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ITU confirms dates for WTS Abu Dhabi and WTS Yokohama 2018

Triathlon News - Thu, 13/07/2017 - 09:47
ITU is pleased to announce that dates have been confirmed for WTS Abu Dhabi and WTS Yokohama for 2018. The season will head over to the UAE again to start the ITU World Triathlon Series, with WTS Abu Dhabi taking place on March 2-3, while WTS Yokohama will take place on the weekend of 12-13 May. For the fourth year in a row, the Series will start in Abu Dhabi, which will be home again of the world’s best triathletes to kick-off their season. “We are thrilled to come back to UAE again, as is the perfect fit for the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi and the magnificent venue will build on the competition’s success by helping us accommodate larger numbers in line with our objectives for this event” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. Abu Dhabi boasts a series of spectacular attractions, pristine beaches and some of the most picturesque sights, a perfect set up to start to the ITU World Triathlon Series for 2018. Only two months after the start of the WTS season, triathletes will travel to Japan for another edition of WTS Yokohama. One of the oldest races on the circuit will be ready again to welcome ITU races as the countries excitement builds towards Tokyo 2020. “Yokohama is one of the most amazing venues on our series. The city and the spectators love triathlon and they show it every time we go there, so we are thrilled to welcome them on our circuit once more, like they’ve been doing consistently since 2011”, said Casado. For the 2018 season, ITU has already announced the dates for the Grand Final, which will be hosted in the Gold Coast from 12-16 September, while Bermuda will welcome for the first time ever an WTS event, with World Triathlon Bermuda taking place in 28 April 2018. All WTS races will be broadcast live to a worldwide television audience as well as on Triathlonlive.tv. Last year, ITU increased the prize money for the ITU World Triathlon Series by $100,000 USD, with a total of $855,000 available to the top 35 men and women. With nearly $2.5 million US dollars up for grabs, the WTS remains one of the richest triathlon circuits worldwide.

21 Teams Will Fight in Hamburg for the Mixed Relays Crown

Triathlon News - Wed, 12/07/2017 - 18:14
In addition to the men’s and women’s elite races of the World Triathlon Hamburg this weekend, this Sunday Hamburg will also host the thrilling ITU Mixed Relay World Championships, just a month after the International Olympic Committee announced the inclusion of the Triathlon Mixed Relays in the Olympic Programme, starting in Tokyo 2020. The fast and furious format has proven itself to be an event no one can miss, especially this year, with some of the strongest squads on the planet wanting to get the first shot at Olympic relay glory. In Hamburg, 21 teams of two men and two women from the same country will shape up to each complete the 300m swim, 6.6 km bike and 1.6 km run. The first team crossing the finish line will be crowned the World Champion. Even though teams will not be announced until the night before the race, some strong squads will be competing in Hamburg this weekend, ready to bring their home countries another medal after WTS Men and Women races on Saturday. Among the ones to watch will be the United States, the current World Champions, and who will have the possibility to choose for their team some of the strongest women of the season, such as Kirstin Kasper who is currently leading the WTS, Katie Zaferes in number two position, or even Tylor Spivey. But eyes will also be set on the UK team, current Commonwealth Mixed Relays Champions, Jonny Brownlee present in Hamburg along with some really strong teammates. Not to forget some other countries such as Australia, with a young and strong squad present in Hamburg; France, who already knows what it is to be the Mixed Relays World champ; Germany or Spain, all of them with experienced and talented athletes present in the German city. This is one of the most eagerly awaited competitions on the ITU calendar with the race to be a thrill from the very first minute. If you blink, you’ll miss it! The swim will start at “Kleine Alster” with each athlete going for a 300m swim, passing through the tunnel twice. Then, they will go for two laps of a flat bike course to finish a total of 6.6 km on their bikes on a route technically demanding, due to many changes of direction and tight turns. Finally, they will have to go for two laps to run, also on a flat course, to then tapping their teammate for the relay. Hamburg has hosted the thrilling and engaging event for five years running, consistently attracting crowds upwards of 250,000 spectators, with the grandstands selling out every year....

