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French Paratriathletes impress on home soil

Triathlon News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 19:30
France’s para triathletes impressed at the first International Triathlon Union (ITU) Para Triathlon World Cup of the season in Besancon, France, on Sunday (4 June). The French contingent sealed 11 podium-finishes, with Ahmed Andaloussi, Mona Francis, Elise Marc, Alexis Hanquinquant and Gwladys Lemoussu all winning their respective events. There was a French one-two in the men’s PTHC, with Ahmed Andaloussi (1:13:59) finishing over a minute ahead of his compatriot Alexandre Paviza (1:15:07). Great Britain’s Bret Crossley (1:16:51) ended third to reach his first international podium. France’s Mona Francis was the sole entrant in the women’s equivalent and completed the course in 1:48:33. There was further French success in the women’s PTS3. Elise Marc had a 16 second advantage over Germany’s Nora Hansel after transition two, but a strong run by Marc saw her defend her title from last year in 1:28:35, ahead of second-placed Hansel (1:31:12). The German champion held off the challenge from her compatriot Maike Hausberger (1:31:40), who finished 28 seconds further back in third. Alexis Hanquinquant continued his impressive start to his Para triathlon career with victory on home soil in the men’s PTS4. Last year, Hanquinquant just missed out the podium in only his second ever international race, but twelve months later he was amongst the French athletes celebrating a win. There were less than 10 seconds between Hanquinquant and Great Britain’s Steven Crowley after the bike leg. The Frenchman (1:07:16) pulled away on the five-kilometre run to finish one minute, 34 seconds ahead of Crowley (1:08:50). Luxembourg’s Joe Kurt completed the podium in a time of 1:09:50. France’s Gwladys Lemoussu improved on her second place from last year as she crossed the finish line first in the women’s PTS5. Lemoussu (1:18:50) ended over seven minutes ahead of Russia’s Rzaeva Amida (1:26:15), whilst Ukraine’s Svitlana Kirpichova (1:27:05) cross the finish line third. Another athlete who went one place better than last year was Russia’s Alexandr Ialchik in the men’s PTS5. Ialchik completed the course in a time of 1:06:41, with France’s Maxime Maurel (1:08:36) and Yan Guanter (1:09:25) finishing second and third respectively. Germany secured three wins in Besancon, with Stefan Loesler, Max Gelhaar and Lena Dieter sealing victories in their respective events. Loesler pulled clear during the swim in the men’s PTS2, before extending his...

French Paratriathletes impress on home soil

Triathlon News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 19:30
France’s para triathletes impressed at the first International Triathlon Union (ITU) Para Triathlon World Cup of the season in Besancon, France, on Sunday (4 June). The French contingent sealed 11 podium-finishes, with Ahmed Andaloussi, Mona Francis, Elise Marc, Alexis Hanquinquant and Gwladys Lemoussu all winning their respective events. There was a French one-two in the men’s PTHC, with Ahmed Andaloussi (1:13:59) finishing over a minute ahead of his compatriot Alexandre Paviza (1:15:07). Great Britain’s Bret Crossley (1:16:51) ended third to reach his first international podium. France’s Mona Francis was the sole entrant in the women’s equivalent and completed the course in 1:48:33. There was further French success in the women’s PTS3. Elise Marc had a 16 second advantage over Germany’s Nora Hansel after transition two, but a strong run by Marc saw her defend her title from last year in 1:28:35, ahead of second-placed Hansel (1:31:12). The German champion held off the challenge from her compatriot Maike Hausberger (1:31:40), who finished 28 seconds further back in third. Alexis Hanquinquant continued his impressive start to his Para triathlon career with victory on home soil in the men’s PTS4. Last year, Hanquinquant just missed out the podium in only his second ever international race, but twelve months later he was amongst the French athletes celebrating a win. There were less than 10 seconds between Hanquinquant and Great Britain’s Steven Crowley after the bike leg. The Frenchman (1:07:16) pulled away on the five-kilometre run to finish one minute, 34 seconds ahead of Crowley (1:08:50). Luxembourg’s Joe Kurt completed the podium in a time of 1:09:50. France’s Gwladys Lemoussu improved on her second place from last year as she crossed the finish line first in the women’s PTS5. Lemoussu (1:18:50) ended over seven minutes ahead of Russia’s Rzaeva Amida (1:26:15), whilst Ukraine’s Svitlana Kirpichova (1:27:05) cross the finish line third. Another athlete who went one place better than last year was Russia’s Alexandr Ialchik in the men’s PTS5. Ialchik completed the course in a time of 1:06:41, with France’s Maxime Maurel (1:08:36) and Yan Guanter (1:09:25) finishing second and third respectively. Germany secured three wins in Besancon, with Stefan Loesler, Max Gelhaar and Lena Dieter sealing victories in their respective events. Loesler pulled clear during the swim in the men’s PTS2, before extending his...

Hands up if you want to see more mixed relays!

