Vincent Luis took the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Rotterdam, while Mario Mola's third-place finish was enough to earn him another world title.
September 16, 2017 | NEWS|
with files from Simon Müller
Vincent Luis (FRA) took the day, but Mario Mola took the overall ITU World Championship in Rotterdam. Luis took the men's race thanks to a stellar run, outsprinting Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR), while Mola's third-place finish was enough to see him defend the world title he took a year ago.
Luis' amazing run saw him break the 30-minute barrier (29:59) to win the race in 1:51:26.
As usual, Slovakia's Richard Varga led the way out of the water, leading a group that included Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) and Javier Gomez (ESP). But by the end of the second loop the leaders were joined by another group that included, amongst others, Mario Mola (ESP) and Richard Murray (RSA). Marten Van Riel (BEL) and Ben Kanute (USA) tried to break away on the bike, but between Mola, Gomez, Luis and Brownlee ensured no one was able to get clear as the group hit T2.
Onto the run course Brownlee was quick to push the pace, but had company in the form of Luis, Gomez, Blummenfelt and Mola. While the lead changed quite a few times throughout the 10 km run, none of the major players could be shaken off. With the finish line in sight, Luis sprinted for the line. Blummenfelt did his best to chase the Frenchman, but couldn't get ahead and had to settle with the silver medal. Mola hung in for third, more than enough to defend his world title, while Gomez, fresh off his second Ironman 70.3 world title less than a week ago, took fourth ahead of Brownlee. Murray finished sixth.
Behind Mola in the overall world championship standings was Gomez while Blummenfelt's breakthrough grand final day earned him the final spot on the world championship podium ahead of Richard Murray.
1.5 km Swim
40 km Bike
10 km Run
Pierre Le Corre