20 Teams Will Fight in Hamburg for the Mixed Relays Crown

Triathlon News - Wed, 12/07/2017 - 18:14
In addition to the men’s and women’s elite races of the World Triathlon Hamburg this weekend, this Sunday Hamburg will also host the thrilling ITU Mixed Relay World Championships, just a month after the International Olympic Committee announced the inclusion of the Triathlon Mixed Relays in the Olympic Programme, starting in Tokyo 2020. The fast and furious format has proven itself to be an event no one can miss, especially this year, with some of the strongest squads on the planet wanting to get the first shot at Olympic relay glory. In Hamburg, 20 teams of two men and two women from the same country will shape up to each complete the 300m swim, 6.6 km bike and 1.6 km run. The first team crossing the finish line will be crowned the World Champion. Even though teams will not be announced until the night before the race, some strong squads will be competing in Hamburg this weekend, ready to bring their home countries another medal after WTS Men and Women races on Saturday. Among the ones to watch will be the United States, the current World Champions, and who will have the possibility to choose for their team some of the strongest women of the season, such as Kirstin Kasper who is currently leading the WTS, Katie Zaferes in number two position, or even Tylor Spivey. But eyes will also be set on the UK team, current Commonwealth Mixed Relays Champions, Jonny Brownlee present in Hamburg along with some really strong teammates. Not to forget some other countries such as Australia, with a young and strong squad present in Hamburg; France, who already knows what it is to be the Mixed Relays World champ; Germany or Spain, all of them with experienced and talented athletes present in the German city. This is one of the most eagerly awaited competitions on the ITU calendar with the race to be a thrill from the very first minute. If you blink, you’ll miss it! The swim will start at “Kleine Alster” with each athlete going for a 300m swim, passing through the tunnel twice. Then, they will go for two laps of a flat bike course to finish a total of 6.6 km on their bikes on a route technically demanding, due to many changes of direction and tight turns. Finally, they will have to go for two laps to run, also on a flat course, to then tapping their teammate for the relay. Hamburg has hosted the thrilling and engaging event for five years running, consistently attracting crowds upwards of 250,000 spectators, with the grandstands selling out every year....

20 Teams Will Fight in Hamburg for the Mixed Relays Crown

Triathlon News - Wed, 12/07/2017 - 18:14
In addition to the men’s and women’s elite races of the World Triathlon Hamburg this weekend, this Sunday Hamburg will also host the thrilling ITU Mixed Relay World Championships, just a month after the International Olympic Committee announced the inclusion of the Triathlon Mixed Relays in the Olympic Programme, starting in Tokyo 2020. The fast and furious format has proven itself to be an event no one can miss, especially this year, with some of the strongest squads on the planet wanting to get the first shot at Olympic relay glory. In Hamburg, 20 teams of two men and two women from the same country will shape up to each complete the 300m swim, 6.6 km bike and 1.6 km run. The first team crossing the finish line will be crowned the World Champion. Even though teams will not be announced until the night before the race, some strong squads will be competing in Hamburg this weekend, ready to bring their home countries another medal after WTS Men and Women races on Saturday. Among the ones to watch will be the United States, the current World Champions, and who will have the possibility to choose for their team some of the strongest women of the season, such as Kirstin Kasper who is currently leading the WTS, Katie Zaferes in number two position, or even Tylor Spivey. But eyes will also be set on the UK team, current Commonwealth Mixed Relays Champions, Jonny Brownlee present in Hamburg along with some really strong teammates. Not to forget some other countries such as Australia, with a young and strong squad present in Hamburg; France, who already knows what it is to be the Mixed Relays World champ; Germany or Spain, all of them with experienced and talented athletes present in the German city. This is one of the most eagerly awaited competitions on the ITU calendar with the race to be a thrill from the very first minute. If you blink, you’ll miss it! The swim will start at “Kleine Alster” with each athlete going for a 300m swim, passing through the tunnel twice. Then, they will go for two laps of a flat bike course to finish a total of 6.6 km on their bikes on a route technically demanding, due to many changes of direction and tight turns. Finally, they will have to go for two laps to run, also on a flat course, to then tapping their teammate for the relay. Hamburg has hosted the thrilling and engaging event for five years running, consistently attracting crowds upwards of 250,000 spectators, with the grandstands selling out every year....

Huge men’s talent coming out for WTS Hamburg

Triathlon News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:16
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg returns once again to the World Triathlon Series to host one of the most popular and fan-favourite races of the season for the ninth year in a row. With the dynamic sprint course that enables on-site fans to get up and close to the action, Hamburg is always a showstopping event. This year the elites will once again line up to tackle the fast and furious sprint distance on Saturday and then split up into nations to compete as teams in the Mixed Relays event on Sunday. With crucial Series points up for grabs today in a tight race for the World Championship title, the men’s race this weekend is sure to bring the heat! The men’s start list is stacked! All of the top names are lining up this Saturday to prove who can outsprint the competition to get to the top. Hamburg is an electric atmosphere The Spanish are coming to make waves in Hamburg as they hold the top three spots on the start list. Wearing the number one will be Fernando Alarza. Alarza was the bronze medallist in Hamburg last year and already has three WTS podiums this season. He does not however have a win, so the sprint course could be his opportunity. It was Mario Mola though that did win in Hamburg last year. He is a powerhouse at the sprint distance, so he is easily one of the frontrunners for Saturday. And of course there is the question of Javier Gomez Noya, the man that is always the one to beat on the WTS course. He won in Abu Dhabi, but then skipped out in Leeds so he returns to get back to get the Hamburg gold, a feat he has not done since 2010. With so much talent within the Spanish, individual performances could play a huge roll on who will represent Spain in the mixed relay event on Sunday. After WTS Leeds, the power of the men’s British team grew. Tom Bishop and Adam Bowden both finished in the top five and with the Brownlee Brothers taking the gold and silver, for the first time in ITU history a nation had four athletes in the top five. Both Bishop and Bowden will be returning for Hamburg to see if they can double up on top performances. They will be joined by Jonathan Brownlee, who is still on a quest to get the 2017 world title. After his bike crash that left him in 42nd position in Yokohama, every race counts now to get him as many Series points as possible. Earning the silver in Leeds aided that, so he is on track once again to be on the World Champion running. South Africa’s Richard Murray returns to the WTS after skipping...