Triathlon News - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 11:53
The Triathlon Mixed Relays is one of the most thrilling spectacles in triathlon, and for all the triathletes and fans around the world, we have a great calendar ahead full of relay action! Be prepared for a summer of “tagging” as the Mixed Relays are trending now more than ever. First stop for Mixed Relays’ lovers will be in just two weeks when the best teams across Europe will gather in Kitzbuhel (Austria) in aim of the European Champion title. Teams from Spain, Great Britain and France, among others, will try to claim the Old Continent crown, with some of the best triathletes in Europe prepared to battle it out on the fast and furious course in the hills of the Austrian city. For the non European teams, the goal is set in the German city of Hamburg, which will host the World Championships on July 17. With thousands of spectators lining the streets to cheer for their favorite athletes, Hamburg has become the perfect set up for the Relays, hosting this event for the past four years. This event is always a fan and athlete favourite race of the year, so get excited for some riveting action coming your way! And if triathletes want some more mixed relays action, the British Federation has organized the Mixed Relay Cup, with the first race to take place in Nottingham on September 2. It is expected to be a perfect set up not only for quite a few Brit teams aiming for the title, but also for some other teams willing to prove themselves that they can think big and, why not, aim for the Olympics. The Mixed Relays is one of the most thrilling events in triathlon, with teams of two men and two women completing each a short-course triathlon (300m swim, 8km bike, 2km run) before tagging off to their teammate to take over. With its rapid and unpredictable format, athletes love it and spectators enjoy it both onsite and on television, making it one of the most spectacular formats of the circuit. This sport is so engaging that in fact the International Triathlon Union (ITU) has presented a formal bid to the IOC for the Mixed Relays to be included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics programme. While waiting for the decision, athletes from around the world have widely shown their support to this format, which is not only exciting, but will also mean that athletes will have another chance of winning an Olympic medal. With no extra athletes needed to be added to the Olympics programme, and lots of extra excitement ensured, the Mixed Relays are also backed by...

Swiss team shines in Cagliari World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 15:38
The Swiss team couldn’t have planned it better for the 2017 Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup, as Jolanda Annen and Andrea Briffod both claimed gold in a hilly and technical sprint race. On the women’s race, Kirstin Kasper (USA) and Joanna Brown (CAN) completed the podium, while South African Henri Schoeman and French Anthony Pujades did the same on the men’s race. Women’s Recap With 50 athletes taking the start line in the Mediterranean sea, the sprint race in Cagliari proved itself fast and furious, and one of the toughest races of the World Cup circuit. “A podium in a world cup is the best possible motivation for my next race, the European Championship in Kitzbuhel”, said Swiss triathlete Annen minutes after crossing the finish line. From the start, Annen led the women’s field competing in the Italian town from the first meters of the swim and managed to lead a small pack of eight athletes managing carefully the speedy and really technical bike course, especially on the downhill on the streets of Cagliari. “I felt really confident from the first meters. My goal was to have a good swim and then push hard on the hill and run fast. Even thought the bike was really tough, I left T2 in second place, and I wanted to push hard because I knew that I had a small gap”, she said. With some very strong bikers in the same group, such as Kasper, Taylor Knibb (USA) and Juka Sato (JPN), the eight made it to the last segment of the race all together with everything to be decided on the run. Annen pushed hard from the very first meters. The push was enough to secure her the victory and her second World Cup win in her career. The North Americans came behind, with Kasper finishing 20 seconds after and Brown just one more second behind. Fourth place was for an impressive Knibb, managing in the front pack the extremely technical bike course and keeping the pace during the run for most of the race. Going five times up and down the Castello, in the old city, was painful for most part of the athletes. “It was a tough hill, took everything I had on my legs, and it also was a challenge for all of us on the run. I had my legs so burnt that I did a really slow transition. I didn’t want to go to fast so I wouldn’t burn my legs, and I just tried to follow Jolanda and pick up her pace, but she was the one to beat today”, explained Kasper after her second place in Cagliari. “On the run course, I was just trying to follow Kirsten (Kasper) because I know she is such a...

Swiss team shines in Cagliari World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 15:38
The Swiss team couldn’t have planned it better for the 2017 Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup, as Jolanda Annen and Andrea Briffod both claimed gold in a hilly and technical sprint race. On the women’s race, Kirstin Kasper (USA) and Joanna Brown (CAN) completed the podium, while South African Henri Schoeman and French Anthony Pujades did the same on the men’s race. Women’s Recap With 50 athletes taking the start line in the Mediterranean sea, the sprint race in Cagliari proved itself fast and furious, and one of the toughest races of the World Cup circuit. “A podium in a world cup is the best possible motivation for my next race, the European Championship in Kitzbuhel”, said Swiss triathlete Annen minutes after crossing the finish line. From the start, Annen led the women’s field competing in the Italian town from the first meters of the swim and managed to lead a small pack of eight athletes managing carefully the speedy and really technical bike course, especially on the downhill on the streets of Cagliari. “I felt really confident from the first meters. My goal was to have a good swim and then push hard on the hill and run fast. Even thought the bike was really tough, I left T2 in second place, and I wanted to push hard because I knew that I had a small gap”, she said. With some very strong bikers in the same group, such as Kasper, Taylor Knibb (USA) and Juka Sato (JPN), the eight made it to the last segment of the race all together with everything to be decided on the run. Annen pushed hard from the very first meters. The push was enough to secure her the victory and her second World Cup win in her career. The North Americans came behind, with Kasper finishing 20 seconds after and Brown just one more second behind. Fourth place was for an impressive Knibb, managing in the front pack the extremely technical bike course and keeping the pace during the run for most of the race. Going five times up and down the Castello, in the old city, was painful for most part of the athletes. “It was a tough hill, took everything I had on my legs, and it also was a challenge for all of us on the run. I had my legs so burnt that I did a really slow transition. I didn’t want to go to fast so I wouldn’t burn my legs, and I just tried to follow Jolanda and pick up her pace, but she was the one to beat today”, explained Kasper after her second place in Cagliari. “On the run course, I was just trying to follow Kirsten (Kasper) because I know she is such a...

