An impressive performance from Great Britain’s India Lee earns her a first major international victory.
One week after Lucy Hall showed how solo tactics can be used to secure international victory at the Madrid ETU European Cup in Spain; India Lee once again showed how bravery and attacking could be the route to success. Crossing the line first at the Cagliari ITU World Cup event was by far the best performance of her career and a worthy return for her efforts on the bike.
With a swim lead out by perennial World Triathlon Series leader Carolina Routier (ESP), India was actually the last of the four British athletes racing to reach dry land, behind Georgia Taylor-Brown, Chloe Cook and Heather Sellars. With no major gaps over the 750m swim however, she was still in contention starting the tough bike course, which included multiple ascents of a challenging climb on each lap of this Sprint distance event.
Lee attacked and was able to build herself a lead of 40 seconds at T2 over the main chasing group. Adding to that the sixth fastest run split of the day, her bravery resulted in a clear margin of victory at the finish line. “I really couldn't be happier. Love a hill, I do”, she commented of her first ITU World Cup win.
After missing two full seasons of racing with injury, 12th was a positive result for twice European Junior Champion Georgia Taylor-Brown, while Heather Sellars and Chloe Cook finish 15th and 17th respectively.
A week after victory on the ETU European Cup circuit in Madrid, Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt was the Gold medal winner again. Blummenfelt, like Lee, earned his first ITU World Cup title in the process. He’ll be racing again on Saturday at ITU World Triathlon Series Yokohama.
Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup – May 8 2016:
1st – India Lee (GBR) – 1:03:52
2nd – Lisa Sieburger (GER) – 1:04:19
3rd – Lisa Perterer (AUT) – 1:04:22
12th – Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) – 1:05:38
15th – Heather Sellars (GBR) – 1:06:01
17th – Chloe Cook (GBR) – 1:06:24
1st – Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) – 56:00
2nd – Aurelian Raphael (FRA) – 56:20
3rd – Simon Vlain (FRA) – 56:44
38th – David Bishop (GBR) – 59:18
48th – Morgan Davies (GBR) – 1:00:14
There was also British Elite representation this past weekend in Morocco at the Larache ATU Sprint Triathlon African Cup event.
Raoul Shaw (FRA) and Ricardo Hernandez Marrero (ESP) built upon their fast swims with the fastest bike splits of the day, leaving them over one minute clear at T2 and battling for the win. Shaw took the honours in that one with another Spaniard, Jesus Gomar, completing the podium with a fast run from the chasing pack.
Liam Lloyd (sixth) was the best British athlete on the day, 23 seconds shy of the podium with Christopher Perham in 17th.
Larache ATU Sprint Triathlon African Cup – May 7 2016:
1st – Raoul Shaw (FRA) – 56:38
2nd – Ricardo Hernandez Marrero (ESP) – 56:55
3rd – Jesus Gomar (ESP) – 57:03
6th – Liam Lloyd (GBR) – 57:26
17th – Christopher Perham (GBR) – 59:30