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ASICS World Triathlon Team debuts at Astana World Cup

Triathlon News - Sat, 19/05/2018 - 05:41
The 2018 ITU Astana World Cup became the first outing for the new-look ASICS World Triathlon Team, with nine of the team’s athletes competing in the first World Cup race in which points were available for Olympic qualification. Signed in January and part of the ITU Strategic Plan 2018-2021, the partnership with the global sports brand provides precious support to the ITU Development programme as it seeks to further extend the opportunities it offers to developing triathlon nations, their athletes and coaches. Rolf Ebeling and Mick Delamotte led the team in Astana, the first of five World Cups earmarked for the athletes, and one which included a first World Cup outing for Philippines’ Marion Kim Mangrobang. “Each one of these races, while they are valuable in terms of earning points for Olympic selection, is a development opportunity for these guys. They’ll be able to come away from here with some new skills and new experiences that they can take home to their own training environment and become better athletes as a result,” said Mick Delamotte ahead of the athlete’s briefing in Astana. “The programme itself has developed and morphed over the years but we’ve had some wonderful athletes have come through, from Flora Duffy to Lisa Norden and Barbara Riveros. There has been more than a dozen of our athletes at each of the Olympic Games since the programme began and I think that is testament to the quality of the programme itself that its providing those opportunities.” For Rolf Ebeling, the agreement with ASICS and subsequent renaming of Team ITU is another important step on the road to elevating performances from countries with less of a tradition in the sport to compete on the biggest stages with the best athletes in the world. “The ASICS World Triathlon Team is a perfect step for the development team and for ITU. For our programme to have a partner of that stature is important, and from the provision of equipment to the profile of the brand, it’s a perfect fit. We have quality athletes and they are proud to be associated with ASICS. Now, one of the new elements we will be bringing in is having the coaches, those from the athletes’ own countries, come and take part in the programme in the future too.” For Estonia’s Kaidi Kivioja, the support she has received through being a part of the development team since 2012 is something that she could never have expected due to a lack of funding for the sport at home, where...

ASICS Word Triathlon Team debuts at Astana World Cup

Triathlon News - Sat, 19/05/2018 - 05:41
The 2018 ITU Astana World Cup became the first outing for the new-look ASICS World Triathlon Team, with nine of the team’s athletes competing in the first World Cup race in which points were available for Olympic qualification. Signed in January and part of the ITU Strategic Plan 2018-2021, the partnership with the global sports brand provides precious support to the ITU Development programme as it seeks to further extend the opportunities it offers to developing triathlon nations, their athletes and coaches. Rolf Ebeling and Mick Delamotte led the team in Astana, the first of five World Cups earmarked for the athletes, and one which included a first World Cup outing for Philippines’ Marion Kim Mangrobang. “Each one of these races, while they are valuable in terms of earning points for Olympic selection, is a development opportunity for these guys. They’ll be able to come away from here with some new skills and new experiences that they can take home to their own training environment and become better athletes as a result,” said Mick Delamotte ahead of the athlete’s briefing in Astana. “The programme itself has developed and morphed over the years but we’ve had some wonderful athletes have come through, from Flora Duffy to Lisa Norden and Barbara Riveros. There has been more than a dozen of our athletes at each of the Olympic Games since the programme began and I think that is testament to the quality of the programme itself that its providing those opportunities.” For Rolf Ebeling, the agreement with ASICS and subsequent renaming of Team ITU is another important step on the road to elevating performances from countries with less of a tradition in the sport to compete on the biggest stages with the best athletes in the world. “The ASICS World Triathlon Team is a perfect step for the development team and for ITU. For our programme to have a partner of that stature is important, and from the provision of equipment to the profile of the brand, it’s a perfect fit. We have quality athletes and they are proud to be associated with ASICS. Now, one of the new elements we will be bringing in is having the coaches, those from the athletes’ own countries, come and take part in the programme in the future too.” For Estonia’s Kaidi Kivioja, the support she has received through being a part of the development team since 2012 is something that she could never have expected due to a lack of funding for the sport at home, where...

