat off to Sophie and Georgia who were so strong on the bikes. It was a war of attrition but I somehow came out on top. It’s been nearly three years since I won a big race and I wasn’t sure that I would ever stand on top of a big podium like this again.” With no Flora Duffy in the starting line-up in the 2018 AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds the opportunity was there for the likes of race number-one Katie Zaferes to seize the reigns, and it looked like she would do exactly that after an excellent swim saw the American exit just behind GB’s Jessica Learmonth. Right there too were USA’s Taylor Spivey and Summer Cook, as a small lead group began the long point-to-point through the Leeds countryside and back into the city centre. The trio of Zaferes, Learmonth and Spivey then threatened to develop a more sizeable advantage as they hit the fastest part of the course down into Headingley, with a 51-second window opened between them and the chase pack. The likes of Rachel Klamer and Italy’s Alice Betto were going well at the head of that large group which Summer Cook had by now fallen to the back of. As the riders headed into the technical twists and turns of the 7-lap city course, it began to look like Zaferes might struggle to keep up with Learmonth in her first taste of the challenging Leeds course, while the Brit, who already finished in the top 10 twice here, knew its eccentricities well and had the crowd right with her. The effort had clearly taken a toll on the leaders, however, and with two laps to go the pack began to draw ever closer, before T2 eventually saw a swarm of athletes pour through together, led out by GB’s Sophie Coldwell and Georgia Taylor-Brown. The runners then became more spread out, Coldwell taking...

Sodaro (USA) and Gonzalez (MEX) win first time Huatulco World Cup golds

Sun, 10/06/2018 - 18:09
In the 10th edition of the Huatulco ITU World Cup, two new faces brushed the top of the event podium as the United State’s Chelsea Sodaro claimed her first World Cup win of her career in the women’s race. While on the men’s side Mexico’s own Rodrigo Gonzalez wowed his home nation crowd by winning the event for the first time by a dominating run performance. The seventh-stop of the 2018 season and the sixth sprint-distance race was a fast and furious event as the heat, speed and electric atmosphere made for an exciting day of triathlon that crowds two new champions and saw three new athletes reach the World Cup podium for the very first time. Women’s Review The women lined up early in the morning on Sunday to kick off the day of back-to-back sprint-distance races in Huatulco. The starting line began on the sand as the women entered the ocean from the beach with only one 750-metre swim to complete. Helen Carvelho (POR) exited the water first, but her gap was only a few seconds and the rest of the field followed her into the first transition. Once onto the bike a larger pack formed tallying over 20 women that included Sodaro, Deborah Lynch (NZE), Beatriz Neres (BRA) and the number one and two on the start list Vendula Frintova (CZE) and Lisa Perterer (AUT). With little change over the four, five-kilometres long laps, the leaders only increased their lead over a small chase pack of four that trailed behind. Huatulco is infamous for its sunny skies and hot conditions, so as the large group made its way through the second transition, the podium would go to the woman with the freshest legs and who could outstand the heat. After 2.5 kilometres into the run Sodaro, Frintova, Lynch grouped together and gave a glimpse of a potential podium. However, in the bell lap Frintova succumbed to the conditions and pulled out of the race. With Sodaro’s running background, the final discipline is her strength so she pushed it in gear in the final kilometre to break away and make it into the finish chute to grab the tape and earn her first-career World Cup win. Sodaro’s background in ITU triathlon started just last year, so to begin a sport and then win a World Cup only a year later is a remarkable feat. “The weather was a determining factor. I think the people who raced the smartest today were the ones who got the results, I just tried to conserve for as long as I could,” Sodaro said. “First podium, first win I am just so proud of my gold, for my...

