Olmo and Willian tops at New Plymouth World Cup

Angelica Olmo takes her first world cup title, while Luke Willian topped a terrific men's field at the New Plymouth Triathlon World Cup.

| April 1, 2019 | NEWS

Angelica Olmo captures her first world cup in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

Angelica Olmo captures her first world cup in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

Photo >Jo Caird | ITU Media

The New Plymouth Triathlon World Cup saw the return of Javier Gomez to the ITU scene for 2019, which heralded much excitement in the triathlon ranks. While the Spaniard didn't end up on the podium, he was certainly in the mix in an exciting men's race that came down to a footrace and was won by Australian Luke Willian. The women's race saw a small group stay clear on the bike, but the fast-moving chase group would swallow them up on the run as Italy's Angelica Olmo surged away to take her first world cup title.

Olmo surges to the win

It was hardly a surprise to see Aussie Emma Jeffcoat lead the way out of the water, but she was joined by a group of 10 starting the 20 km hilly bike course. Into T2 it was Jeffcoat, Switzerland's Jolanda Annen and Australian Jaz Hedgeland who would hit the run course first, but with only a small gap of about 30 seconds on the chasers.

By the time they started the final lap of the run it was Olmo, Annen, Hedgeland and American Tamara Gorman who would be left to decide the three podium spots - Olmo surged away and then managed to hold off Annen for the win, while Hedgeland would run clear of Gorman to round out the podium.

Willian pulls clear

As is usual at ITU events he's in, Slovakia's Richard Varga led the way out of the water with Gomez just off the back of the lead pack after the 750 m non-wetsuit swim. Out on the bike the leaders were eventually joined by the chase group on the technical course - Gomez would attempt to make a move on one of the climbs, but the group was all-too-attentive and marked the five-time ITU world champion's move quickly.

Into T2 there was a big group ready to fly through the 5 km run, with Willian pushing the pace early on. He would maintain the pressure and, by the final lap, was clear of the chasers. Germany's Justus Nieschlag would finish second, six seconds back, out-leaning New Zealand's Sam Ward. Gomez would hang in for fifth, an impressive sprint-distance start for a man who recently nailed his Nice 70.3 worlds qualifying spot with a win at Ironman 70.3 Geelong.

New Plymouth Triathlon World Cup 2019 | Men

March 31, 2019 | New Plymouth, New Zealand

Name

Country

Total

750 m Swim

20 km Bike

5 km run

1

Luke Willian

AUS

0:56:05

0:09:46

0:31:01

0:14:32

2

Justus Nieschlag

GER

0:56:11

0:09:46

0:31:04

0:14:37

3

Sam Ward

NZL

0:56:11

0:09:48

0:31:00

0:14:34

4

Hayden Wilde

NZL

0:56:16

0:09:50

0:30:58

0:14:47

5

Javier Gomez Noya

ESP

0:56:18

0:09:58

0:30:51

0:14:39

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New Plymouth Triathlon World Cup 2019 | Men

March 31, 2019 | New Plymouth, New Zealand

Name

Country

Gesamt

750 m Swim

20 km Bike

5 km run

1

Angelica Olmo

ITA

01:03:27

00:11:08

00:34:55

00:16:34

2

Jolanda Annen

SUI

01:03:28

00:10:56

00:35:27

00:16:42

3

Jaz Hedgeland

AUS

01:03:36

00:11:05

00:34:53

00:16:50

4

Tamara Gorman

USA

01:03:44

00:10:55

00:35:29

00:17:20

5

Emma Jeffcoat

AUS

01:04:01

00:10:55

00:35:05

00:17:39

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