Huge men’s talent coming out for WTS Hamburg

Triathlon News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:16
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg returns once again to the World Triathlon Series to host one of the most popular and fan-favourite races of the season for the ninth year in a row. With the dynamic sprint course that enables on-site fans to get up and close to the action, Hamburg is always a showstopping event. This year the elites will once again line up to tackle the fast and furious sprint distance on Saturday and then split up into nations to compete as teams in the Mixed Relays event on Sunday. With crucial Series points up for grabs today in a tight race for the World Championship title, the men’s race this weekend is sure to bring the heat! The men’s start list is stacked! All of the top names are lining up this Saturday to prove who can outsprint the competition to get to the top. Hamburg is an electric atmosphere The Spanish are coming to make waves in Hamburg as they hold the top three spots on the start list. Wearing the number one will be Fernando Alarza. Alarza was the bronze medallist in Hamburg last year and already has three WTS podiums this season. He does not however have a win, so the sprint course could be his opportunity. It was Mario Mola though that did win in Hamburg last year. He is a powerhouse at the sprint distance, so he is easily one of the frontrunners for Saturday. And of course there is the question of Javier Gomez Noya, the man that is always the one to beat on the WTS course. He won in Abu Dhabi, but then skipped out in Leeds so he returns to get back to get the Hamburg gold, a feat he has not done since 2010. With so much talent within the Spanish, individual performances could play a huge roll on who will represent Spain in the mixed relay event on Sunday. After WTS Leeds, the power of the men’s British team grew. Tom Bishop and Adam Bowden both finished in the top five and with the Brownlee Brothers taking the gold and silver, for the first time in ITU history a nation had four athletes in the top five. Both Bishop and Bowden will be returning for Hamburg to see if they can double up on top performances. They will be joined by Jonathan Brownlee, who is still on a quest to get the 2017 world title. After his bike crash that left him in 42nd position in Yokohama, every race counts now to get him as many Series points as possible. Earning the silver in Leeds aided that, so he is on track once again to be on the World Champion running. South Africa’s Richard Murray returns to the WTS after skipping...

Huge men’s talent coming out for WTS Hamburg

Triathlon News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:16
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg returns once again to the World Triathlon Series to host one of the most popular and fan-favourite races of the season for the ninth year in a row. With the dynamic sprint course that enables on-site fans to get up and close to the action, Hamburg is always a showstopping event. This year the elites will once again line up to tackle the fast and furious sprint distance on Saturday and then split up into nations to compete as teams in the Mixed Relays event on Sunday. With crucial Series points up for grabs today in a tight race for the World Championship title, the men’s race this weekend is sure to bring the heat! The men’s start list is stacked! All of the top names are lining up this Saturday to prove who can outsprint the competition to get to the top. Hamburg is an electric atmosphere The Spanish are coming to make waves in Hamburg as they hold the top three spots on the start list. Wearing the number one will be Fernando Alarza. Alarza was the bronze medallist in Hamburg last year and already has three WTS podiums this season. He does not however have a win, so the sprint course could be his opportunity. It was Mario Mola though that did win in Hamburg last year. He is a powerhouse at the sprint distance, so he is easily one of the frontrunners for Saturday. And of course there is the question of Javier Gomez Noya, the man that is always the one to beat on the WTS course. He won in Abu Dhabi, but then skipped out in Leeds so he returns to get back to get the Hamburg gold, a feat he has not done since 2010. With so much talent within the Spanish, individual performances could play a huge roll on who will represent Spain in the mixed relay event on Sunday. After WTS Leeds, the power of the men’s British team grew. Tom Bishop and Adam Bowden both finished in the top five and with the Brownlee Brothers taking the gold and silver, for the first time in ITU history a nation had four athletes in the top five. Both Bishop and Bowden will be returning for Hamburg to see if they can double up on top performances. They will be joined by Jonathan Brownlee, who is still on a quest to get the 2017 world title. After his bike crash that left him in 42nd position in Yokohama, every race counts now to get him as many Series points as possible. Earning the silver in Leeds aided that, so he is on track once again to be on the World Champion running. South Africa’s Richard Murray returns to the WTS after skipping...