ASICS World Triathlon Team debuts at Astana World Cup

Triathlon News - Sat, 19/05/2018 - 05:41
The 2018 ITU Astana World Cup became the first outing for the new-look ASICS World Triathlon Team, with nine of the team’s athletes competing in the first World Cup race in which points were available for Olympic qualification. Signed in January and part of the ITU Strategic Plan 2018-2021, the partnership with the global sports brand provides precious support to the ITU Development programme as it seeks to further extend the opportunities it offers to developing triathlon nations, their athletes and coaches. Rolf Ebeling and Mick Delamotte led the team in Astana, the first of five World Cups earmarked for the athletes, and one which included a first World Cup outing for Philippines’ Marion Kim Mangrobang. “Each one of these races, while they are valuable in terms of earning points for Olympic selection, is a development opportunity for these guys. They’ll be able to come away from here with some new skills and new experiences that they can take home to their own training environment and become better athletes as a result,” said Mick Delamotte ahead of the athlete’s briefing in Astana. “The programme itself has developed and morphed over the years but we’ve had some wonderful athletes have come through, from Flora Duffy to Lisa Norden and Barbara Riveros. There has been more than a dozen of our athletes at each of the Olympic Games since the programme began and I think that is testament to the quality of the programme itself that its providing those opportunities.” For Rolf Ebeling, the agreement with ASICS and subsequent renaming of Team ITU is another important step on the road to elevating performances from countries with less of a tradition in the sport to compete on the biggest stages with the best athletes in the world. “The ASICS World Triathlon Team is a perfect step for the development team and for ITU. For our programme to have a partner of that stature is important, and from the provision of equipment to the profile of the brand, it’s a perfect fit. We have quality athletes and they are proud to be associated with ASICS. Now, one of the new elements we will be bringing in is having the coaches, those from the athletes’ own countries, come and take part in the programme in the future too.” For Estonia’s Kaidi Kivioja, the support she has received through being a part of the development team since 2012 is something that she could never have expected due to a lack of funding for the sport at home, where...

ASICS Word Triathlon Team debuts at Astana World Cup

Triathlon News - Sat, 19/05/2018 - 05:41
The 2018 ITU Astana World Cup became the first outing for the new-look ASICS World Triathlon Team, with nine of the team’s athletes competing in the first World Cup race in which points were available for Olympic qualification. Signed in January and part of the ITU Strategic Plan 2018-2021, the partnership with the global sports brand provides precious support to the ITU Development programme as it seeks to further extend the opportunities it offers to developing triathlon nations, their athletes and coaches. Rolf Ebeling and Mick Delamotte led the team in Astana, the first of five World Cups earmarked for the athletes, and one which included a first World Cup outing for Philippines’ Marion Kim Mangrobang. “Each one of these races, while they are valuable in terms of earning points for Olympic selection, is a development opportunity for these guys. They’ll be able to come away from here with some new skills and new experiences that they can take home to their own training environment and become better athletes as a result,” said Mick Delamotte ahead of the athlete’s briefing in Astana. “The programme itself has developed and morphed over the years but we’ve had some wonderful athletes have come through, from Flora Duffy to Lisa Norden and Barbara Riveros. There has been more than a dozen of our athletes at each of the Olympic Games since the programme began and I think that is testament to the quality of the programme itself that its providing those opportunities.” For Rolf Ebeling, the agreement with ASICS and subsequent renaming of Team ITU is another important step on the road to elevating performances from countries with less of a tradition in the sport to compete on the biggest stages with the best athletes in the world. “The ASICS World Triathlon Team is a perfect step for the development team and for ITU. For our programme to have a partner of that stature is important, and from the provision of equipment to the profile of the brand, it’s a perfect fit. We have quality athletes and they are proud to be associated with ASICS. Now, one of the new elements we will be bringing in is having the coaches, those from the athletes’ own countries, come and take part in the programme in the future too.” For Estonia’s Kaidi Kivioja, the support she has received through being a part of the development team since 2012 is something that she could never have expected due to a lack of funding for the sport at home, where...

Athletes chatter ahead of Astana World Cup

Triathlon News - Thu, 17/05/2018 - 19:12
Astana will host the fifth stop on the 2018 World Cup circuit on Saturday, with qualification points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as well as the pride of a podium finish at stake in the Kazakhstan capital. Wearing the number one on Saturday will be South Africa’s experienced Gillian Sanders: “I feel no extra pressure wearing the number one, and i’ll actually enjoy being the target that comes with it. I was out of action for a time after Abu Dhabi, so hopefully 2018 is just going to get better for me. Astana has been on my radar for this year and after missing out on racing in Yokohama it feels good to be here and ready to race. I want to test myself with WTS Leeds coming up. I’m still enjoying my triathlon and I’m still improving so I’ll be looking for points for Tokyo 2020.”
 Women’s race ambassador Tamsyn Moana-Veale (AUS) has been in Astana for two weeks, training and working with local children and triathletes: “Having never been to Kazakhstan before this has been a great experience, its been so friendly. We have visited local kids, given them a few pointers, and just seeing the smiles on their faces during practices has been amazing. We’ve seen the course and it looks good, there’s some technical elements but the set up here is great so i’m keen to get racing.” Great Britain’s Lucy Hall starts her first World Cup since June 2017 this weekend: 
“I wasn’t so well by the end of 2017, but I’ve had the past 6-7 weeks in training so I’m happy to be back and I have set a few process goals that I want to hit through this race. A lot of athletes will be looking at this as a points race for Tokyo, but I’m just enjoying the Astana experience.” Bence Bicsak (HUN) arrives after a brilliant fifth place at WTS Yokohama to also wear number one in Astana: “I’m happy with recent results but it has all come after a lot of hard work. Yokohama was incredible for me but after the long trip I’m now excited for this race. The course looks good and I’m ready for the Olympic distance. I just want to enjoy the journey.”

