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Hewitt wins WTS season opener in epic sprint finish

Triathlon News - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 16:33
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series officially debuted with an exciting and emotional sprint finish that saw New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt take the gold at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi. Hewitt’s win was a long time coming as her victory was dedicated to her beloved and talented fiancé, the late Laurent Vidal, who was honoured after his passing with the number one position in the same venue just one year ago. “It was an amazing race for me, it is amazing coming here to Abu Dhabi for me. Last year the number one spot was dedicated to Laurent and this year I am dedicating to Laurent. I raced two weeks ago, my race of this year in Tiga and I won. So I knew I was coming here really fit. Laurent always told me that I had everything, I had the dedication, I had the integrity, I had talent and he told me the one thing I was missing was emotion and I didn’t show it a lot of the time,” Hewitt said through tears. “I have to say thank you to Maddie Dillon, she has been beside me for one year and knows exactly what I am going through and my friends, my family I just want to thank everyone.” Earning the silver medal was Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson, who was edged out by Hewitt by just an inch in an epic sprint battle that came down to the wire. Third place went to Austria’s Sara Vilic, who stepped onto the WTS podium for the very first time. “Coming on that straight, Andrea was the stronger one, I was stronger on the hills. To be honest, I’m just ecstatic me and Andrea got on the podium. The amount of work we did all day, if I was going to lose to a sprint finish, I’m glad it was Andrea today,” said Stimpson of her strong performance. “I can’t thank my family enough for getting me through that last year. That one was for my sister, she’s been my rock through this, and I couldn’t have done this without her.”           The women started with a two-lap swim, first tackling a long 900-metre lap before climbing onto the pontoon to dive into the water again for a shorter 600m swim. A small group of women used the first longer lap to gain a slight lead right off the bat. Spaniard Carolina Routier along with Summer Cook (USA), Katie Zaferes (USA) and Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS) paved the way in the water. The group of four exited the swim for the first transition zone, while the entire field followed 20 seconds behind. It took only a couple of kilometres on the start of the bike for a lead pack to form....

Hewitt wins WTS season opener in epic sprint finish

Triathlon News - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 16:33
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series officially debuted with an exciting and emotional sprint finish that saw New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt take the gold at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi. Hewitt’s win was a long time coming as her victory was dedicated to her beloved and talented fiancé, the late Laurent Vidal, who was honoured after his passing with the number one position in the same venue just one year ago. “It was an amazing race for me, it is amazing coming here to Abu Dhabi for me. Last year the number one spot was dedicated to Laurent and this year I am dedicating to Laurent. I raced two weeks ago, my race of this year in Tiga and I won. So I knew I was coming here really fit. Laurent always told me that I had everything, I had the dedication, I had the integrity, I had talent and he told me the one thing I was missing was emotion and I didn’t show it a lot of the time,” Hewitt said through tears. “I have to say thank you to Maddie Dillon, she has been beside me for one year and knows exactly what I am going through and my friends, my family I just want to thank everyone.” Earning the silver medal was Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson, who was edged out by Hewitt by just an inch in an epic sprint battle that came down to the wire. Third place went to Austria’s Sara Vilic, who stepped onto the WTS podium for the very first time. “Coming on that straight, Andrea was the stronger one, I was stronger on the hills. To be honest, I’m just ecstatic me and Andrea got on the podium. The amount of work we did all day, if I was going to lose to a sprint finish, I’m glad it was Andrea today,” said Stimpson of her strong performance. “I can’t thank my family enough for getting me through that last year. That one was for my sister, she’s been my rock through this, and I couldn’t have done this without her.”           The women started with a two-lap swim, first tackling a long 900-metre lap before climbing onto the pontoon to dive into the water again for a shorter 600m swim. A small group of women used the first longer lap to gain a slight lead right off the bat. Spaniard Carolina Routier along with Summer Cook (USA), Katie Zaferes (USA) and Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS) paved the way in the water. The group of four exited the swim for the first transition zone, while the entire field followed 20 seconds behind. It took only a couple of kilometres on the start of the bike for a lead pack to form....