Huge men’s talent coming out for WTS Hamburg

Triathlon News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:16
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg returns once again to the World Triathlon Series to host one of the most popular and fan-favourite races of the season for the ninth year in a row. With the dynamic sprint course that enables on-site fans to get up and close to the action, Hamburg is always a showstopping event. This year the elites will once again line up to tackle the fast and furious sprint distance on Saturday and then split up into nations to compete as teams in the Mixed Relays event on Sunday. With crucial Series points up for grabs today in a tight race for the World Championship title, the men’s race this weekend is sure to bring the heat! The men’s start list is stacked! All of the top names are lining up this Saturday to prove who can outsprint the competition to get to the top. Hamburg is an electric atmosphere The Spanish are coming to make waves in Hamburg as they hold the top three spots on the start list. Wearing the number one will be Fernando Alarza. Alarza was the bronze medallist in Hamburg last year and already has three WTS podiums this season. He does not however have a win, so the sprint course could be his opportunity. It was Mario Mola though that did win in Hamburg last year. He is a powerhouse at the sprint distance, so he is easily one of the frontrunners for Saturday. And of course there is the question of Javier Gomez Noya, the man that is always the one to beat on the WTS course. He won in Abu Dhabi, but then skipped out in Leeds so he returns to get back to get the Hamburg gold, a feat he has not done since 2010. With so much talent within the Spanish, individual performances could play a huge roll on who will represent Spain in the mixed relay event on Sunday. After WTS Leeds, the power of the men’s British team grew. Tom Bishop and Adam Bowden both finished in the top five and with the Brownlee Brothers taking the gold and silver, for the first time in ITU history a nation had four athletes in the top five. Both Bishop and Bowden will be returning for Hamburg to see if they can double up on top performances. They will be joined by Jonathan Brownlee, who is still on a quest to get the 2017 world title. After his bike crash that left him in 42nd position in Yokohama, every race counts now to get him as many Series points as possible. Earning the silver in Leeds aided that, so he is on track once again to be on the World Champion running. South Africa’s Richard Murray returns to the WTS after skipping...

Women’s Hamburg Roster Looking to Shake Up Series Rankings

Triathlon News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:12
The longest-running World Triathlon Series event returns to the calendar as this weekend the elites head to Germany to compete at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. As one of the busiest races of the season, the crowds come in the thousands to line the streets and shut down the city in order to cheer for the world’s best triathletes. This year the elites welcome back the familiar sprint distance course as the WTS begins the second half of the season. The individual races will also once again open up the weekend with both the men and women racing on Saturday followed by the annual Team Mixed Relays event to take place on Sunday for the first time since the exciting announcement that the sport will officially be included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic programme. The women’s start list contains so many medal contenders that the final three on the podium is truly anyone’s game. Topping the roster is USA’s Kirsten Kasper and Katie Zaferes. Kasper has been reaching career milestones this season that could continue this weekend in Hamburg. She stepped onto her first WTS podium in Yokohama, which then aided in getting her the number one spot in the overall Series rankings. However, a milestone she has yet to cross off is winning a WTS event, so her strong running legs could help her earn that next step. For Zaferes, Hamburg is the place where she earned her first WTS victory. Zaferes remains as one of the strongest U.S. women in the field this season and a sprint distance definitely is where she excels. Last year she took gold in Hamburg on top of many WTS medals. This season, she already earned the silver in Yokohama and it can be in Hamburg once again that can give her gold as she sets out to reclaim her 2016 event title and since she is the only woman racing on Saturday that has won in Hamburg, she has the experience to do so. Another American that put herself on the map in WTS Leeds is Taylor Spivey, who took the silver in the event and earned her first WTS medal. Once again, to get to the top means having to go through the reigning World Champ, Flora Duffy (BER). She has been unstoppable this season, winning the last two races in Yokohama and Leeds. Her quest to reclaim her world title has been evident in her racing as her performances are stronger than ever. But of the four races so far this season, two of them have been claimed by Kiwi Andrea Hewitt. She started off the year with a bang and crushed it in Abu Dhabi and Gold Coast, but then...