 Felix Duchampt of France is looking to secure a podium place having been on a strong run of form since Weihai: “For the past two years my training has become more consistent and that has helped my recovery times and avoiding injury. Second place last year in Salinas was important to me. I knew I could get there but actually doing it was a big step. Astana has been on my plans as an Olympic distance...

Athletes chatter ahead of Astana World Cup

Triathlon News - Thu, 17/05/2018 - 19:12
Astana will host the fifth stop on the 2018 World Cup circuit on Saturday, with qualification points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as well as the pride of a podium finish at stake in the Kazakhstan capital. Wearing the number one on Saturday will be South Africa’s experienced Gillian Sanders: “I feel no extra pressure wearing the number one, and i’ll actually enjoy being the target that comes with it. I was out of action for a time after Abu Dhabi, so hopefully 2018 is just going to get better for me. Astana has been on my radar for this year and after missing out on racing in Yokohama it feels good to be here and ready to race. I want to test myself with WTS Leeds coming up. I’m still enjoying my triathlon and I’m still improving so I’ll be looking for points for Tokyo 2020.”
 Women’s race ambassador Tamsyn Moana-Veale (AUS) has been in Astana for two weeks, training and working with local children and triathletes: “Having never been to Kazakhstan before this has been a great experience, its been so friendly. We have visited local kids, given them a few pointers, and just seeing the smiles on their faces during practices has been amazing. We’ve seen the course and it looks good, there’s some technical elements but the set up here is great so i’m keen to get racing.” Great Britain’s Lucy Hall starts her first World Cup since June 2017 this weekend: 
“I wasn’t so well by the end of 2017, but I’ve had the past 6-7 weeks in training so I’m happy to be back and I have set a few process goals that I want to hit through this race. A lot of athletes will be looking at this as a points race for Tokyo, but I’m just enjoying the Astana experience.” Bence Bicsak (HUN) arrives after a brilliant fifth place at WTS Yokohama to also wear number one in Astana: “I’m happy with recent results but it has all come after a lot of hard work. Yokohama was incredible for me but after the long trip I’m now excited for this race. The course looks good and I’m ready for the Olympic distance. I just want to enjoy the journey.”

 Felix Duchampt of France is looking to secure a podium place having been on a strong run of form since Weihai: “For the past two years my training has become more consistent and that has helped my recovery times and avoiding injury. Second place last year in Salinas was important to me. I knew I could get there but actually doing it was a big step. Astana has been on my plans as an Olympic distance...

Athletes chatter ahead of Astana World Cup

Triathlon News - Thu, 17/05/2018 - 19:12
Astana will host the fifth stop on the 2018 World Cup circuit on Saturday, with qualification points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as well as the pride of a podium finish at stake in the Kazakhstan capital. Wearing the number one on Saturday will be South Africa’s experienced Gillian Sanders: “I feel no extra pressure wearing the number one, and i’ll actually enjoy being the target that comes with it. I was out of action for a time after Abu Dhabi, so hopefully 2018 is just going to get better for me. Astana has been on my radar for this year and after missing out on racing in Yokohama it feels good to be here and ready to race. I want to test myself with WTS Leeds coming up. I’m still enjoying my triathlon and I’m still improving so I’ll be looking for points for Tokyo 2020.”
 Women’s race ambassador Tamsyn Moana-Veale (AUS) has been in Astana for two weeks, training and working with local children and triathletes: “Having never been to Kazakhstan before this has been a great experience, its been so friendly. We have visited local kids, given them a few pointers, and just seeing the smiles on their faces during practices has been amazing. We’ve seen the course and it looks good, there’s some technical elements but the set up here is great so i’m keen to get racing.” Great Britain’s Lucy Hall starts her first World Cup since June 2017 this weekend: 
“I wasn’t so well by the end of 2017, but I’ve had the past 6-7 weeks in training so I’m happy to be back and I have set a few process goals that I want to hit through this race. A lot of athletes will be looking at this as a points race for Tokyo, but I’m just enjoying the Astana experience.” Bence Bicsak (HUN) arrives after a brilliant fifth place at WTS Yokohama to also wear number one in Astana: “I’m happy with recent results but it has all come after a lot of hard work. Yokohama was incredible for me but after the long trip I’m now excited for this race. The course looks good and I’m ready for the Olympic distance. I just want to enjoy the journey.”

 Felix Duchampt of France is looking to secure a podium place having been on a strong run of form since Weihai: “For the past two years my training has become more consistent and that has helped my recovery times and avoiding injury. Second place last year in Salinas was important to me. I knew I could get there but actually doing it was a big step. Astana has been on my plans as an Olympic distance...

