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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...

Athlete Chatter Ahead of #HuatulcoWC

Triathlon News - Fri, 08/06/2018 - 17:47
As the elites are about to approach the seventh stop of the 2018 ITU World Cup season, the final preparations of the race weekend are taking place in Huatulco, Mexico. This Sunday’s sprint-distance race will be the first event in North America of the season and will be the 10th time in ITU history that Huatulco has hosted the event. But before the elites line up to compete in the heat, four athletes: Lisa Perterer (AUT), Felix Duchampt (FRA), Vanesa De La Torre (MEX) and Rodrigo Gonzalez (MEX) all took some time to chat with the local media to comment about how they are feeling going into race day. Here is what they had to say: Perterer You are a veteran to this race, how does it feel to be back? “I am very happy to be here, I have raced here many times, I love this race and have been preparing very well for this race. For this race lets see what is happening, I am a little bit sad that there is not the hill that there was in the last years, but it is going to be fun.” Duchampt Are you excited about racing here for your first time? “This is my first time in Huatulco. A lot of people have told me about this race, so I have been very eager to race here and see how it is. I have been training very well and competing, so we will see how it goes. When you are in shape, I know that you have to take advantage of that. I believe that the Race on Sunday will be a really good one.” De La Torre How does it feel to be racing in your home nation here in Huatulco? “I am very excited to be here in Huatulco again. I have not raced World Cups here before, but with the change of the course I would have liked the hill because it was a more demanding course. But I am very excited that this event is a qualifying race for the Olympic cycle. I hope that I can finish in the top spots so I can start to get more and more points every race so I can get closer to the Olympic Games. The Mexican Team is representing our country very well and now we are here at home and I hope we can give the satisfaction to everyone who is supporting us.” Gonzalez What does it mean to you to be wearing the number one? Is there any pressure? “I believe that it is more than a pressure, but rather a great motivation to be wearing the number one in a World Cup here at home. The World Cup are always important and now that the Olympic qualification has started they are even more important. In these next couple of years of classification for the Olympics all of the World Cups and the World...

Athlete Chatter Ahead of #HuatulcoWC

Triathlon News - Fri, 08/06/2018 - 17:47
As the elites are about to approach the seventh stop of the 2018 ITU World Cup season, the final preparations of the race weekend are taking place in Huatulco, Mexico. This Sunday’s sprint-distance race will be the first event in North America of the season and will be the 10th time in ITU history that Huatulco has hosted the event. But before the elites line up to compete in the heat, four athletes: Lisa Perterer (AUT), Felix Duchampt (FRA), Vanesa De La Torre (MEX) and Rodrigo Gonzalez (MEX) all took some time to chat with the local media to comment about how they are feeling going into race day. Here is what they had to say: Perterer You are a veteran to this race, how does it feel to be back? “I am very happy to be here, I have raced here many times, I love this race and have been preparing very well for this race. For this race lets see what is happening, I am a little bit sad that there is not the hill that there was in the last years, but it is going to be fun.” Duchampt Are you excited about racing here for your first time? “This is my first time in Huatulco. A lot of people have told me about this race, so I have been very eager to race here and see how it is. I have been training very well and competing, so we will see how it goes. When you are in shape, I know that you have to take advantage of that. I believe that the Race on Sunday will be a really good one.” De La Torre How does it feel to be racing in your home nation here in Huatulco? “I am very excited to be here in Huatulco again. I have not raced World Cups here before, but with the change of the course I would have liked the hill because it was a more demanding course. But I am very excited that this event is a qualifying race for the Olympic cycle. I hope that I can finish in the top spots so I can start to get more and more points every race so I can get closer to the Olympic Games. The Mexican Team is representing our country very well and now we are here at home and I hope we can give the satisfaction to everyone who is supporting us.” Gonzalez What does it mean to you to be wearing the number one? Is there any pressure? “I believe that it is more than a pressure, but rather a great motivation to be wearing the number one in a World Cup here at home. The World Cup are always important and now that the Olympic qualification has started they are even more important. In these next couple of years of classification for the Olympics all of the World Cups and the World...