Hewitt wins WTS season opener in epic sprint finish

Triathlon News - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 16:33
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series officially debuted with an exciting and emotional sprint finish that saw New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt take the gold at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi. Hewitt’s win was a long time coming as her victory was dedicated to her beloved and talented fiancé, the late Laurent Vidal, who was honoured after his passing with the number one position in the same venue just one year ago. “It was an amazing race for me, it is amazing coming here to Abu Dhabi for me. Last year the number one spot was dedicated to Laurent and this year I am dedicating to Laurent. I raced two weeks ago, my race of this year in Tiga and I won. So I knew I was coming here really fit. Laurent always told me that I had everything, I had the dedication, I had the integrity, I had talent and he told me the one thing I was missing was emotion and I didn’t show it a lot of the time,” Hewitt said through tears. “I have to say thank you to Maddie Dillon, she has been beside me for one year and knows exactly what I am going through and my friends, my family I just want to thank everyone.” Earning the silver medal was Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson, who was edged out by Hewitt by just an inch in an epic sprint battle that came down to the wire. Third place went to Austria’s Sara Vilic, who stepped onto the WTS podium for the very first time. “Coming on that straight, Andrea was the stronger one, I was stronger on the hills. To be honest, I’m just ecstatic me and Andrea got on the podium. The amount of work we did all day, if I was going to lose to a sprint finish, I’m glad it was Andrea today,” said Stimpson of her strong performance. “I can’t thank my family enough for getting me through that last year. That one was for my sister, she’s been my rock through this, and I couldn’t have done this without her.”           The women started with a two-lap swim, first tackling a long 900-metre lap before climbing onto the pontoon to dive into the water again for a shorter 600m swim. A small group of women used the first longer lap to gain a slight lead right off the bat. Spaniard Carolina Routier along with Summer Cook (USA), Katie Zaferes (USA) and Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS) paved the way in the water. The group of four exited the swim for the first transition zone, while the entire field followed 20 seconds behind. It took only a couple of kilometres on the start of the bike for a lead pack to form....

Hewitt wins WTS season opener in epic sprint finish

Triathlon News - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 16:33
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series officially debuted with an exciting and emotional sprint finish that saw New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt take the gold at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi. Hewitt’s win was a long time coming as her victory was dedicated to her beloved and talented fiancé, the late Laurent Vidal, who was honoured after his passing with the number one position in the same venue just one year ago. “It was an amazing race for me, it is amazing coming here to Abu Dhabi for me. Last year the number one spot was dedicated to Laurent and this year I am dedicating to Laurent. I raced two weeks ago, my race of this year in Tiga and I won. So I knew I was coming here really fit. Laurent always told me that I had everything, I had the dedication, I had the integrity, I had talent and he told me the one thing I was missing was emotion and I didn’t show it a lot of the time,” Hewitt said through tears. “I have to say thank you to Maddie Dillon, she has been beside me for one year and knows exactly what I am going through and my friends, my family I just want to thank everyone.” Earning the silver medal was Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson, who was edged out by Hewitt by just an inch in an epic sprint battle that came down to the wire. Third place went to Austria’s Sara Vilic, who stepped onto the WTS podium for the very first time. “Coming on that straight, Andrea was the stronger one, I was stronger on the hills. To be honest, I’m just ecstatic me and Andrea got on the podium. The amount of work we did all day, if I was going to lose to a sprint finish, I’m glad it was Andrea today,” said Stimpson of her strong performance. “I can’t thank my family enough for getting me through that last year. That one was for my sister, she’s been my rock through this, and I couldn’t have done this without her.”           The women started with a two-lap swim, first tackling a long 900-metre lap before climbing onto the pontoon to dive into the water again for a shorter 600m swim. A small group of women used the first longer lap to gain a slight lead right off the bat. Spaniard Carolina Routier along with Summer Cook (USA), Katie Zaferes (USA) and Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS) paved the way in the water. The group of four exited the swim for the first transition zone, while the entire field followed 20 seconds behind. It took only a couple of kilometres on the start of the bike for a lead pack to form....

Hewitt wins WTS season opener in epic sprint finish

Triathlon News - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 16:33
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series officially debuted with an exciting and emotional sprint finish that saw New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt take the gold at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi. Hewitt’s win was a long time coming as her victory was dedicated to her beloved and talented fiancé, the late Laurent Vidal, who was honoured after his passing with the number one position in the same venue just one year ago. “It was an amazing race for me, it is amazing coming here to Abu Dhabi for me. Last year the number one spot was dedicated to Laurent and this year I am dedicating to Laurent. I raced two weeks ago, my race of this year in Tiga and I won. So I knew I was coming here really fit. Laurent always told me that I had everything, I had the dedication, I had the integrity, I had talent and he told me the one thing I was missing was emotion and I didn’t show it a lot of the time,” Hewitt said through tears. “I have to say thank you to Maddie Dillon, she has been beside me for one year and knows exactly what I am going through and my friends, my family I just want to thank everyone.” Earning the silver medal was Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson, who was edged out by Hewitt by just an inch in an epic sprint battle that came down to the wire. Third place went to Austria’s Sara Vilic, who stepped onto the WTS podium for the very first time. “Coming on that straight, Andrea was the stronger one, I was stronger on the hills. To be honest, I’m just ecstatic me and Andrea got on the podium. The amount of work we did all day, if I was going to lose to a sprint finish, I’m glad it was Andrea today,” said Stimpson of her strong performance. “I can’t thank my family enough for getting me through that last year. That one was for my sister, she’s been my rock through this, and I couldn’t have done this without her.”           The women started with a two-lap swim, first tackling a long 900-metre lap before climbing onto the pontoon to dive into the water again for a shorter 600m swim. A small group of women used the first longer lap to gain a slight lead right off the bat. Spaniard Carolina Routier along with Summer Cook (USA), Katie Zaferes (USA) and Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS) paved the way in the water. The group of four exited the swim for the first transition zone, while the entire field followed 20 seconds behind. It took only a couple of kilometres on the start of the bike for a lead pack to form....