Swiss team shines in Cagliari World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 15:38
The Swiss team couldn’t have planned it better for the 2017 Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup, as Jolanda Annen and Andrea Briffod both claimed gold in a hilly and technical sprint race. On the women’s race, Kirstin Kasper (USA) and Joanna Brown (CAN) completed the podium, while South African Henri Schoeman and French Anthony Pujades did the same on the men’s race. Women’s Recap With 50 athletes taking the start line in the Mediterranean sea, the sprint race in Cagliari proved itself fast and furious, and one of the toughest races of the World Cup circuit. “A podium in a world cup is the best possible motivation for my next race, the European Championship in Kitzbuhel”, said Swiss triathlete Annen minutes after crossing the finish line. From the start, Annen led the women’s field competing in the Italian town from the first meters of the swim and managed to lead a small pack of eight athletes managing carefully the speedy and really technical bike course, especially on the downhill on the streets of Cagliari. “I felt really confident from the first meters. My goal was to have a good swim and then push hard on the hill and run fast. Even thought the bike was really tough, I left T2 in second place, and I wanted to push hard because I knew that I had a small gap”, she said. With some very strong bikers in the same group, such as Kasper, Taylor Knibb (USA) and Juka Sato (JPN), the eight made it to the last segment of the race all together with everything to be decided on the run. Annen pushed hard from the very first meters. The push was enough to secure her the victory and her second World Cup win in her career. The North Americans came behind, with Kasper finishing 20 seconds after and Brown just one more second behind. Fourth place was for an impressive Knibb, managing in the front pack the extremely technical bike course and keeping the pace during the run for most of the race. Going five times up and down the Castello, in the old city, was painful for most part of the athletes. “It was a tough hill, took everything I had on my legs, and it also was a challenge for all of us on the run. I had my legs so burnt that I did a really slow transition. I didn’t want to go to fast so I wouldn’t burn my legs, and I just tried to follow Jolanda and pick up her pace, but she was the one to beat today”, explained Kasper after her second place in Cagliari. “On the run course, I was just trying to follow Kirsten (Kasper) because I know she is such a...

Swiss team shines in Cagliari World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 15:38
The Swiss team couldn’t have planned it better for the 2017 Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup, as Jolanda Annen and Andrea Briffod both claimed gold in a hilly and technical sprint race. On the women’s race, Kirstin Kasper (USA) and Joanna Brown (CAN) completed the podium, while South African Henri Schoeman and French Anthony Pujades did the same on the men’s race. Women’s Recap With 50 athletes taking the start line in the Mediterranean sea, the sprint race in Cagliari proved itself fast and furious, and one of the toughest races of the World Cup circuit. “A podium in a world cup is the best possible motivation for my next race, the European Championship in Kitzbuhel”, said Swiss triathlete Annen minutes after crossing the finish line. From the start, Annen led the women’s field competing in the Italian town from the first meters of the swim and managed to lead a small pack of eight athletes managing carefully the speedy and really technical bike course, especially on the downhill on the streets of Cagliari. “I felt really confident from the first meters. My goal was to have a good swim and then push hard on the hill and run fast. Even thought the bike was really tough, I left T2 in second place, and I wanted to push hard because I knew that I had a small gap”, she said. With some very strong bikers in the same group, such as Kasper, Taylor Knibb (USA) and Juka Sato (JPN), the eight made it to the last segment of the race all together with everything to be decided on the run. Annen pushed hard from the very first meters. The push was enough to secure her the victory and her second World Cup win in her career. The North Americans came behind, with Kasper finishing 20 seconds after and Brown just one more second behind. Fourth place was for an impressive Knibb, managing in the front pack the extremely technical bike course and keeping the pace during the run for most of the race. Going five times up and down the Castello, in the old city, was painful for most part of the athletes. “It was a tough hill, took everything I had on my legs, and it also was a challenge for all of us on the run. I had my legs so burnt that I did a really slow transition. I didn’t want to go to fast so I wouldn’t burn my legs, and I just tried to follow Jolanda and pick up her pace, but she was the one to beat today”, explained Kasper after her second place in Cagliari. “On the run course, I was just trying to follow Kirsten (Kasper) because I know she is such a...