Women’s Hamburg Roster Looking to Shake Up Series Rankings

Triathlon News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:12
The longest-running World Triathlon Series event returns to the calendar as this weekend the elites head to Germany to compete at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. As one of the busiest races of the season, the crowds come in the thousands to line the streets and shut down the city in order to cheer for the world’s best triathletes. This year the elites welcome back the familiar sprint distance course as the WTS begins the second half of the season. The individual races will also once again open up the weekend with both the men and women racing on Saturday followed by the annual Team Mixed Relays event to take place on Sunday for the first time since the exciting announcement that the sport will officially be included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic programme. The women’s start list contains so many medal contenders that the final three on the podium is truly anyone’s game. Topping the roster is USA’s Kirsten Kasper and Katie Zaferes. Kasper has been reaching career milestones this season that could continue this weekend in Hamburg. She stepped onto her first WTS podium in Yokohama, which then aided in getting her the number one spot in the overall Series rankings. However, a milestone she has yet to cross off is winning a WTS event, so her strong running legs could help her earn that next step. For Zaferes, Hamburg is the place where she earned her first WTS victory. Zaferes remains as one of the strongest U.S. women in the field this season and a sprint distance definitely is where she excels. Last year she took gold in Hamburg on top of many WTS medals. This season, she already earned the silver in Yokohama and it can be in Hamburg once again that can give her gold as she sets out to reclaim her 2016 event title and since she is the only woman racing on Saturday that has won in Hamburg, she has the experience to do so. Another American that put herself on the map in WTS Leeds is Taylor Spivey, who took the silver in the event and earned her first WTS medal. Once again, to get to the top means having to go through the reigning World Champ, Flora Duffy (BER). She has been unstoppable this season, winning the last two races in Yokohama and Leeds. Her quest to reclaim her world title has been evident in her racing as her performances are stronger than ever. But of the four races so far this season, two of them have been claimed by Kiwi Andrea Hewitt. She started off the year with a bang and crushed it in Abu Dhabi and Gold Coast, but then...

Women’s Hamburg Roster Looking to Shake Up Series Rankings

Triathlon News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:12
The longest-running World Triathlon Series event returns to the calendar as this weekend the elites head to Germany to compete at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. As one of the busiest races of the season, the crowds come in the thousands to line the streets and shut down the city in order to cheer for the world’s best triathletes. This year the elites welcome back the familiar sprint distance course as the WTS begins the second half of the season. The individual races will also once again open up the weekend with both the men and women racing on Saturday followed by the annual Team Mixed Relays event to take place on Sunday for the first time since the exciting announcement that the sport will officially be included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic programme. The women’s start list contains so many medal contenders that the final three on the podium is truly anyone’s game. Topping the roster is USA’s Kirsten Kasper and Katie Zaferes. Kasper has been reaching career milestones this season that could continue this weekend in Hamburg. She stepped onto her first WTS podium in Yokohama, which then aided in getting her the number one spot in the overall Series rankings. However, a milestone she has yet to cross off is winning a WTS event, so her strong running legs could help her earn that next step. For Zaferes, Hamburg is the place where she earned her first WTS victory. Zaferes remains as one of the strongest U.S. women in the field this season and a sprint distance definitely is where she excels. Last year she took gold in Hamburg on top of many WTS medals. This season, she already earned the silver in Yokohama and it can be in Hamburg once again that can give her gold as she sets out to reclaim her 2016 event title and since she is the only woman racing on Saturday that has won in Hamburg, she has the experience to do so. Another American that put herself on the map in WTS Leeds is Taylor Spivey, who took the silver in the event and earned her first WTS medal. Once again, to get to the top means having to go through the reigning World Champ, Flora Duffy (BER). She has been unstoppable this season, winning the last two races in Yokohama and Leeds. Her quest to reclaim her world title has been evident in her racing as her performances are stronger than ever. But of the four races so far this season, two of them have been claimed by Kiwi Andrea Hewitt. She started off the year with a bang and crushed it in Abu Dhabi and Gold Coast, but then...

European champions triumph at Iseo Paratriathlon World Cup

Triathlon News - Mon, 10/07/2017 - 18:34
Four European champions continued their good form at the Iseo-Franciacorta ITU Paratriathlon World Cup this past weekend. The third World Cup event of the season took place in very hot conditions in Italy and saw European gold medallists Liisa Lilja, Anna Plotnikova, Alexis Hanquinquant and Lauren Steadman all win their respective classes. Great Britain’s Steadman continued her winning return to competition in the women’s PTS5 class after a seven-month break from the sport following last year’s Paralympic Games. The Rio 2016 silver medallist followed up her fifth European title with her first World Cup victory of the season. The 24-year-old (1:13:21) finished ahead of France’s Gwladys Lemoussu (1:18:47), with Ukraine’s Alisa Kolpakchy (1:22:37) in third. Another European champion who was victorious in Iseo was Finland’s Liisa Lilja, who produced a dominant performance to win the women’s PTS2 event. It was a comfortable win for Lilja (1:27:53) from Russia’s Veronika Gabitova (1:43:52), with Italy’s Veronica Yoko Plebani (1:53:47) completing the podium. The women’s PTS3 race saw two European medallists go head-to-head in what proved to be a close contest between European champion Anna Plotnikova and European bronze medallist Elise Marc. Marc had an advantage of over four minutes after the swim, but Plotnikova cut the French Paratriathlete’s lead to two minutes, 10 seconds after the bike. Plotnikova then produced a strong run to catch and overtake Marc to finish in a time of 1:28:42, 54 seconds quicker than Marc (1:29:36). France’s Alexis Hanquinquant continued his impressive start to his Paratriathlon career in the men’s PTS4 event. Hanquinquant only started competing in the sport last year and victory in Iseo saw him pick up his fouth win of the season. The European champion (1:06:37) beat the Russian pair of Mikhail Kolmakov (1:09:49) and Denis Kungurtcev (1:10:53). Two European silver medallists went one place better in Iseo with France’s Stephane Bahier (PTS2) and Spain’s Jairo Ruiz Lopez (PTS5) winning their respective races. Bahier pulled out an advantage on the swim, before extending his lead on the bike and run to win in a time of 1:12:47. Russia’s Vasily Egorov (1:19:09) finished second, while Italy’s Michele Ferrarin (1:20:23) rounded off the podium. Ruiz Lopez continued his good form after an injury-hit start to season by winning back-to-back World Cup events. The Spaniard was second after transition two,...

