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World Cup Sarasota diventa un duathlon: a segno il francese Luis e l'americana Tomlin. Secchiero 21°, Betto 22^

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Nella tappa di Coppa del Mondo di Sarasota (Usa), originariamente prevista su distanza sprint e trasformata in duathlon (2.5 km di corsa, 19 km di ciclismo, 5 km di corsa) alla vigilia a causa della cattive condizioni dell'acqua, si è imposta l'americana Renee Tomlin (54:34) battendo in volata la connazionale Kirsten Kasper e la ceca Vendula Frintova. Alice Betto (G.S. Fiamme Oro) taglia il traguardo in 22^ posizione mentre Alessia Orla (DDS) chiude al 37° posto.

Gara piuttosto ingessata per i primi due terzi, complice il grande caldo: gruppo compatto alla prima transizione e una trentina di atlete che arrivano appaiate in T2 dopo un'azione della Betto, autrice di un tentativo solitario in bici annullato proprio in prossimità della seconda transizione. Si decide tutto negli ultimi 5 km di corsa. La Spivey, anch'essa molto attiva sulle due ruote e lesta ad entrare in zona cambio, cede diverse posizioni (chiuderà ottava) nella frazione run ma emergono le sue connazionali Tomlin e Kasper che centrano rispettivamente il primo e il secondo posto allo sprint a scapito della ceca Frintova. Giù dal podio, Yelistratova (Ukr), quarta, Annen (Sui), 5^, e Brown (Can), 6^.

Angelica Olmo (C.S. Carabinieri) non ha preso parte alla gara: nella notte tra giovedì e venerdì, si è sottoposta ad un intervento di appendicite andato a buon fine. Le attuali condizioni di Angelica sono ottime.

Nella prova maschile, si impone il favorito della vigilia Vincent Luis (48:18) che precede il belga Jelle Geens e il portoghese Joao Pereira. Andrea Secchiero (G.S. Fiamme Oro) chiude al 21° posto, davanti a Matthias Steinwandter (C.S. Carabinieri) che si piazza al 22°.

Andamento simile alla gara femminile, malgrado un coraggioso tentativo di Haller (Lux) e Serrat (Esp) lungo il circuito ciclistico. Alla seconda transizione, il gruppo arriva compatto, il più lesto a partire di corsa è Luis che si invola verso la vittoria staccando di 6 secondi Geens e di sette Pereira.

 

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RISULTATI 

Uomini 

PosFirst NameLast NameYOBCountryStart 
Num
TimeSwimT1BikeT2Run
1 Vincent Luis 1989  FRA 1 00:48:18 00:06:58 00:00:30 00:25:41 00:00:35 00:14:36
2 Jelle Geens 1993  BEL 6 00:48:25 00:06:58 00:00:31 00:25:38 00:00:29 00:14:51
3 Joao Pereira 1987  POR 15 00:48:25 00:06:58 00:00:30 00:25:41 00:00:30 00:14:49
4 Morgan Pearson 1993  USA 26 00:48:27 00:06:57 00:00:31 00:25:47 00:00:40 00:14:34
5 Cesar Saracho 1994  MEX 46 00:48:32 00:07:01 00:00:35 00:25:37 00:00:36 00:14:45
6 Jason West 1993  USA 33 00:48:33 00:06:59 00:00:37 00:25:32 00:00:33 00:14:54
7 Daniel Hoy 1998  NZL 22 00:48:37 00:06:59 00:00:32 00:25:39 00:00:32 00:14:57
8 William Huffman 1993  USA 67 00:48:40 00:07:01 00:00:33 00:25:37 00:00:32 00:15:00
9 Manoel Messias 1996  BRA 8 00:48:46 00:06:58 00:00:33 00:25:41 00:00:35 00:15:02
10 Grant Sheldon 1994  GBR 45 00:48:50 00:06:58 00:00:38 00:25:38 00:00:36 00:15:02

PosFirst NameLast NameYOBCountryStart 
Num
TimeSwimT1BikeT2Run
21 Andrea Secchiero 1988  ITA 44 00:49:26 00:07:04 00:00:35 00:25:36 00:00:36 00:15:36
22 Matthias Steinwandter 1993  ITA 61 00:49:32 00:07:04 00:00:34 00:25:35 00:00:33 00:15:48

 

Donne

PosFirst NameLast NameYOBCountryStart 
Num
TimeSwimT1BikeT2Run
1 Renee Tomlin 1988  USA 38 00:54:34 00:08:19 00:00:34 00:27:53 00:00:34 00:17:15
2 Kirsten Kasper 1991  USA 1 00:54:35 00:08:19 00:00:34 00:27:48 00:00:34 00:17:22
3 Vendula Frintova 1983  CZE 4 00:54:35 00:08:19 00:00:32 00:27:54 00:00:33 00:17:19
4 Yuliya Yelistratova 1988  UKR 15 00:54:35 00:08:20 00:00:39 00:27:45 00:00:40 00:17:14
5 Jolanda Annen 1992  SUI 36 00:54:37 00:08:20 00:00:35 00:27:50 00:00:36 00:17:19
6 Joanna Brown 1992  CAN 3 00:54:38 00:08:20 00:00:35 00:27:50 00:00:36 00:17:20
7 Taylor Spivey 1991  USA 2 00:54:45 00:08:21 00:00:34 00:27:49 00:00:38 00:17:27
8 Lisa Perterer 1991  AUT 7 00:54:49 00:08:20 00:00:35 00:27:51 00:00:37 00:17:29
9 Michelle Flipo 1988  MEX 27 00:54:53 00:08:20 00:00:35 00:27:48 00:00:36 00:17:37
10 Miriam Casillas García 1992  ESP 49 00:54:54 00:08:20 00:00:36 00:27:48 00:00:35 00:17:38

