Saturday, November 16, 2019

Luis, Gomez rise to top of world rankings

The Bahrain Endurance 13 team are poised for world domination as Vincent Luis regained the world number 1 ranking and Javier Gomez climbed to number 2 after racing WTS Hamburg.

Riding in a massive train formed on the bike after a quick 750-meter swim, Luis and Gomez managed to avoid a disastrous pile-up when the leaders crashed on the rain-slick course halfway through the 20-kilometer course. It would be on the run where the athletes turned up the pace again. Luis put on the afterburners in the final 500 meters which proved too soon, as training partner Jake Birtwhistle had an answer for the surge and outsprinted him to the finish. However, Luis gained enough points to get back on top of the world rankings. Gomez’s eighth place finish bumps him up to world #2.

Luis said, “I train with these guys every day so I know their weakness, and they don’t have a lot. I know Jake has no weakness. So I just knew I had to go all out, try to play my card but today it wasn’t enough, he was stronger than me.”

Vicky Holland finished 9th in the women’s division after serving a penalty for a false start.

 

The following day, Luis also anchored France’s winning team at the Mixed Relay World Championship to defend their world title. After valiant efforts by Emilie Morier, Leo Bergere, and Cassandre Beaugrand to keep France in contention, Luis used his trademark finish sprint to clinch the victory.

Bahrain Endurance 13 long-distance talents were on full display at Ironman Austria, as Daniela Ryf won in her maiden appearance at the event and David Plese took third in the men’s race.

Ryf led wire-to-wire with a 55:09 swim over 3.8 kilometers, a new bike course record of 4:43:35 over 180 kilometers, and a 3:08:34 marathon to finish in 8:52:20. She even finished 12th overall, leaving many of the male athletes in her wake and the closest female challenger 26 minutes behind.

Even with this result, Ryf felt she could have done more. She said, “It was kind of perfect conditions, but my body wasn’t in a perfect condition. It was kind of an okay race, I felt good but didn’t have that extra to get out of my comfort zone to really smash it. I really enjoyed it, the bike was really amazing, I just wish I could have pushed a bit harder but it was all I had today. And then on the run, the crowd was amazing and I’m really sure I wouldn’t have made it today [without them].”

The men’s race saw excitement at the finish line as Plese battled Stenn Goetstouwers in a sprint finish for second. While he had to settle for third place finishing just eight seconds behind Goetstouwers, Plese was thankful he had finished at all. He said, “I had a big crisis at the 35th kilometer. I went for pizza and three gels… I put everything in and I started to see properly. So, really happy today.”

Photo credit: Getty Images

For further information on the team, visit – www.bahrainendurance13.com

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