Athlete Chatter Ahead of #HuatulcoWC

Triathlon News - Fri, 08/06/2018 - 17:47
As the elites are about to approach the seventh stop of the 2018 ITU World Cup season, the final preparations of the race weekend are taking place in Huatulco, Mexico. This Sunday’s sprint-distance race will be the first event in North America of the season and will be the 10th time in ITU history that Huatulco has hosted the event. But before the elites line up to compete in the heat, four athletes: Lisa Perterer (AUT), Felix Duchampt (FRA), Vanesa De La Torre (MEX) and Rodrigo Gonzalez (MEX) all took some time to chat with the local media to comment about how they are feeling going into race day. Here is what they had to say: Perterer You are a veteran to this race, how does it feel to be back? “I am very happy to be here, I have raced here many times, I love this race and have been preparing very well for this race. For this race lets see what is happening, I am a little bit sad that there is not the hill that there was in the last years, but it is going to be fun.” Duchampt Are you excited about racing here for your first time? “This is my first time in Huatulco. A lot of people have told me about this race, so I have been very eager to race here and see how it is. I have been training very well and competing, so we will see how it goes. When you are in shape, I know that you have to take advantage of that. I believe that the Race on Sunday will be a really good one.” De La Torre How does it feel to be racing in your home nation here in Huatulco? “I am very excited to be here in Huatulco again. I have not raced World Cups here before, but with the change of the course I would have liked the hill because it was a more demanding course. But I am very excited that this event is a qualifying race for the Olympic cycle. I hope that I can finish in the top spots so I can start to get more and more points every race so I can get closer to the Olympic Games. The Mexican Team is representing our country very well and now we are here at home and I hope we can give the satisfaction to everyone who is supporting us.” Gonzalez What does it mean to you to be wearing the number one? Is there any pressure? “I believe that it is more than a pressure, but rather a great motivation to be wearing the number one in a World Cup here at home. The World Cup are always important and now that the Olympic qualification has started they are even more important. In these next couple of years of classification for the Olympics all of the World Cups and the World...

USA take the gold as ITU Mixed Relay World Series gets off to a flier in Nottingham

Triathlon News - Thu, 07/06/2018 - 22:41
Thursday’s first stop of this year’s three-leg inaugural ITU Mixed Relay World Series set the tone for Hamburg and Edmonton to follow, with the 18 teams of four delivering plenty of high-speed thrills on a rapid Nottingham course. It was a glorious afternoon that greeted the athletes, and the huge crowds were given a multi-sport feast as the USA team flew to victory, finishing ahead of Great Britain in second place with France coming home third. With two men and two women per team, the flat 300m swim, 7km bike, and 1.5km was always going to be a high-velocity affair, and each intense tag was followed by a spectacular running dive as the action returned to the River Trent. Indeed, it proved to be a brilliant swim and bike section from Katie Zaferes that was decisive, as first she ate into the early French lead and then stretched away, leaving Matthew McElroy to steer Team USA to victory. “It was clear what I needed to do and what the goal was, but I didn’t expect to catch her on the swim,” said Zaferes, with teammate McElroy adding; “I think it just comes down to all the hard work I’ve been putting in in training. On the bike, I just put my head down and tried to get as aero as I could and just smashed it.” It was the Americans who set the early pace as Kirsten Kasper was first out of the water closely followed by Spain’s Anna Godoy Contreras and Cassandre Beaugrand of France. Britain’s Non Stanford and Italy’s Angelica Olmo had also enjoyed excellent swims, but it was Beaugrand who pulled away and was able to then power past Kasper to give France the advantage through the first handover. Pierre Le Corre flew into the water for France along with a spectacular dive from Germany’s Jonas Schomburg. USA’s Eli Hemming and Great Britain’s Thomas Bishop were in pursuit, but there was little catching Le Corre until a rapid transition from Tyler Reid saw New Zealand also suddenly into contention. France maintained their lead as Le Corre tagged Mathilde Gautier and she took to the water, but it wasn’t long before Zaferes had the USA team back out front, eventually taking a solid lead through T1 after a perfect swim. It was a similar tale on the bike as Britain’s Vicky Holland, Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle and Anne Holm of Denmark failed to make any significant headway from within a chasing pack of five. The final handover saw Zaferes to McElroy and Holland to Brownlee as the race entered its final stage, and the crowd sensed some...

USA take the gold as ITU Mixed Relay World Series gets off to a flier in Nottingham

Triathlon News - Thu, 07/06/2018 - 22:41
Thursday’s first stop of this year’s three-leg inaugural ITU Mixed Relay World Series set the tone for Hamburg and Edmonton to follow, with the 18 teams of four delivering plenty of high-speed thrills on a rapid Nottingham course. It was a glorious afternoon that greeted the athletes, and the huge crowds were given a multi-sport feast as the USA team flew to victory, finishing ahead of Great Britain in second place with France coming home third. With two men and two women per team, the flat 300m swim, 7km bike, and 1.5km was always going to be a high-velocity affair, and each intense tag was followed by a spectacular running dive as the action returned to the River Trent. Indeed, it proved to be a brilliant swim and bike section from Katie Zaferes that was decisive, as first she ate into the early French lead and then stretched away, leaving Matthew McElroy to steer Team USA to victory. “It was clear what I needed to do and what the goal was, but I didn’t expect to catch her on the swim,” said Zaferes, with teammate McElroy adding; “I think it just comes down to all the hard work I’ve been putting in in training. On the bike, I just put my head down and tried to get as aero as I could and just smashed it.” It was the Americans who set the early pace as Kirsten Kasper was first out of the water closely followed by Spain’s Anna Godoy Contreras and Cassandre Beaugrand of France. Britain’s Non Stanford and Italy’s Angelica Olmo had also enjoyed excellent swims, but it was Beaugrand who pulled away and was able to then power past Kasper to give France the advantage through the first handover. Pierre Le Corre flew into the water for France along with a spectacular dive from Germany’s Jonas Schomburg. USA’s Eli Hemming and Great Britain’s Thomas Bishop were in pursuit, but there was little catching Le Corre until a rapid transition from Tyler Reid saw New Zealand also suddenly into contention. France maintained their lead as Le Corre tagged Mathilde Gautier and she took to the water, but it wasn’t long before Zaferes had the USA team back out front, eventually taking a solid lead through T1 after a perfect swim. It was a similar tale on the bike as Britain’s Vicky Holland, Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle and Anne Holm of Denmark failed to make any significant headway from within a chasing pack of five. The final handover saw Zaferes to McElroy and Holland to Brownlee as the race entered its final stage, and the crowd sensed some...