Athletes chatter ahead of Astana World Cup

Triathlon News - Thu, 17/05/2018 - 19:12
Astana will host the fifth stop on the 2018 World Cup circuit on Saturday, with qualification points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as well as the pride of a podium finish at stake in the Kazakhstan capital. Wearing the number one on Saturday will be South Africa’s experienced Gillian Sanders: “I feel no extra pressure wearing the number one, and i’ll actually enjoy being the target that comes with it. I was out of action for a time after Abu Dhabi, so hopefully 2018 is just going to get better for me. Astana has been on my radar for this year and after missing out on racing in Yokohama it feels good to be here and ready to race. I want to test myself with WTS Leeds coming up. I’m still enjoying my triathlon and I’m still improving so I’ll be looking for points for Tokyo 2020.”
 Women’s race ambassador Tamsyn Moana-Veale (AUS) has been in Astana for two weeks, training and working with local children and triathletes: “Having never been to Kazakhstan before this has been a great experience, its been so friendly. We have visited local kids, given them a few pointers, and just seeing the smiles on their faces during practices has been amazing. We’ve seen the course and it looks good, there’s some technical elements but the set up here is great so i’m keen to get racing.” Great Britain’s Lucy Hall starts her first World Cup since June 2017 this weekend: 
“I wasn’t so well by the end of 2017, but I’ve had the past 6-7 weeks in training so I’m happy to be back and I have set a few process goals that I want to hit through this race. A lot of athletes will be looking at this as a points race for Tokyo, but I’m just enjoying the Astana experience.” Bence Bicsak (HUN) arrives after a brilliant fifth place at WTS Yokohama to also wear number one in Astana: “I’m happy with recent results but it has all come after a lot of hard work. Yokohama was incredible for me but after the long trip I’m now excited for this race. The course looks good and I’m ready for the Olympic distance. I just want to enjoy the journey.”

 Felix Duchampt of France is looking to secure a podium place having been on a strong run of form since Weihai: “For the past two years my training has become more consistent and that has helped my recovery times and avoiding injury. Second place last year in Salinas was important to me. I knew I could get there but actually doing it was a big step. Astana has been on my plans as an Olympic distance...

Athletes chatter ahead of Astana World Cup

Triathlon News - Thu, 17/05/2018 - 19:12
Astana will host the fifth stop on the 2018 World Cup circuit on Saturday, with qualification points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as well as the pride of a podium finish at stake in the Kazakhstan capital. Wearing the number one on Saturday will be South Africa’s experienced Gillian Sanders: “I feel no extra pressure wearing the number one, and i’ll actually enjoy being the target that comes with it. I was out of action for a time after Abu Dhabi, so hopefully 2018 is just going to get better for me. Astana has been on my radar for this year and after missing out on racing in Yokohama it feels good to be here and ready to race. I want to test myself with WTS Leeds coming up. I’m still enjoying my triathlon and I’m still improving so I’ll be looking for points for Tokyo 2020.”
 Women’s race ambassador Tamsyn Moana-Veale (AUS) has been in Astana for two weeks, training and working with local children and triathletes: “Having never been to Kazakhstan before this has been a great experience, its been so friendly. We have visited local kids, given them a few pointers, and just seeing the smiles on their faces during practices has been amazing. We’ve seen the course and it looks good, there’s some technical elements but the set up here is great so i’m keen to get racing.” Great Britain’s Lucy Hall starts her first World Cup since June 2017 this weekend: 
“I wasn’t so well by the end of 2017, but I’ve had the past 6-7 weeks in training so I’m happy to be back and I have set a few process goals that I want to hit through this race. A lot of athletes will be looking at this as a points race for Tokyo, but I’m just enjoying the Astana experience.” Bence Bicsak (HUN) arrives after a brilliant fifth place at WTS Yokohama to also wear number one in Astana: “I’m happy with recent results but it has all come after a lot of hard work. Yokohama was incredible for me but after the long trip I’m now excited for this race. The course looks good and I’m ready for the Olympic distance. I just want to enjoy the journey.”

 Felix Duchampt of France is looking to secure a podium place having been on a strong run of form since Weihai: “For the past two years my training has become more consistent and that has helped my recovery times and avoiding injury. Second place last year in Salinas was important to me. I knew I could get there but actually doing it was a big step. Astana has been on my plans as an Olympic distance...

Astana ready to make glittering World Cup debut

Triathlon News - Wed, 16/05/2018 - 21:24
The unique city of Astana is the location for the fifth stop of the 2018 ITU World Cup season, the first ITU World Cup event to be hosted in the Kazakhstan capital. The race is also the first on the WC circuit to offer qualifying points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, after WTS Yokohama opened up the long road to Tokyo for the World Series athletes last weekend. Add in the fact that Astana will also see the first outings for the new-look Asics World Triathlon Team, following the sports company’s new sponsorship of Team ITU at the start of the year, and all the ingredients are in place for a fascinating weekend of racing. The Olympic-distance course takes in the waters and surrounds of the Esil River, including two crossings on each of the six laps of the cycle route before the 3-lap run sees athletes navigate the park on which the famous Astana Music Hall proudly stands. As ever, both the men’s and the women’s races boast extremely strong fields, and with some tight, technical turns on the bikes in particular, there are set to be some new legends written in Kazakhstan on Saturday. Women’s preview A strong Russian contingent lining up at the start of the Astana World Cup will include Elena Danilova, an athlete who always finishes strongly and could be ready to make her return to the World Cup podium for the first time in two years. Another bike specialist, Ukraine’s Yuliya Yelistratova, arrives in Kazakhstan having secured a top-10 finish in Chengdu at the start of the month, while Spain’s Camila Alonso and Anna Godoy, along with Italy’s Angelica Olmo, will also want to build on their positive starts to 2018. Great Britain’s Lucy Hall knows exactly what it takes to win at this level after finishing first in Cape Town last year, and she will hope to bounce back to medal-winning form in Astana. The experienced figures of Hungary’s Zsofia Kovacs and South African Gillian Sanders will also be looking to keep pace with the leaders and make a play for the podium. The first outing of the year for the Asics World Triathlon Team sees Estonia’s Kaidi Kivioja, who already has two top-15 finishes under her belt in 2018, and Iceland’s ever-determined Edda Hannesdottir take to the pontoon with their sights set on securing precious first points towards Tokyo 2020. Men’s preview After three WTS appearances already this year, Germany’s Jonas Schomburg returns to the circuit and will be one to watch if he can put together another strong...

