Charles and Gomez capture Cannes

Javier Gomez continued his Kona prep with a resounding win, while Lucy Charles had to push right to the finish line at the Cannes International Triathlon.

| April 30, 2018 | NEWS

Lucy Charles takes the Cannes International Triathlon.

Lucy Charles takes the Cannes International Triathlon.

Photo >José Luis Hourcade

The fifth running of the Cannes International Triathlon featured a new course this year - adding 12 km and more climbing to the bike course (which meant the athletes faced 107 km of riding and 1,700 m of climbing). The spectacular course in the wilderness inland from the French Riviera featured a pair of international stars with last year's Kona runner-up, Lucy Charles, and eight-time world champion Javier Gomez.

Charles overcomes a flat

Charles, fresh off a big win at the Ironman African Championship in South Africa just a few weeks ago, took the win, but it was hardly easy. On Instagram, the 24-year-old Brit reported that she flatted just 8 km into the race but didn't have a spare tube. An age group athletes helped her out and she was able to continue to the 25 km point with a semi-inflated tire, where another age group competitor helped her get more air in the tire. She went from fourth back to the lead by T2 and ran her way to the win in 5:14:06. France's Johanna Daumas Carrier (5:16:56) and Marion Gay-Pageon (5:24:14) completed the podium.

Javier Gomez unstoppable

While Charles went with a road bike, Gomez chose to ride his triathlon bike on the mountainous, technical bike course. Gomez finished a dominating swim and strong bike with a 51-minute split for the 16 km run course, getting him to the line in 4:27:12. Kevin Maurel from France followed in second in 4:39:32. Malte Plapper from Germany rounded out the podiumin 4:40:24.

Javier Gomez on the bike course at the Cannes International Triathlon.

Javier Gomez on the bike course at the Cannes International Triathlon.

Photo >JOSÉ LUIS HOURCADE