USA take the gold as ITU Mixed Relay World Series gets off to a flier in Nottingham

Triathlon News - Thu, 07/06/2018 - 22:41
Thursday’s first stop of this year’s three-leg inaugural ITU Mixed Relay World Series set the tone for Hamburg and Edmonton to follow, with the 18 teams of four delivering plenty of high-speed thrills on a rapid Nottingham course. It was a glorious afternoon that greeted the athletes, and the huge crowds were given a multi-sport feast as the USA team flew to victory, finishing ahead of Great Britain in second place with France coming home third. With two men and two women per team, the flat 300m swim, 7km bike and 1.5km was always going to be a high-velocity affair, and each intense tag was followed by a spectacular running dive as the action returned to the River Trent. Indeed, it proved to be a brilliant swim and bike section from Katie Zaferes that was decisive, as first she ate into the early French lead and then stretched away, leaving Matthew McElroy to steer Team USA to victory. “It was clear what I needed to do and what the goal was, but I didn’t expect to catch her on the swim,” said Zaferes, with teammate McElroy adding; “I think it just comes down to all the hard work i’ve been putting in in training. On the bike I just put my head down and tried to get as aero as I could and just smashed it.” It was the Americans who set the early pace as Kirsten Kasper was first out of the water closely followed by Spain’s Anna Godoy Contreras and Cassandre Beaugrand of France. Britain’s Non Stanford and Italy’s Angelica Olmo had also enjoyed excellent swims, but it was Beaugrand who pulled away and was able to then power past Kasper to give France the advantage through the first handover. Pierre Le Corre flew into the water for France along with a spectacular dive from Germany’s Jonas Schomburg. USA’s Eli Hemming and Great Britain’s Thomas Bishop were in pursuit, but there was little catching Le Corre until a rapid transition from Tyler Reid saw New Zealand also suddenly into contention. France maintained their lead as Le Corre tagged Mathilde Gautier and she took to the water, but it wasn’t long before Zaferes had the USA team back out front, eventually taking a solid lead through T1 after a perfect swim. It was a similar tale on the bike as Britain’s Vicky Holland, Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle and Anne Holm of Denmark failed to make any significant headway from within a chasing pack of five. The final handover saw Zaferes to McElroy and Holland to Brownlee as the race entered its final stage, and the crowd sensed some hometown...

World Mixed Relay Series set for adrenaline-fuelled debut in Nottingham

Triathlon News - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 19:13
With unpredictable drama and the display of team pride, the world’s leading triathlon nations will head to the River Trent in Nottingham this Thursday for the launch of the World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series. The start list features 18 teams, with a total of 72 of the worlds top athletes vying for ranking points on offer towards Olympic qualification as Mixed Relay makes its debut in Tokyo 2020. Nottingham hosts the first stop of the new series this week, followed by the ITU Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, on July 15. The series finale will be held in Edmonton, Canada, on July 28. The teams have until up to two hours before the race start to announce their final squad line ups, which leads to the first strategic battle of the day with some countries announcing their athletes well in advance, while others prefer to wait until the last minute. Undoubtedly one of the strongest teams will be hosts Great Britain, with the preliminary squad featuring two Olympic medal winners in Jonathan Brownlee and Vicky Holland, along with former ITU world champion Non Stanford and ITU World Triathlon Series medallist Tom Bishop. Also vying for podium spots will be the recently crowned Commonwealth Games champions, Australia. The current World Champions certainly know how to compete in a relay, and the team has amassed more medal finishes than any other country in the Mixed Relay history, including last year’s World title. The Australians, like the Americans, are among those teams keeping the athletes that will be competing in Nottingham under wraps until the very last minute, but expect some of the fastest athletes in the field to line up on Thursday. Another team that can be expected to be among the ones fighting for the podium will be Canada, with two of the rising stars of the season, Joanna Brown and Tyler Mislawchuk, on their team, while New Zealand is lining up a team with young stars, led by Nicole Van der Kay and Tyler Reid, bronze medallists in the Commonwealth Games. On the other hand, some teams as France, Japan, Spain or Italy have also spots reserved for the next generation of athletes. Cassandre Beaugrand, Pierre Le Corre, Mathilde Gautier and Léo Bergere will be defending the French colours, while Spain will have the Godoy siblings, Anna and Cesc, along with Sara Perez and Antonio Benito.  For the South Africans, the team will be almost the same as the one which competed in the Gold Coast two months ago, with Henri...