European champions triumph at Iseo Paratriathlon World Cup

Triathlon News - Mon, 10/07/2017 - 18:34
Four European champions continued their good form at the Iseo-Franciacorta ITU Paratriathlon World Cup this past weekend. The third World Cup event of the season took place in very hot conditions in Italy and saw European gold medallists Liisa Lilja, Anna Plotnikova, Alexis Hanquinquant and Lauren Steadman all win their respective classes. Great Britain’s Steadman continued her winning return to competition in the women’s PTS5 class after a seven-month break from the sport following last year’s Paralympic Games. The Rio 2016 silver medallist followed up her fifth European title with her first World Cup victory of the season. The 24-year-old (1:13:21) finished ahead of France’s Gwladys Lemoussu (1:18:47), with Ukraine’s Alisa Kolpakchy (1:22:37) in third. Another European champion who was victorious in Iseo was Finland’s Liisa Lilja, who produced a dominant performance to win the women’s PTS2 event. It was a comfortable win for Lilja (1:27:53) from Russia’s Veronika Gabitova (1:43:52), with Italy’s Veronica Yoko Plebani (1:53:47) completing the podium. The women’s PTS3 race saw two European medallists go head-to-head in what proved to be a close contest between European champion Anna Plotnikova and European bronze medallist Elise Marc. Marc had an advantage of over four minutes after the swim, but Plotnikova cut the French Paratriathlete’s lead to two minutes, 10 seconds after the bike. Plotnikova then produced a strong run to catch and overtake Marc to finish in a time of 1:28:42, 54 seconds quicker than Marc (1:29:36). France’s Alexis Hanquinquant continued his impressive start to his Paratriathlon career in the men’s PTS4 event. Hanquinquant only started competing in the sport last year and victory in Iseo saw him pick up his fouth win of the season. The European champion (1:06:37) beat the Russian pair of Mikhail Kolmakov (1:09:49) and Denis Kungurtcev (1:10:53). Two European silver medallists went one place better in Iseo with France’s Stephane Bahier (PTS2) and Spain’s Jairo Ruiz Lopez (PTS5) winning their respective races. Bahier pulled out an advantage on the swim, before extending his lead on the bike and run to win in a time of 1:12:47. Russia’s Vasily Egorov (1:19:09) finished second, while Italy’s Michele Ferrarin (1:20:23) rounded off the podium. Ruiz Lopez continued his good form after an injury-hit start to season by winning back-to-back World Cup events. The Spaniard was second after transition two,...

Buenos Aires 2017 World Cup Cancelled

Triathlon News - Mon, 10/07/2017 - 18:20
Due to the cleaning and construction works on the lake of the autonomous city of Buenos Aires, the 2017 ITU Buenos Aires World Cup due in November has been cancelled. “Despite our best efforts to try to have the lake ready for the World Cup, the cleaning won’t be finished until the first semester of 2018, in time for the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games (YOG), but unfortunately not in time for this year’s World Cup”, said Orlando Eugenio Arauz, President of the Argentinian Triathlon Federation. The Local Organising Committee will try to organise the event in 2018, the same year of the YOG, which will have both Elite Races as well as the Mixed Relay events in Buenos Aires. ITU has already communicated the cancellation to all athletes and National Federations, so they can change their race and travel plans. Both ITU and the organising committee sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Buenos Aires 2017 World Cup Cancelled

Triathlon News - Mon, 10/07/2017 - 18:20
Due to the cleaning and construction works on the lake of the autonomous city of Buenos Aires, the 2017 ITU Buenos Aires World Cup due in November has been cancelled. “Despite our best efforts to try to have the lake ready for the World Cup, the cleaning won’t be finished until the first semester of 2018, in time for the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games (YOG), but unfortunately not in time for this year’s World Cup”, said Orlando Eugenio Arauz, President of the Argentinian Triathlon Federation. The Local Organising Committee will try to organise the event in 2018, the same year of the YOG, which will have both Elite Races as well as the Mixed Relay events in Buenos Aires. ITU has already communicated the cancellation to all athletes and National Federations, so they can change their race and travel plans. Both ITU and the organising committee sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

