Gomez after another world title

Javier Gomez will highlight the field in his home country at this weekend's ITU Long Distance World Championship in Pontevedra, Spain.

| May 3, 2019 | NEWS

 Javier Gomez (Archive photo).

Javier Gomez (Archive photo).

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This week's ITU Multisport World Championship in Pontevedra, Spain comes to an end this weekend with the marquee race, the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship. Following with the  ITU long-distance format, the day begins with a 3 km swim in the Lerenz River. The 110 km bike course includes three 36 km loops heading towards San Antoniño. That's all followed by a 30 km run in the coastal town of Pontevedra.

Gomez makes a long-distance detour

Javier Gomez announced in January that he wanted to focus on qualifying for the 2020 Olympics and would be competing at the WTS series this season. But he's already made a few exceptions to that plan - he wants to compete at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France in September and fully intended to compete at this weekend's ITU Long Distance World Championships in his native Pontevedra. 

He'll face some stiff competition in the form of his countryman, Pablo Dapena Gonzalez, not to mention Ironman champs Terenzo Bozzone and James Cunnama. Add to that list names like Ruedi Wild, Cyril Viennot, Anthony Costes and Andrey Bryukhankov and you have the makings of a very competitive race.

The course for the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship.

The course for the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship.

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Danish duo heads up women's field

The women's field is also strong despite the fact that none of the women who made up last year's podium are back. Denmark's Camilla Pedersen, coming off a big win at the Cannes Triathlon and the winner of this title in 2014, is likely the favorite heading into the race. Her countrywoman, Maja Stage Nielsen, is another woman to watch, as is Belgian Alexandra Tondeur, the reigning ETU middle-distance European champion and Switzerland's Emma Bilham.