ITU opens bidding for the 2018 and 2019 Winter Triathlon World Championships

Triathlon News - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 16:55
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce that it has opened bidding for Winter Triathlon World Cups and World Championships in 2018 and 2019. “Winter Triathlon is not only ideal for all triathletes looking to keep up their training in the winter, but also provides a great opportunity for winter sport aficionados to cross over into triathlon,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “Triathlon is a sport that be contested by all ages, genders, nationalities and in every season.” The bidding is open for all National Federations and cities interested in hosting the premier races of a sport that welcomes the idea that the colder the better. Triathletes from all over the world will contest the winter sport over a 6km run, 12km mountain bike and 9.6km ski course. The first ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships were first held in Mals, Italy, in 1997, and has since gained attraction every, with thousands of athletes participating in the sport. Cities interested in hosting the 2018 or 2019 World Championships, or the World Cup races, must submit their bid documents before March 31. ITU will announce the winning cities on April 20. For more on the Bid Document, click here

ITU opens bidding for the 2018 and 2019 Winter Triathlon World Championships

Triathlon News - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 16:55
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce that it has opened bidding for Winter Triathlon World Cups and World Championships in 2018 and 2019. “Winter Triathlon is not only ideal for all triathletes looking to keep up their training in the winter, but also provides a great opportunity for winter sport aficionados to cross over into triathlon,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “Triathlon is a sport that be contested by all ages, genders, nationalities and in every season.” The bidding is open for all National Federations and cities interested in hosting the premier races of a sport that welcomes the idea that the colder the better. Triathletes from all over the world will contest the winter sport over a 6km run, 12km mountain bike and 9.6km ski course. The first ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships were first held in Mals, Italy, in 1997, and has since gained attraction every, with thousands of athletes participating in the sport. Cities interested in hosting the 2018 or 2019 World Championships, or the World Cup races, must submit their bid documents before March 31. ITU will announce the winning cities on April 20. For more on the Bid Document, click here

All the chatter from the #WTSAbuDhabi Press Conference

Triathlon News - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 11:20
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series debuts this weekend in Abu Dhabi, bringing the top triathletes from all over the world to compete in a brand new course that will stretch over the famed Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix course. With the men racing on Saturday after the women kick start the season on Friday, Jodie Stimpson, Mario Mola and Javier Gomez Noya talked on the press conference on their feelings about the new season that is just beginning and their expectations for the race. Jodie Stimpson On the changes that she has experienced in the last few months… “There’s definitely a few changes for me. There’s been a change coachwise, a few challenges and a lot of learning for myself in training in a completely different way. Really positive changes, and I’m really looking forward the race”. On the new course in Abu Dhabi, and returning here where she won last year… “As an athlete you try to prepare the best you can for each race. This new course will definitely be a test, technically, for all athletes. You really have to be very on it on the bike course”. On the disappointment of not going to Rio… “Missing the Rio Games was disappointing but is also positive, because I don’t wanna miss another big championship. In 2016 I started the year really strong, but we have so many great athletes in my country. And the race in which I had to perform, she (Helen Jenkins) performed better and she deserved it. It was disappointing because I was so close to be in the Olympics, but now I’m using it as a huge motivation. I’ll try to qualify for the Commonwealth Games next year and also for Tokyo 2020”. Mario Mola On the pressure on him as a two-time champion in Abu Dhabi… “I really don’t feel much pressure, is rather a motivation to keep trying things as I’ve done in the past. For me it’s great to start the season here in Abu Dhabi. Is a whole new season, with lots of challenges, and a motivation to try to do the same this year”. On having eaten too much birthday cake lately…. “I’ve been eating too much lately, but on the other hand, I’m training more to burn those calories out. The more you eat, the more you have to train, so the better”. Javier Gomez Noya On the excitement of returning to competition… “I’m really excited to be here racing again an a ITU WTS race”. On his win on the Dubai 70.3 Challenge a few weeks ago… “It was a good way to start the season, a totally different race. It had nothing to do with this race in Abu...