Sodaro (USA) and Gonzalez (MEX) win first time Huatulco World Cup golds

Sun, 10/06/2018 - 18:09
In the 10th edition of the Huatulco ITU World Cup, two new faces brushed the top of the event podium as the United State’s Chelsea Sodaro claimed her first World Cup win of her career in the women’s race. While on the men’s side Mexico’s own Rodrigo Gonzalez wowed his home nation crowd by winning the event for the first time by a dominating run performance. The seventh-stop of the 2018 season and the sixth sprint-distance race was a fast and furious event as the heat, speed and electric atmosphere made for an exciting day of triathlon that crowds two new champions and saw three new athletes reach the World Cup podium for the very first time. Women’s Review The women lined up early in the morning on Sunday to kick off the day of back-to-back sprint-distance races in Huatulco. The starting line began on the sand as the women entered the ocean from the beach with only one 750-metre swim to complete. Helen Carvelho (POR) exited the water first, but her gap was only a few seconds and the rest of the field followed her into the first transition. Once onto the bike a larger pack formed tallying over 20 women that included Sodaro, Deborah Lynch (NZE), Beatriz Neres (BRA) and the number one and two on the start list Vendula Frintova (CZE) and Lisa Perterer (AUT). With little change over the four, five-kilometres long laps, the leaders only increased their lead over a small chase pack of four that trailed behind. Huatulco is infamous for its sunny skies and hot conditions, so as the large group made its way through the second transition, the podium would go to the woman with the freshest legs and who could outstand the heat. After 2.5 kilometres into the run Sodaro, Frintova, Lynch grouped together and gave a glimpse of a potential podium. However, in the bell lap Frintova succumbed to the conditions and pulled out of the race. With Sodaro’s running background, the final discipline is her strength so she pushed it in gear in the final kilometre to break away and make it into the finish chute to grab the tape and earn her first-career World Cup win. Sodaro’s background in ITU triathlon started just last year, so to begin a sport and then win a World Cup only a year later is a remarkable feat. “The weather was a determining factor. I think the people who raced the smartest today were the ones who got the results, I just tried to conserve for as long as I could,” Sodaro said. “First podium, first win I am just so proud of my gold, for my...

Sodaro (USA) and Gonzalez (MEX) win first time Huatulco World Cup golds

Sun, 10/06/2018 - 18:09
In the 10th edition of the Huatulco ITU World Cup, two new faces brushed the top of the event podium as the United State’s Chelsea Sodaro claimed her first World Cup win of her career in the women’s race. While on the men’s side Mexico’s own Rodrigo Gonzalez wowed his home nation crowd by winning the event for the first time by a dominating run performance. The seventh-stop of the 2018 season and the sixth sprint-distance race was a fast and furious event as the heat, speed and electric atmosphere made for an exciting day of triathlon that crowds two new champions and saw three new athletes reach the World Cup podium for the very first time. Women’s Review The women lined up early in the morning on Sunday to kick off the day of back-to-back sprint-distance races in Huatulco. The starting line began on the sand as the women entered the ocean from the beach with only one 750-metre swim to complete. Helen Carvelho (POR) exited the water first, but her gap was only a few seconds and the rest of the field followed her into the first transition. Once onto the bike a larger pack formed tallying over 20 women that included Sodaro, Deborah Lynch (NZE), Beatriz Neres (BRA) and the number one and two on the start list Vendula Frintova (CZE) and Lisa Perterer (AUT). With little change over the four, five-kilometres long laps, the leaders only increased their lead over a small chase pack of four that trailed behind. Huatulco is infamous for its sunny skies and hot conditions, so as the large group made its way through the second transition, the podium would go to the woman with the freshest legs and who could outstand the heat. After 2.5 kilometres into the run Sodaro, Frintova, Lynch grouped together and gave a glimpse of a potential podium. However, in the bell lap Frintova succumbed to the conditions and pulled out of the race. With Sodaro’s running background, the final discipline is her strength so she pushed it in gear in the final kilometre to break away and make it into the finish chute to grab the tape and earn her first-career World Cup win. Sodaro’s background in ITU triathlon started just last year, so to begin a sport and then win a World Cup only a year later is a remarkable feat. “The weather was a determining factor. I think the people who raced the smartest today were the ones who got the results, I just tried to conserve for as long as I could,” Sodaro said. “First podium, first win I am just so proud of my gold, for...

