Vincent Luis took top honours at the ITU World Cup in Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic, clinching his dominance over the Olympic distance in 1 hour, 52 minutes, 14 seconds. The Frenchman bested Vasco Vilaca of Portugal once again, mirroring his triumphant performance at last week’s world championship in WTS Hamburg.
“It’s nice to race as the World Champ,” said Luis post-race.
“I couldn’t do this race last year and Karlovy Vary is an amazing race. It’s a tough race; it rewards the best swim-bike-runner... That was a really good group on the bike and it’s a shame they crashed there with 1km to go, but it’s the kind of race I like to do like we did last week in Hamburg: a quick breakaway on the bike where everyone’s working and then we just fight against the big runners” he added.
Kristian Blummenfelt began the race despite suffering from a bout of food poisoning, which had taken Norwegian compatriot Gustav Iden off the starting line. While he did well to finish the swim and hang onto the back of the chase group on the bike, Blummenfelt ultimately withdrew in the final lap of the bike.
Meanwhile, Ashleigh Gentle claimed third place honours at Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast. While she emerged second out of the 1.9 km swim, she lost nearly five minutes over the 90 km bike which was plagued by rains. In the concluding half marathon, she showed her run strength, running her way back onto the podium.
This was Gentle’s second medal and second half distance race, having won Ironman 70.3 Xiamen last year to qualify for the Ironman 70.3 world championship.
In his third consecutive weekend of racing, Javier Gomez won the Santander City Triathlon, a non-drafting Olympic distance event. It was the first time the city of Santander had held a sports event since the COVID-19 pandemic had been declared.