All the chatter from the #WTSAbuDhabi Press Conference

Triathlon News - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 11:20
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series debuts this weekend in Abu Dhabi, bringing the top triathletes from all over the world to compete in a brand new course that will stretch over the famed Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix course. With the men racing on Saturday after the women kick start the season on Friday, Jodie Stimpson, Mario Mola and Javier Gomez Noya talked on the press conference on their feelings about the new season that is just beginning and their expectations for the race. Jodie Stimpson On the changes that she has experienced in the last few months… “There’s definitely a few changes for me. There’s been a change coachwise, a few challenges and a lot of learning for myself in training in a completely different way. Really positive changes, and I’m really looking forward the race”. On the new course in Abu Dhabi, and returning here where she won last year… “As an athlete you try to prepare the best you can for each race. This new course will definitely be a test, technically, for all athletes. You really have to be very on it on the bike course”. On the disappointment of not going to Rio… “Missing the Rio Games was disappointing but is also positive, because I don’t wanna miss another big championship. In 2016 I started the year really strong, but we have so many great athletes in my country. And the race in which I had to perform, she (Helen Jenkins) performed better and she deserved it. It was disappointing because I was so close to be in the Olympics, but now I’m using it as a huge motivation. I’ll try to qualify for the Commonwealth Games next year and also for Tokyo 2020”. Mario Mola On the pressure on him as a two-time champion in Abu Dhabi… “I really don’t feel much pressure, is rather a motivation to keep trying things as I’ve done in the past. For me it’s great to start the season here in Abu Dhabi. Is a whole new season, with lots of challenges, and a motivation to try to do the same this year”. On having eaten too much birthday cake lately…. “I’ve been eating too much lately, but on the other hand, I’m training more to burn those calories out. The more you eat, the more you have to train, so the better”. Javier Gomez Noya On the excitement of returning to competition… “I’m really excited to be here racing again an a ITU WTS race”. On his win on the Dubai 70.3 Challenge a few weeks ago… “It was a good way to start the season, a totally different race. It had nothing to do with this race in Abu...

Strong men’s roster showing up for 2017 WTS opener

Triathlon News - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 14:00
The 2017 World Triathlon Series debuts this weekend, bringing the top triathletes from all over the world to compete in the most prestigious nine-stop tour event for the sport. For the third consecutive year, the Series will begin in the Middle Eastern nation of the United Arab Emirates, with the elites racing in the capital city for the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi. For the second time Abu Dhabi is offering up a standard-distance event, but debuting a brand new course that is sure to add to the excitement of a new season beginning. The women will compete first as the horn goes off on Friday, March 3 at 15:55pm. While the men will be competing the same time the following day on Saturday, March 4. This year’s men’s roster is not missing a beat as all the star-studded talent is returning to be in on the action, including a very strong field to showcase the season-opener in Abu Dhabi. Wearing the golden number one to start out the season is the reigning ITU World Champion, Mario Mola (ESP). Last year Mola had a storybook journey to earn his first-ever World Title after winning four WTS events and getting on the podium for a fifth one. Then a fifth-place finish in the Cozumel Grand Final landed him enough points to take the crown. So, as he begins his WTS season this Saturday, he will officially begin his trek to reclaim the ITU thrown. But if Mola is looking to start the year with the same success, Abu Dhabi is the best place to start. Mola is undefeated on the Abu Dhabi course as he has claimed the gold in both of the existing events from the last two years, so as he lines up this weekend he will be trying to defend the possibility of a three-peat and keep his undefeated streak intact!  But Mola isn’t the only Spaniard that is expected to make headlines this year. Fernando Alarza had his best season to date last year and will undoubtedly be looking to follow it up with more. He made it onto three WTS podiums, including his first-career victory that came in Cape Town. The WTS win also solidified his place on the men’s Spanish Olympic team where Alarza debuted in his first Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He really excelled in his running abilities last year, so it is likely that he will be collecting some hardware this season. And then the triathlon world is highly anticipating the return of Spaniard Javier Gomez Noya to the WTS calendar. Gomez was secured to compete in the Rio Olympic Games and was starting out his competition...

Strong men’s roster shows up for 2017 WTS opener

Triathlon News - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 14:00
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series debuts this weekend, bringing the top triathletes from all over the world to compete in the most prestigious nine-stop tour event for the sport. For the third consecutive year, the Series will begin in the Middle Eastern nation of the United Arab Emirates, with the men racing on Saturday after the women kick start the season on Friday. For the second time Abu Dhabi is offering up a standard-distance event, but debuting a brand new course that will stretch over the famed Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix course - a new feature that is sure to add to the excitement of a new season. The women will compete first as the horn goes off on Friday, March 3 at 15:55pm. While the men will be competing the same time the following day on Saturday, March 4. This year’s opening roster is roaring with talent in Abu Dhabi. Wearing the golden number one to start out the season is the reigning ITU World Champion, Mario Mola (ESP). Last year Mola had a storybook journey to earn his first-ever World Championship title after winning four WTS events. Then a fifth-place finish in the Cozumel Grand Final landed him enough points to take the crown. As he begins his WTS season this Saturday, he will officially begin his trek to reclaim the ITU throne. But if Mola is looking to start the year with the same success, Abu Dhabi is the best place to start. Mola is undefeated on the Abu Dhabi course as he has claimed the gold in each of the last two years.  Mola isn’t the only Spaniard that is expected to make headlines this year. And then the triathlon world is highly anticipating the return of Spaniard Javier Gomez Noya to the WTS calendar. Gomez was secured to compete in the Rio Olympic Games and was starting out his competition year looking strong. He won the ETU European Championships in Lisbon and placed fourth in WTS Leeds. He then unfortunately suffered an injury while cycling on a training session that caused him to have to pull out from Rio and the rest of the WTS season. Suffice it to say, everyone eagerly awaits the return of the five-time ITU World Champion. Mola and Gomez’ teammate Fernando Alarza had his best season to date last year and will undoubtedly be looking to follow it up with more. He made it onto three WTS podiums, including his first-career victory in Cape Town. South Africa has two strong men that have performed well across the board. Richard Murray and Henri Schoeman have put their nation on the map and are...

