Zaferes leads the way into Lausanne

Despite two bike crashes in her last two WTS races, Katie Zaferes maintains a commanding lead in the WTS series heading into the WTS Grand Final in Lausanne. Can she hold on for her first world championship this year?

| August 30, 2019 | NEWS

Katie Zaferes on her way to the WTS Montreal title in June, 2019.

Katie Zaferes on her way to the WTS Montreal title in June, 2019.

Photo >Wagner Araujo | ITU

After coming oh-so-close to taking the world title last year, Katie Zaferes started 2019 with a bang - winning the Super League Triathlon before dominating the opening five races of the WTS series with four wins and a runner-up finish. A tough race in Hamburg put her off the podium, then a scary crash in Tokyo at the Olympic test event slowed her impressive string of races, but she remains in control of the WTS overall standings - as long as she gets across the line in 12th or better this weekend in Lausanne.

If Great Britain's Jessica Learmonth can take the win and Zaferes finishes 13th or lower, she'll take the overall WTS title this year. The women Learmonth tied with at the Tokyo Test Event (both were disqualified), Georgia Taylor Brown, can also win the title if she manages to win in Lausanne and Zaferes finishes 15th or lower. In theory American Taylor Spivey could also win the title, but it's a long shot, for sure. She's finished in the top-10 in all her WTS appearances this year, though, so she remains a contender for the overall win.

Other possible contenders for the win on Saturday in Lausanne include last year's Grand Final champion, Australia's Ashleigh Gentle and hometown hero Nicola Spirig, who qualified for Tokyo earlier this summer and would no-doubt love to put on a big show for the Swiss crowds. Flora Duffy has also returned to racing and ended up taking the Tokyo title after the DQs, proving she's rounding into form quickly after an absence of over a year from racing. Great Britain's Non Stanford is another woman many consider capable of taking the big day, while American Summer Rappaport will likely be amongst the leaders out of the water and riding on a high after her Tokyo-qualifying performance two weeks ago at the test event.

Below you'll find a list of all the women's starters for Saturday's race.

ITU WTS Grand Final Lausanne Start List | Women

August 31, 2019 | Lausanne, Switzerland

Race number

First Name

Last Name

Country

1

Katie

Zaferes

USA

2

Jessica

Learmonth

GBR

3

Georgia

Taylor-Brown

GBR

4

Taylor

Spivey

USA

5

Non

Stanford

GBR

6

Summer

Rappaport

USA

7

Rachel

Klamer

NED

8

Joanna

Brown

CAN

9

Cassandre

Beaugrand

FRA

10

Claire

Michel

BEL

11

Emma

Jackson

AUS

12

Vicky

Holland

GBR

14

Yuko

Takahashi

JPN

15

Lisa

Perterer

AUT

16

Taylor

Knibb

USA

17

Ashleigh

Gentle

AUS

18

Annamaria

Mazzetti

ITA

19

Chelsea

Burns

USA

20

Laura

Lindemann

GER

21

Vendula

Frintova

CZE

22

Alice

Betto

ITA

23

Verena

Steinhauser

ITA

24

Leonie

Periault

FRA

25

Maya

Kingma

NED

26

Jaz

Hedgeland

AUS

27

Natalie

Van Coevorden

AUS

28

Tamara

Gorman

USA

29

Sophie

Coldwell

GBR

30

Jolanda

Annen

SUI

31

Vittoria

Lopes

BRA

32

Julia

Hauser

AUT

33

Miriam

Casillas García

ESP

34

Nicola

Spirig

SUI

35

Melanie

Santos

POR

36

Sandra

Dodet

FRA

38

Valerie

Barthelemy

BEL

39

Cecilia

Perez

MEX

40

Luisa

Baptista

BRA

42

Lizeth

Rueda Santos

MEX

43

Beth

Potter

GBR

44

Gillian

Sanders

RSA

45

Charlotte

McShane

AUS

46

Romana

Gajdošová

SVK

47

Adriana

Barraza

MEX

48

Kirsten

Kasper

USA

49

Zsófia

Kovács

HUN

50

Julie

Derron

SUI

51

Claudia

Rivas

MEX

52

Edda

Hannesdottir

ISL

53

Nina

Eim

GER

54

Anna

Godoy Contreras

ESP

55

Michelle

Flipo

MEX

57

Petra

Kurikova

CZE

58

Flora

Duffy

BER

59

Sara

Vilic

AUT

60

Hiraku

Fukuoka

JPN

61

Antoanela

Manac

ROU

63

Kseniia

Levkovska

AZE

64

Anastasia

Gorbunova

RUS

65

Long

Hoi

MAC

66

Maria

Czesnik

POL

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