Dorian Coninx took his first WTS race in style by getting to the line just two seconds ahead of five-time WTS world champ Javier Gomez.
April 27, 2019 | NEWS|
The second WTS race in Bermuda saw a quick 1.5 km swim to start the day. One of the favorites, France's Vincent Luis, came out of the water in just under 18 minutes to lead the way into T1. By the end of the first transition the race was already torn apart with many groups forming. Some of the favorites were already far behind the leaders at the time: Mario Mola (ESP) started the bike 1:09 behind the leaders, Fernando Alarza (ESP), Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR), Jacob Birtwhistle (AUS) and Gustav Iden (NOR) also trailed the lead group of Luis, Henri Schoeman (RSA) and Javier Gomez (ESP) by between 40 and 60 seconds.
Blummenfelt drives the pack
Through the first half of the 40 km bike course the second and third groups joined forces and started to gain time on the lead group. Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) did much of the work at the front and the group caught the lead group after 25 km. From that stage onwards there were a number of short attacks, many initiated by Belgian Marten Van Riel, but he was never able to get clear. With seven km to go, though, German Jonas Schomburg pushed clear with Jorik Van Egdom (NED) and Dorian Coninx (FRA) - the three were able to open a gap of 35 seconds by the second transition zone.
Coninx beats Gomez and Iden on the final climb
By the end of the first of four running loops the lead group of cyclists had been caught and a group of four including Gustav Iden (NOR), Luis, Gomez and Blummenfelt moved to the front. Halfway through the race Dorian Coninx (FRA) also joined the leaders. Blummenfelt dropped out of the group three km from the finish and a short time later Luis could not keep up with the pace of the lead trio. Over the last two km Iden and Gomez tried to attack, but couldn't break clear. On the final climb, 300 meters from the finish, Coninx finally managed to open a gap from the other two and sprinted towards his first WTS victory. The Frenchman crossed the finish line in 1:50:36, followed by Gomez, who won the sprint finish over Iden and crossed the line just two seconds behind the leader in his WTS comeback race after a year and a half break. Luis and Blummenfelt finished fourth and fifth. Three-time WTS world champion Mario Mola had a tough day and had to settle with 26th place.
WTS Bermuda 2019 | Männer
- April 2019 | Bermuda
1.5 km Swim
40 km Bike
10 km Run
Pierre Le Corre