Sodaro (USA) and Gonzalez (MEX) win first time Huatulco World Cup golds

Sun, 10/06/2018 - 18:09
In the 10th edition of the Huatulco ITU World Cup, two new faces brushed the top of the event podium as the United State’s Chelsea Sodaro claimed her first World Cup win of her career in the women’s race. While on the men’s side Mexico’s own Rodrigo Gonzalez wowed his home nation crowd by winning the event for the first time by a dominating run performance. The seventh-stop of the 2018 season and the sixth sprint-distance race was a fast and furious event as the heat, speed and electric atmosphere made for an exciting day of triathlon that crowds two new champions and saw three new athletes reach the World Cup podium for the very first time. Women’s Review The women lined up early in the morning on Sunday to kick off the day of back-to-back sprint-distance races in Huatulco. The starting line began on the sand as the women entered the ocean from the beach with only one 750-metre swim to complete. Helen Carvelho (POR) exited the water first, but her gap was only a few seconds and the rest of the field followed her into the first transition. Once onto the bike a larger pack formed tallying over 20 women that included Sodaro, Deborah Lynch (NZE), Beatriz Neres (BRA) and the number one and two on the start list Vendula Frintova (CZE) and Lisa Perterer (AUT). With little change over the four, five-kilometres long laps, the leaders only increased their lead over a small chase pack of four that trailed behind. Huatulco is infamous for its sunny skies and hot conditions, so as the large group made its way through the second transition, the podium would go to the woman with the freshest legs and who could outstand the heat. After 2.5 kilometres into the run Sodaro, Frintova, Lynch grouped together and gave a glimpse of a potential podium. However, in the bell lap Frintova succumbed to the conditions and pulled out of the race. With Sodaro’s running background, the final discipline is her strength so she pushed it in gear in the final kilometre to break away and make it into the finish chute to grab the tape and earn her first-career World Cup win. Sodaro’s background in ITU triathlon started just last year, so to begin a sport and then win a World Cup only a year later is a remarkable feat. “The weather was a determining factor. I think the people who raced the smartest today were the ones who got the results, I just tried to conserve for as long as I could,” Sodaro said. “First podium, first win I am just so proud of my gold, for...

Bermuda’s Flora Duffy awarded OBE, Andrea Hewitt receives New Zealand Order of Merit

Sat, 09/06/2018 - 12:09
Reigning World and Commonwealth Champion Flora Duffy has been awarded an OBE for her services to sport in Bermuda. World Series winner in 2016 and 2017, Duffy has also represented her country at three Olympic Games, and the impact that she has had on the island’s sporting landscape was underlined in April when it hosted a stop on the 2018 World Triathlon Series circuit for the first time. New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt was also honoured this week, receiving the Member of New Zealand Order of Merit. Hewitt has been one of triathlon’s central figures for more than a decade, with 60 WTS appearances and 20 podium finishes in her career to date.  “Flora and Andrea represent everything that is great about our sport and these honours are hugely deserved,” said Marisol Casado, ITU President. “The dedication that is required to perform so consistently at their level, to set the kind of personal goals that they have and to achieve so much has been an inspiration to triathletes and fans all around the world. These two modern triathlon legends will forever be associated with our great sport, and this recognition is testament to their success.”

Bermuda’s Flora Duffy awarded OBE, Andrea Hewitt receives New Zealand Order of Merit

Sat, 09/06/2018 - 12:09
Reigning World and Commonwealth Champion Flora Duffy has been awarded an OBE for her services to sport in Bermuda. World Series winner in 2016 and 2017, Duffy has also represented her country at three Olympic Games, and the impact that she has had on the island’s sporting landscape was underlined in April when it hosted a stop on the 2018 World Triathlon Series circuit for the first time. New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt was also honoured this week, receiving the Member of New Zealand Order of Merit. Hewitt has been one of triathlon’s central figures for more than a decade, with 60 WTS appearances and 20 podium finishes in her career to date.  “Flora and Andrea represent everything that is great about our sport and these honours are hugely deserved,” said Marisol Casado, ITU President. “The dedication that is required to perform so consistently at their level, to set the kind of personal goals that they have and to achieve so much has been an inspiration to triathletes and fans all around the world. These two modern triathlon legends will forever be associated with our great sport, and this recognition is testament to their success.”

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