ITU extends its partnership with SEL Sport & Events Logistics

Triathlon News - Mon, 10/07/2017 - 11:44
ITU is pleased to announce that we have extended our partnership with SEL Sport & Events Logistics (SEL) to serve not only as the global logistics partner for ITU but also the travel solutions partner. “We are delighted to further develop our relationship with SEL, which has proven itself to be delivering and adding value to ITU to the highest standards”, said Marisol Casado, ITU President and IOC Member. “We are thrilled that a company such as SEL Logistics, which has more than 25 years of experience in major events, will be delivering not only the logistic services they’ve been providing for more than a year, but will also take care of all ITU travel solutions as an international sporting federation with multiple events across the world. The delivery of our branding elements from race to race all over the world, and the travels of all ITU staff, Technical Officials, and Executive Board are now centralised and organised to the best quality standards”, she said. As a part of the agreement, SEL Sport & Events Logistics will provide logistics and freight forwarding for ITU to all WTS events in 2017, and extend this service to all 15 World Cups, Paratriathlon World Series, and Paratriathlon World Cups. As part of SEL’s 360 degrees services, they will be implementing their proven Travel Solutions, allowing ITU to centralise workloads and increase productivity around the available resources. “Triathlon is a sport for all - for all ages, for all levels of competition - truly global. So for us to have the opportunity to support ITU in its quest to broaden its reach, we are excited. We shall always endeavour to optimise solutions and services for ITU , and all stakeholders.” said Pier Bottero, Chief Executive at SEL. ITU and SEL will continue to develop the partnership and build towards 2020 and beyond in an effort to improve it’s efficiency for LOC’s, athletes, and fan experiences at ITU events worldwide.

ITU extends its partnership with SEL Sport & Events Logistics

Triathlon News - Mon, 10/07/2017 - 11:44
ITU is pleased to announce that we have extended our partnership with SEL Sport & Events Logistics (SEL) to serve not only as the global logistics partner for ITU but also the travel solutions partner. “We are delighted to further develop our relationship with SEL, which has proven itself to be delivering and adding value to ITU to the highest standards”, said Marisol Casado, ITU President and IOC Member. “We are thrilled that a company such as SEL Logistics, which has more than 25 years of experience in major events, will be delivering not only the logistic services they’ve been providing for more than a year, but will also take care of all ITU travel solutions as an international sporting federation with multiple events across the world. The delivery of our branding elements from race to race all over the world, and the travels of all ITU staff, Technical Officials, and Executive Board are now centralised and organised to the best quality standards”, she said. As a part of the agreement, SEL Sport & Events Logistics will provide logistics and freight forwarding for ITU to all WTS events in 2017, and extend this service to all 15 World Cups, Paratriathlon World Series, and Paratriathlon World Cups. As part of SEL’s 360 degrees services, they will be implementing their proven Travel Solutions, allowing ITU to centralise workloads and increase productivity around the available resources. “Triathlon is a sport for all - for all ages, for all levels of competition - truly global. So for us to have the opportunity to support ITU in its quest to broaden its reach, we are excited. We shall always endeavour to optimise solutions and services for ITU , and all stakeholders.” said Pier Bottero, Chief Executive at SEL. ITU and SEL will continue to develop the partnership and build towards 2020 and beyond in an effort to improve it’s efficiency for LOC’s, athletes, and fan experiences at ITU events worldwide.

ITU extends its partnership with SEL Sport & Events Logistics

Triathlon News - Mon, 10/07/2017 - 11:44
ITU is pleased to announce that we have extended our partnership with SEL Sport & Events Logistics (SEL) to serve not only as the global logistics partner for ITU but also the travel solutions partner. “We are delighted to further develop our relationship with SEL, which has proven itself to be delivering and adding value to ITU to the highest standards”, said Marisol Casado, ITU President and IOC Member. “We are thrilled that a company such as SEL Logistics, which has more than 25 years of experience in major events, will be delivering not only the logistic services they’ve been providing for more than a year, but will also take care of all ITU travel solutions as an international sporting federation with multiple events across the world. The delivery of our branding elements from race to race all over the world, and the travels of all ITU staff, Technical Officials, and Executive Board are now centralised and organised to the best quality standards”, she said. As a part of the agreement, SEL Sport & Events Logistics will provide logistics and freight forwarding for ITU to all WTS events in 2017, and extend this service to all 15 World Cups, Paratriathlon World Series, and Paratriathlon World Cups. As part of SEL’s 360 degrees services, they will be implementing their proven Travel Solutions, allowing ITU to centralise workloads and increase productivity around the available resources. “Triathlon is a sport for all - for all ages, for all levels of competition - truly global. So for us to have the opportunity to support ITU in its quest to broaden its reach, we are excited. We shall always endeavour to optimise solutions and services for ITU , and all stakeholders.” said Pier Bottero, Chief Executive at SEL. ITU and SEL will continue to develop the partnership and build towards 2020 and beyond in an effort to improve it’s efficiency for LOC’s, athletes, and fan experiences at ITU events worldwide.

