Ritorna a far sognare Anna Maria Mazzetti (G.S. Fiamme Oro) oggi 9^ al traguardo della prova mondiale di World Triathlon Series disputata ad Amburgo, ad una settimana dalla conquista del suo storico argento europeo elite.
La vittoria e' andata alla solita imbattibile Gwen Jorgensen (USA), davanti a Vicky Holland (GBR) e Non Stanford (GBR). Jorgensen conquista la sua 11ma vittoria di fila in WTS e deve soffrire nel finale della corsa, questa volta, dove trova una Vicky Holland agguerrita e determinata fino all'ultimo metro. Per il bronzo la spunta Non Stanford su Sara True (USA) in un testa a testa emozionante.
Per la nostra Anna una gara corsa tutta in evidenza, da protagonista, sempre nel gruppo di testa in compagnia delle leader del rank mondiale. Esce bene dall'acqua e fuori dalla T1 inizia a spingere a tutta cercando di portare via un gruppo che sarà raggiunto solo alla fine del quinto giro dei sei previsti. Insieme a lei Jorgensen, True, Klamer, Holland, Knapp. All'ingresso in T2 sono circa una ventina ma Anna riesce ad svolgere al meglio la transizione ed esce tra le prime. Poi una velocissima frazione a piedi gestita con intelligenza e cuore gli regala un'altra Top ten in questa gara.
"Sono felice di aver ritrovato le buone sensazioni, sono fatta cosi' quando mi sento in forma vado fortissimo, l'unica mia preoccupazione era quella di non prendere botte nella frazione a nuoto e sono molto soddisfatta di come ho nuotato, come a Ginevra la scorsa settimana. Sono arrivata qui tranquilla senza pressioni e senza pensare al risultato, volevo solo fare la mia gara. Una volta concluso bene il nuoto e' stato tutto in discesa, nel ciclismo sono rimasta sempre con le prime e nella corsa ho mantenuto il ritmo, contenta cosi' della top ten" - ci dice Anna Mazzetti a caldo, che ad Amburgo riesce ad essere sempre tra le protagoniste, lo scorso anno 6^ ed oggi con un ottimo nono piazzamento.
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2015 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg : Jul 18 2015 : Elite Women : Top 10
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By Chelsea White on 18/07/15 at 3:22 pm
Proving that she is also capable at dominating in a sprint, USA’s Gwen Jorgensen claimed victory at the 2015 World Triathlon Series Hamburg on Saturday. With Great Britain’s Vicky Holland giving Jorgensen some competition up until the last 500 metres, the 11-time WTS consectutive winner showcased her speed by breaking away at the end to ultimately take home yet another gold.
“A lot was going through my head at the end, Vicky really pushed me. I could feel her right there on my shoulder, so I knew it was going to be a fight until the end,” said Jorgensen.
Holland displayed a phenonmenal performance on the day to finish with the silver medal. While compatriot Non Stanford pushed to join her on the podium, earning the bronze.
Among the large crowds, reaching to the thousands, and picture perfect skies, the women’s race starting off with a no-wetsuit swim. With only a one-lap 750 metre push in the water, Carolina Routier (ESP) and Margit Vanek (HUN) led strong through the first leg of the race and create a small amount of distance as they exited the waters in the one and two position.
However, Jorgensen put herself in fighting position straight away on the one-lap swim proving more and more what a balanced triathlon she’s become this season. On the hip of the leaders Jorgensen came out in the top five, which set her up perfectly to join a 12 pack of women on the bike.
With six laps on the bike circuit, the leading dozen that consisted the likes of Holland, Jorgensen, Routier, Vanek, Sarah True (USA), Anja Knapp (GER), Gillian Backhouse (AUS), Sophie Coldwell (GBR), Rachel Klamer (NED), and Laura Lindemann (GER), Rebecca Clarke (NZL) and Anna Maria Mazzetti (ITA) flew through the bike course. They did not give up a second to slow even in transition with strong bikers like Andrea Hewitt (NZL) and Stanford pumping away in the chase.
But by the bell lap, the women successfully bridged up making it a 26-deep lead group. The move put a host of new women in contention for the podium.
Swift transitions from Klamer, Backhouse and Holland helped the trio blast out of T2, while Jorgensen trailed nine seconds after racking her bike to head out on the two-lap run.
Not having the pleasure of more time to space out the kicks, Holland, Stanford and True pushed forward as soon as foot hit the pavement. Staying steady and together for the first kilometre, it was only a matter of time before Jorgensen was able to catch the threesome and put herself in podium position.
After the first lap on the run, Jorgensen made her move to create some space, but Holland demonstrated incredible stamina as she was able to cling to Jorgensen up until the very end.
But as the amazing runner that she is, Jorgensen pulled away in the last 500 metres and was able to carry herself right into the finish line finishing with a time of 57:08.
The silver medal then was rightfully earned by Holland, who trailed just five seconds behind.
Holland said, “I thought I had a chase of getting closer maybe to catching Gwen than anyone else has done yet this year, but I felt like I was working hard to keep up with her a couple times and I managed to cover those relatively easy but for the last 500 metres I knew I was at my limit. Waiting for that last kick because I knew it was coming I tried to push one last time, but she just had too much for me on the day.”
“I am really pleased that I had a great swim, came out front pack, worked hard on the bike and then had a good run so I think I had a good all around race today.”
The battle for bronze was not over however, as Stanford and True plugged away to take the last spot on the podium. Not wanting another majority for the U.S. however, was the motivation needed as Stanford kicked ahead of True to seize the last medal.
Stanford said, “ We needed to get two British girls on the podium and that kind of gave me a little extra kick at the end because it has been far too long. So to share a podium with Vicky it is fantastic.”