Mola, Gomez, Luis, Brownlee and Co. against Norway

The second race of the 2019 World Triathlon Series in Bermuda sees the world's best short-distance athletes compete on a difficult course over the Olympic distance. The field promises to make it an exciting day of racing.

| April 25, 2019 | Breakfast with Bob

In 2018, Casper Stornes, Kristian Blummenfelt and Gustav Iden dominated the podium at WTS Bermuda, the first time the entire podium at a WTS race was from one country.

In 2018, Casper Stornes, Kristian Blummenfelt and Gustav Iden dominated the podium at WTS Bermuda, the first time the entire podium at a WTS race was from one country.

Photo >Wagner Araujo | ITU

Bermuda hosted its first WTS .last year and instantly became the stage of a historic event. In the men's race, for the first time in WTS history all three spots on the podium were won by athletes from the same country as Norwegians Casper Stornes, Kristian Blummenfelt and Gustav Iden dominated the day. The Olympic-distance race takes place on a challenging course that includes ten bike laps, each with  challenging climb up Corkscrew HIll. Last year, eventual winner Stornes pulled clear of the field by over two minutes in a 30 km solo breakaway. Even Blummenfelt and Iden were able to get themselves clear through clever tactics. The course remains the same this year, so attacks on the bike seem to be pre-ordained.

Norwegian teamwork, Gomez's comeback

"The difficulty is that, after last year, everyone in the field is ready, so nobody will let me drive away," said last year's winner Stornes in our interview. After last year's race, all the favorites will have their eyes fixed on the Norwegian trio. Kristian Blummenfelt reported that he's had some problems of late, which puts a question mark next to his form. Meanwhile, team-mate Gustav Iden is in top form and has the podium firmly in his sights.

The Spaniar,d, who, after his first Ironman Wold Champaionship start in 2018, is back to short-distance racing once again as he seeks to qualify for the 2020 Games in Tokyo. At the World Cup race in New Plymouth a few weeks ago, Gomez climbed back into ITU racing over the sprint distance with a fifth-place finish. The competition for the Norwegians and Gomez will be fierce. Reigning world champion, Mario Mola (ESP), won the WTS opener in Abu Dhabi. His compatriot Fernando Alarza, France's Vincent Luis and Léo Bergere, Olympic bronze medalist Henri Schoeman (RSA) and Jacob Birtwhistle (AUS) are among the other favorites in the race. In addition, Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) is also contesting his first WTS race this year and is likely to be in for a top placing. Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN), Marten Van Riel (BEL) and Pierre Le Corre (FRA) are also men to keep an eye on. 

The men's race will start on Saturday, April 27, at 13:06 local time and can be followed live on triathlonlive.tv.

\"Corkscrew Hill\" has to be negotiated 10 times on the bike and will no-doubt play a decisive role in this year\'s race.

"Corkscrew Hill" has to be negotiated 10 times on the bike and will no-doubt play a decisive role in this year's race.

Photo >Wagner Araujo | ITU

Duffy out due to injury

There will definitely be a new winner in the women's race as Bermuda's own Flora Duffy, who dominated last year's race, had to pull out due to persistent injury problems. Without Duffy the race promises to be extremely competitive one, led by Katie Zaferes (USA), who finished third in Bermuda last year and won the first WTS race in Abu Dhabi this year. Last year's runner up, Vicky Holland (GBR,) is back in the game and should have ambitions for victory. In addition, Taylor Spivey (USA), Non Stanford, Georgia Taylor Brown (both GBR), Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) and Rachel Klamer (NED) will likely be in the hunt for the win, too. The women's WTS race will start at 16:06 local time and will also be shown live on triathlonlive.tv.

In 2018, Vicky Holland (left) and Katie Zaferes (right) sprinted for second place behind Flora Duffy. Can one of them win this year?

In 2018, Vicky Holland (left) and Katie Zaferes (right) sprinted for second place behind Flora Duffy. Can one of them win this year?

Photo >Wagner Araujo | ITU