PosFirst NameLast NameYOBCountryStart 
Num
TimeSwimT1BikeT2Run
22 Alice Betto 1987  ITA 6 00:56:14 00:08:21 00:00:35 00:27:49 00:00:39 00:18:52
37 Alessia Orla 1992  ITA 31 00:57:59 00:08:41 00:00:37 00:28:15 00:00:37 00:19:52

 

La presentazione

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Tomlin and Luis Dominate Sarasota World Cup Duathlon race

Proving that they are not just strong triathletes, but strong duathletes as well, USA’s Renee Tomlin and France’s Vincent Luisdominated their way to victory at the 2018 Sarasota-Bradenton ITU World Cup.

After the race format was changed to a Duathlon, the elites showcased their talents out of the water in the second edition of the event and only World Cup race held in the United States.

Tomlin’s win was an entertaining victory as she won in a sprint finish in the final moments, where then compatriot Kirsten Kaspercame second and Vendula Frintova (CZE) took bronze in the women’s race.

While on the men’s side, Luis made a rare World Cup appearance and broadcast his strength to win his first World Cup of his career in what was also his first World Cup competition in over four years. Joining him on the podium was his training partner Jelle Geens (BEL) who finished second and Portugal’s Joao Pereira who came third.

 

Women’s Recap


Under sunny conditions, the women lined up to begin the day of racing by toeing a different type of World Cup line. Starting with running shoes on instead of swim caps, the field kicked off the sprint-distance Duathlon.

The race began with a 2.5-kilometre lap into the first transition. While many of the athletes on the start list had not competed in this type of race format before, their energy was evident as nearly the whole field remained together during the first leg.

Surviving the busy T1, the women embarked on the short bike course of only 18.3 kilometres. After one lap, a larger-sized lead group formed tallying just under 30 women in total and was led by USA’s Taylor Spivey. She continued her push out front, with the help of compatriot Chelsea Burns and Canadian Joanna Brown keeping the pace. However, all the top players were right in the mix as no the only woman to attempt a breakaway was Alice Betto of Italy and unfortunately it was deemed unsuccessful.

The group never dwindled down and they entered the second transition the same way they entered the first, crowded.

Kirsten Kasper caught the edge through the chaos and made it first through transition and onto the second run leg.

On the first lap of the final run leg, the pack that had cycled together was cut in half and the leading run group made it down to about 12 women including Kasper, Vendula, Miriam Casillas Garcia (ESP), Yuliya Yelistratova (UKR), Brown, Spivey, Tomlin and Lisa Perterer (AUT).

That group did not change for the majority of the bell lap, until the final kilometres. Down to the carpet, Tomlin then found the last push to seize the tape and earn her first World Cup win of the year. The gold was her fourth World Cup victory of her career.

Tomlin said of her return to the top of the podium, "I had no idea where I was going to be at to be honest, I have made a ton of changes so I had no idea. I just wanted to see what the day brought and today was kind of a stepping stone."Sprinting just behind her was compatriot Kasper to claim the silver and Frintova to take the bronze.

 

Men’s Recap


The men followed suit right behind the women, ready to tackle the afternoon heat and the run-bike-run Duathlon style. Layers of ten athletes lined up and sprinted away as the starting horn blew. With the speed, talent and eagerness of the field, the 2.5-kilometre lap was over in record time and the full roster stormed into the first transition area.

Heading out onto the bike the first lap saw no difference in the massiveness from the first run leg as a long train of cyclists formed. It was on the second lap that Bob Haller (LUX) and Antonio Serrat Seoane (ESP) attempted a breakaway and managed to get away with a sizeable gap. However, despite the valiant effort, the lead did not last and on the bell lap of the bike, the giant pack of men caught back up to the duo and caused them all to enter the second transition together.

Mimicking the women’s race, the second transition for the men was also hectic and crowded.

In the first lap of the final run leg, the field had finally thinned out and the leaders started to form. Luis gunned ahead and started to create some space between himself and his competitors. On his heels was USA’s Jason West who tried to stay with the top-ranked Frenchman.

Behind them was a small chase pack of four men including Pereira, Geens, Daniel Hoy (NZL) and William Huffman (USA).

Ultimately Luis showcased himself as the strongest man of the day and broke away to run solo and finish off by grabbing the victory tape. While it was his first World Cup race since 2014, the win did become his first-career World Cup victory."This was a different challenge. It was a long time since I have raced a World Cup and a long time since I have raced a Duathlon, so I was a bit afraid but I mean maybe it is harder to win here than to win the Grand Final. But I did and that is five weekends of racing, so I need a weekend off next week," said Luis after his win. 

In an exciting sprint finish for the silver medal, Geens and Pereira battled it out right until they crossed the line. Geens beat out Pereira just by a nose to come in second and collect his second World Cup podium of the year. While Pereira then claimed the bronze and first World Cup podium since 2016.

 

(fonte: comunicato stampa ITU)