Swiss team shines in Cagliari World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 15:38
The Swiss team couldn’t have planned it better for the 2017 Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup, as Jolanda Annen and Andrea Briffod both claimed gold in a hilly and technical sprint race. On the women’s race, Kirstin Kasper (USA) and Joanna Brown (CAN) completed the podium, while South African Henri Schoeman and French Anthony Pujades did the same on the men’s race. Women’s Recap With 50 athletes taking the start line in the Mediterranean sea, the sprint race in Cagliari proved itself fast and furious, and one of the toughest races of the World Cup circuit. “A podium in a world cup is the best possible motivation for my next race, the European Championship in Kitzbuhel”, said Swiss triathlete Annen minutes after crossing the finish line. From the start, Annen led the women’s field competing in the Italian town from the first meters of the swim and managed to lead a small pack of eight athletes managing carefully the speedy and really technical bike course, especially on the downhill on the streets of Cagliari. “I felt really confident from the first meters. My goal was to have a good swim and then push hard on the hill and run fast. Even thought the bike was really tough, I left T2 in second place, and I wanted to push hard because I knew that I had a small gap”, she said. With some very strong bikers in the same group, such as Kasper, Taylor Knibb (USA) and Juka Sato (JPN), the eight made it to the last segment of the race all together with everything to be decided on the run. Annen pushed hard from the very first meters. The push was enough to secure her the victory and her second World Cup win in her career. The North Americans came behind, with Kasper finishing 20 seconds after and Brown just one more second behind. Fourth place was for an impressive Knibb, managing in the front pack the extremely technical bike course and keeping the pace during the run for most of the race. Going five times up and down the Castello, in the old city, was painful for most part of the athletes. “It was a tough hill, took everything I had on my legs, and it also was a challenge for all of us on the run. I had my legs so burnt that I did a really slow transition. I didn’t want to go to fast so I wouldn’t burn my legs, and I just tried to follow Jolanda and pick up her pace, but she was the one to beat today”, explained Kasper after her second place in Cagliari. “On the run course, I was just trying to follow Kirsten (Kasper) because I know she is such a...

Swiss team shines in Cagliari World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 15:37
The Swiss team couldn’t have planned it better for the 2017 Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup, as Jolanda Annen and Andrea Briffod both claimed gold in a hilly and technical sprint race. On the women’s race, Kirsten Kasper (USA) and Joanna Brown (CAN) completed the podium, while South African Henri Schoeman and French Anthony Pujades did the same on the men’s race. Women’s Recap With 50 athletes taking the start line in the Mediterranean sea, the sprint race in Cagliari proved itself fast and furious, and one of the toughest races of the World Cup circuit. “A podium in a world cup is the best possible motivation for my next race, the European Championship in Kitzbuhel”, said Swiss triathlete Annen minutes after crossing the finish line. From the start, Annen led the women’s field competing in the Italian town from the first meters of the swim and managed to lead a small pack of eight athletes managing carefully the speedy and really technical bike course, especially on the downhill on the streets of Cagliari. “I felt really confident from the first meters. My goal was to have a good swim and then push hard on the hill and run fast. Even thought the bike was really tough, I left T2 in second place, and I wanted to push hard because I knew that I had a small gap”, she said. With some very strong bikers in the same group, such as Kasper, Taylor Knibb (USA) and Juka Sato (JPN), the eight made it to the last segment of the race all together with everything to be decided on the run. Annen pushed hard from the very first meters. The push was enough to secure her the victory and her second World Cup win in her career. The North Americans came behind, with Kasper finishing 20 seconds after and Brown just one more second behind. Fourth place was for an impressive Knibb, managing in the front pack the extremely technical bike course and keeping the pace during the run for most of the race. Going five times up and down the Castello, in the old city, was painful for most part of the athletes. “It was a tough hill, took everything I had on my legs, and it also was a challenge for all of us on the run. I had my legs so burnt that I did a really slow transition. I didn’t want to go to fast so I wouldn’t burn my legs, and I just tried to follow Jolanda and pick up her pace, but she was the one to beat today”, explained Kasper after her second place in Cagliari. “On the run course, I was just trying to follow Kirsten (Kasper) because I know she is such a...

Press Conference highlights from #CagliariWC

Triathlon News - Fri, 02/06/2017 - 18:28
For the second consecutive year, the beautiful beaches of Sardinia host the 2017 ITU Cagliari World Cup, with top elite triathletes facing a tough sprint race with a really technical and hilly bike course. Here is what our athletes think about the race, the weather conditions and their expectations for the World Cup this Sunday. Kirstin Kasper: On her first podium in Yokohama and going back racing here: “Yokohama was a perfect race for me, I executed the race exactly how I wanted, and the season so far has been the same way. I am really looking forward to race here in Cagliari”. On the weather conditions in Cagliari: “We’ve raced on this weather plenty of times, in Gold Coast it was very similar than here. We just need to keep hydrated during the whole race.” Henri Schoeman: On dealing with heat during races: “I handle the heat pretty well, I come from Durban, in South Africam which is pretty warm, so I’m used to it.We all will have to see how our bodies react and keep our bodies cool. I just want to execute the race the way that I have planned, and if then I can be on the podium, it will be a good day” On expectations for this race: “I am really going to enjoy, it’s a tough course, but I really like those courses. I’m looking forward also to testing how my body reacts, and perfect to tune up for Leeds.” On the new course: “I haven’t had the chance of going through the course as I just landed two hours ago, but I’ve walked up the hill. I think it’s going to be a great course, I just wish it was a bit longer”. Annamaria Mazzeti: On returning to race in Cagliari: “This year the weather is going to be really different from last year, which was cold. Last year everything was about trying to keep your body warm, and this year is going to be the opposite.” On her expectations for race day: “It is a sprint distance race so it’s going to be really fast from the start to the finish. I just want to have fun and give everything that I have”. Tylor Mislawchak: On the plans for the race: “I just want to swim hard, bike hard and run hard, and see where that takes me. If all goes well, this could take me to the podium, but with this level races, you never know what can happen.” On the new course: “It’s gonna be a really tough course, I just wish it was a bit longer. I saw last year how challenging it was and I instantly put it on my calendar.” Alice Betto: On her goals for the race: “I want to enjoy the race, I feel good and confident”. On how does it feel...

