Zaferes brilliant in Bermuda

Katie Zaferes dominated WTS Bermuda, taking the title in impressive fashion over Jessica Learmonth and Joanna Brown.

| April 28, 2019 | NEWS

After winning the WTS season-opener in Abu Dhabi, Katie Zaferes dominated WTS Bermuda.

After winning the WTS season-opener in Abu Dhabi, Katie Zaferes dominated WTS Bermuda.

Photo >ITU Media / Wagner Araujo

Great Britain's Jessica Learmonth was the first woman out of the water in 19:07 minutes - she was joined in the top group by favorites Katie Zaferes (USA), Vicky Holland (GBR) and Taylor Spivey (USA). Once on the bike course a group of four quickly formed that included Learmonth, Zaferes, Holland and the Norway's Lotte Miller. In the first half of the bike Holland was dropped on the steep "Corkscrew Hill" climb. After that the lead group continued to build their advantage over the pursuers on each of the ten cycle laps through clever cooperation and their aggressive riding.

Zaferes dominates the run

With a clear lead of two and a half minutes, the trio moved from the demanding bike course to the run. It didn't take long before Zaferes, who had already won the WTS Opener in Abu Dhabi, proved her strong running form and moved clear of Learmonth and Miller. Zaferes steadily extended her lead and took the win in 1:59:52. Second place went to Learmonth, who crossed the finish line 1:51 behind Zaferes. The podium was completed by Canadian Joanna Brown, who took the first WTS podium of her career in 2:02:05. Fourth and fifth place went to Lisa Perterer (AUT) and Georgia Tayler-Brown (GBR).