Strong men’s roster shows up for 2017 WTS opener

Triathlon News - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 14:00
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series debuts this weekend, bringing the top triathletes from all over the world to compete in the most prestigious nine-stop tour event for the sport. For the third consecutive year, the Series will begin in the Middle Eastern nation of the United Arab Emirates, with the men racing on Saturday after the women kick start the season on Friday. For the second time Abu Dhabi is offering up a standard-distance event, but debuting a brand new course that will stretch over the famed Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix course - a new feature that is sure to add to the excitement of a new season. The women will compete first as the horn goes off on Friday, March 3 at 15:55pm. While the men will be competing the same time the following day on Saturday, March 4. This year’s opening roster is roaring with talent in Abu Dhabi. Wearing the golden number one to start out the season is the reigning ITU World Champion, Mario Mola (ESP). Last year Mola had a storybook journey to earn his first-ever World Championship title after winning four WTS events. Then a fifth-place finish in the Cozumel Grand Final landed him enough points to take the crown. As he begins his WTS season this Saturday, he will officially begin his trek to reclaim the ITU throne. But if Mola is looking to start the year with the same success, Abu Dhabi is the best place to start. Mola is undefeated on the Abu Dhabi course as he has claimed the gold in each of the last two years.  Mola isn’t the only Spaniard that is expected to make headlines this year. And then the triathlon world is highly anticipating the return of Spaniard Javier Gomez Noya to the WTS calendar. Gomez was secured to compete in the Rio Olympic Games and was starting out his competition year looking strong. He won the ETU European Championships in Lisbon and placed fourth in WTS Leeds. He then unfortunately suffered an injury while cycling on a training session that caused him to have to pull out from Rio and the rest of the WTS season. Suffice it to say, everyone eagerly awaits the return of the five-time ITU World Champion. Mola and Gomez’ teammate Fernando Alarza had his best season to date last year and will undoubtedly be looking to follow it up with more. He made it onto three WTS podiums, including his first-career victory in Cape Town. South Africa has two strong men that have performed well across the board. Richard Murray and Henri Schoeman have put their nation on the map and are...

Strong men’s roster shows up for 2017 WTS opener

Triathlon News - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 14:00
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series debuts this weekend, bringing the top triathletes from all over the world to compete in the most prestigious nine-stop tour event for the sport. For the third consecutive year, the Series will begin in the Middle Eastern nation of the United Arab Emirates, with the men racing on Saturday after the women kick start the season on Friday. For the second time Abu Dhabi is offering up a standard-distance event, but debuting a brand new course that will stretch over the famed Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix course - a new feature that is sure to add to the excitement of a new season. The women will compete first as the horn goes off on Friday, March 3 at 15:55pm. While the men will be competing the same time the following day on Saturday, March 4. This year’s opening roster is roaring with talent in Abu Dhabi. Wearing the golden number one to start out the season is the reigning ITU World Champion, Mario Mola (ESP). Last year Mola had a storybook journey to earn his first-ever World Championship title after winning four WTS events. Then a fifth-place finish in the Cozumel Grand Final landed him enough points to take the crown. As he begins his WTS season this Saturday, he will officially begin his trek to reclaim the ITU throne. But if Mola is looking to start the year with the same success, Abu Dhabi is the best place to start. Mola is undefeated on the Abu Dhabi course as he has claimed the gold in each of the last two years.  Mola isn’t the only Spaniard that is expected to make headlines this year. And then the triathlon world is highly anticipating the return of Spaniard Javier Gomez Noya to the WTS calendar. Gomez was secured to compete in the Rio Olympic Games and was starting out his competition year looking strong. He won the ETU European Championships in Lisbon and placed fourth in WTS Leeds. He then unfortunately suffered an injury while cycling on a training session that caused him to have to pull out from Rio and the rest of the WTS season. Suffice it to say, everyone eagerly awaits the return of the five-time ITU World Champion. Mola and Gomez’ teammate Fernando Alarza had his best season to date last year and will undoubtedly be looking to follow it up with more. He made it onto three WTS podiums, including his first-career victory in Cape Town. South Africa has two strong men that have performed well across the board. Richard Murray and Henri Schoeman have put their nation on the map and are...