Lake Iseo provides stunning World Cup backdrop

Triathlon News - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 14:41
Lake Iseo, in Italy, will provide a stunning backdrop to the Iseo-Franciacorta ITU Paratriathlon World Cup this weekend. A 750m lap of Lake Iseo is the swim course for the third World Cup event of the season, before a 21.3km technical bike course taking in the views over the lake and the old streets of Iseo and a 5km run to the finish line. Italy will be hoping for home success in the men’s PTWC category with Giovanni Achenza looking to continue his good form ahead of the Italian national championships on Sunday. The Paralympic bronze medallist began his season with a second-place finish at the ITU World Paratriathlon Series in Yokohama in May, before winning a silver medal at the recent European Championships in Kitzbuhel, Austria. The European Championships also saw Great Britain’s Karen Darke make a medal winning return to the sport. The British Paratriathlete finished third in Kitzbühel in her first international triathlon since 2014 and she will be hoping to build on her performance in Iseo this weekend. France’s Stephane Bahier starts as the favourite in the men’s PTS2 race, while in the women’s event Italy’s Veronica Yoko Plebani will be looking to repeat her Besancon World Cup victory on home soil. The Italian will, however, face competition from Finland’s European champion Liisa Lilja. Great Britain’s Ryan Taylor and Croatia’s Antun Bosnjakovic will go head-to-head in the men’s PTS3 event. The women’s race will see two European medallists renew their rivalry. European champion Anna Plotnikova finished two minutes ahead of bronze medallist Elise Marc in Kitzbühel and the pair will meet again in Iseo. France’s Alexis Hanquinquant will be looking to continue his impressive start to his Paratriathlon career in the PTS4 event. Hanquinquant only started competing in the sport last year and he will be hoping to add to his three victories in 2017 this weekend. In the men’s PTS5 race, Spain’s Jairo Ruiz Lopez will head to Italy with the target of winning back-to-back World Cup events after securing victory in Altafulla last weekend. The Paralympic bronze medallist finished 37 seconds ahead of France’s Yannick Bourseaux and the pair will go head-to-head again in Iseo. Another Rio 2016 medallist who will take to the startline is Great Britain’s Lauren Steadman in the women’s PTS5 event. Steadman took a break from competition after winning a silver medal in Rio to complete her university dissertation and she made a...

Lake Iseo provides stunning World Cup backdrop

Triathlon News - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 14:41
Lake Iseo, in Italy, will provide a stunning backdrop to the Iseo-Franciacorta ITU Paratriathlon World Cup this weekend. A 750m lap of Lake Iseo is the swim course for the third World Cup event of the season, before a 21.3km technical bike course taking in the views over the lake and the old streets of Iseo and a 5km run to the finish line. Italy will be hoping for home success in the men’s PTWC category with Giovanni Achenza looking to continue his good form ahead of the Italian national championships on Sunday. The Paralympic bronze medallist began his season with a second-place finish at the ITU World Paratriathlon Series in Yokohama in May, before winning a silver medal at the recent European Championships in Kitzbuhel, Austria. The European Championships also saw Great Britain’s Karen Darke make a medal winning return to the sport. The British Paratriathlete finished third in Kitzbühel in her first international triathlon since 2014 and she will be hoping to build on her performance in Iseo this weekend. France’s Stephane Bahier starts as the favourite in the men’s PTS2 race, while in the women’s event Italy’s Veronica Yoko Plebani will be looking to repeat her Besancon World Cup victory on home soil. The Italian will, however, face competition from Finland’s European champion Liisa Lilja. Great Britain’s Ryan Taylor and Croatia’s Antun Bosnjakovic will go head-to-head in the men’s PTS3 event. The women’s race will see two European medallists renew their rivalry. European champion Anna Plotnikova finished two minutes ahead of bronze medallist Elise Marc in Kitzbühel and the pair will meet again in Iseo. France’s Alexis Hanquinquant will be looking to continue his impressive start to his Paratriathlon career in the PTS4 event. Hanquinquant only started competing in the sport last year and he will be hoping to add to his three victories in 2017 this weekend. In the men’s PTS5 race, Spain’s Jairo Ruiz Lopez will head to Italy with the target of winning back-to-back World Cup events after securing victory in Altafulla last weekend. The Paralympic bronze medallist finished 37 seconds ahead of France’s Yannick Bourseaux and the pair will go head-to-head again in Iseo. Another Rio 2016 medallist who will take to the startline is Great Britain’s Lauren Steadman in the women’s PTS5 event. Steadman took a break from competition after winning a silver medal in Rio to complete her university dissertation and she made a...

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