Press Conference highlights from #CagliariWC

Triathlon News - Fri, 02/06/2017 - 18:28
For the second consecutive year, the beautiful beaches of Sardinia host the 2017 ITU Cagliari World Cup, with top elite triathletes facing a tough sprint race with a really technical and hilly bike course. Here is what our athletes think about the race, the weather conditions and their expectations for the World Cup this Sunday. Kirstin Kasper: On her first podium in Yokohama and going back racing here: “Yokohama was a perfect race for me, I executed the race exactly how I wanted, and the season so far has been the same way. I am really looking forward to race here in Cagliari”. On the weather conditions in Cagliari: “We’ve raced on this weather plenty of times, in Gold Coast it was very similar than here. We just need to keep hydrated during the whole race.” Henri Schoeman: On dealing with heat during races: “I handle the heat pretty well, I come from Durban, in South Africam which is pretty warm, so I’m used to it.We all will have to see how our bodies react and keep our bodies cool. I just want to execute the race the way that I have planned, and if then I can be on the podium, it will be a good day” On expectations for this race: “I am really going to enjoy, it’s a tough course, but I really like those courses. I’m looking forward also to testing how my body reacts, and perfect to tune up for Leeds.” On the new course: “I haven’t had the chance of going through the course as I just landed two hours ago, but I’ve walked up the hill. I think it’s going to be a great course, I just wish it was a bit longer”. Annamaria Mazzeti: On returning to race in Cagliari: “This year the weather is going to be really different from last year, which was cold. Last year everything was about trying to keep your body warm, and this year is going to be the opposite.” On her expectations for race day: “It is a sprint distance race so it’s going to be really fast from the start to the finish. I just want to have fun and give everything that I have”. Tylor Mislawchak: On the plans for the race: “I just want to swim hard, bike hard and run hard, and see where that takes me. If all goes well, this could take me to the podium, but with this level races, you never know what can happen.” On the new course: “It’s gonna be a really tough course, I just wish it was a bit longer. I saw last year how challenging it was and I instantly put it on my calendar.” Alice Betto: On her goals for the race: “I want to enjoy the race, I feel good and confident”. On how does it feel...

Hanquinquant targets medal on home soil in Besancon

Triathlon News - Fri, 02/06/2017 - 16:08
France’s Alexis Hanquinquant is hoping to continue his impressive start to his Para triathlon career on home soil when he competes in the season’s first International Triathlon Union (ITU) Para Triathlon World Cup on Sunday (4 June) in Besancon. The 32-year-old only started competing in the sport last year after having his leg amputated in 2013 following a work accident. “Before the accident I was already very sporty, I played basketball at a good level and was national champion in combat sport,” Hanquinquant said. “Unfortunately, after my accident, my sports and professional ambitions collapsed. I then challenged myself to become a champion in Para triathlon.” Hanquinquant burst onto the international stage by winning the men’s PT4 open classification at last year’s World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Those Championships were only his third international event after making his debut in Strathclyde, Great Britain, in June 2016. Last year’s Besancon World Cup was only Hanquinquant’s second ever competition and he just missed out on a podium place. Twelve months later, he is targeting a medal in the PTS4 class, whilst he also is eyeing this month’s European Championships in Kitzbuhel, Austria. “The European Championships [16-18 June] are my first real goal of the season,” Hanquinquant said. “The race in Besancon is good training with just 12 days to go before the Championships. My aim is to be on the podium in each of the two races.” Hanquinquant has already claimed one victory in what is his first full season in Para triathlon. He won the opening race of the ITU World Para Triathlon Series in Gold Coast, Australia, in April, and he is hoping for a similar performance this weekend. “I feel good at the moment,” Hanquinquant said. “The swim was my weakest event last summer, but I improved my swim fitness a lot during the winter. I had a good result in Australia and I hope to race the same way in Besancon.” In the other events, Hanquinquant’s compatriot Ahmed Andaloussi will renew his rivalry with Germany’s Benjamin Lenatz in the men’s PTHC category. Andaloussi finished fourth in this event last year, finishing nearly a minute ahead of fifth-place Lenatz. The difference between the pair was much closer in Gold Coast in April, with the French champion beating the German champion into third by 11 seconds. In the women’s PTS2 category, France’s Elise Marc aims to defend her title from last...

