Duffy drills the field in Hamburg

Flora Duffy took her third straight ITU World Triathlon in Hamburg, once again pulling away on the bike and hanging on for the win.

| July 15, 2017 | NEWS

Flora Duffy takes the World Triathlon Hamburg.

Flora Duffy takes the World Triathlon Hamburg.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

The Hamburg World Triathlon is renowned for its huge crowds and technical course, all of which was on perfect display today as Flora Duffy (BER) continued her WTS winning streak with another breakaway win.

Leading the way out of the water was Brazil’s Vittoria Lopes, who had a huge group of women close behind after coming under the bridge into the finish. Duffy was 11 seconds back, but quickly set the tone for the rest of the race on the bike as she broke away with Kirsten Kasper (USA) and Jessica Learmonth (GBR).

It wasn’t hard to see that Duffy was doing the lion’s share of the work up front and eventually she decided it was time to venture out on her own over the final 5 km – she would arrive into T2 with a 25 second lead over Kasper and Learmonth and another 20 seconds on the chase pack.

Duffy, the defending ITU world champion, has been working on her run this year and it’s paid off – she easily held off the rest of the field for the win in Hamburg.

“I really actually can’t believe it,” she said after the win. “Coming into the third race I felt a lot of pressure, especially it being a sprint and in Hamburg, I have not raced here in years. So, I just really had to go for it, I tried to race fast from start to finish and I had to make the most on the bike because I knew that my run pace speed was not at the same level as some of the top runners are, so I just took a chance and luckily it worked out.”

“I came out of the swim a little further back than I wanted to so I just really hammered the first part of the bike and I knew the chute was quite technical so I knew if I just hammered that into transition I would be ok. We were able to breakaway three of us, we were working ok, I was getting a little frustrated though so I thought I would attack and go solo and that ultimately made the race for me.”

Behind Duffy the pack quickly caught up to Kasper and Learmonth, at which point Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) put the hammer down and broke clear. While she never looked to threaten Duffy for the win, she was a solid second for much of the run.

“It was pretty full on from the start,” Gentle said after the race. “I didn’t have the best of swims. I got dunked at the start – it wasn’t too pleasant. But I got out with a bunch of girls and I know that you can’t give up after the swim so I tried to ride as hard as I could and run as hard as I could and thankfully it paid off with a second place.”

Ashleigh Gentle runs to the silver medal.

Ashleigh Gentle runs to the silver medal.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

“I think I took a bit of a chance (in pulling away on the run) – on the second lap I thought “Oh boy, what did I do,” but in this type of racing you’ve kind of got to do that sometimes, it’s so fast,” Gentle continued. “I knew that if I sat back and played it a bit more tactfully it might not have worked out for me, so I just tried to back myself. Thankfully I’ve secured my spot for Commonwealth Games for Team Australia in Gold Coast, so I had nothing to lose. I just went and held on.”

The German crowd was thrilled with the battle for the final podium spot – defending U23 world champion Laura Lindemann took a sprint over Katie Zaferes (USA) to take third.

Laura Lindemann outsprints Katie Zaferes to take the final podium spot.

Laura Lindemann outsprints Katie Zaferes to take the final podium spot.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

“It was fantastic to finish in front of this crowd, it was so loud and I was just pushing as hard as I could,” Lindemann said after the race. “I was just flying over the course. The run was hard, but I know that I’m strong and can sprint at the end.”

Sprint she did, rising to the occasion in front of the huge Hamburg throng.

The women\'s podium are joined by the new WTS leader, Katie Zaferes for one final ceremony.

The women's podium are joined by the new WTS leader, Katie Zaferes for one final ceremony.

