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A last minute withdrawal saw former World Champion, Flora Duffy, added to the start list in Banyoles alongside Vicky Holland, Beth Potter and Sian Rainsley. She drove the women’s race from the front of the swim and led a front bike group packed with strong athletes including Laura Lindemann (GER) and Maya Kingma (NED).
Britain’s Vicky Holland pushed in the chase pack, however, was unable to reign in the front bike group as Duffy, Lindemann and American, Tamara Gorman, broke from T2. It was the German who made a charge, leaving the other two behind to claim the victory, with Gorman edging out Duffy to take second. Vicky Holland posted the third fastest run time of the day to come seventh, with Sian Rainsley finishing 41st and Beth Potter 46th.
In the men’s race, Britain’s Sam Dickinson, Gordon Benson and Morgan Davies found themselves up against a field that boasted the World Champions from the past four years. After a congested T1, a large group negotiated the bike leg carefully to set up a foot race to the finish.
Vincent Luis (FRA) found the extra burst of energy to outsprint Mario Mola (ESP) on the blue carpet to claim the win ahead of the home favourite. The Brits battled throughout the day, with Dickinson coming home in 19th, Benson 41st and Davies 60th.
The paratriathlon racing in Banyoles was dominated by the home athletes, with eight medals being awarded to Spanish athletes. Britain had two athletes represented, with Kerry Large, racing in the women’s PTS5 race, claiming the bronze medal. Kate Doughty (AUS) took gold, posting the fasted swim and bike times of the race as she left the field behind to win.
Bret Crossley had the other GB trisuit on, however was disqualified in the men's PTWC alongside three other athletes for not stopping at the penalty box.
In the women’s race, Britain’s Holly Lawrence claimed the silver medal, with Lucy Charles-Barclay (5th) and Emma Pallant (9th) also claiming top ten spots. Charles-Barclay stormed to a lead in the swim, exiting the water with almost a minute lead over the chasers. Serving a penalty for drafting on the bike, she managed to claim fifth spot.
Eventual winner Daniela Ryf (SUI) took the race into her own hands (or legs) on the bike, entering T2 with Lawrence and Imogen Simmonds (SUI) only a few minutes behind. The Brit was up for the chase as she sought to close down Ryf on the run, however the Swiss athlete put her foot down to claim the victory in 04:23:04. Lawrence finishing in 04:27:02.
The men’s race saw Alistair Brownlee also claim silver following a strong performance on the run from Norwegian Gustav Eden. Brownlee left the water in second place and found himself exchanging positions on the bike with Eden, Ben Kanute (USA) and Von Berg (USA). With not much to split them as they came out of T2, Von Berg, Eden and Brownlee ran together with the Brit trying to set the pace and open up a gap to the others.
It was Eden however, who found the extra gear to take the lead and push on towards the line. Brownlee, unable to overhaul the gap to the Norwegian who crossed the line in 03:52:35, took second in a time of 03:55:19.
Arundel Castle in West Sussex played host to the final Triathlon England Championships of 2019. Raced over 750m swim and 5km run, it was Sean Watson who posted the fastest time of the day in 00:27:37. Henrietta Tarasewicz was the fastest female across the line, finishing in 00:30:37.
Britain’s sole representative in Switzerland was Peter Ellis who took 13th place, finishing in 06:59:32.
British Triathlon Big Weekend
Read our reports from each day below.