He's back! Gomez wins in Abu Dhabi

After almost a year away from the WTS series, Javier Gomez manufactured a decisive win at the first race of the WTS season.

| March 5, 2017 | NEWS

Photo >ITU | Janos Schmidt

It must be nice to be Javier Gomez. Not so much when you break your elbow and have to miss the Olympics, but when you're fit and racing well and can "make a few mistakes" and still take your 13th WTS win.

“It is great to come back this way. I still had a few mistakes in the race, I did not swim very well and had a bad T2. But I knew that is was going to be a very tough run, and with Tom Bishop it was very technical. On the third lap we slowed down a lot, just trying to save energy for the last lap and I made my move with about three kilometres to go and I won, so it worked well. So, I am very happy to be back this way,” the five-time ITU world champion said after the race, which marked his 37th time on a WTS podium.

Split up in the swim

France's Aurelien Raphael led countryman Pierre Le Corre out of the water, with Olympic silver medalist Henri Schoeman (RSA) on their heels. Gomez and Vincent Luis were 10 seconds back after the swim, but pre-race favorites Mario Mola (ESP and Richard Murray (RSA) found themselves well back by the end of the challenging swim that featured some tough currents.

By the end of the third of 10 laps on the bike there was a group of 10 out in front that included Gomez, Schoeman, Luis and Britain's Tom Bishop. The group worked well together and, despite the efforts of Mola, Murray and Spaniard Fernando Alarza who led the chase group, would come off the bike with a minute cushion.

Gomez controls the run

It didn't take long for Gomez to take control of the race on the four-lap, 10 km run. Schoeman, Luis and Bishop were able to stay with the Spaniard early in the run, but by the time they hit the bell lap it was down to two. Bishop tried to make a move, but lacked the firepower to deny Gomez another win. Luis, who was injured for much of 2016, hung tough for third, while Alarza and Murray would run their way from the chase pack up to fourth and fifth.

Name

Country

Total

1.5k Swim

40k Bike

10k Run

1

Javier Gomez Noya

ESP   

1:52:31

18:38

1:00:54

31:23

2

Thomas Bishop

GBR   

1:52:45

18:36

1:00:52

31:36

3

Vincent Luis

FRA   

1:53:08

18:35

1:00:53

32:05

4

Fernando Alarza

ESP   

1:53:18

19:08

1:01:32

31:03

5

Richard Murray

RSA   

1:53:25

19:32

1:01:13

31:14

6

Joao Pereira

POR   

1:53:38

19:05

1:01:35

31:25

7

Gregory Billington

USA   

1:54:00

18:39

1:00:51

32:57

8

Mario Mola

ESP   

1:54:06

19:12

1:01:26

31:55

9

Andrea Salvisberg

SUI   

1:54:20

18:38

1:00:50

33:17

10

Henri Schoeman

RSA   

1:54:35

18:28

1:01:02

33:31

11

Léo Bergere

FRA   

1:54:48

18:37

1:00:51

33:47

12

Igor Polyanskiy

RUS   

1:55:05

18:29

1:01:03

34:01

13

Marcel Walkington

AUS   

1:55:15

18:46

1:01:52

33:01

14

Marc Austin

GBR   

1:55:56

18:33

1:02:08

33:41

15

Alois Knabl

AUT   

1:56:02

18:34

1:02:05

33:44

16

Ben Kanute

USA   

1:56:08

18:31

1:00:58

35:07

17

Marco Van Der Stel

NED   

1:56:26

18:36

1:00:56

35:18

18

Ilya Prasolov

RUS   

1:56:51

18:47

1:01:55

34:34

19

Joao Silva

POR   

1:57:04

19:25

1:04:17

31:47

20

Adam Bowden

GBR   

1:57:15

19:42

1:03:51

32:03

21

Crisanto Grajales

MEX   

1:57:27

18:48

1:04:53

32:12

22

Dmitry Polyanskiy

RUS   

1:57:37

18:31

1:05:12

32:22

23

Lukas Hollaus

AUT   

1:57:39

19:35

1:04:01

32:32

24

Lukas Pertl

AUT   

1:57:41

19:46

1:03:53

32:34

25

Sylvain Fridelance

SUI   

1:58:27

19:17

1:01:25

36:10

26

Davide Uccellari

ITA   

1:58:50

19:16

1:04:17

33:33

27

Miguel Arraiolos

POR   

1:59:16

19:40

1:03:56

33:57

28

Jan Celustka

CZE   

1:59:41

18:39

1:04:59

34:26

29

Jorik Van Egdom

NED   

1:59:59

20:14

1:03:24

34:46

30

Tóth Tamás

HUN   

2:00:04

19:21

1:04:23

34:44

31

Stefan Zachaeus

LUX   

2:00:18

19:21

1:01:23

38:03

32

Thomas Springer

AUT   

2:00:36

19:51

1:03:55

35:13

33

David Luis

POR   

2:00:59

18:36

1:05:08

35:44

34

Yuichi Hosoda

JPN   

2:01:35

19:38

1:04:03

36:13

35

Aurelien Raphael

FRA   

2:03:35

18:27

1:05:12

38:15

36

Ivan Ivanov

UKR   

2:04:29

19:19

1:04:20

39:10

DNF

Adrien Briffod

SUI   

19:09

1:01:29

DNF

Henrik Goesch

FIN   

19:23

1:04:16

DNF

Pierre Le Corre

FRA   

18:31

DNF

Wian Sullwald

RSA   

18:36

DNF

Jonas Schomburg

ITU   

18:33

DNF

Kristian Blummenfelt

NOR   

18:35

DNF

Domen Dornik

SLO   

18:40

DNF

Dorian Coninx

FRA   

18:44

DNF

Lawrence Fanous

JOR   

19:23

DNF

Jonathan Zipf

GER   

19:23

DNF

Gustav Iden

NOR   

19:47

DNF

Temirlan Temirov

KAZ   

19:48

DNF

Filipe Azevedo

POR   

19:49

DNF

Matthew Baker

AUS   

19:04

1:01:36

DNF

Menno Koolhaas

NED   

18:59

1:01:43

DNF

Grant Sheldon

GBR   

19:46

DNF

David Castro Fajardo

ESP   

19:37

DNF

Simon De Cuyper

BEL   

20:21

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