Name

Land

Gesamt

750 m Swim

20 km Bike

5 km Run

1

Flora Duffy

BER

0:59:00

0:09:25

0:31:57

0:16:32

2

Ashleigh Gentle

AUS

0:59:31

0:09:51

0:32:28

0:16:10

3

Laura Lindemann

GER

0:59:41

0:09:28

0:32:47

0:16:22

4

Katie Zaferes

USA

0:59:42

0:09:27

0:32:52

0:16:17

5

Jolanda Annen

SUI

0:59:49

0:09:34

0:32:46

0:16:33

6

Andrea Hewitt

NZL

0:59:52

0:09:46

0:32:35

0:16:33

7

Renee Tomlin

USA

1:00:03

0:09:41

0:32:40

0:16:41

8

Charlotte McShane

AUS

1:00:05

0:09:33

0:32:48

0:16:46

9

Kirsten Kasper

USA

1:00:05

0:09:17

0:32:50

0:17:03

10

Rachel Klamer

NED

1:00:06

0:09:36

0:32:38

0:16:44

11

Sophie Coldwell

GBR

1:00:10

0:09:32

0:32:47

0:16:55

12

Yuko Takahashi

JPN

1:00:22

0:09:35

0:32:43

0:17:02

13

Taylor Spivey

USA

1:00:26

0:09:29

0:32:54

0:17:04

14

Lucy Hall

GBR

1:00:28

0:09:47

0:32:32

0:17:08

15

Gillian Sanders

RSA

1:00:31

0:09:47

0:32:32

0:17:10

16

Emma Jeffcoat

AUS

1:00:34

0:09:32

0:32:42

0:17:17

17

Jessica Learmonth

GBR

1:00:36

0:09:22

0:32:47

0:17:32

18

Lisa Peterer

AUT

1:00:41

0:09:39

0:32:38

0:17:21

19

Carolina Routier

ESP

1:00:53

0:09:16

0:33:06

0:17:30

20

Ilaria Zane

ITA

1:00:53

0:09:35

0:32:48

0:17:31

21

Claire Michel

BEL

1:00:55

0:09:45

0:33:24

0:16:40

22

Natalie Van Coevorden

AUS

1:00:57

0:09:20

0:33:01

0:17:33

23

Pamella Oliveira

BRA

1:01:23

0:09:23

0:32:58

0:18:01

24

Sara Vilic

AUT

1:01:25

0:09:44

0:32:35

0:18:02

25

Zsanett Bragmayer

HUN

1:01:34

0:09:34

0:32:48

0:18:13

26

India Lee

GBR

1:01:43

0:09:36

0:33:37

0:17:26

27

Maya Kingma

NED

1:01:46

0:09:24

0:32:49

0:18:24

28

Yuka Sato

JPN

1:01:47

0:09:28

0:34:26

0:16:51

29

Summer Cook

USA

1:01:53

0:09:26

0:34:27

0:16:56

30

Ines Santiago

ESP

1:01:54

0:09:36

0:33:41

0:17:37

31

Georgia Taylor-Brown

GBR

1:01:56

0:09:39

0:33:34

0:17:37

32

Chelsea Burns

USA

1:02:03

0:09:49

0:33:24

0:17:35

33

Vittoria Lopes

BRA

1:02:05

0:09:15

0:33:02

0:18:44

34

Anna Godoy Contreras

ESP

1:02:21

0:09:35

0:34:21

0:17:24

35

Joanna Brown

CAN

1:02:25

0:09:33

0:34:00

0:17:44

36

Anastasia Abrosimova

RUS

1:02:34

0:09:32

0:34:21

0:17:39

37

Melanie Santos

POR

1:02:41

0:09:38

0:33:31

0:18:24

38

Kaidi Kivioja

EST

1:02:47

0:10:03

0:34:21

0:17:23

39

Elena Danilova

RUS

1:03:13

0:09:55

0:34:33

0:17:44

40

Sena Takahashi

JPN

1:03:23

0:10:00

0:34:54

0:17:19

41

Anastasia Gorbunova

RUS

1:03:31

0:09:25

0:34:17

0:18:38

42

Beatriz Neres

BRA

1:03:31

0:10:10

0:34:53

0:17:14

43

Deborah Lynch

NZL

1:03:35

0:09:42

0:34:14

0:18:43

44

Anel Radford

RSA

1:03:36

0:09:26

0:34:20

0:18:40

45

Alessia Orla

ITA

1:04:02

0:09:47

0:34:40

0:18:34

46

Vanesa De La Torre

MEX

1:04:09

0:09:44

0:35:13

0:18:12

47

Kirsten Nuyes

NED

1:04:20

0:10:00

0:34:21

0:18:55

48

Yurie Matsuda

JPN

1:04:41

0:09:54

0:35:22

0:18:25

49

Adriana Barraza

MEX

1:04:50

0:09:49

0:35:09

0:18:49

50

Lisa Berger

SUI

1:04:55

0:10:06

0:35:04

0:18:38

DNF

Juri Ide

JPN

DNF

0:09:36

0:16:15

0:00:00

DNF

Vendula Frintova

CZE

DNF

0:09:33

0:16:19

0:00:00

DNF

Rebecca Spence

NZL

DNF

0:10:06

0:05:52

0:00:00

DNF

Zsófia Kovács

HUN

DNF

0:09:41

0:24:15

0:00:00

DNF

Carlyn Fischer

RSA

DNF

0:10:04

0:18:21

0:00:00

DNF

Michelle Flipo

ITU

DNF

0:09:52

0:12:14

0:00:00

DNF

Julia Hauser

AUT

DNF

0:10:11

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNF

Kseniia Levkovska

AZE

DNF

0:09:37

0:23:05

0:00:00

DNF

Cassandre Beaugrand

FRA

DNF

0:09:21

0:16:34

0:00:00

DNF

Alice Betto

ITA

DNF

0:00:00

0:00:00

0:00:00

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