HUUB athletes shine in Montreal. Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) and Jessica Learmonth (GBR) claim successive podiums in the World Triathlon Series, cementing their 2nd and 3rd places in the World rankings. In the men's race Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) gets back in the top five after a difficult start to 2019. Meanwhile, in the World Paratriathlon Series, Jetze Plat (NED) dominated the PTWC men's race and George Peasgood (GBR) and Jade Jones-Hall (GBR) both claim bronze medals to stake a claim on their spots for Tokyo 2020.
In the early stages of the swim a small group formed including HUUB's Jessica Learmonth and Vitoria Lopes of Brazil, and by the end of the 750m swim and through transition the pair, along with the ever consistent Katie Zaferes (USA) and Maya Kingma (NED) had established a small lead over the chasing pack. However, within one lap of the bike, they were joined by HUUB's Georgia Taylor-Brown, Taylor Knibb (USA) and Alice Betto (ITA). The group of seven, which included some of the strongest bikers in the field lap by lap extending their lead, and by the end of lap five had close to a minute's advantage over the chasers.
Onto the run and it looked like the podium would be between Zaferes, Learmonth, Taylor-Brown and Beto but at halfway Learmonth and Beto started to lose touch and it looked like a similar affair to Leeds. It wasn't until the final kilometre until one athlete looked to have the race under control and this time it was Zaferes who seemed to have the better legs. Learmonth out sprinted Beto for the final sport of the podium, meaning the podium was a mirror of the current world rankings.
In effortless style, HUUB's Henri Schoeman (RSA) was yet again the athlete to lead the way over the 750m swim. Fellow HUUB athlete Richard Varga (SVK) who was making a return to the WTS circuit tailed him closely, but they were followed by close to thirty athletes which included most of the sports best runners.
The large pack took on the multiple lap city centre circuit, and it soon became evident that athletes were hoping to save their legs for the run. The extremely technical course soon became more hazardous as a storm approached and rain inundated the streets of Montreal. Unfortunately, HUUB's Tom Bishop who was in a promising position was caught up in a crash, putting an end to any hopes of a top 5 finish. Onto the run and a large group formed with current World Champion Mario Mola (ESP) pushing the pace. Kilometre by kilometre athletes began to suffer and fade including 5-time World Champion Javier Gomez. In the end, it was Jelle Geens (BEL) who dealt with the pace best and edged out his training partner Mola to claim his first WTS podium and win. Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN) also earned his first WTS podium with Richard Murray (RSA) 4th and HUUB's Kristian Blummenfelt in 5th.
In the PTS5 category, there was an incredibly close battle between HUUB's George Peasgood (GBR), Stefan Daniel (CAN) and Martin Schulz (GER). It was Peasgood who took the early lead through the swim and used his biking prowess to extend the gap over his two greatest rivals. However, in the final stages of the run, he was overhauled by Daniel and Schulz with Daniel posting a 15.40 5km run split to earn the victory in front of a home crowd.
Jetze Plat once again dominated the PTWC men's race from start to finish, beating second place by over 2 minutes to remain undefeated in the event since 2015. In the women's PTWC Jade Jones-Hall finished in 3rd place in an incredibly tight race which was won by Emily Tapp (AUS).