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Antwerp ready to join the World Cup circuit

Triathlon News - 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

Triathlon News - 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

Triathlon News - 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

Triathlon News - 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

Triathlon News - 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

Triathlon News - 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

Triathlon News - 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

Triathlon News - 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

Triathlon News - 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

Triathlon News - 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

Triathlon News - 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

Triathlon News - 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

Triathlon News - 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

Triathlon News - 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.”

Opportunity knocks for women stars of triathlon at WTS Leeds

Triathlon News - Fri, 08/06/2018 - 22:02
The fourth stop of the 2018 World Triathlon Series sees the sport’s top athletes return to England for the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds, an event that in just two years has become a genuine classic on the circuit, loved by the athletes and spectators alike. With the reigning two-time World Champion and winner in Leeds last year Flora Duffy missing through injury, the battle to become the new Series leader is sure to be fierce. The Olympic-distance course features a two-lap swim section outside the city limits in Roundhay Park, before a point-to-point bike through the countryside becomes a tight and technical, 7-lap urban test for the riders. Off the bikes and through the second transition, the run features many of the same tight turns and a gentle hill, with the four laps reaching coming to an end in Millennium Square.  Currently enjoying some of the best form of her career, USA’s Katie Zaferes will go into the race wearing the coveted number one. Top-ranked in Leeds in the absence of Flora Duffy, Zaferes has racked up 13 podium finishes in her 33 career starts and will look to seize this opportunity to record her second top-spot on the podium. Zaferes spearheads a strong USA team that can count on rising star Kirsten Kasper as well as the experienced figures of Taylor Spivey, Summer Cook, Chelsea Burns and Taylor Knibb. The Americans emerged victorious from Thursday’s thrilling Mixed Relay World Series opener in Nottingham, and the mood in the camp will have been sky high during the short trip up the motorway to Leeds. Equally, the British squad has impressive strength in depth, even without including the 75,000-strong crowd cheering them along the route. Vicky Holland made the podium here two years ago finishing in third place, and a recent silver in Bermuda will have been a huge boost heading in to her home WTS. Local girl Jessica Learmonth, the gutsy Non Stanford and experienced Jodie Stimpson all have the ability to deliver a medal-winning show for the fans. Germany’s Laura Lindemann made the podium last year in Hamburg and has been top 10 twice already this season, while the Japan pair of Yuko Takahashi and Yuka Sato – having finished 5th and 7th respectively in Yokohama – will be looking for a springboard to a strong second half of 2018.  Equally keen to push on from early success is Netherlands’ Rachel Klamer, who earned her first ever WTS win in the Abu Dhabi season opener. Also taking to the podium will be New...

Opportunity knocks for women stars of triathlon at WTS Leeds

Triathlon News - Fri, 08/06/2018 - 22:02
The fourth stop of the 2018 World Triathlon Series sees the sport’s top athletes return to England for the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds, an event that in just two years has become a genuine classic on the circuit, loved by the athletes and spectators alike. With the reigning two-time World Champion and winner in Leeds last year Flora Duffy missing through injury, the battle to become the new Series leader is sure to be fierce. The Olympic-distance course features a two-lap swim section outside the city limits in Roundhay Park, before a point-to-point bike through the countryside becomes a tight and technical, 7-lap urban test for the riders. Off the bikes and through the second transition, the run features many of the same tight turns and a gentle hill, with the four laps reaching coming to an end in Millennium Square.  Currently enjoying some of the best form of her career, USA’s Katie Zaferes will go into the race wearing the coveted number one. Top-ranked in Leeds in the absence of Flora Duffy, Zaferes has racked up 13 podium finishes in her 33 career starts and will look to seize this opportunity to record her second top-spot on the podium. Zaferes spearheads a strong USA team that can count on rising star Kirsten Kasper as well as the experienced figures of Taylor Spivey, Summer Cook, Chelsea Burns and Taylor Knibb. The Americans emerged victorious from Thursday’s thrilling Mixed Relay World Series opener in Nottingham, and the mood in the camp will have been sky high during the short trip up the motorway to Leeds. Equally, the British squad has impressive strength in depth, even without including the 75,000-strong crowd cheering them along the route. Vicky Holland made the podium here two years ago finishing in third place, and a recent silver in Bermuda will have been a huge boost heading in to her home WTS. Local girl Jessica Learmonth, the gutsy Non Stanford and experienced Jodie Stimpson all have the ability to deliver a medal-winning show for the fans. Germany’s Laura Lindemann made the podium last year in Hamburg and has been top 10 twice already this season, while the Japan pair of Yuko Takahashi and Yuka Sato – having finished 5th and 7th respectively in Yokohama – will be looking for a springboard to a strong second half of 2018.  Equally keen to push on from early success is Netherlands’ Rachel Klamer, who earned her first ever WTS win in the Abu Dhabi season opener. Also taking to the podium will be New...

