Duffy does it again

Flora Duffy has a winning formula dialed in for 2017, which she executed in perfect fashion to take the women's title at WTS Edmonton and move to the top of the ITU World Triathlon Series standings.

| July 30, 2017 | NEWS

Four times is the charm - after her fourth straight win Flora Duffy moves to the top of the ITU WTS standings.

Four times is the charm - after her fourth straight win Flora Duffy moves to the top of the ITU WTS standings.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

So here's what's really crazy about Flora Duffy's four straight wins on the WTS circuit in 2017. Everyone knows exactly what the defending world champ from Bermuda is going to do and they just can't do anything about it. (Yes, I know you're going to say that the same thing happened with Gwen Jorgensen and her run-everyone-down for two years streak, but this is different: with Jorgensen people tried to bike away and couldn't get a big enough gap. With Duffy, on the other hand, she's managed to routinely pull away from the rest of the pack and, try as they might, the rest of the field keeps finding themselves so far behind they're racing for second.)

Or, in today's case, for third.

As she did a year ago in Montreal, Duffy took along American Taylor Knibb as company for her "ride away from everyone" game in Edmonton. After a big group, led by American Summer Cook (Spain's Carolina Routier would win the sprint to the transition mat), came out of the water together, Duffy and Knibb broke away from the group on the first climb of the six-loop bike course.

"Taylor is a super-strong rider and the course suited both of us," Duffy said. The two took turns on the steep (10 percent grade) hill up Groat Road, which the athletes had to do six times, and steadily opened up a bigger and bigger gap on the chase group that, by the end of the bike, consisted of 15 women. On the last lap Duffy decided she wanted some space on Knibb and dropped the 19-year-old. ("I was thinking of going on lap four ... but Taylor was riding so strong that I was actually feeling a bit tired," Duffy said. "I felt a little cruel doing that to her, but it's got to be done.")

Duffy would enjoy a 12-second lead on the young American and a 1:22 gap to the chase group. A year ago, in Montreal, Knibb couldn't hang on to second as Ashleigh Gentle ran her down for silver, but Knibb's running has improved since last year. While Duffy cruised through the run to break the tape for her fourth consecutive WTS title in 2017, Knibb surprised just about everyone (possibly including herself) to easily take the silver, her first WTS podium in just her third WTS race. Katie Zaferes (USA) would prove to be the best of the rest, running clear of the other 15 women in the chase group and taking third after a tight battle with countrywoman Summer Cook.

The podium wasn't enough to keep Zaferes on top of the WTS standings, though, as Duffy moved to the front, putting her in a good position to defend the world title she took last year.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

ITU World Triathlon Edmonton | Women

July 29, 2017 | Edmonton, Canada.

Name

Country

Total

750 m Swim

20 km Bike

5 km Run

1

Flora Duffy

BER

1:00:22

0:09:22

0:32:11

0:17:21

2

Taylor Knibb

USA

1:01:22

0:09:20

0:32:21

0:18:09

3

Katie Zaferes

USA

1:01:51

0:09:23

0:33:48

0:17:14

4

Summer Cook

USA

1:02:03

0:09:16

0:33:50

0:17:26

5

Jolanda Annen

SUI

1:02:09

0:09:35

0:33:32

0:17:35

6

Rachel Klamer

NED

1:02:14

0:09:30

0:33:35

0:17:40

7

Joanna Brown

CAN

1:02:20

0:09:40

0:33:28

0:17:43

8

Yuka Sato

JPN

1:02:26

0:09:36

0:33:30

0:17:49

9

Kirsten Kasper

USA

1:02:42

0:09:24

0:33:44

0:18:08

10

Chelsea Burns

USA

1:02:54

0:09:37

0:33:31

0:18:19

11

Taylor Spivey

USA

1:03:14

0:09:24

0:33:42

0:18:40

12

Melanie Santos

POR

1:03:15

0:09:35

0:33:32

0:18:40

13

Gillian Backhouse

AUS

1:03:16

0:09:25

0:33:43

0:18:42

14

Lisa Perterer

AUT

1:03:20

0:09:38

0:33:31

0:18:41

15

Paula Findlay

CAN

1:03:32

0:09:41

0:33:24

0:18:56

16

Claire Michel

BEL

1:03:43

0:09:42

0:35:17

0:17:17

17

Carolina Routier

ESP

1:04:08

0:09:22

0:34:03

0:19:11

18

Vendula Frintova

CZE

1:04:23

0:09:57

0:35:02

0:17:55

19

Vittoria Lopes

BRA

1:04:31

0:09:19

0:33:44

0:19:56

20

Felicity Sheedy-Ryan

AUS

1:04:38

0:10:16

0:35:13

0:17:39

21

Nicole Van Der Kaay

NZL

1:04:40

0:10:00

0:35:01

0:18:14

22

Yuko Takahashi

JPN

1:05:04

0:09:32

0:35:24

0:18:37

23

Simone Ackermann

ITU

1:05:19

0:09:33

0:35:27

0:18:50

24

Gillian Sanders

RSA

1:05:31

0:09:59

0:35:03

0:18:59

25

Dominika Jamnicky

CAN

1:05:38

0:09:57

0:35:06

0:19:09

26

Jaz Hedgeland

AUS

1:05:41

0:09:55

0:35:06

0:19:13

27

Anel Radford

RSA

1:05:58

0:09:40

0:35:19

0:19:29

28

Yurie Matsuda

JPN

1:06:27

0:10:15

0:35:14

0:19:29

29

Erin Storie

USA

1:07:22

0:09:29

0:35:25

0:20:49

30

Fuka Sega

JPN

1:08:05

0:09:40

0:35:21

0:21:38

DNF

Sara Vilic

AUT

DNF

0:09:57

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNF

Vanessa Fernandes

POR

DNF

0:10:20

0:00:00

0:00:00

LAP

Sarah Alexander

USA

LAP

0:10:22

0:00:00

0:00:00

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