Strong men’s roster showing up for 2017 WTS opener

Triathlon News - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 14:00
The 2017 World Triathlon Series debuts this weekend, bringing the top triathletes from all over the world to compete in the most prestigious nine-stop tour event for the sport. For the third consecutive year, the Series will begin in the Middle Eastern nation of the United Arab Emirates, with the elites racing in the capital city for the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi. For the second time Abu Dhabi is offering up a standard-distance event, but debuting a brand new course that is sure to add to the excitement of a new season beginning. The women will compete first as the horn goes off on Friday, March 3 at 15:55pm. While the men will be competing the same time the following day on Saturday, March 4. This year’s men’s roster is not missing a beat as all the star-studded talent is returning to be in on the action, including a very strong field to showcase the season-opener in Abu Dhabi. Wearing the golden number one to start out the season is the reigning ITU World Champion, Mario Mola (ESP). Last year Mola had a storybook journey to earn his first-ever World Title after winning four WTS events and getting on the podium for a fifth one. Then a fifth-place finish in the Cozumel Grand Final landed him enough points to take the crown. So, as he begins his WTS season this Saturday, he will officially begin his trek to reclaim the ITU thrown. But if Mola is looking to start the year with the same success, Abu Dhabi is the best place to start. Mola is undefeated on the Abu Dhabi course as he has claimed the gold in both of the existing events from the last two years, so as he lines up this weekend he will be trying to defend the possibility of a three-peat and keep his undefeated streak intact!  But Mola isn’t the only Spaniard that is expected to make headlines this year. Fernando Alarza had his best season to date last year and will undoubtedly be looking to follow it up with more. He made it onto three WTS podiums, including his first-career victory that came in Cape Town. The WTS win also solidified his place on the men’s Spanish Olympic team where Alarza debuted in his first Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He really excelled in his running abilities last year, so it is likely that he will be collecting some hardware this season. And then the triathlon world is highly anticipating the return of Spaniard Javier Gomez Noya to the WTS calendar. Gomez was secured to compete in the Rio Olympic Games and was starting out his competition year...

Abu Dhabi brings the heat to open up the 2017 WTS season

Triathlon News - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 11:05
The World Triathlon Series, triathlon’s premier competition event is once again upon us as the sport’s top elite athletes are scheduled to line up this weekend for the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi. For the third consecutive year, the Middle Eastern nation will host the opening event of the Series, with this year offering up a brand new standard-distance course. The women kick start the year first as the horn goes off on Friday, March 3 at 15:55pm. While a list of women will be missing from the field due to the happy news of pregnancy and growing families, this year’s roster is still stacked full of stars that are eager to get the season underway. One includes the Abu Dhabi reigning champion, Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson. Stimpson came busting out of the gates last year by winning in Abu Dhabi and then following up with a world cup win in Mooloolaba. She found the WTS podium again in Cape Town and ended up with a seventh overall ranking in the Series. She is expected to perform big this year and will be gunning for a back-to-back Abu Dhabi gold. Finishing third overall in the 2016 ITU rankings was Ai Ueda (JPN). Ueda is one of the most consistent athletes on the circuit, performing well across the board. She also thrives on racing frequently since last year she competed in every WTS race except for Edmonton. The U.S. may be missing its Olympic gold medallist, Gwen Jorgensen, this year, but that doesn’t mean they are starving for talent. Katie Zaferes and Sarah True have always been two of the leading USA women, but in the last few seasons, new faces such as Summer Cook, Kirsten Kasper and Renee Tomlin have entered the game and proved that the U.S. women’s team is the one to watch. Another rising star is Aussie Charlotte McShane, who earned her first WTS podium in Cozumel last year. McShane was the 2014 U23 World Champion and trains with the Wollongong Wizards, so she knows what it takes to compete. Other returning women to watch out for again this year is New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt and the Netherland’s Rachel Klamer. Hewitt earned the bronze in the Gold Coast and the silver in Stockholm last year and still remains as one of the most consistent and all around best athletes in the field. While Klamer had a standout performance in Hamburg last year and made it onto her first WTS podium with a second place finish.  Click here for the full women’s start list The women will get the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi...

