Katie Zaferes came back from a crash at the Tokyo Test Event to win a dramatic sprint, taking both the Grand Final and the ITU WTS Series.
September 1, 2019 | NEWS|
After starting the WTS season with a bang thanks to wins in Abu Dhabi, Bermuda, Yokohama and Montreal, along with a second in Leeds, things became a bit more challenging for Katie Zaferes this year. A crash in Hamburg saw her finish way back in 35th, then another crash at the Tokyo Test Event put her out of that race.
Those memories will no-doubt be long forgotten now, though, after the American's huge sprint win in Lausanne, which put an exclamation point on her impressive season.
Great Britain's Jessica Learmonth led the way out of the water, setting up a breakaway group that included Zaferes, Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR), Flora Duffy (BER), Taylor Spivey (USA), Sophie Coldwell (GBR) and Summer Rappaport (USA).
That group managed to stay away from the chase pack that was hauled around the course by Switzerland's Nicola Spirig.
Duffy and Zaferes drove the lead pack for much of the way, and they managed to drop all but Taylor-Brown, Learmonth and Vittoria Lopez (BRA) drop off by the time the group hit T2.
Once on the run it quickly became a three-woman race for the win as Learmonth, Taylor-Brown and Zaferes pulled clear. Taylor-Brown got dropped with about one km to go, setting up a dramatic sprint over the final 200 m between Zaferes and Learmonth, which the American took.
Zaferes not only took the day, her win ensured she took the WTS world title as well. Learmonth and Taylor-Brown finished second and third on the day, and also second and third in the world standings, too.
ITU WTS Grand Final Lausanne | Women
August 31, 2019 | Lausanne, Switzerland
1.5 km Swim
40 km Bike
10 km Run