World Mixed Relay Series set for adrenaline-fuelled debut in Nottingham

Triathlon News - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 19:13
With unpredictable drama and an injection of team pride, the world’s leading triathlon nations will head to the River Trent in Nottingham this Thursday for the launch of the World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series. The start list features 18 teams, with a total of 72 of the world’s top athletes vying for ranking points on offer towards Olympic qualification, with Mixed Relay set to make its debut in Tokyo 2020. Nottingham hosts the first stop of the new series on Thursday, followed by the ITU Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, on July 15. The series finale will be held in Edmonton, Canada, on July 28. The teams have until up to two hours before the race start to announce their final squad line ups, which leads to the first strategic battle of the day with some countries announcing their athletes well in advance, while others prefer to wait until the last minute. Undoubtedly one of the strongest teams will be hosts Great Britain, with the preliminary squad featuring two Olympic medal winners in Jonathan Brownlee and Vicky Holland, along with former ITU world champion Non Stanford and ITU World Triathlon Series medallist Tom Bishop. Also vying for podium spots will be the recently crowned Commonwealth Games champions, Australia. The current World Champions certainly know how to compete in a relay, and the team has amassed more medal finishes than any other country in the Mixed Relay history, including last year’s World title. The Australians, like the Americans, are among those teams keeping the athletes that will be competing in Nottingham under wraps until the very last minute, but expect some of the fastest athletes in the field to line up on Thursday. Another team that can be expected to be among the ones fighting for the podium will be Canada, with two of the rising stars of the season, Joanna Brown and Tyler Mislawchuk, on their team, while New Zealand is lining up a team with young stars, led by Nicole Van der Kay and Tyler Reid, bronze medallists in the Commonwealth Games. On the other hand, some teams as France, Japan, Spain or Italy have also spots reserved for the next generation of athletes. Cassandre Beaugrand, Pierre Le Corre, Mathilde Gautier and Léo Bergere will be defending the French colours, while Spain will have the Godoy siblings, Anna and Cesc, along with Sara Perez Sala and Antonio Benito.  For the South Africans, the team will be almost the same as the one which competed in the Gold Coast two...

World Mixed Relay Series set for adrenaline-fuelled debut in Nottingham

Triathlon News - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 19:13
With unpredictable drama and an injection of team pride, the world’s leading triathlon nations will head to the River Trent in Nottingham this Thursday for the launch of the World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series. The start list features 18 teams, with a total of 72 of the world’s top athletes vying for ranking points on offer towards Olympic qualification, with Mixed Relay set to make its debut in Tokyo 2020. Nottingham hosts the first stop of the new series on Thursday, followed by the ITU Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, on July 15. The series finale will be held in Edmonton, Canada, on July 28. The teams have until up to two hours before the race start to announce their final squad line ups, which leads to the first strategic battle of the day with some countries announcing their athletes well in advance, while others prefer to wait until the last minute. Undoubtedly one of the strongest teams will be hosts Great Britain, with the preliminary squad featuring two Olympic medal winners in Jonathan Brownlee and Vicky Holland, along with former ITU world champion Non Stanford and ITU World Triathlon Series medallist Tom Bishop. Also vying for podium spots will be the recently crowned Commonwealth Games champions, Australia. The current World Champions certainly know how to compete in a relay, and the team has amassed more medal finishes than any other country in the Mixed Relay history, including last year’s World title. The Australians, like the Americans, are among those teams keeping the athletes that will be competing in Nottingham under wraps until the very last minute, but expect some of the fastest athletes in the field to line up on Thursday. Another team that can be expected to be among the ones fighting for the podium will be Canada, with two of the rising stars of the season, Joanna Brown and Tyler Mislawchuk, on their team, while New Zealand is lining up a team with young stars, led by Nicole Van der Kay and Tyler Reid, bronze medallists in the Commonwealth Games. On the other hand, some teams as France, Japan, Spain or Italy have also spots reserved for the next generation of athletes. Cassandre Beaugrand, Pierre Le Corre, Mathilde Gautier and Léo Bergere will be defending the French colours, while Spain will have the Godoy siblings, Anna and Cesc, along with Sara Perez Sala and Antonio Benito.  For the South Africans, the team will be almost the same as the one which competed in the Gold Coast two...