Hanquinquant targets medal on home soil in Besancon

Triathlon News - Fri, 02/06/2017 - 16:08
France’s Alexis Hanquinquant is hoping to continue his impressive start to his Para triathlon career on home soil when he competes in the season’s first International Triathlon Union (ITU) Para Triathlon World Cup on Sunday (4 June) in Besancon. The 32-year-old only started competing in the sport last year after having his leg amputated in 2013 following a work accident. “Before the accident I was already very sporty, I played basketball at a good level and was national champion in combat sport,” Hanquinquant said. “Unfortunately, after my accident, my sports and professional ambitions collapsed. I then challenged myself to become a champion in Para triathlon.” Hanquinquant burst onto the international stage by winning the men’s PT4 open classification at last year’s World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Those Championships were only his third international event after making his debut in Strathclyde, Great Britain, in June 2016. Last year’s Besancon World Cup was only Hanquinquant’s second ever competition and he just missed out on a podium place. Twelve months later, he is targeting a medal in the PTS4 class, whilst he also is eyeing this month’s European Championships in Kitzbuhel, Austria. “The European Championships [16-18 June] are my first real goal of the season,” Hanquinquant said. “The race in Besancon is good training with just 12 days to go before the Championships. My aim is to be on the podium in each of the two races.” Hanquinquant has already claimed one victory in what is his first full season in Para triathlon. He won the opening race of the ITU World Para Triathlon Series in Gold Coast, Australia, in April, and he is hoping for a similar performance this weekend. “I feel good at the moment,” Hanquinquant said. “The swim was my weakest event last summer, but I improved my swim fitness a lot during the winter. I had a good result in Australia and I hope to race the same way in Besancon.” In the other events, Hanquinquant’s compatriot Ahmed Andaloussi will renew his rivalry with Germany’s Benjamin Lenatz in the men’s PTHC category. Andaloussi finished fourth in this event last year, finishing nearly a minute ahead of fifth-place Lenatz. The difference between the pair was much closer in Gold Coast in April, with the French champion beating the German champion into third by 11 seconds. In the women’s PTS2 category, France’s Elise Marc aims to defend her title from last...

Hanquinquant targets medal on home soil in Besancon

Triathlon News - Fri, 02/06/2017 - 16:08
France’s Alexis Hanquinquant is hoping to continue his impressive start to his Para triathlon career on home soil when he competes in the season’s first International Triathlon Union (ITU) Para Triathlon World Cup on Sunday (4 June) in Besancon. The 32-year-old only started competing in the sport last year after having his leg amputated in 2013 following a work accident. “Before the accident I was already very sporty, I played basketball at a good level and was national champion in combat sport,” Hanquinquant said. “Unfortunately, after my accident, my sports and professional ambitions collapsed. I then challenged myself to become a champion in Para triathlon.” Hanquinquant burst onto the international stage by winning the men’s PT4 open classification at last year’s World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Those Championships were only his third international event after making his debut in Strathclyde, Great Britain, in June 2016. Last year’s Besancon World Cup was only Hanquinquant’s second ever competition and he just missed out on a podium place. Twelve months later, he is targeting a medal in the PTS4 class, whilst he also is eyeing this month’s European Championships in Kitzbuhel, Austria. “The European Championships [16-18 June] are my first real goal of the season,” Hanquinquant said. “The race in Besancon is good training with just 12 days to go before the Championships. My aim is to be on the podium in each of the two races.” Hanquinquant has already claimed one victory in what is his first full season in Para triathlon. He won the opening race of the ITU World Para Triathlon Series in Gold Coast, Australia, in April, and he is hoping for a similar performance this weekend. “I feel good at the moment,” Hanquinquant said. “The swim was my weakest event last summer, but I improved my swim fitness a lot during the winter. I had a good result in Australia and I hope to race the same way in Besancon.” In the other events, Hanquinquant’s compatriot Ahmed Andaloussi will renew his rivalry with Germany’s Benjamin Lenatz in the men’s PTHC category. Andaloussi finished fourth in this event last year, finishing nearly a minute ahead of fifth-place Lenatz. The difference between the pair was much closer in Gold Coast in April, with the French champion beating the German champion into third by 11 seconds. In the women’s PTS2 category, France’s Elise Marc aims to defend her title from last...

Hand’s up if you want to see more mixed relays!

Triathlon News - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 20:53
The Triathlon Mixed Relays is one of the most thrilling spectacles in triathlon, and for all the triathletes and fans around the world, we have a great calendar ahead full of relay action! Be prepared for a summer of “tagging” as the Mixed Relays are trending now more than ever. First stop for Mixed Relays’ lovers will be in just two weeks when the best teams across Europe will gather in Kitzbuhel (Austria) in aim of the European Champion title. Teams from Spain, Great Britain and France, among others, will try to claim the Old Continent crown, with some of the best triathletes in Europe prepared to battle it out on the fast and furious course in the hills of the Austrian city. For the non European teams, the goal is set in the German city of Hamburg, which will host the World Championships on July 17. With thousands of spectators lining the streets to cheer for their favorite athletes, Hamburg has become the perfect set up for the Relays, hosting this event for the past four years. This event is always a fan and athlete favourite race of the year, so get excited for some riveting action coming your way! And if triathletes want some more mixed relays action, the British Federation has organized the Mixed Relay Cup, with the first race to take place in Nottingham on September 2. It is expected to be a perfect set up not only for quite a few Brit teams aiming for the title, but also for some other teams willing to prove themselves that they can think big and, why not, aim for the Olympics. The Mixed Relays is one of the most thrilling events in triathlon, with teams of two men and two women completing each a short-course triathlon (300m swim, 8km bike, 2km run) before tagging off to their teammate to take over. With its rapid and unpredictable format, athletes love it and spectators enjoy it both onsite and on television, making it one of the most spectacular formats of the circuit. This sport is so engaging that in fact the International Triathlon Union (ITU) has presented a formal bid to the IOC for the Mixed Relays to be included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics programme. While waiting for the decision, athletes from around the world have widely shown their support to this format, which is not only exciting, but will also mean that athletes will have another chance of winning an Olympic medal. With no extra athletes needed to be added to the Olympics programme, and lots of extra excitement ensured, the Mixed Relays are also backed by triathlon...

