The Crank on the European Champs, drugs and more

The Crank likes what he saw at the 70.3 European Championship, is happy to see Leanda Cave winning again and saw some interesting tweets this week.

| June 20, 2017 | NEWS

Annabel Luxford wins the Ironman 70.3 European Championship in Elsinore, Denmark.

Annabel Luxford wins the Ironman 70.3 European Championship in Elsinore, Denmark.

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Annabel Luxford is an under-rated athlete. And it’s not a talent thing. It’s because she normally flies under the radar. There’s no "Hollywood" about Luxford in terms of her off-course set up. On course, though, she’s an Oscar winner. Luxford is one of the world’s best at the 70.3 distance, and when she is on, shut the door. Again this weekend Luxford went full periscope and walked away (or ran away) with the Euro title in her pocket. Her win was number nine and there are more to come. Luxford’s social media game is on point. Give her a follow!

Helle Frederiksen is another good solid pro and gets better the more she races. Her second to Luxford underlines a class that often gets overlooked.

Men’s Euro champ Michael Raelert is a 70.3 genius. If you get into T1 with him be happy. If you get into T2 with him you’re going lose more times than you win.

Andi Boecherer in second was the recipient of some wind burn marks courtesy of the Raelert 1:14 run time.

Underlining how strong the Germans are in men’s triathlon, once again they have gone one, two, three at a big race. And the scary thing was their top line guys weren’t racing.

Lisa Huetthaler won on the weekend (70.3 Italy) and, as usual, there were a few cheap shots via social media. Interesting to see how some convicted cheats get off scott free online, while others cop it in the neck. If the athlete has been cleared to race, then you have to get over it. No one is condoning previous actions and, if you have to vent, hit up the governing bodies who set the sanctions. Not sure whacking athletes on social media is the answer to reform.

The ‘Welcome Back Kotter’ award this week heads to Leanda Cave for her win in Costa Rica. She has been swinging for the fences a bit the last few seasons and, with her fit and firing, the sport is better.

Uli Fluhme is asking the big (if not slightly odd) questions this week on twitter. Does it make a difference? In saying that, to bike dope in triathlon (as an age grouper too), it would not be hard to get away with this.

Jan Frodeno is a guy never afraid to speak out. Tweet of the week goes to the world champ.

Had an interesting twitter exchange with Matt Lieto this week. The question raised was whether we really see any "stacked" fields anymore. Can you imagine going to a round of the World Surf League and not seeing Matt Wilkinson, John John Florence or Jordy Smith? Or hitting an ATP event and missing Nadal, Federer or Murray. In the Ironman space you can go to 20 Ironman races world wide and hardly ever see the top men or women racing. Anyone else see that as an issue? Clearly Ironman doesn’t.