Opportunity knocks for women stars of triathlon at WTS Leeds

Triathlon News - Fri, 08/06/2018 - 22:02
The fourth stop of the 2018 World Triathlon Series sees the sport’s top athletes return to England for the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds, an event that in just two years has become a genuine classic on the circuit, loved by the athletes and spectators alike. With the reigning two-time World Champion and winner in Leeds last year Flora Duffy missing through injury, the battle to become the new Series leader is sure to be fierce. The Olympic-distance course features a two-lap swim section outside the city limits in Roundhay Park, before a point-to-point bike through the countryside becomes a tight and technical, 7-lap urban test for the riders. Off the bikes and through the second transition, the run features many of the same tight turns and a gentle hill, with the four laps reaching coming to an end in Millennium Square.  Currently enjoying some of the best form of her career, USA’s Katie Zaferes will go into the race wearing the coveted number one. Top-ranked in Leeds in the absence of Flora Duffy, Zaferes has racked up 13 podium finishes in her 33 career starts and will look to seize this opportunity to record her second top-spot on the podium. Zaferes spearheads a strong USA team that can count on rising star Kirsten Kasper as well as the experienced figures of Taylor Spivey, Summer Cook, Chelsea Burns and Taylor Knibb. The Americans emerged victorious from Thursday’s thrilling Mixed Relay World Series opener in Nottingham, and the mood in the camp will have been sky high during the short trip up the motorway to Leeds. Equally, the British squad has impressive strength in depth, even without including the 75,000-strong crowd cheering them along the route. Vicky Holland made the podium here two years ago finishing in third place, and a recent silver in Bermuda will have been a huge boost heading in to her home WTS. Local girl Jessica Learmonth, the gutsy Non Stanford and experienced Jodie Stimpson all have the ability to deliver a medal-winning show for the fans. Germany’s Laura Lindemann made the podium last year in Hamburg and has been top 10 twice already this season, while the Japan pair of Yuko Takahashi and Yuka Sato – having finished 5th and 7th respectively in Yokohama – will be looking for a springboard to a strong second half of 2018.  Equally keen to push on from early success is Netherlands’ Rachel Klamer, who earned her first ever WTS win in the Abu Dhabi season opener. Also taking to the podium will be New...

Opportunity knocks for women stars of triathlon at WTS Leeds

Triathlon News - Fri, 08/06/2018 - 22:02
The fourth stop of the 2018 World Triathlon Series sees the sport’s top athletes return to England for the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds, an event that in just two years has become a genuine classic on the circuit, loved by the athletes and spectators alike. With the reigning two-time World Champion and winner in Leeds last year Flora Duffy missing through injury, the battle to become the new Series leader is sure to be fierce. The Olympic-distance course features a two-lap swim section outside the city limits in Roundhay Park, before a point-to-point bike through the countryside becomes a tight and technical, 7-lap urban test for the riders. Off the bikes and through the second transition, the run features many of the same tight turns and a gentle hill, with the four laps reaching coming to an end in Millennium Square.  Currently enjoying some of the best form of her career, USA’s Katie Zaferes will go into the race wearing the coveted number one. Top-ranked in Leeds in the absence of Flora Duffy, Zaferes has racked up 13 podium finishes in her 33 career starts and will look to seize this opportunity to record her second top-spot on the podium. Zaferes spearheads a strong USA team that can count on rising star Kirsten Kasper as well as the experienced figures of Taylor Spivey, Summer Cook, Chelsea Burns and Taylor Knibb. The Americans emerged victorious from Thursday’s thrilling Mixed Relay World Series opener in Nottingham, and the mood in the camp will have been sky high during the short trip up the motorway to Leeds. Equally, the British squad has impressive strength in depth, even without including the 75,000-strong crowd cheering them along the route. Vicky Holland made the podium here two years ago finishing in third place, and a recent silver in Bermuda will have been a huge boost heading in to her home WTS. Local girl Jessica Learmonth, the gutsy Non Stanford and experienced Jodie Stimpson all have the ability to deliver a medal-winning show for the fans. Germany’s Laura Lindemann made the podium last year in Hamburg and has been top 10 twice already this season, while the Japan pair of Yuko Takahashi and Yuka Sato – having finished 5th and 7th respectively in Yokohama – will be looking for a springboard to a strong second half of 2018.  Equally keen to push on from early success is Netherlands’ Rachel Klamer, who earned her first ever WTS win in the Abu Dhabi season opener. Also taking to the podium will be New...

