Duffy blasts in Bermuda

Flora Duffy thrilled an entire country as she dominated the day at the ITU World Triathlon Bermuda.

| April 29, 2018 | NEWS

Flora Duffy wins WTS Bermuda in dominating style.

Flora Duffy wins WTS Bermuda in dominating style.

Photo >Wagner Araujo | ITU

It's one thing to race in front of your country. It's another thing to race in front of your country as the two-time world champion and prohibitive favorite. It's yet another thing to race in front of your country when literally almost all of them come out to watch you race live.

Bermuda is a tiny island of 65,000 people and it sure looked like the majority of them were on hand to watch the inaugural ITU World Triathlon Bermuda. They were treated to a spectacular show by their home-country champion, Flora Duffy, who was the fastest swimmer, cyclist and runner, leading to an impressive wire-to-wire win.

“I don’t think this moment is going to sink in for a while, but what I will say when it does is that this will probably be one of the highlights of my career," Duffy said after the race. "I mean this is incredible, the streets were lined, and it was just a phenomenal atmosphere, it was incredible."

It looked like Duffy might have some company after leading a pack of five out of the water, but only Kirsten Kasper (USA) was able to stay close out of T1. Duffy dropped the American on the first of 10 climbs up Corkscrew hill and proceeded to solo away from the field.

“That wasn’t my plan, I wanted to get a small breakaway, that is why I pushed in the swim," Duffy said. "Going up corkscrew I wasn’t really sure where everybody was, I knew Kirsten (Kasper) was there, I attacked it because that was my plan and I thought she would come with me, but she didn’t. So I thought, well I guess I am going 40km solo.”

After the incredible ride Duffy finished the day with the fastest run, too. Katie Zaferes (USA) and Vicky Holland (GBR) battled for the runner-up spot, which went to Holland in a photo finish sprint.

In the end, though, the day was truly the Flora Duffy show. Duffy took what others might have seen as a pressure cooker of a situation and turned it into a celebration. Which is exactly what all those people from Bermuda wanted.

ITU World Triathlon Bermuda | Women

April 28, 2018 | Hamilton, Bermuda

Name

Country

Total

Swim

Bike

Run

1

Flora Duffy

BER

2:01:39

0:19:38

1:06:32

0:34:29

2

Vicky Holland

GBR

2:03:25

0:19:57

1:07:37

0:34:46

3

Katie Zaferes

USA

2:03:25

0:19:59

1:07:32

0:34:52

4

Kirsten Kasper

USA

2:05:40

0:19:41

1:07:54

0:37:06

5

Yuko Takahas

JPN

2:05:51

0:19:56

1:07:37

0:37:19

6

Alice Betto

ITA

2:06:05

0:19:55

1:07:37

0:37:30

7

Yuka Sato

JPN

2:06:23

0:19:59

1:07:35

0:37:47

8

Jodie Stimpson

GBR

2:06:37

0:20:02

1:07:31

0:37:59

9

Taylor Spivey

USA

2:07:02

0:20:00

1:07:30

0:38:23

10

Joanna Brown

CAN

2:07:38

0:20:33

1:09:17

0:36:43

11

Vendula Frintova

CZE

2:07:39

0:20:33

1:09:18

0:36:42

12

Rachel Klamer

NED

2:07:40

0:20:00

1:09:50

0:36:47

13

Claire Michel

BEL

2:07:43

0:20:07

1:09:47

0:36:47

14

Georgia Taylor-Brown

GBR

2:08:06

0:20:04

1:09:33

0:37:11

15

Laura Lindemann

GER

2:08:32

0:20:32

1:09:20

0:37:39

16

Maya Kingma

NED

2:08:46

0:19:42

1:07:49

0:40:09

17

Chelsea Burns

USA

2:09:25

0:20:03

1:09:47

0:38:31

18

Juri Ide

JPN

2:10:07

0:20:34

1:11:57

0:36:28

19

Summer Cook

USA

2:10:08

0:19:40

1:11:41

0:37:38

20

Lisa Perterer

AUT

2:10:39

0:21:23

1:10:54

0:36:59

21

Ai Ueda

JPN

2:10:40

0:21:25

1:11:09

0:37:03

22

Luisa Baptista

BRA

2:10:41

0:20:37

1:11:59

0:37:02

23

Taylor Knibb

USA

2:12:06

0:20:34

1:10:58

0:39:24

24

Cecilia Perez

MEX

2:12:18

0:20:35

1:11:44

0:38:38

25

Michelle Flipo

MEX

2:13:05

0:20:02

1:09:50

0:42:08

26

Valerie Barthelemy

BEL

2:13:36

0:20:01

1:12:30

0:40:01

DNF

Jolanda Annen

SUI

DNF

0:20:36

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNF

Melanie Santos

POR

DNF

0:19:43

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNF

Zsanett Bragmayer

HUN

DNF

0:20:01

0:00:00

0:00:00

LAP

Yun-Jung Jang

KOR

LAP

0:20:06

0:00:00

0:00:00

LAP

Paola Diaz

MEX

LAP

0:20:59

0:00:00

0:00:00

LAP

Leonie Periault

FRA

LAP

0:21:23

0:00:00

0:00:00

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