World Mixed Relay Series set for adrenaline-fuelled debut in Nottingham

Triathlon News - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 19:13
With unpredictable drama and the display of team pride, the world’s leading triathlon nations will head to the River Trent in Nottingham this Thursday for the launch of the World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series. The start list features 18 teams, with a total of 72 of the worlds top athletes vying for ranking points on offer towards Olympic qualification as Mixed Relay makes its debut in Tokyo 2020. Nottingham hosts the first stop of the new series this week, followed by the ITU Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, on July 15. The series finale will be held in Edmonton, Canada, on July 28. The teams have until up to two hours before the race start to announce their final squad line ups, which leads to the first strategic battle of the day with some countries announcing their athletes well in advance, while others prefer to wait until the last minute. Undoubtedly one of the strongest teams will be hosts Great Britain, with the preliminary squad featuring two Olympic medal winners in Jonathan Brownlee and Vicky Holland, along with former ITU world champion Non Stanford and ITU World Triathlon Series medallist Tom Bishop. Also vying for podium spots will be the recently crowned Commonwealth Games champions, Australia. The current World Champions certainly know how to compete in a relay, and the team has amassed more medal finishes than any other country in the Mixed Relay history, including last year’s World title. The Australians, like the Americans, are among those teams keeping the athletes that will be competing in Nottingham under wraps until the very last minute, but expect some of the fastest athletes in the field to line up on Thursday. Another team that can be expected to be among the ones fighting for the podium will be Canada, with two of the rising stars of the season, Joanna Brown and Tyler Mislawchuk, on their team, while New Zealand is lining up a team with young stars, led by Nicole Van der Kay and Tyler Reid, bronze medallists in the Commonwealth Games. On the other hand, some teams as France, Japan, Spain or Italy have also spots reserved for the next generation of athletes. Cassandre Beaugrand, Pierre Le Corre, Mathilde Gautier and Léo Bergere will be defending the French colours, while Spain will have the Godoy siblings, Anna and Cesc, along with Sara Perez Sala and Antonio Benito.  For the South Africans, the team will be almost the same as the one which competed in the Gold Coast two months ago, with...

World Mixed Relay Series set for adrenaline-fuelled debut in Nottingham

Triathlon News - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 19:13
With unpredictable drama and an injection of team pride, the world’s leading triathlon nations will head to the River Trent in Nottingham this Thursday for the launch of the World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series. The start list features 18 teams, with a total of 72 of the world’s top athletes vying for ranking points on offer towards Olympic qualification, with Mixed Relay set to make its debut in Tokyo 2020. Nottingham hosts the first stop of the new series on Thursday, followed by the ITU Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, on July 15. The series finale will be held in Edmonton, Canada, on July 28. The teams have until up to two hours before the race start to announce their final squad line ups, which leads to the first strategic battle of the day with some countries announcing their athletes well in advance, while others prefer to wait until the last minute. Undoubtedly one of the strongest teams will be hosts Great Britain, with the preliminary squad featuring two Olympic medal winners in Jonathan Brownlee and Vicky Holland, along with former ITU world champion Non Stanford and ITU World Triathlon Series medallist Tom Bishop. Also vying for podium spots will be the recently crowned Commonwealth Games champions, Australia. The current World Champions certainly know how to compete in a relay, and the team has amassed more medal finishes than any other country in the Mixed Relay history, including last year’s World title. The Australians, like the Americans, are among those teams keeping the athletes that will be competing in Nottingham under wraps until the very last minute, but expect some of the fastest athletes in the field to line up on Thursday. Another team that can be expected to be among the ones fighting for the podium will be Canada, with two of the rising stars of the season, Joanna Brown and Tyler Mislawchuk, on their team, while New Zealand is lining up a team with young stars, led by Nicole Van der Kay and Tyler Reid, bronze medallists in the Commonwealth Games. On the other hand, some teams as France, Japan, Spain or Italy have also spots reserved for the next generation of athletes. Cassandre Beaugrand, Pierre Le Corre, Mathilde Gautier and Léo Bergere will be defending the French colours, while Spain will have the Godoy siblings, Anna and Cesc, along with Sara Perez Sala and Antonio Benito.  For the South Africans, the team will be almost the same as the one which competed in the Gold Coast two...

ITU World Cup Season Welcomes Back Huatulco to the Calendar

Triathlon News - Tue, 05/06/2018 - 17:32
The 2018 ITU World Cup season has reached its seventh stop on the calendar, this time crossing the pond to North America into Mexico to return to the 2018 Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup. Huatulco has a long-standing history with the ITU World Cup series first appearing on the schedule in 2008 and becoming a regular stop on the tour until 2016. While last year it was taken off the calendar and became a CAMTRI American Cup, it returns to its original place as it sets up to host the World Cup for the 10th time this Sunday, June 10. Huatulco will also host the sixth sprint-distance race of the season, adding another opportunity for fast and furious racing in the infamous Mexican heat with a 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run course. The third project of the ASICS World Triathlon Team is also set to compete in Huatulco, giving more chances for these athletes to gain Olympic qualifying points towards their Tokyo 2020 aspirations. Women’s Preview The elite women will toe the line first on Sunday entering the swim with a sandy beach start into the Pacific. The Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova will wear the number one after she skyrocketed in the world rankings after finishing top-seven in the World Triathlon Series Yokohama race last month. While just last week she only finished 25th in the Cagliari World Cup, Frintova does have the track record to get on the World Cup podium, a feat she did twice in 2017. Lisa Perterer (AUT) will be looking to carry on her winning streak after she dramatically stole the gold medal in Cagliari last week in a sprint finish on the blue carpet with USA’s Taylor Spivey. Perterer just got the slight edge at the photo finish to claim her first World Cup win of the season. Perterer also has been known to have success in Mexico. Since 2012, she has podiumed in five World Cup races hosted in Mexico, including Hualtulco in 2013. In 2016, Yuliya Yelistratova (UKR) was the bronze medallist in Huatulco and she will be the only returning podium finisher from that race to line up this Sunday. One of the strongest swimmers in the field is Brazil’s Luisa Baptista. She had a standout year last year by earning her first-career World Cup win in Salinas, but due to her force in the water, she has made plenty of lead bike packs that set her up for a great finish. Other possible contenders for Sunday’s podium is Melanie Santos (POR), Chelsea Sodoro (USA) and Vanesa De La Torre (MEX). Santos and Sodoro are both...