Women bring the heat to start the 2017 WTS in Abu Dhabi

Triathlon News - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 11:05
The World Triathlon Series, triathlon’s premier competition circuit, is once again upon us as the sport’s top elite athletes are scheduled to line up this weekend for the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi. For the third consecutive year, the Middle Eastern nation will host the opening event of the Series, with this year offering up a brand new standard-distance course. The women kick start the year on Friday, March 3 at 15:55pm. This year’s roster is still stacked full of stars that are eager to get the season underway. One includes the Abu Dhabi reigning champion, Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson. Stimpson came busting out of the gates last year by winning in Abu Dhabi and then following up with a World Cup win in Mooloolaba. She found her way to the WTS podium again in Cape Town and ended up with a seventh overall ranking in the Series despite pulling out of the last race of the year with injury. She is expected to perform big this year and will be gunning for a back-to-back Abu Dhabi gold. Finishing third overall in the 2016 ITU rankings was Ai Ueda (JPN). Ueda is one of the most consistent athletes on the circuit, performing well across the board. She also thrives on racing frequently since last year she competed in every WTS race except for Edmonton, and does well in hot conditions. Right up with her in terms of both talent and consistency is Andrea Hewitt (NZL). This technical bike course is well suited to her exceptional cycling skills, so keep an eye on the Kiwi this weekend. Hewitt earned the bronze in the Gold Coast and the silver in Stockholm last year and still remains as one of the most consistent and all around best athletes in the field. The U.S. may be missing its Olympic gold medallist, Gwen Jorgensen, this year, but they are still loaded with talent. Katie Zaferes and Sarah True have always been two of the leading USA women, but in the last few seasons, new faces such as Summer Cook, Kirsten Kasper and Renee Tomlin have entered the game and proved that the U.S. women’s team is the one to watch. Another rising star is Aussie Charlotte McShane, who earned her first WTS podium in Cozumel last year. McShane was the 2014 U23 World Champion and trains with the Wollongong Wizards, so she knows what it takes to compete. McShane is also one to push the pace on the bike, and will likely take a spot in the lead pack around the course, which stretches over the Formula 1 track. Another returning woman to watch out for is the...

Women bring the heat to start the 2017 WTS in Abu Dhabi

Triathlon News - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 11:05
The World Triathlon Series, triathlon’s premier competition circuit, is once again upon us as the sport’s top elite athletes are scheduled to line up this weekend for the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi. For the third consecutive year, the Middle Eastern nation will host the opening event of the Series, with this year offering up a brand new standard-distance course. The women kick start the year on Friday, March 3 at 15:55pm. This year’s roster is still stacked full of stars that are eager to get the season underway. One includes the Abu Dhabi reigning champion, Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson. Stimpson came busting out of the gates last year by winning in Abu Dhabi and then following up with a World Cup win in Mooloolaba. She found her way to the WTS podium again in Cape Town and ended up with a seventh overall ranking in the Series despite pulling out of the last race of the year with injury. She is expected to perform big this year and will be gunning for a back-to-back Abu Dhabi gold. Finishing third overall in the 2016 ITU rankings was Ai Ueda (JPN). Ueda is one of the most consistent athletes on the circuit, performing well across the board. She also thrives on racing frequently since last year she competed in every WTS race except for Edmonton, and does well in hot conditions. Right up with her in terms of both talent and consistency is Andrea Hewitt (NZL). This technical bike course is well suited to her exceptional cycling skills, so keep an eye on the Kiwi this weekend. Hewitt earned the bronze in the Gold Coast and the silver in Stockholm last year and still remains as one of the most consistent and all around best athletes in the field. The U.S. may be missing its Olympic gold medallist, Gwen Jorgensen, this year, but they are still loaded with talent. Katie Zaferes and Sarah True have always been two of the leading USA women, but in the last few seasons, new faces such as Summer Cook, Kirsten Kasper and Renee Tomlin have entered the game and proved that the U.S. women’s team is the one to watch. Another rising star is Aussie Charlotte McShane, who earned her first WTS podium in Cozumel last year. McShane was the 2014 U23 World Champion and trains with the Wollongong Wizards, so she knows what it takes to compete. McShane is also one to push the pace on the bike, and will likely take a spot in the lead pack around the course, which stretches over the Formula 1 track. Another returning woman to watch out for is the...

USA claims victories in Cuba, while Canada astonishes in WinterTri

Triathlon News - Mon, 27/02/2017 - 16:15
The astonishing Malecón of Havana this weekend hosted the CAMTRI Middle Distance Iberoamerican Championships and the Sprint Triathlon American Cup. More than 600 athletes from 26 nations participated in the race, which ended with locals Michel González and Yadira Corona winning the middle distance, while Colombian Carlos Javier Quinchara and USA’s Kaitlin Donner grabbed the title in the sprint distance. A warm day in Havana with almost 27 degrees and no clouds was the perfect setting for a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run that started on the Marina Hemingway and finished at the Malecón. Colombian Quinchara was one of the favourites for this race and disappointed no one, as he crossed the finish line first, stopping the clock on 55:29. He was followed by Alexandre Nobre (POR) and Shiruba Taniguchi (JPN). It was also a fruitful visit to the Caribbean island for the US, with the US ladies sweeping the podium. Donner claimed her first victory of the season, with a time of 01:02:39, while fellow Americans Erin Storie and Sarah Alexander accompanied her on the podium. In the Middle Distance race on Saturday, victory was for local hero Michel González, who completed the course – 1,9 km swim, 90km bike and 21km run- in 3:56,12, claiming the first victory for a Cuban triathlete at this event. González crossed the finish line followed by Italian Alberto Casadei (4:14.16) and Costa Rican John Garita (4:23.02). In the women’s race, Cuban Yadira Corona was first to the finish line, with a time of 5:50.01. WinterTri From sunny Havana to frozen Quebec in Canada, the ITU S3 Winter Triathlon Cup took place with more than 6.000 participants in the S3 Winter Tri Cup. For the 13th consecutive year, the Plains of Abraham hosted elite athletes and age groupers for a 5km run on snowshoes, 9.5km of skiing and 11km on skates. In the men’s race, Canadians ruled supreme, with Maxime Leboeuf claiming victory, while Olivier Babineau finished second and Marc-André Bédard third. As for the women’s race, the host country also claimed the three spots on the podium, showing than when it comes to winter and snow, they have something to say. Ariane Carrier finished first, followed by Amanda Butler and Claude Godbout.  