Astana ready to make glittering World Cup debut

Triathlon News - Wed, 16/05/2018 - 21:24
The unique city of Astana is the location for the fifth stop of the 2018 ITU World Cup season, the first ITU World Cup event to be hosted in the Kazakhstan capital. The race is also the first on the WC circuit to offer qualifying points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, after WTS Yokohama opened up the long road to Tokyo for the World Series athletes last weekend. Add in the fact that Astana will also see the first outings for the new-look Asics World Triathlon Team, following the sports company’s new sponsorship of Team ITU at the start of the year, and all the ingredients are in place for a fascinating weekend of racing. The Olympic-distance course takes in the waters and surrounds of the Esil River, including two crossings on each of the six laps of the cycle route before the 3-lap run sees athletes navigate the park on which the famous Astana Music Hall proudly stands. As ever, both the men’s and the women’s races boast extremely strong fields, and with some tight, technical turns on the bikes in particular, there are set to be some new legends written in Kazakhstan on Saturday. Women’s preview A strong Russian contingent lining up at the start of the Astana World Cup will include Elena Danilova, an athlete who always finishes strongly and could be ready to make her return to the World Cup podium for the first time in two years. Another bike specialist, Ukraine’s Yuliya Yelistratova, arrives in Kazakhstan having secured a top-10 finish in Chengdu at the start of the month, while Spain’s Camila Alonso and Anna Godoy, along with Italy’s Angelica Olmo, will also want to build on their positive starts to 2018. Great Britain’s Lucy Hall knows exactly what it takes to win at this level after finishing first in Cape Town last year, and she will hope to bounce back to medal-winning form in Astana. The experienced figures of Hungary’s Zsofia Kovacs and South African Gillian Sanders will also be looking to keep pace with the leaders and make a play for the podium. The first outing of the year for the Asics World Triathlon Team sees Estonia’s Kaidi Kivioja, who already has two top-15 finishes under her belt in 2018, and Iceland’s ever-determined Edda Hannesdottir take to the pontoon with their sights set on securing precious first points towards Tokyo 2020. Men’s preview After three WTS appearances already this year, Germany’s Jonas Schomburg returns to the circuit and will be one to watch if he can put together another strong...

Astana ready to make glittering World Cup debut

Triathlon News - Wed, 16/05/2018 - 21:24
The unique city of Astana is the location for the fifth stop of the 2018 ITU World Cup season, the first ITU World Cup event to be hosted in the Kazakhstan capital. The race is also the first on the WC circuit to offer qualifying points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, after WTS Yokohama opened up the long road to Tokyo for the World Series athletes last weekend. Add in the fact that Astana will also see the first outings for the new-look Asics World Triathlon Team, following the sports company’s new sponsorship of Team ITU at the start of the year, and all the ingredients are in place for a fascinating weekend of racing. The Olympic-distance course takes in the waters and surrounds of the Esil River, including two crossings on each of the six laps of the cycle route before the 3-lap run sees athletes navigate the park on which the famous Astana Music Hall proudly stands. As ever, both the men’s and the women’s races boast extremely strong fields, and with some tight, technical turns on the bikes in particular, there are set to be some new legends written in Kazakhstan on Saturday. Women’s preview A strong Russian contingent lining up at the start of the Astana World Cup will include Elena Danilova, an athlete who always finishes strongly and could be ready to make her return to the World Cup podium for the first time in two years. Another bike specialist, Ukraine’s Yuliya Yelistratova, arrives in Kazakhstan having secured a top-10 finish in Chengdu at the start of the month, while Spain’s Camila Alonso and Anna Godoy, along with Italy’s Angelica Olmo, will also want to build on their positive starts to 2018. Great Britain’s Lucy Hall knows exactly what it takes to win at this level after finishing first in Cape Town last year, and she will hope to bounce back to medal-winning form in Astana. The experienced figures of Hungary’s Zsofia Kovacs and South African Gillian Sanders will also be looking to keep pace with the leaders and make a play for the podium. The first outing of the year for the Asics World Triathlon Team sees Estonia’s Kaidi Kivioja, who already has two top-15 finishes under her belt in 2018, and Iceland’s ever-determined Edda Hannesdottir take to the pontoon with their sights set on securing precious first points towards Tokyo 2020. Men’s preview After three WTS appearances already this year, Germany’s Jonas Schomburg returns to the circuit and will be one to watch if he can put together another strong...

