Gentle cracks the top of the podium at WTS Montreal

Ashleigh Gentle took her first WTS race in style today, riding with the lead pack and then running away from the field in Montreal.

| August 5, 2017 | NEWS

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Ashleigh Gentle did her first World Triathlon Series event at the London test event in 2011. Since then she’s finished second four times, had numerous top finishes, but never managed a win. That all changed in Montreal today as the 26-year-old Australian broke Flora Duffy’s winning streak to take the win over the streets of Old Montreal, cobblestones, hills and all.

And she almost didn’t race.

Gentle made a trip to the ITU doctor yesterday because she was sick – fighting swollen glands and a stuffy nose. She decided she’d make the call on racing this morning … and, despite the fact that “there was mucous everywhere” (her words – it didn’t look so bad from our standpoint), she managed to ride with the lead pack and then run clear of the rest of the field to take the win.

Gentle’s win ended Flora Duffy’s four-win streak at the WTS and seemed to be set up early on as a big group exited the water together that included Gentle and Canada’s Joanna Brown, two women who typically struggle to make that lead pack, along with many of the players we expect to see at the front of the race through the swim and early in the bike – Katie Zaferes, Taylor Knibb, Andrea Hewitt, Kirsten Kasper and Rachel Klamer.

After coming out of the water in eighth place Duffy did her usual charge to the front of the field, but couldn’t ride clear of the group. The bunch stayed together throughout the ride and, once she realized she wouldn’t be able to get clear, Duffy resigned herself to having to see just how much her running has improved this year.

After a brutal T2 in which her bike fell over and she had to take some extra time putting it back up, Duffy was well back heading out onto the run course, but there was little she could do to contend for the win as Gentle blasted through the first lap of the run and opened up a gap. Duffy would run well and consistently – enough to hold off Hewitt, who is renowned for her top run splits – but could never close the gap on Gentle, who cruised to her first WTS title in style, under the weather and all,

     

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Joanna Brown continued her breakthrough season and thrilled the Montreal crowds with a fourth place finish, passing training partner Kirsten Kasper in the final lap of the run.

Stay tuned for more coverage from today’s race, including interviews with the top finishers, photos and more!

ITU World Triathlon Montreal | 2017

August 5, 2017 | Montreal, Canada.

Name

Country

Total

1.5 km Swim

40.5 km Bike

10 km Run

1

Ashleigh Gentle

AUS

1:59:04

0:18:27

1:04:29

0:34:39

2

Flora Duffy

BER

1:59:27

0:18:16

1:04:34

0:34:57

3

Andrea Hewitt

NZL

1:59:48

0:18:19

1:04:32

0:35:24

4

Joanna Brown

CAN

2:00:23

0:18:17

1:04:36

0:35:56

5

Kirsten Kasper

USA

2:00:26

0:18:15

1:04:34

0:36:03

6

Rachel Klamer

NED

2:00:32

0:18:18

1:04:29

0:36:03

7

Taylor Knibb

USA

2:00:51

0:18:20

1:04:34

0:36:18

8

Yuko Takahashi

JPN

2:01:01

0:18:13

1:04:40

0:36:40

9

Katie Zaferes

USA

2:01:14

0:18:07

1:04:39

0:36:47

10

Charlotte McShane

AUS

2:01:49

0:18:18

1:04:35

0:37:23

11

Gillian Backhouse

AUS

2:02:13

0:18:12

1:04:35

0:37:48

12

Vendula Frintova

CZE

2:03:47

0:18:23

1:07:29

0:36:20

13

Jolanda Annen

SUI

2:04:41

0:18:20

1:07:37

0:37:04

14

Zsófia Kovács

HUN

2:04:52

0:18:24

1:07:34

0:37:20

15

Lindsey Jerdonek

USA

2:05:14

0:18:22

1:07:31

0:37:42

16

Nicole Van Der Kaay

NZL

2:05:41

0:18:33

1:07:25

0:38:06

17

Emma Jeffcoat

AUS

2:06:27

0:18:14

1:08:00

0:38:40

18

Yuka Sato

JPN

2:06:47

0:18:20

1:07:35

0:39:19

19

Natalie Van Coevorden

AUS

2:07:10

0:18:15

1:07:37

0:39:39

20

Carolina Routier

ESP

2:07:16

0:18:14

1:07:41

0:39:43

21

Paula Findlay

CAN

2:07:53

0:18:34

1:07:21

0:40:20

DNF

Melanie Santos

POR

DNF

0:18:23

1:07:36

0:00:00

DNF

Cecilia Gabriela Perez Flores

MEX

DNF

0:18:22

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNF

Gillian Sanders

RSA

DNF

0:18:52

0:00:00

0:00:00

DSQ

Minami Kubono

JPN

DSQ

0:18:16

1:04:38

0:38:53

LAP

Simone Ackerman

ITU

LAP

0:18:20

0:00:00

0:00:00

LAP

Claire Michel

BEL

LAP

0:19:04

0:00:00

0:00:00

LAP

Renee Tomlin

USA

LAP

0:19:27

0:00:00

0:00:00

LAP

Claudia Rivas

MEX

LAP

0:18:25

0:00:00

0:00:00

LAP

Aoi Kuramoto

JPN

LAP

0:19:31

0:00:00

0:00:00

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