As if the World Cup win wasn’t enough, France added the gold medal in the ITU Triathlon Mixed Team Relay World Championship to a stellar weekend of triathlon racing in Hamburg.
July 15, 2018 | NEWS|
A few hours before France would celebrate a huge World Cup win, the French national anthem was being played for another world title – this one for the ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championshiop, capping off a weekend that included a WTS championship win for Cassandre Beaugrand and a silver medal for Vincent Luis in the individual sprint race.
The day started off with a stunning leg by the Netherlands’ Rachel Klamer, who gutted out her finish yesterday with road rash thanks to an early crash and came back for the relay race with a vengeance. Leading through the swim and the bike, Klamer was caught by Germany’s Laura Lindemann and France’s Leonie Perault on the run.
That was as good as it was going to get for Germany, though – in the second leg Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee, American Ben Kanute and France’s Dorian Coninx took over at the front. Coninx led the way into the second hand off, tagging off to Beaugrand with France in the lead with a bit of space to Great Britain. Beaugrand continued her Hamburg hot streak with a fantastic swim that extended the seven-second lead, and opened up a gap of almost 30 seconds on Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson and American Katie Zaferes. Japan’s Yuko Takahashi joined in the fun, too, making it a three-woman group chasing Beaugrand on the bike. They would catch the individual Hamburg champion heading into T2, but only Zaferes was able to stay with Beaugrand during the run. Stimpson tagged off with Tom Bishop about 10 seconds back. Behind them Ashleigh Gentle was putting together a spirited leg for Australia, tagging off to Jacob Birtwhistle, who was more than ready to repeat the heroics that saw him pull Australia to the gold medal at these championships thanks to an incredible run.
The battle up front between Luis and American Kevin McDowell, who had sat out the day before to rest up for the relay world championship, ended up badly for the Americans – McDowell stayed close in the swim, but Luis biked clear and maintained his lead to the line. Adding insult to injury for the Americans, Birtwhistle did it again and somehow managed to bridge the gap, passing Great Britain’s Tom Bishop early in the run and making up the 30-second gap to the Americans coming onto the blue carpet, outsprinting McDowell for the silver medal.
ITU Triathlon World Mixed Relay Championships
July 15, 2018 | Hamburg, Germany