Astana ready to make glittering World Cup debut

Triathlon News - Wed, 16/05/2018 - 21:24
The unique city of Astana is the location for the fifth stop of the 2018 ITU World Cup season, the first ITU World Cup event to be hosted in the Kazakhstan capital. The race is also the first on the WC circuit to offer qualifying points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, after WTS Yokohama opened up the long road to Tokyo for the World Series athletes last weekend. Add in the fact that Astana will also see the first outings for the new-look Asics World Triathlon Team, following the sports company’s new sponsorship of Team ITU at the start of the year, and all the ingredients are in place for a fascinating weekend of racing. The Olympic-distance course takes in the waters and surrounds of the Esil River, including two crossings on each of the six laps of the cycle route before the 3-lap run sees athletes navigate the park on which the famous Astana Music Hall proudly stands. As ever, both the men’s and the women’s races boast extremely strong fields, and with some tight, technical turns on the bikes in particular, there are set to be some new legends written in Kazakhstan on Saturday. Women’s preview A strong Russian contingent lining up at the start of the Astana World Cup will include Elena Danilova, an athlete who always finishes strongly and could be ready to make her return to the World Cup podium for the first time in two years. Another bike specialist, Ukraine’s Yuliya Yelistratova, arrives in Kazakhstan having secured a top-10 finish in Chengdu at the start of the month, while Spain’s Camila Alonso and Anna Godoy, along with Italy’s Angelica Olmo, will also want to build on their positive starts to 2018. Great Britain’s Lucy Hall knows exactly what it takes to win at this level after finishing first in Cape Town last year, and she will hope to bounce back to medal-winning form in Astana. The experienced figures of Hungary’s Zsofia Kovacs and South African Gillian Sanders will also be looking to keep pace with the leaders and make a play for the podium. The first outing of the year for the Asics World Triathlon Team sees Estonia’s Kaidi Kivioja, who already has two top-15 finishes under her belt in 2018, and Iceland’s ever-determined Edda Hannesdottir take to the pontoon with their sights set on securing precious first points towards Tokyo 2020. Men’s preview After three WTS appearances already this year, Germany’s Jonas Schomburg returns to the circuit and will be one to watch if he can put together another strong...

Less than two months until #Fyn2018

Triathlon News - Wed, 16/05/2018 - 18:47
Everything is starting to fall into place with just slightly less that two months untill the second edition of the ITU Multisport World Championships Festival – which, thanks to strong local support by the local bank Fynske Bank, is now officially named Fynske Bank Multisport World Championships Festival.  We’re confident that this partnership will help us fulfill our ambition to provide a world-class experience for all athletes going to Fyn this summer – and we can’t wait to welcome you all in July! Lots of athletes already booked their hotel and flights. If you’re seeking transportation options, we encourage you to visit the ”Getting Here” section on the website. Here you’ll find thorough descriptions on how to get to Odense, Svendborg and Middelfart from the main Danish airports via public transportation or by booking private transport through our shuttle partner Tri-Rejser. We also updated the shuttle section on our website! Hosting the Fynske Bank Multisport World Championships Festival across the beautiful island of Fyn gives all the athletes and spectators an unique opportunity to experience all three unique host cities: Odense, Svendborg and Middelfart. Denmark has excellent public transportation, which connects the island by train and bus. Not keen on going by public transportation in a foreign country? We’ve got you covered! Everyone can book family shuttle through this link. Want to have a closer look at the courses – or maybe even get a taste of the World Championships courses on your home trainer? Good news! We’ve updated the course section on the website with .GPX files of all the courses. Please note, that the courses are still subject to change – we want to make sure the courses provides the best possible conditions for your World Championships experience, so we preserve the right to keep fine tuning and optimize. But don’t worry – all details regarding the courses will be provided in the Athlete Guides. Follow along with all the action on social media. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and don’t forget to share your training progress using the #HighFiveFyn hashtag. See you soon!

