|Cassandre Beaugrand produced a stunning performance to take the weekend win in a weather-affected RBC Super League Triathlon Jersey 2019 Final. With the decision taken to drop the bike leg from the race due to 50mph winds, and conditions too poor to even allow for four continuous rounds of swim-run, the women’s field tackled three back-to-back bouts of swim-run.|
Beaugrand, yesterday’s Semi-Final Group A winner, utterly dominated the race from the first swim, extending an early lead into the run and never wavering her position. World Champion Katie Zaferes (USA) fought her way to a comfortable second place while Day 1 Semi-Finals winner, Netherlands’ Rachel Klamer, rounded off the podium. The fight to fourth place was a photo-finish between Great Britain’s Vicky Holland USA’s Taylor Spivey, with Holland just edging ahead of the American.
Following the dominance of France’s Beaugrand in the Women’s Final, it was a French connection at the top of the Men’s Final podium, with yesterday’s Group A winner Vincent Luis (FRA) and his compatriot Pierre Le Corre (FRA) storming ahead to lead the field for the entirety of the race.
As with the first race of the day, the unsettled weather conditions meant there was no bike leg in the Enduro, but having improved sufficiently since the women’s race to have four continuous swim-runs, Luis and Le Corre started hard and asserted their dominance.
Despite sticking together for the swims and runs, Luis was always in control; and with the advantage of his Short Chute still in the bag, the defending Champion broke away on the final run lap to beat his fellow Frenchman by five seconds. Crowd favourite Hayden “The Maltese Falcon” Wilde (NZL) crossed the line in third place, with USA’s Ben Kanute outrunning France’s Léo Bergere in a sprint finish for fourth.
WOMEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
|1. Cassandre Beaugrand – (FRA) – #03 – (33:48)|
2. Katie Zaferes – (USA) – #01 – (33:56)
3. Rachel Klamer – (NED) – #02 – (34:05)
4. Vicky Holland – (GBR) – #34 – (34:12)
5. Taylor Spivey – (USA) – #04 – (34:12)
6. Sandra Dodet – (FRA) – #11 – (34:31)
7. Sophie Coldwell – (GBR) – #32 – (34:39)
8. Olivia Mathias – (GBR) – #14 – (34:51)9. Carolina Routier – (ESP) – #37 – (34:57)
10. Vittoria Lopes – (BRA) – #43 – (35:18)
11. Luisa Baptista – (BRA) – #42 – (DNF)
12. Emma Jeffcoat – (AUS) – #09 – (DNF)
13. Annamaria Mazzetti – (ITA) – #55 – (DNF)
14. Yuko Takahashi – (JPN) – #08 – (DNF)
15. Emilie Morier – (FRA) – #53 – (DNF)
|MEN’S FINAL RESULTS:|
|1. Vincent Luis – (FRA) – #01 – (41:05)|
2. Pierre Le Corre – (FRA) – #11 – (41:10)
3. Hayden Wilde – (NZL) – #08 0 (41:55)
4. Ben Kanute – (USA) – #07 – (42:10)
5. Léo Bergere – (FRA) – #06 – (42:11)
6. Aaron Royle – (AUS) – #55 – (42:14)
7. Mario Mola – (ESP) – #38 0 (42:40)
8. Marten Van Riel – (BEL) – #30 (43:58)9. Kristian Blummenfelt – (NOR) – #32 – (DNF)
10. Anthony Pujades – (FRA) – #13 – (DNF)
11. Gustav Iden – (NOR) – #33 – (DNF)
12. Aiden Longcroft-Harris – (CAN) – #18 – (DNF)
13. Constantine Doherty – (IRL) – #50 – (DNF)
14. Jonas Schomburg – (GER) – #09 – (DNF)
15. Jonathan Brownlee – (GBR) – #03 – (DNF)
|COLOURED JERSEY HOLDERS (AFTER DAY 2):Blue (Fastest Swim): Sophie Coldwell (GBR) / Aiden Longcroft-Harris (CAN)Green (Fastest Bike): Luisa Baptista (BRA) / Hayden Wilde (NZL)Red (Fastest Run): Katie Zaferes (USA) / Hayden Wilde (NZL)Grey (Fastest Transition): Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) / Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) |
RBC Super League Triathlon Jersey 2019 winner Cassandre Beaugrand said: “I really enjoyed it. It was very cold, but I think it was better with a swim and a run. The third time round was very difficult but at the beginning it was good.
“I think it’s a good format for me because it’s very speedy.
“I am very excited for Malta – and with the good weather.”
Reigning SLT Champion and RBC Super League Triathlon Jersey 2019 winner Vincent Luis said: “We just wanted to bring the pink jersey back to France. Pierre and I were the same and we just want the pink jersey on some French shoulders… and with Cassandre on the women’s side, it was good to have both men and women. By the end, I knew I had the short chute and I can push hard and take it at the end.”
Reigning SLT Champion, World Champion and today’s runner-up Katie Zaferes said: “It was super difficult. I set myself up well with the first swim but coming up on the ramp, I just kept slipping and ended up being almost last out of the water by the end of it.
“I am proud of how I fought for it. Cassandre is a very hard person to chase down and as I was chasing her down I was trying not to get chased down by the others.
“I am super pleased. It was such a hard race to do and I am proud of how we were all able to adapt to the different race scenarios and I thought it was still an amazing race.”
Pierre Le Corre admitted he knew he couldn’t beat Luis on the day but was delighted to come second. He said: “I never thought I was going to beat Vincent. Already on the run I told Vincent ‘I was not going to let you win but obviously you are better than me today’ and he had the Short Chute so I knew I was not going to be five or ten seconds better than him on the last lap – so my job was to stay on his feet as long as possible.
“It’s great for me because Vincent is the World Champion and to stay on his feet all the way through is important for me.”
After her third-place finish today, yesterday’s Semi-Finals Group B winner Rachel Klamer said: “I am definitely pleased. It has been a little bit windy which was actually quite fun.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t get to ride but it would have been dangerous and you could feel the wind even on the run. I was getting so close to Katie but not close enough and towards the end, my calf started cramping up a little bit. I looked behind at where Vicky was and I was clear – I wanted to get to Katie but she was so strong but I am so happy with my third place.”
Following on from his third-place finish today, Semi-Finals Group B winner Hayden Wilde said: “I’m absolutely stoked – I came in here with an open mind. The bike was gone and I had the green jersey for the reason of biking so to have four good legs in the swim and come in third – it was unexpected.
“I’m stoked to come home with a third place.”
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