May 21, 2019

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Podiums at WTS Yokohama, Cagliari World Cup & Barcelona 70.3

Alistair Brownlee

Yokohama WTS

In the men's race, Henri Schoeman (RSA) made a return to the podium while Alex Yee (GBR) stormed to 5th place at the third round of the World Triathlon Series.

From the swim, there was a ten man break clear of a large chasing pack. For the first three laps HUUB's Tom Bishop, missing out on the front pack by the smallest of margins was stuck in-between trying to bridge up, he kept the leaders at bay but inevitably with the ten men out ahead all working well together he was swallowed by the chase group. The gap hovered around 50 seconds for the majority of the 40km before the 10km run unfolded.

The leading ten soon turned to four with Javier Gomez (ESP), Vincent Luis (FRA), Bence Bicsak (HUN) and Schoeman moving away. Schoeman was the first to attack within the last kilometre, but Luis was able to respond, and the Frenchman went on to claim his first Yokohama victory and cemented his lead in the WTS. Yee was the best of the chasing pack, recording a race-best 29.58 run split to move into 5th.

In the women's race, Katie Zaferes led a USA 1-2-3 and earned herself a the third successive victory in the WTS. It was a similar affair to previous races with HUUB's Jessica Learmonth (GBR) stringing out the field through the 1500m swim, onto the bike and a strong group of 7 athletes formed including Zaferes and Learmonth. This group worked tirelessly, and by the end of the 40km, they had established a lead of around 2 minutes to the chasers. Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) was the best of the chasing pack running her way up to 5th, an excellent performance for the young Brit considering she was one of the main contributors to the chase along with fellow Brit Non-Stanford (GBR). In the Paratriathlon event, Jade Jones-Hall (GRB) stormed to victory in the PTWC category in a hotly contested race which included the current World Champion.

Cagliari World Cup

Alistair Brownlee (GBR) returned to ITU racing in some style. Some questioned whether the double Olympic Champion would be able to take victory over the drafting sprint format considering his attention to long distance racing in recent years. However, Brownlee was one of the first to emerge from the water and soon established himself in a small leading bike group. The group worked well together, and they entered T2 with a slight margin over the chasing pack including HUUB athletes Ben Dijkstra (GBR) and Gordon Benson (GBR). Brownlee was pushed all the way by Justus Nieschlag (GER) but managed to pull clear in the final 400m. Benson recorded the fastest run of the day (14.40) to move into 4th place.

In the women's race, Sophie Coldwell brought home another Gold medal for Great Britain, the British athlete led the way in the choppy waters and gained a small advantage through T2. Onto the bike and she was joined by a handful of other athletes including her training partner and double Commonwealth Gold medalist Jodie Stimpson (GBR).

Beth Potter having missed out on the lead pack by a handful of seconds was swallowed by the chasing group which fell further behind. Onto the run and Coldwell soon made her intentions clear moving away from the rest of the athletes in the lead pack, her victory was another step forward after her 4th place finish in Madrid earlier this month.

Barcelona 70.3

HUUB's David McNamee (GBR) and Kona 2018 runner up Bart Aernouts (BEL). McNamee spent much of the race out ahead with only Nicolas Dougall (RSA) ahead of him on the bike. HUUB'S Elliot Smales (GBR) was the next chaser not far behind. Onto the run and McNamee soon passed early leader Dougall only to be passed in the latter stages by Aernouts.

Smales looked good for 3rd spot on the podium however coming back from injury he could' t make use of his typical running strength and was passed by another young Brit George Goodwin who recorded the fastest run of the day (1.11.48) to move into 3rd. Fanella Langridge (GBR) won in fine style in the women's race, beating second place by over 6 minutes.


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