Hands up if you want to see more mixed relays!

Triathlon News - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 20:53
The Triathlon Mixed Relays is one of the most thrilling spectacles in triathlon, and for all the triathletes and fans around the world, we have a great calendar ahead full of relay action! Be prepared for a summer of “tagging” as the Mixed Relays are trending now more than ever. First stop for Mixed Relays’ lovers will be in just two weeks when the best teams across Europe will gather in Kitzbuhel (Austria) in aim of the European Champion title. Teams from Spain, Great Britain and France, among others, will try to claim the Old Continent crown, with some of the best triathletes in Europe prepared to battle it out on the fast and furious course in the hills of the Austrian city. For the non European teams, the goal is set in the German city of Hamburg, which will host the World Championships on July 17. With thousands of spectators lining the streets to cheer for their favorite athletes, Hamburg has become the perfect set up for the Relays, hosting this event for the past four years. This event is always a fan and athlete favourite race of the year, so get excited for some riveting action coming your way! And if triathletes want some more mixed relays action, the British Federation has organized the Mixed Relay Cup, with the first race to take place in Nottingham on September 2. It is expected to be a perfect set up not only for quite a few Brit teams aiming for the title, but also for some other teams willing to prove themselves that they can think big and, why not, aim for the Olympics. The Mixed Relays is one of the most thrilling events in triathlon, with teams of two men and two women completing each a short-course triathlon (300m swim, 8km bike, 2km run) before tagging off to their teammate to take over. With its rapid and unpredictable format, athletes love it and spectators enjoy it both onsite and on television, making it one of the most spectacular formats of the circuit. This sport is so engaging that in fact the International Triathlon Union (ITU) has presented a formal bid to the IOC for the Mixed Relays to be included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics programme. While waiting for the decision, athletes from around the world have widely shown their support to this format, which is not only exciting, but will also mean that athletes will have another chance of winning an Olympic medal. With no extra athletes needed to be added to the Olympics programme, and lots of extra excitement ensured, the Mixed Relays are also backed by triathlon...

Hands up if you want to see more mixed relays!

Triathlon News - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 20:53
The Triathlon Mixed Relays is one of the most thrilling spectacles in triathlon, and for all the triathletes and fans around the world, we have a great calendar ahead full of relay action! Be prepared for a summer of “tagging” as the Mixed Relays are trending now more than ever. First stop for Mixed Relays’ lovers will be in just two weeks when the best teams across Europe will gather in Kitzbuhel (Austria) in aim of the European Champion title. Teams from Spain, Great Britain and France, among others, will try to claim the Old Continent crown, with some of the best triathletes in Europe prepared to battle it out on the fast and furious course in the hills of the Austrian city. For the non European teams, the goal is set in the German city of Hamburg, which will host the World Championships on July 17. With thousands of spectators lining the streets to cheer for their favorite athletes, Hamburg has become the perfect set up for the Relays, hosting this event for the past four years. This event is always a fan and athlete favourite race of the year, so get excited for some riveting action coming your way! And if triathletes want some more mixed relays action, the British Federation has organized the Mixed Relay Cup, with the first race to take place in Nottingham on September 2. It is expected to be a perfect set up not only for quite a few Brit teams aiming for the title, but also for some other teams willing to prove themselves that they can think big and, why not, aim for the Olympics. The Mixed Relays is one of the most thrilling events in triathlon, with teams of two men and two women completing each a short-course triathlon (300m swim, 8km bike, 2km run) before tagging off to their teammate to take over. With its rapid and unpredictable format, athletes love it and spectators enjoy it both onsite and on television, making it one of the most spectacular formats of the circuit. This sport is so engaging that in fact the International Triathlon Union (ITU) has presented a formal bid to the IOC for the Mixed Relays to be included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics programme. While waiting for the decision, athletes from around the world have widely shown their support to this format, which is not only exciting, but will also mean that athletes will have another chance of winning an Olympic medal. With no extra athletes needed to be added to the Olympics programme, and lots of extra excitement ensured, the Mixed Relays are also backed by triathlon...