ITU World Cup Season Welcomes Back Huatulco to the Calendar

Triathlon News - Tue, 05/06/2018 - 17:32
The 2018 ITU World Cup season has reached its seventh stop on the calendar, this time crossing the pond to North America into Mexico to return to the 2018 Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup. Huatulco has a long-standing history with the ITU World Cup series first appearing on the schedule in 2008 and becoming a regular stop on the tour until 2016. While last year it was taken off the calendar and became a CAMTRI American Cup, it returns to its original place as it sets up to host the World Cup for the 10th time this Sunday, June 10. Huatulco will also host the sixth sprint-distance race of the season, adding another opportunity for fast and furious racing in the infamous Mexican heat with a 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run course. The third project of the ASICS World Triathlon Team is also set to compete in Huatulco, giving more chances for these athletes to gain Olympic qualifying points towards their Tokyo 2020 aspirations. Women’s Preview The elite women will toe the line first on Sunday entering the swim with a sandy beach start into the Pacific. The Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova will wear the number one after she skyrocketed in the world rankings after finishing top-seven in the World Triathlon Series Yokohama race last month. While just last week she only finished 25th in the Cagliari World Cup, Frintova does have the track record to get on the World Cup podium, a feat she did twice in 2017. Lisa Perterer (AUT) will be looking to carry on her winning streak after she dramatically stole the gold medal in Cagliari last week in a sprint finish on the blue carpet with USA’s Taylor Spivey. Perterer just got the slight edge at the photo finish to claim her first World Cup win of the season. Perterer also has been known to have success in Mexico. Since 2012, she has podiumed in five World Cup races hosted in Mexico, including Hualtulco in 2013. In 2016, Yuliya Yelistratova (UKR) was the bronze medallist in Huatulco and she will be the only returning podium finisher from that race to line up this Sunday. One of the strongest swimmers in the field is Brazil’s Luisa Baptista. She had a standout year last year by earning her first-career World Cup win in Salinas, but due to her force in the water, she has made plenty of lead bike packs that set her up for a great finish. Other possible contenders for Sunday’s podium is Melanie Santos (POR), Chelsea Sodoro (USA) and Vanesa De La Torre (MEX). Santos and Sodoro are both...

ITU World Cup Season Welcomes Back Huatulco to the Calendar

Triathlon News - Tue, 05/06/2018 - 17:32
The 2018 ITU World Cup season has reached its seventh stop on the calendar, this time crossing the pond to North America into Mexico to return to the 2018 Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup. Huatulco has a long-standing history with the ITU World Cup series first appearing on the schedule in 2008 and becoming a regular stop on the tour until 2016. While last year it was taken off the calendar and became a CAMTRI American Cup, it returns to its original place as it sets up to host the World Cup for the 10th time this Sunday, June 10. Huatulco will also host the sixth sprint-distance race of the season, adding another opportunity for fast and furious racing in the infamous Mexican heat with a 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run course. The third project of the ASICS World Triathlon Team is also set to compete in Huatulco, giving more chances for these athletes to gain Olympic qualifying points towards their Tokyo 2020 aspirations. Women’s Preview The elite women will toe the line first on Sunday entering the swim with a sandy beach start into the Pacific. The Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova will wear the number one after she skyrocketed in the world rankings after finishing top-seven in the World Triathlon Series Yokohama race last month. While just last week she only finished 25th in the Cagliari World Cup, Frintova does have the track record to get on the World Cup podium, a feat she did twice in 2017. Lisa Perterer (AUT) will be looking to carry on her winning streak after she dramatically stole the gold medal in Cagliari last week in a sprint finish on the blue carpet with USA’s Taylor Spivey. Perterer just got the slight edge at the photo finish to claim her first World Cup win of the season. Perterer also has been known to have success in Mexico. Since 2012, she has podiumed in five World Cup races hosted in Mexico, including Hualtulco in 2013. In 2016, Yuliya Yelistratova (UKR) was the bronze medallist in Huatulco and she will be the only returning podium finisher from that race to line up this Sunday. One of the strongest swimmers in the field is Brazil’s Luisa Baptista. She had a standout year last year by earning her first-career World Cup win in Salinas, but due to her force in the water, she has made plenty of lead bike packs that set her up for a great finish. Other possible contenders for Sunday’s podium is Melanie Santos (POR), Chelsea Sodoro (USA) and Vanesa De La Torre (MEX). Santos and Sodoro are both...

