Kristian Blummenfelt took the Grand Final while Vincent Luis' fifth-place finish was enough to net him the overall WTS world title.
September 1, 2019 | NEWS|
Norway's Kristian Blummenfelt took the day, winning the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Lausanne in impressive style thanks to an aggressive bike, but it was France's Vincent Luis who would prove victorious for the ITU world title, winning the final overall standings thanks to his fifth-place finish and solid showing throughout the year.
It's been a challenging year for Blummenfelt, who crashed in Hamburg and at the Olympic Test Event in Tokyo, but he overcame those challenges in style to take the world title thanks to the day's fastest run, holding off Spain's Mario Mola for the win.
The non-wetsuit, two-loop 1.5 km swim was led by South Africa's Henri Schoeman who led off a small breakaway group including Jonathan Brownlee (GBR), Javier Gomez (ESP), Blummenfelt, Marten Van Riel (BEL) and Luis. The huge chase group was only 30 seconds down after the first loop, and eventually joined the leaders, which added a group of fast runners and big names to the group including Mola, Norway's Capser Stornes and Gustav Iden, Fernando Alarza (ESP) and Jacob Birtwhistle (AUS). Despite efforts by the Norwegians to push the pace, the group stayed together into T2.
Blummenfelt quickly showed everyone that he was going to be the man to beat, opening up a gap on a chase group that included Mola, Luis, Gomez, Alarza, Iden and Stornes. That group got steadily whittled down by the hot conditions and the climb along each of the four laps, eventually leaving just Mola to chase Blummenfelt and some excitement starting at Luis faded to fifth. If Mola could win and Luis were to finish sixth, the Spaniard would take a fourth straight WTS world title.
In the end, though, there was no catching Blummenfelt, who powered away to the win. Mola would take second with Alarza running his way to third. Luis' fifth place finish was enough to ensure he'd take the world title.
Luis would take the world title ahead of Mola and Gomez.
ITU WTS Grand Final Lausanne | Men
August 31, 2019 | Lausanne, Switzerland
1.5 km Swim
40 km Bike
10 km Run
Marten Van Riel