USA claims victories in Cuba, while Canada astonishes in WinterTri

Triathlon News - Mon, 27/02/2017 - 16:15
The astonishing Malecón of Havana this weekend hosted the CAMTRI Middle Distance Iberoamerican Championships and the Sprint Triathlon American Cup. More than 600 athletes from 26 nations participated in the race, which ended with locals Michel González and Yadira Corona winning the middle distance, while Colombian Carlos Javier Quinchara and USA’s Kaitlin Donner grabbed the title in the sprint distance. A warm day in Havana with almost 27 degrees and no clouds was the perfect setting for a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run that started on the Marina Hemingway and finished at the Malecón. Colombian Quinchara was one of the favourites for this race and disappointed no one, as he crossed the finish line first, stopping the clock on 55:29. He was followed by Alexandre Nobre (POR) and Shiruba Taniguchi (JPN). It was also a fruitful visit to the Caribbean island for the US, with the US ladies sweeping the podium. Donner claimed her first victory of the season, with a time of 01:02:39, while fellow Americans Erin Storie and Sarah Alexander accompanied her on the podium. In the Middle Distance race on Saturday, victory was for local hero Michel González, who completed the course – 1,9 km swim, 90km bike and 21km run- in 3:56,12, claiming the first victory for a Cuban triathlete at this event. González crossed the finish line followed by Italian Alberto Casadei (4:14.16) and Costa Rican John Garita (4:23.02). In the women’s race, Cuban Yadira Corona was first to the finish line, with a time of 5:50.01. WinterTri From sunny Havana to frozen Quebec in Canada, the ITU S3 Winter Triathlon Cup took place with more than 6.000 participants in the S3 Winter Tri Cup. For the 13th consecutive year, the Plains of Abraham hosted elite athletes and age groupers for a 5km run on snowshoes, 9.5km of skiing and 11km on skates. In the men’s race, Canadians ruled supreme, with Maxime Leboeuf claiming victory, while Olivier Babineau finished second and Marc-André Bédard third. As for the women’s race, the host country also claimed the three spots on the podium, showing than when it comes to winter and snow, they have something to say. Ariane Carrier finished first, followed by Amanda Butler and Claude Godbout.  

USA claims victories in Cuba, while Canada astonishes in WinterTri

Triathlon News - Mon, 27/02/2017 - 16:15
The astonishing Malecón of Havana this weekend hosted the CAMTRI Middle Distance Iberoamerican Championships and the Sprint Triathlon American Cup. More than 600 athletes from 26 nations participated in the race, which ended with locals Michel González and Yadira Corona winning the middle distance, while Colombian Carlos Javier Quinchara and USA’s Kaitlin Donner grabbed the title in the sprint distance. A warm day in Havana with almost 27 degrees and no clouds was the perfect setting for a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run that started on the Marina Hemingway and finished at the Malecón. Colombian Quinchara was one of the favourites for this race and disappointed no one, as he crossed the finish line first, stopping the clock on 55:29. He was followed by Alexandre Nobre (POR) and Shiruba Taniguchi (JPN). It was also a fruitful visit to the Caribbean island for the US, with the US ladies sweeping the podium. Donner claimed her first victory of the season, with a time of 01:02:39, while fellow Americans Erin Storie and Sarah Alexander accompanied her on the podium. In the Middle Distance race on Saturday, victory was for local hero Michel González, who completed the course – 1,9 km swim, 90km bike and 21km run- in 3:56,12, claiming the first victory for a Cuban triathlete at this event. González crossed the finish line followed by Italian Alberto Casadei (4:14.16) and Costa Rican John Garita (4:23.02). In the women’s race, Cuban Yadira Corona was first to the finish line, with a time of 5:50.01. WinterTri From sunny Havana to frozen Quebec in Canada, the ITU S3 Winter Triathlon Cup took place with more than 6.000 participants in the S3 Winter Tri Cup. For the 13th consecutive year, the Plains of Abraham hosted elite athletes and age groupers for a 5km run on snowshoes, 9.5km of skiing and 11km on skates. In the men’s race, Canadians ruled supreme, with Maxime Leboeuf claiming victory, while Olivier Babineau finished second and Marc-André Bédard third. As for the women’s race, the host country also claimed the three spots on the podium, showing than when it comes to winter and snow, they have something to say. Ariane Carrier finished first, followed by Amanda Butler and Claude Godbout.  

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