ITU joins the IOC to team up with UN Environment for its Clean Seas Campaign

Triathlon News - Mon, 04/06/2018 - 23:25
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and some International Federations, including the International Triathlon Union (ITU), today team up with UN Environment for its Clean Seas Campaign and calls on sport and the Olympic Movement to join the effort. The Clean Seas Campaign, launched in January 2017, aims to increase global awareness of the marine litter issue, and to implement measures that address gaps in waste management. Seven major sporting bodies, representatives from European and Oceania National Olympic Committees and three sponsors will today be joining the effort to support the IOC in addressing this global issue. “The IOC is embracing sustainability in its day-to-day operations, as well as taking a proactive leadership role to inspire Olympic stakeholders and the wider sports community to implement best sustainability practices,” said Prince Albert of Monaco, who serves as the Chair of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission. “Making a pledge to the UN Environment’s Clean Seas Campaign is another important example of how the IOC is implementing its Sustainability Strategy.” Erik Solheim, the Executive Director of UN Environment and a member of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission, said: “This is the biggest commitment ever made from sport to address plastic pollution. The International Olympic Committee’s Clean Seas pledge will transform the awareness and use of plastic waste in sport. We are delighted to see the actions taken by so many sporting organisations as well as sponsors.” ITU is proud to work with the IOC on its excellent Clean Seas Project, the importance of which could not be greater as humankind must come together to reverse the damaging effects that inaction has had on our environment. Sea pollution and its effects on aquatic life is something that, if left unchecked, will have catastrophic consequences for the earth. As such, ITU will be working closely with all our Local Organising Committees, National Federations, stakeholders and the IOC to raise awareness of the issue, taking its own measures to contribute to the long-term goal of cleaning up our oceans and reduce the use of plastics within our environment. “The ITU takes its responsibilities to the planet very seriously. As with any organisation that organises large-scale events around the world, it is our duty to mitigate the environmental impact that we have. As an IF, we are committed to reducing the use of plastic at our events, using recycled...

ITU joins the IOC to team up with UN Environment for its Clean Seas Campaign

Triathlon News - Mon, 04/06/2018 - 23:25
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and some International Federations, including the International Triathlon Union (ITU), today team up with UN Environment for its Clean Seas Campaign and calls on sport and the Olympic Movement to join the effort. The Clean Seas Campaign, launched in January 2017, aims to increase global awareness of the marine litter issue, and to implement measures that address gaps in waste management. Seven major sporting bodies, representatives from European and Oceania National Olympic Committees and three sponsors will today be joining the effort to support the IOC in addressing this global issue. “The IOC is embracing sustainability in its day-to-day operations, as well as taking a proactive leadership role to inspire Olympic stakeholders and the wider sports community to implement best sustainability practices,” said Prince Albert of Monaco, who serves as the Chair of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission. “Making a pledge to the UN Environment’s Clean Seas Campaign is another important example of how the IOC is implementing its Sustainability Strategy.” Erik Solheim, the Executive Director of UN Environment and a member of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission, said: “This is the biggest commitment ever made from sport to address plastic pollution. The International Olympic Committee’s Clean Seas pledge will transform the awareness and use of plastic waste in sport. We are delighted to see the actions taken by so many sporting organisations as well as sponsors.” ITU is proud to work with the IOC on its excellent Clean Seas Project, the importance of which could not be greater as humankind must come together to reverse the damaging effects that inaction has had on our environment. Sea pollution and its effects on aquatic life is something that, if left unchecked, will have catastrophic consequences for the earth. As such, ITU will be working closely with all our Local Organising Committees, National Federations, stakeholders and the IOC to raise awareness of the issue, taking its own measures to contribute to the long-term goal of cleaning up our oceans and reduce the use of plastics within our environment. “The ITU takes its responsibilities to the planet very seriously. As with any organisation that organises large-scale events around the world, it is our duty to mitigate the environmental impact that we have. As an IF, we are committed to reducing the use of plastic at our events, using recycled...

Perterer and Stateff deliver debut World Cup wins in Cagliari

Triathlon News - Sat, 02/06/2018 - 17:53
In the build-up to the 2018 ITU Cagliari World Cup, all the talk was of a tough and technical course, a steep climb and a rapid descent that was likely to take its toll on the athletes. By the end of Saturday’s racing, it had become clear that it is on precisely these kinds of demanding courses that they love to compete and put all their training to the test. The women’s race saw the kind of close finish that seems unthinkable after such a gruelling hour under the Italian sun, but it was Austria’s Lisa Perterer who caught American Taylor Spivey right on the line to win her first ever World Cup gold in the most dramatic of fashions, swiftly followed by Britain’s India Lee in third. “I didn’t know what I was thinking at the end,” said a delighted Perterer afterwards, “but I just kept telling myself; you can do this.” The men’s race then saw Delian Stateff and Davide Uccellari come home in first and third respectively, New Zealand’s Hayden Wilde the only man who could keep up with the flying Italians as the home crowd roared the duo down the finish. Women’s race The women’s podium looked wide open from the minute Britain’s Lucy Hall and Japan’s Fuka Sega emerged from T1 with a solid advantage, only to be quickly caught up by the likes of USA’s Taylor Spivey and Chelsea Burns, Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat and Italian Alice Betto. The bike then fell into a comfortable pattern for the ten-strong lead group, who worked together on each of the five long climbs up the Viale Regina Margherita before dropping down for a winding descent that left mind and body little time for recuperation. Even by the fifth and final ascent the leaders were looking composed, leaving the chasing pack of Sandra Dodet and Vendula Frintova blowing harder in a vain hope of closing ground on them. It all changed through the second transition as Verena Steinhauser began to force the pace with the Italian crowd powering her on and only Perterer, Lee and Spivey still had enough to go with her. As the rest of the field became drained by the chase, the four leaders summoned the will for an almighty final 400m. Spivey was first to make the charge, only for Perterer to dig deeper still, breaking the tape first by a fraction of a second to record a spellbinding debut World Cup win. “My season started badly and I almost lost my self-confidence, but training has gone well and I hoped I’d finally have a good race so to finish on the top makes me very...

