Birtwhistle and Stanford hammer in Hamburg

Jacob Birtwhistle showed off another exquisite sprint to take the men's race at the World Triathlon Hamburg, while Non Stanford powered through the run to take the women's title.

| July 6, 2019 | NEWS

Non Stanford celebrates a big win at WTS Hamburg.

Non Stanford celebrates a big win at WTS Hamburg.

Photo >ITU Media | Janos Schmidt

The World Triathlon Hamburg event is renowned for its huge crowds that get to enjoy some spectacular racing on the winding course that works its way through Hamburg's downtown, but this year's race added even more excitement thanks to the rain that made things even tougher on the bike. The day for the pros started off with a 750 m swim in water cool enough to allow wetsuits. First out of the water in the women's race were France's Cassandre Beaugrand and American Summer Rappaport.

A series of crashes early on the bike put some of the women out of contention for the lead group, including WTS series leader Katie Zaferes. A lead group including Beaugrand, Rappaport, Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR), Laura Lindemann (GER), Taylor Spivey (USA), Caroline Pohle (GER) and Nicola Spirig (SUI) managed to open up a gap of a minute by the end of the 21 km bike, setting those athletes up for a run at the medals.

From the start of the run Stanford made it clear she would be gunning for the win and only defending champ Beaugrand seemed to be able to stay with the Brit. Beaugrand hung tough to hold on for second, while Rappaport managed to outsprint Rachel Klamer (NED) for the final spot on the podium. Of note is Nicola Spirig's eighth-place finish, enough to earn her a spot at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, just months after having her third child.

Birtwhistle runs to another win

It was no surprise to see Richard Varga (SVK) lead the way out of the water, but he had some company at the front in the form of German Jonas Schomberg. A big group formed out on the bike course early on, though, but it was only a matter of time until something happened on the wet, slippery roads. On the fourth lap Denmark's Andreas Schilling, who was at the front, went down, putting a number of the favorites out of the race including Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR), Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) and Bence Bicsák (HUN). Other contenders like Richard Murray (RSA), Alex Yee (GBR), Fernando Alarza (ESP) and Henri Schoeman (RSA) were able to get back up and into the race, but had lost 90 seconds and were out of the medal hunt.

After T2 it was Schomburg who was once again at the front, but that lead didn't last long as a group of running speedsters pulled ahead 500 m into the run. That group included Mario Mola (ESP), Birtwhistle, Vincent Luis (FRA), Javier Gomez (ESP), Jelle Geens (BEL), Hayden Wilde (NZL) and Justus Nieschlag (GER).

By the second lap Gomez and Nieschlag had been dropped from the lead group, and things were set up for a spectacular sprint. Just as he did two years ago when he helped Australia win the world relay championship in Hamburg, Birtwhistle blasted through the last 400 m to get himself clear and take the win. Luis would take seccond, with Geens following up his exciting win last week in Montreal with another podium finish in third.

Jacob Birtwhistle sprints his way to another WTS title in Hamburg.

Jacob Birtwhistle sprints his way to another WTS title in Hamburg.

Photo >Helena Wetjen / Spomedis

WTS Hamburg | Men

July 6, 2019 | Hamburg, Germany

Name

Country

Overall

750 m Swim

21 km Bike

5 km Run

1

Jacob Birtwhistle

AUS

55:09:00

9:13

30:45

14:13

2

Vincent Luis

FRA

55:10:00

8:59

31:04

14:15

3

Jelle Geens

BEL

55:13:00

9:08

30:53

14:16

4

Mario Mola

ESP

55:15:00

9:06

30:50

14:15

5

Léo Bergere

FRA

55:17:00

9:03

30:57

14:21

6

Hayden Wilde

NZL

55:20:00

9:14

30:47

14:25

7

Justus Nieschlag

GER

55:25:00

9:03

30:56

14:31

8

Javier Gomez

ESP

55:34:00

9:08

30:53

14:37

9

Marten Van Riel

BEL

55:41:00

8:53

31:08

14:44

10

Ryan Sissons

NZL

55:45:00

9:13

30:47

14:48

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WTS Hamburg | Women

July 6, 2019 | Hamburg, Germany

Name

Country

Overall

750 m Swim

21 km Bike

5 km Run

1

Non Stanford

GBR

59:24:00

9:31

32:43:00

16:04

2

Cassandre Beaugrand

FRA

59:31:00

9:17

33:09:00

16:07

3

Summer Rappaport

USA

59:42:00

9:18

33:07:00

16:13

4

Rachel Klamer

NED

59:43:00

9:31

32:48:00

16:22

5

Georgia Taylor-Brown

GBR

59:49:00

9:27

32:53:00

16:26

6

Taylor Spivey

USA

59:51:00

9:24

32:58:00

16:24

7

Laura Lindemann

GER

59:52:00

9:25

32:55:00

16:27

8

Nicola Spirig

SUI

59:59:00

9:36

32:45:00

16:37

9

Vicky Holland

GBR

1:00:03

9:25

32:48:00

16:39

10

Annamaria Mazetti

ITA

1:00:06

9:37

32:45:00

16:41

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