How good is Sebastian and more from the Crank

Editor Phil Wrochna recaps Sebastian Kienle and Emma Bilham's big weekend in Cannes, offers some thoughts on pro racing and more.

| April 18, 2017 | NEWS

Photo >José Luis Hourcade

How good is Sebastian Kienle? His ride this weekend in Cannes just gives us a reminder that he is still a monster. If he was a “main streamer” sports person he would be a global name, not just known by skinny folks who swim, bike and run.

Emma Bilham, too, took to the field in Cannes with a stick on the bike and was easily the best in class with a stunning 2:55 split, some 10 minutes ahead of her rivals on the podium.

Anyone catch Mick Fanning versus Kelly Slater this weekend at Bells? Yeah this happens all the time in bigger sports. The best of the best going head to head … a lot. It makes a compelling story and makes you watch. I was out, but made time to get to a box to watch this 30-minute surf off. Anyone in the triathlon world listening? Having five some-time pros roll around a race constantly means it is not worth looking at and hardly something any sponsor is going to want to get behind.

Saw another cyclist got killed this week on the roads on Melbourne. You can say what you like about the whole motorist versus cyclist question, but I’ve never heard of a cyclist hitting a car and killing the driver. Sure, like all things in life, there are going to be cyclists who flaunt the rules and make a bad name for the rest of us. But, seriously, the line between getting hit and not is so fine. Be careful out on the roads folks!

Speaking of the pros, thanks to the Challenge Family folks here is a snap shot of the top-15 men and women professionals based on prize money:

Challenge Family prize money ranking | Men

April 18, 2017

Rank

Name

Nation

Races

Prize Money

Last Money Race

1

Richard Murray

ZAF

3

$92,578

08-Apr-17

2

Mario Mola

ESP

3

$58.64

08-Apr-17

3

Javier Gomez

ESP

4

$50.05

08-Apr-17

4

Ben Hoffman

USA

2

$30.75

02-Apr-17

5

Jake Birtwhistle

AUS

1

$22.70

19-Mar-17

6

Lionel Sanders

CAN

3

$20.00

01-Apr-17

7

Braden Currie

NZL

1

$15.00

04-Mar-17

7

Tim Don

GBR

2

$15.00

01-Apr-17

7

Nils Frommhold

GER

1

$15.00

02-Apr-17

10

Fernando Alarza

ESP

2

$14.00

08-Apr-17

11

Josh Amberger

AUS

2

$12.75

02-Apr-17

12

Ruedi Wild

SUI

3

$12.50

19-Mar-17

13

Thomas Bishop

GBR

1

$12.00

04-Mar-17

14

Dougal Allan

NZL

1

$10.60

18-Feb-17

15

Sam Appleton

AUS

2

$10.00

09-Apr-17

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Challenge Family prize money ranking | Women

April 18, 2017

Rank

Name

Nation

Races

Prize Money

Last Money Race

1

Daniela Ryf

SUI

2

$50,000

02-Apr-17

2

Andrea Hewitt

NZL

2

$36,000

08-Apr-17

3

Kaisa Lehtonen

FIN

2

$18,000

02-Apr-17

4

Laura Siddall

GBR

3

$17,104

09-Apr-17

5

Ellie Salthouse

AUS

3

$16,250

01-Apr-17

6

Jocelyn McCauley

USA

1

$15,000

04-Mar-17

7

Heather Wurtele

CAN

2

$13,250

01-Apr-17

8

Annabel Luxford

AUS

3

$13,245

09-Apr-17

9

Jodie Stimpson

GBR

2

$13,000

08-Apr-17

10

Ashleigh Gentle

AUS

1

$12,000

08-Apr-17

11

Susie Cheetham

GBR

2

$11,000

02-Apr-17

12

Barbara Riveros

CHI

3

$10,750

19-Mar-17

13

Yvonne Van Vlerken

NED

1

$10,596

18-Feb-17

14

Holly Lawrence

GBR

1

$10,000

01-Apr-17

14

Kimberley Morrison

GBR

3

$10,000

02-Apr-17

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