Less than two months until #Fyn2018

Triathlon News - Wed, 16/05/2018 - 18:47
Everything is starting to fall into place with just slightly less that two months untill the second edition of the ITU Multisport World Championships Festival – which, thanks to strong local support by the local bank Fynske Bank, is now officially named Fynske Bank Multisport World Championships Festival.  We’re confident that this partnership will help us fulfill our ambition to provide a world-class experience for all athletes going to Fyn this summer – and we can’t wait to welcome you all in July! Lots of athletes already booked their hotel and flights. If you’re seeking transportation options, we encourage you to visit the ”Getting Here” section on the website. Here you’ll find thorough descriptions on how to get to Odense, Svendborg and Middelfart from the main Danish airports via public transportation or by booking private transport through our shuttle partner Tri-Rejser. We also updated the shuttle section on our website! Hosting the Fynske Bank Multisport World Championships Festival across the beautiful island of Fyn gives all the athletes and spectators an unique opportunity to experience all three unique host cities: Odense, Svendborg and Middelfart. Denmark has excellent public transportation, which connects the island by train and bus. Not keen on going by public transportation in a foreign country? We’ve got you covered! Everyone can book family shuttle through this link. Want to have a closer look at the courses – or maybe even get a taste of the World Championships courses on your home trainer? Good news! We’ve updated the course section on the website with .GPX files of all the courses. Please note, that the courses are still subject to change – we want to make sure the courses provides the best possible conditions for your World Championships experience, so we preserve the right to keep fine tuning and optimize. But don’t worry – all details regarding the courses will be provided in the Athlete Guides. Follow along with all the action on social media. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and don’t forget to share your training progress using the #HighFiveFyn hashtag. See you soon!

Less than two months until #Fyn2018

Triathlon News - Wed, 16/05/2018 - 18:47
Everything is starting to fall into place with just slightly less that two months untill the second edition of the ITU Multisport World Championships Festival – which, thanks to strong local support by the local bank Fynske Bank, is now officially named Fynske Bank Multisport World Championships Festival.  We’re confident that this partnership will help us fulfill our ambition to provide a world-class experience for all athletes going to Fyn this summer – and we can’t wait to welcome you all in July! Lots of athletes already booked their hotel and flights. If you’re seeking transportation options, we encourage you to visit the ”Getting Here” section on the website. Here you’ll find thorough descriptions on how to get to Odense, Svendborg and Middelfart from the main Danish airports via public transportation or by booking private transport through our shuttle partner Tri-Rejser. We also updated the shuttle section on our website! Hosting the Fynske Bank Multisport World Championships Festival across the beautiful island of Fyn gives all the athletes and spectators an unique opportunity to experience all three unique host cities: Odense, Svendborg and Middelfart. Denmark has excellent public transportation, which connects the island by train and bus. Not keen on going by public transportation in a foreign country? We’ve got you covered! Everyone can book family shuttle through this link. Want to have a closer look at the courses – or maybe even get a taste of the World Championships courses on your home trainer? Good news! We’ve updated the course section on the website with .GPX files of all the courses. Please note, that the courses are still subject to change – we want to make sure the courses provides the best possible conditions for your World Championships experience, so we preserve the right to keep fine tuning and optimize. But don’t worry – all details regarding the courses will be provided in the Athlete Guides. Follow along with all the action on social media. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and don’t forget to share your training progress using the #HighFiveFyn hashtag. See you soon!

Support young African triathletes on their road to the Olympic glory

Triathlon News - Wed, 16/05/2018 - 05:10
From June 18 to 26, the association of French-speaking triathlon countries, Fratri, will set up a free training camp for the future stars of triathlon within the African continent. As an initiative to get some athletes ready to take part in the Paris 2024 Olympics, the countries of the Francophonie are more than eager to find new talents and support them on their road to the Olympic glory. About twenty athletes born in 2001-2002, selected at the African Championships in Rabat on April 21, will be able to participate in this talent identification camp. They will also have the opportunity to confront the French hopes during the triathlon of Brive. All the selected athletes will be coached without any charge by Swiss and French coaches, while their accommodation will be free of charge for them. Laurent Massias, the French Deputy National Technical Director, will be available for the camp management. But to get there, from Africa, the trip is long and sometimes very expensive. For many of these young athletes, this can be a real challenge, and that’s where the initiative I believe in you comes. Supported by Swiss Triathlon, the campaign is launching a fundraising campaign to co-finance 16 air tickets for the young African triathletes. A participation of CHF 400.- per ticket for a total amount of CHF 6’400 is what is needed, so all contributions are more than welcome. Support these young hopefuls and help them finance the trip to their dream!

Mario Mola collects three-peat win in WTS Yokohama

Triathlon News - Sat, 12/05/2018 - 09:37
Saturday saw yet another WTS performance for the history books as Spain’s Mario Mola delivered a record third successive victory at the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. Mola put in one of the best swims of his career, survived a massive bike pack and then broke away solo to dominate the run section and become the first man in WTS history to record a trio of back-to-back wins in Yokohama. “That was probably one of the best swims I have ever had, I am so happy with that. It really makes the race completely different,” said Mola after his win. The Spaniard, who went out on his own in the opening strides of the run, said of his strategy; “It was one of those things that you only do once you are in the race and you see people around you. I was feeling good, I was feeling strong, so I decided to push from the beginning and see what happens.” The Yokohama win was Mola’s first WTS gold of the 2018 season, leaving him top of the Series rankings. “Obviously, it hasn’t been the easiest three weeks. Seeing Carol (Routier) fighting after the accident, it was unbelievable. Everyone around me was making me feel very strong in order to be close to her, so this obviously goes to Carol,” said Mola, speaking of his girlfriend who was recently involved in biking accident. The silver and bronze medals went to two men equally eager to get back onto the WTS podium, Australia’s Jacob Birtwhistle outsprinting Spaniard Fernando Alarza to take second place and secure his first WTS podium since July 2017. Bronze for Alarza was his first WTS podium finish since June last year. Birtwhistle said of his sprint finish, “I was pretty spent, this was my first Olympic distance race since November. I didn’t really know what to expect going in since I have been training solo the last couple of months. It’s great to be back on a start list again and to finish it up. I have started to become an expert at the sprint finish at the end, so I guess I am qualified to say that it is the hardest way to do it. I just had to dig deep, I was suffering in the middle but I just held on.” The men lined up following the women’s race, with both events beginning the fight for qualifying points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Diving into the water, Richard Varga (SVK) returned to form to led for the full 1.5km, exiting the swim in first place for the 24th time in his career. He was anything but alone, however, as almost the entire field climbed the ramp out of the water and...

