Klamer claims first WTS title in Abu Dhabi

Beim WTS-Rennen in Abu Dhabi konnte Rachel Klamer zum ersten Mal ein Rennen in der WM-Serie gewinnen. Laura Lindemann präsentierte sich laufstark und wird Fünfte, während Top-Favortin Flora Duffy in Führung liegend aussteigen musste.

| March 2, 2018 | NEWS

Rachel Klamer takes her first WTS title in Abu Dhabi

Rachel Klamer takes her first WTS title in Abu Dhabi

Photo >Tommy Zaferes | ITU

Wet conditions turned the bike course at WTS Abu Dhabi into a battle of survival as many of the pre-race favorites went down along the 20 km course. Rachel Klamer (NED) managed to take the four-woman footrace to claim her first WTS title.

Duffy leads early

As we reported in our race preview here on TriathlonWorld.com, two-time defending WTS champion Flora Duffy's race strategy is hardly a secret - she typically breaks away on the bike and holds tough through the run. The only change in that strategy early on in Abu Dhabi was that the Bermuda athlete led the way onto the bike after trailing Jessica Learmonth (GBR) at the end of the swim. Duffy went down on the first lap, though, and would have to pull out of the race.

That left a nine-woman group that included Americans Katie Zaferes and Kristen Kasper, Klamer, Canadian Joanna Brown, Learmonth, Melanie Santos (POR), Sophie Coldwell (GBR), Lotte Miller (NOR) and Australian Natalie van Coevorden. By 10 km the attrition continued with more crashes lead pack was down to seven as Brown and Coldwell went down, but the group was still able to gain time on the chase pack. Three kilometers from the bike finish Zaferes when down, too.

Klamer sprints to the win

Starting the run a group of four women including Kasper, Klamer, Learmonth and van Coevorden dueled at the front of the race. Klamer and Learmonth pulled clear with 2 km to go, and then, with about 1 km from the finish Klamer blasted clear and sprinted to her first WTS win in 1:00:43. Learmonth took second 13 seconds behind, followed by van Coevorden and Kasper who ended up in a photo finish. 

Name

Country

Total

750 m Swim

20 km Bike

5 km Run

1

Rachel Klamer

NED

1:00:43

9:18

33:14

16:54

2

Jessica Learmonth

GBR

1:00:57

9:06

33:27

17:05

3

Natalie van Coevorden

AUS

1:01:00

9:13

33:19

17:07

4

Kirsten Kasper

GBR

1:01:01

9:22

32:24

17:57

5

Melanie Santos

POR

1:01:24

9:14

33:19

17:31

6

Laura Lindemann

GER

1:01:39

9:25

33:55

16:55

7

Andrea Hewitt

NZL

1:01:40

9:25

33:55

17:00

8

Yuka Sato

JPN

1:01:41

9:23

34:00

16:57

9

Leonie Periault

FRA

1:01:42

9:30

33:56

17:01

10

Lotte Miller

NOR

1:01:50

9:17

33:14

17:55

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