WTS Leeds ready to crown a new men’s champion

Triathlon News - Fri, 08/06/2018 - 21:29
Once again the fourth stop on the year’s World Triathlon Series sees the Yorkshire city of Leeds, England open its arms to the elite men triathletes. The 2018 edition may only be the third time that WTS has been staged in this part of the world, but the combination of a uniquely challenging course and the Brownlee-infused triathlon mania that has gripped the city since London 2012, have already made it a firm favourite. It is a scenic, two-part Olympic-distance course that begins out in Roundhay Park for the swim section on Waterloo Lake, before wide open countryside becomes the backdrop for the first half of the bike ride. The course heads anti-clockwise around Leeds and on through Headingley, before entering the city centre from the west for a tight, technical 7-lap loop. Finally, the 10km run takes the athletes around Milennium Square and east along The Headrow four times, before reaching its finale in front of what will be another packed WTS Leeds grandstand. Wearing the number one will be Spain’s Mario Mola, winner in Yokohama, second in Abu Dhabi and fourth-placed in Bermuda. The 28-year-old put in one of the best swims of his career to collect his third successive gold in Japan, and will know he is more than capable of making up any gap that the stronger swimmers might be able to carve out in Waterloo Lake. Finishing second in Yokohama was Australia’s Jacob Birtwhistle, who will be eager to build on his four second-placed WTS finishes to date. Teammate Aaron Royle finished third here two years ago, and after a blistering leg in the WTS Nottingham Mixed Relay World Series on Thursday, the Aussie, who considers Leeds his second home, will be primed for another big performance in the north of England.  This is, of course, Brownlee country, however, and having placed behind his brother in the two previous editions, Jonathan Brownlee will be looking to take centre stage with Alistair on the sidelines. The strength of the field and with his brother’s influence gone, the pressure will be on Jonny to deliver a golden display for the crowds. The strong South Africans Henri Schoeman and Richard Murray can never be ruled out either, and Schoeman will be looking to resuscitate the spirit of his Commonwealth Games victory to kick-start this 2018 WTS campaign. Both have two wins in the Series to date, and would relish the chance to make it a hat-trick here, while Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk has the form to score his first WTS podium. Two...

WTS Leeds ready to crown a new men’s champion

Triathlon News - Fri, 08/06/2018 - 21:29
Once again the fourth stop on the year’s World Triathlon Series sees the Yorkshire city of Leeds, England open its arms to the elite men triathletes. The 2018 edition may only be the third time that WTS has been staged in this part of the world, but the combination of a uniquely challenging course and the Brownlee-infused triathlon mania that has gripped the city since London 2012, have already made it a firm favourite. It is a scenic, two-part Olympic-distance course that begins out in Roundhay Park for the swim section on Waterloo Lake, before wide open countryside becomes the backdrop for the first half of the bike ride. The course heads anti-clockwise around Leeds and on through Headingley, before entering the city centre from the west for a tight, technical 7-lap loop. Finally, the 10km run takes the athletes around Milennium Square and east along The Headrow four times, before reaching its finale in front of what will be another packed WTS Leeds grandstand. Wearing the number one will be Spain’s Mario Mola, winner in Yokohama, second in Abu Dhabi and fourth-placed in Bermuda. The 28-year-old put in one of the best swims of his career to collect his third successive gold in Japan, and will know he is more than capable of making up any gap that the stronger swimmers might be able to carve out in Waterloo Lake. Finishing second in Yokohama was Australia’s Jacob Birtwhistle, who will be eager to build on his four second-placed WTS finishes to date. Teammate Aaron Royle finished third here two years ago, and after a blistering leg in the WTS Nottingham Mixed Relay World Series on Thursday, the Aussie, who considers Leeds his second home, will be primed for another big performance in the north of England.  This is, of course, Brownlee country, however, and having placed behind his brother in the two previous editions, Jonathan Brownlee will be looking to take centre stage with Alistair on the sidelines. The strength of the field and with his brother’s influence gone, the pressure will be on Jonny to deliver a golden display for the crowds. The strong South Africans Henri Schoeman and Richard Murray can never be ruled out either, and Schoeman will be looking to resuscitate the spirit of his Commonwealth Games victory to kick-start this 2018 WTS campaign. Both have two wins in the Series to date, and would relish the chance to make it a hat-trick here, while Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk has the form to score his first WTS podium. Two...

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