Mario Mola collects three-peat win in WTS Yokohama

Triathlon News - Sat, 12/05/2018 - 09:37
Saturday saw yet another WTS performance for the history books as Spain’s Mario Mola delivered a record third successive victory at the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. Mola put in one of the best swims of his career, survived a massive bike pack and then broke away solo to dominate the run section and become the first man in WTS history to record a trio of back-to-back wins in Yokohama. “That was probably one of the best swims I have ever had, I am so happy with that. It really makes the race completely different,” said Mola after his win. The Spaniard, who went out on his own in the opening strides of the run, said of his strategy; “It was one of those things that you only do once you are in the race and you see people around you. I was feeling good, I was feeling strong, so I decided to push from the beginning and see what happens.” The Yokohama win was Mola’s first WTS gold of the 2018 season, leaving him top of the Series rankings. “Obviously, it hasn’t been the easiest three weeks. Seeing Carol (Routier) fighting after the accident, it was unbelievable. Everyone around me was making me feel very strong in order to be close to her, so this obviously goes to Carol,” said Mola, speaking of his girlfriend who was recently involved in biking accident. The silver and bronze medals went to two men equally eager to get back onto the WTS podium, Australia’s Jacob Birtwhistle outsprinting Spaniard Fernando Alarza to take second place and secure his first WTS podium since July 2017. Bronze for Alarza was his first WTS podium finish since June last year. Birtwhistle said of his sprint finish, “I was pretty spent, this was my first Olympic distance race since November. I didn’t really know what to expect going in since I have been training solo the last couple of months. It’s great to be back on a start list again and to finish it up. I have started to become an expert at the sprint finish at the end, so I guess I am qualified to say that it is the hardest way to do it. I just had to dig deep, I was suffering in the middle but I just held on.” The men lined up following the women’s race, with both events beginning the fight for qualifying points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Diving into the water, Richard Varga (SVK) returned to form to led for the full 1.5km, exiting the swim in first place for the 24th time in his career. He was anything but alone, however, as almost the entire field climbed the ramp out of the water and...

Mario Mola collects a three-peat win in WTS Yokohama

Triathlon News - Sat, 12/05/2018 - 09:37
Another performance for the history books as Spaniard Mario Mola delivered a three-peat victory at the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. After putting up one of his best swims of his career, surviving a massive bike pack and then breaking away in a dominating run, Mola became the first man in WTS history to ever win in Yokohama for three consecutive years. “This has been probably one of the best swims I have had, I am so happy with that. It really makes the race completely different,” Mola said of his win. The Spaniard, who went solo in the first meters of the run, said of his strategy that “It was one of those things that you only do once you are in the race and you see people around you. I was feeling good, I was feeling strong so I decided to push from the beginning and see what happens.” The Yokohama win also was his first WTS gold of the 2018 season, which meant that he will remain as the current frontrunner in the Series rankings. “I am really happy. Obviously, it hasn’t been the easiest three weeks. Seeing Carol (Routier) fighting after the accident, it was unbelievable. Everyone around me was making me feel very strong in order to be close to her, so this obviously goes to Carol,” said Mola speaking of his girlfriend who was involved in bike accident after being hit by a car. The silver and bronze medal went to two men eager to get back on the WTS podium. Aussie Jacob Birtwhistle outsprinted Spaniard Fernando Alarza in the final moments to finish second, his first WTS podium since July 2017. The bronze for Alarza was also his first since June of 2017. Birtwhistle commented on his energy for a sprint finish, “I was pretty spent. This was my first Olympic distance race since November. I was going in and I didn’t really know what to expect since I have been training solo the last couple months. It’s great to be back on a start list again and to finish it up. I have started to become an expert at the sprint finish at the end, I guess I am qualified to say that it is the hardest way to do it. I just had to dig deep, I was suffering in the middle but I just held on.” The men lined up directly following the women’s race, which officially signaled the beginning of the fight for qualifying points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Diving into the water, Richard Varga (SVK) returned to his form and led through the full 1500 metres. He exited the swim in the lead for the 24th time in his career. However, Varga was anything but...

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