Mola masters Hamburg again

Mario Mola became the first man to defend his title at the World Triathlon Hamburg, pulling away from a huge lead group on the run to take his third WTS series race of the year over Jacob Birtwhistle and Ryan Sissons.

| July 15, 2017 | NEWS

Mario Mola runs his way to another win in Hamburg and moves to the top of the WTS standings.

Mario Mola runs his way to another win in Hamburg and moves to the top of the WTS standings.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Australian Matt Hauser pulled clear of the pack in the water during the 750 m swim, but within seconds of the start of the bike a huge pack of over 30 formed with all the pre-race favorites. WTS leader Fernando Alarza (ESP) crashed at the tail end of the first lap and would have to pull out of the race.

The big pack didn’t really break up at all, leaving a big group to enter T2 together and turn the day into a 5 km road race.

The first man to make a move was Jacob Birtwhistle (AUS), but last year’s runner up didn’t stay ahead for long as Mario Mola (ESP) took off from the rest of the group just before the mile marker and never looked back. The rest of the men were left to duke it out, making for an exciting closing kilometer.

“I am really happy with the day – I felt really, really good all the way through the race,” Mola said afterwards. “I was going pretty much as hard as I could right from the start of the run. I knew that it was going to be a really fast run and I started with Jake (Birtwhistle), who I knew had a good start and then I was feeling good, so I thought I might as well give it a try.”

Mola’s 14:01 run split was enough to get him to the line well ahead of the exciting sprint for the rest of the podium spots. As he did last year, Birtwhistle was able to overtake all but Mola over the final few hundred meters to repeat as the silver medalist, while Kiwi Ryan Sissons had a brilliant kick to round out the the top three, his first WTS podium.

For the second year in a row Jacob Birtwhistle sprinted to second in Hamuburg.

For the second year in a row Jacob Birtwhistle sprinted to second in Hamuburg.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Ryan Sissons makes his first WTS podium.

Ryan Sissons makes his first WTS podium.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

“I would rather not put myself in that position to not have to chase like that in the last 500 metres, but when it comes to days like today I am glad that it is there,” Birtwhistle said of his closing kick. “I love Hamburg, it is hands down my favourite race on the circuit. The fans are awesome, the crowds are awesome. Thankfully I have managed to have a couple of good races here as well, so really I am happy to be back and I hope it continues.”

Sissons was three seconds back in third, getting to the line ahead of France’s Vincent Luis, who also managed to outkick Javier Gomez, who ended up fifth after leading the group for much of the run.

“I am super happy,” Sissons said just minutes after the race. “I’ve never been on a WTS podium and to do it here in Hamburg is absolutely amazing. Off the bike I tried to get myself into a good a position and tried to get to the front as quick as I could, which I did. Then Mario went at about 1.5 km and I just don’t have that speed, so I sat there with Javier for quite a while. Javier led for quite a bit and I took a couple of turns, but I still wasn’t feeling amazing, but with 1 km to go I thought I had to lay it all out there.”

Mola now moves to the top of the WTS standings as he tries to defend the world championship title he won last year.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