Sprint racing continues at the Cagliari World Cup

Triathlon News - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 18:28
For only the second time in ITU history, the World Cup circuit heads to the Italian island of Sardegna for the 2017 Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup. Just like last year, the event will feature a sprint course that will see the elites winding around the water port that is meant to ensure some fast and technical racing. Women’s Preview Kirsten Kasper has proven that she one of the top U.S. women to watch this season. She got on the podium in Chengdu with third place, but then hit a career milestone by debuting on her first World Triathlon Series podium in Yokohama. She continues to improve on the course, especially on her run. She will wear the number one this Sunday. Starting her 2017 world cup calendar is young USA compatriot Taylor Knibb. Knibb, the 2016 Junior World Champion, appeared on the scene last year and made breakthrough headlines when she kept up with World Champ Flora Duffy on a bike breakaway. She earned her first world up podium last year in Montreal. So we will see what she is capable of doing this season this weekend. When Great Britain’s Lucy Hall competes, she is normally accompanied by her training partner and fellow Brit Jessica Learmonth, but for Cagliari Hall will race solo. Hall is a top swimmer and likes to push it on the bike, but without her dueling partner to go with her it will be interesting to see if she can find an ally out on the course. Also beginning her 2017 competition season is long-time favourite Lisa Norden (SWE). The 2012 London Olympics silver medallist will be one of the most experienced women racing this weekend. In past years she has had to deal with injury problems, so hopefully we will see a healthy and successful season ahead of her. Another veteran on the women’s start list is Aussie Erin Densham. Ever since the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, she has kept her racing to the World Cup circuit, so Cagliari will be her third event of the year. More women to watch out for in Italy is Gillian Sanders (RSA), Jolanda Annen (SUI) and Vendula Frintova (CZE). All women have been finishing well in events this season and are all looking to make it onto their first podiums of the year, which might possibly be this weekend. The only returning Cagliari medallist from last year is Lisa Perterer (AUT). She earned the bronze medal last year, so has the experience of being successful on this course to her advantage. Click here for the full women’s start list Men’s Preview Leading the men’s field is South...

Sprint racing continues at the Cagliari World Cup

Triathlon News - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 18:28
For only the second time in ITU history, the World Cup circuit heads to the Italian island of Sardegna for the 2017 Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup. Just like last year, the event will feature a sprint course that will see the elites winding around the water port that is meant to ensure some fast and technical racing. Women’s Preview Kirsten Kasper has proven that she one of the top U.S. women to watch this season. She got on the podium in Chengdu with third place, but then hit a career milestone by debuting on her first World Triathlon Series podium in Yokohama. She continues to improve on the course, especially on her run. She will wear the number one this Sunday. Starting her 2017 world cup calendar is young USA compatriot Taylor Knibb. Knibb, the 2016 Junior World Champion, appeared on the scene last year and made breakthrough headlines when she kept up with World Champ Flora Duffy on a bike breakaway. She earned her first world up podium last year in Montreal. So we will see what she is capable of doing this season this weekend. When Great Britain’s Lucy Hall competes, she is normally accompanied by her training partner and fellow Brit Jessica Learmonth, but for Cagliari Hall will race solo. Hall is a top swimmer and likes to push it on the bike, but without her dueling partner to go with her it will be interesting to see if she can find an ally out on the course. Also beginning her 2017 competition season is long-time favourite Lisa Norden (SWE). The 2012 London Olympics silver medallist will be one of the most experienced women racing this weekend. In past years she has had to deal with injury problems, so hopefully we will see a healthy and successful season ahead of her. Another veteran on the women’s start list is Aussie Erin Densham. Ever since the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, she has kept her racing to the World Cup circuit, so Cagliari will be her third event of the year. More women to watch out for in Italy is Gillian Sanders (RSA), Jolanda Annen (SUI) and Vendula Frintova (CZE). All women have been finishing well in events this season and are all looking to make it onto their first podiums of the year, which might possibly be this weekend. The only returning Cagliari medallist from last year is Lisa Perterer (AUT). She earned the bronze medal last year, so has the experience of being successful on this course to her advantage. Click here for the full women’s start list Men’s Preview Leading the men’s field is South...

Sprint racing continues at the Cagliari World Cup

Triathlon News - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 18:28
For only the second time in ITU history, the World Cup circuit heads to the Italian island of Sardegna for the 2017 Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup. Just like last year, the event will feature a sprint course that will see the elites winding around the water port that is meant to ensure some fast and technical racing. Women’s Preview Kirsten Kasper has proven that she one of the top U.S. women to watch this season. She got on the podium in Chengdu with third place, but then hit a career milestone by debuting on her first World Triathlon Series podium in Yokohama. She continues to improve on the course, especially on her run. She will wear the number one this Sunday. Starting her 2017 world cup calendar is young USA compatriot Taylor Knibb. Knibb, the 2016 Junior World Champion, appeared on the scene last year and made breakthrough headlines when she kept up with World Champ Flora Duffy on a bike breakaway. She earned her first world up podium last year in Montreal. So we will see what she is capable of doing this season this weekend. When Great Britain’s Lucy Hall competes, she is normally accompanied by her training partner and fellow Brit Jessica Learmonth, but for Cagliari Hall will race solo. Hall is a top swimmer and likes to push it on the bike, but without her dueling partner to go with her it will be interesting to see if she can find an ally out on the course. Also beginning her 2017 competition season is long-time favourite Lisa Norden (SWE). The 2012 London Olympics silver medallist will be one of the most experienced women racing this weekend. In past years she has had to deal with injury problems, so hopefully we will see a healthy and successful season ahead of her. Another veteran on the women’s start list is Aussie Erin Densham. Ever since the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, she has kept her racing to the World Cup circuit, so Cagliari will be her third event of the year. More women to watch out for in Italy is Gillian Sanders (RSA), Jolanda Annen (SUI) and Vendula Frintova (CZE). All women have been finishing well in events this season and are all looking to make it onto their first podiums of the year, which might possibly be this weekend. The only returning Cagliari medallist from last year is Lisa Perterer (AUT). She earned the bronze medal last year, so has the experience of being successful on this course to her advantage. Click here for the full women’s start list Men’s Preview Leading the men’s field is South...

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