Perterer and Stateff deliver debut World Cup wins in Cagliari

Triathlon News - Sat, 02/06/2018 - 17:53
In the build-up to the 2018 ITU Cagliari World Cup, all the talk was of a tough and technical course, a steep climb and a rapid descent that was likely to take its toll on the athletes. By the end of Saturday’s racing, it had become clear that it is on precisely these kinds of demanding courses that they love to compete and put all their training to the test. The women’s race saw the kind of close finish that seems unthinkable after such a gruelling hour under the Italian sun, but it was Austria’s Lisa Perterer who caught American Taylor Spivey right on the line to win her first ever World Cup gold in the most dramatic of fashions, swiftly followed by Britain’s India Lee in third. “I didn’t know what I was thinking at the end,” said a delighted Perterer afterwards, “but I just kept telling myself; you can do this.” The men’s race then saw Delian Stateff and Davide Uccellari come home in first and third respectively, New Zealand’s Hayden Wilde the only man who could keep up with the flying Italians as the home crowd roared the duo down the finish. Women’s race The women’s podium looked wide open from the minute Britain’s Lucy Hall and Japan’s Fuka Sega emerged from T1 with a solid advantage, only to be quickly caught up by the likes of USA’s Taylor Spivey and Chelsea Burns, Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat and Italian Alice Betto. The bike then fell into a comfortable pattern for the ten-strong lead group, who worked together on each of the five long climbs up the Viale Regina Margherita before dropping down for a winding descent that left mind and body little time for recuperation. Even by the fifth and final ascent the leaders were looking composed, leaving the chasing pack of Sandra Dodet and Vendula Frintova blowing harder in a vain hope of closing ground on them. It all changed through the second transition as Verena Steinhauser began to force the pace with the Italian crowd powering her on and only Perterer, Lee and Spivey still had enough to go with her. As the rest of the field became drained by the chase, the four leaders summoned the will for an almighty final 400m. Spivey was first to make the charge, only for Perterer to dig deeper still, breaking the tape first by a fraction of a second to record a spellbinding debut World Cup win. “My season started badly and I almost lost my self-confidence, but training has gone well and I hoped I’d finally have a good race so to finish on the top makes me very...

Perterer and Stateff deliver debut World Cup wins in Cagliari

Triathlon News - Sat, 02/06/2018 - 17:53
In the build-up to the 2018 ITU Cagliari World Cup, all the talk was of a tough and technical course, a steep climb and a rapid descent that was likely to take its toll on the athletes. By the end of Saturday’s racing, it had become clear that it is on precisely these kinds of demanding courses that they love to compete and put all their training to the test. The women’s race saw the kind of close finish that seems unthinkable after such a gruelling hour under the Italian sun, but it was Austria’s Lisa Perterer who caught American Taylor Spivey right on the line to win her first ever World Cup gold in the most dramatic of fashions, swiftly followed by Britain’s India Lee in third. “I didn’t know what I was thinking at the end,” said a delighted Perterer afterwards, “but I just kept telling myself; you can do this.” The men’s race then saw Delian Stateff and Davide Uccellari come home in first and third respectively, New Zealand’s Hayden Wilde the only man who could keep up with the flying Italians as the home crowd roared the duo down the finish. Women’s race The women’s podium looked wide open from the minute Britain’s Lucy Hall and Japan’s Fuka Sega emerged from T1 with a solid advantage, only to be quickly caught up by the likes of USA’s Taylor Spivey and Chelsea Burns, Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat and Italian Alice Betto. The bike then fell into a comfortable pattern for the ten-strong lead group, who worked together on each of the five long climbs up the Viale Regina Margherita before dropping down for a winding descent that left mind and body little time for recuperation. Even by the fifth and final ascent the leaders were looking composed, leaving the chasing pack of Sandra Dodet and Vendula Frintova blowing harder in a vain hope of closing ground on them. It all changed through the second transition as Verena Steinhauser began to force the pace with the Italian crowd powering her on and only Perterer, Lee and Spivey still had enough to go with her. As the rest of the field became drained by the chase, the four leaders summoned the will for an almighty final 400m. Spivey was first to make the charge, only for Perterer to dig deeper still, breaking the tape first by a fraction of a second to record a spellbinding debut World Cup win. “My season started badly and I almost lost my self-confidence, but training has gone well and I hoped I’d finally have a good race so to finish on the top makes me very...

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