World Triathlon Hamburg | Elite men

July 15, 2017 | Hamburg, Germany

Name

Country

Total

750 m Swim

20 km Bike

5 km Run

1

Mario Mola

ESP

0:54:08

0:08:55

0:30:16

0:14:01

2

Jacob Birtwhistle

AUS

0:54:20

0:08:50

0:30:17

0:14:15

3

Ryan Sissons

NZL

0:54:23

0:09:05

0:30:09

0:14:16

4

Vincent Luis

FRA

0:54:26

0:09:00

0:30:13

0:14:18

5

Javier Gomez Noya

ESP

0:54:28

0:08:54

0:30:20

0:14:19

6

Dorian Coninx

FRA

0:54:29

0:08:50

0:30:29

0:14:18

7

Richard Murray

RSA

0:54:31

0:09:00

0:30:12

0:14:17

8

Léo Bergere

FRA

0:54:36

0:08:56

0:30:18

0:14:29

9

Kristian Blummenfelt

NOR

0:54:39

0:08:54

0:30:16

0:14:35

10

Joao Pereira

POR

0:54:45

0:09:00

0:30:17

0:14:32

11

Raphael Montoya

FRA

0:54:45

0:09:02

0:30:12

0:14:32

12

Thomas Bishop

GBR

0:54:46

0:08:52

0:30:22

0:14:31

13

Vicente Hernandez

ESP

0:54:47

0:08:59

0:30:17

0:14:35

14

Andreas Schilling

DEN

0:54:48

0:08:58

0:30:13

0:14:41

15

Justus Nieschlag

GER

0:54:52

0:09:04

0:30:06

0:14:49

16

Henri Schoeman

RSA

0:54:56

0:08:48

0:30:28

0:14:49

17

Adrien Briffod

SUI

0:55:01

0:08:58

0:30:15

0:14:56

18

Matthew Mcelroy

USA

0:55:05

0:09:03

0:30:09

0:14:56

19

Lukas Hollaus

AUT

0:55:07

0:09:03

0:30:11

0:14:56

20

Matthew Hauser

AUS

0:55:09

0:08:33

0:30:45

0:14:56

21

Kevin Mcdowell

USA

0:55:11

0:08:46

0:30:28

0:14:58

22

Andrea Salvisberg

SUI

0:55:17

0:08:54

0:30:20

0:15:06

23

Shachar Sagiv

ISR

0:55:19

0:09:08

0:30:03

0:15:15

24

Joao Silva

POR

0:55:20

0:08:52

0:30:28

0:15:05

25

Aaron Royle

AUS

0:55:26

0:08:50

0:30:20

0:15:19

26

Gustav Iden

NOR

0:55:28

0:09:01

0:30:13

0:15:18

27

Alois Knabl

AUT

0:55:33

0:08:58

0:30:12

0:15:24

28

Peter Dentneer

BEL

0:55:33

0:08:47

0:30:24

0:15:23

29

Jumpei Furuya

JPN

0:55:39

0:08:55

0:30:25

0:15:27

30

Luke Willian

AUS

0:55:42

0:08:56

0:30:17

0:15:30

31

Jonas Schomburg

ITU

0:55:43

0:08:46

0:30:30

0:15:33

32

Stefan Zachaeus

LUX

0:55:45

0:09:01

0:30:11

0:15:36

33

Dmitry Polyanskiy

RUS

0:55:49

0:08:54

0:30:24

0:15:33

34

Gordon Benson

GBR

0:55:55

0:08:59

0:30:10

0:15:38

35

Marco Van Der Stel

NED

0:56:02

0:08:57

0:30:13

0:15:52

36

Ben Kanute

USA

0:56:02

0:08:51

0:30:26

0:15:52

37

Adam Bowden

GBR

0:56:08

0:08:57

0:31:06

0:14:55

38

Thomas Springer

AUT

0:56:09

0:09:06

0:31:13

0:14:55

39

Russell White

IRL

0:56:10

0:09:01

0:30:16

0:15:54

40

Sam Ward

NZL

0:56:11

0:09:03

0:31:14

0:14:57

41

Tayler Reid

NZL

0:56:25

0:08:55

0:30:23

0:16:08

42

Ryan Bailie

AUS

0:56:39

0:08:54

0:30:16

0:16:29

43

Gábor Faldum

HUN

0:56:52

0:09:00

0:30:14

0:16:39

44

Matthias Steinwandter

ITA

0:56:56

0:09:02

0:31:10

0:15:42

45

Danilo Pimentel

BRA

0:57:08

0:09:03

0:31:10

0:15:56

46

Marc Austen

GBR

0:57:19

0:08:51

0:31:26

0:16:02

47

Lasse Lührs

GER

0:57:43

0:09:00

0:30:13

0:17:27

48

David Castro Fajardo

ESP

0:57:51

0:08:58

0:30:37

0:17:18

49

Lukas Petl

AUT

0:57:55

0:09:06

0:32:17

0:15:37

50

Jorik Van Egdom

NED

0:58:00

0:09:36

0:31:45

0:15:39

51

Austin Hindman

USA

0:58:13

0:08:53

0:31:26

0:16:51

52

Fabian Villanueva Moehl

MEX

0:59:17

0:09:16

0:31:59

0:16:59

53

Makoto Odakura

JPN

0:59:20

0:09:00

0:32:18

0:16:58

54

Pierre Le Corre

FRA

0:59:26

0:08:50

0:34:07

0:15:31

DNF

Simon De Cuyper

BEL

DNF

0:09:12

0:31:04

0:08:49

DNF

Eric Lagerstrom

USA

DNF

0:09:00

0:30:13

0:00:00

DNF

Tony Dodds

NZL

DNF

0:08:53

0:16:40

0:00:00

DNF

Manoel Messias

BRA

DNF

0:09:46

0:11:35

0:00:00

DNF

Fernando Alarza

ESP

DNF

0:08:58

0:04:58

0:00:00

DNF

Rostislav Pevtsov

AZE

DNF

0:08:56

0:04:55

0:00:00

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