Ironman 70.3 World Championships
Another stand-out performance from Lucy Charles saw her claim a silver medal at Ironman’s middle distance world championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa - a result which bodes well for another exciting showdown with Daniela Ryf in Kona in a few weeks' time.
As ever, Charles’s incredible swim speed saw her hit T1 with a 1:05 lead, an advantage that she retained until being caught by three time 70.3 World Champion Daniela Ryf (Switzerland) at the 28km mark. Charles managed to keep Ryf in her sights and with a fierce battle developing, the pair opened a significant lead over the chasers. Ryf and Charles entered T2 within a few seconds of each other with 7:41 over those behind.
Ryf started to gain an advantage over Lucy early on in the run, gaining a minute over the first 8km and her lead grew steadily, with an eventual championship best run of 1:17:00. Charles too had run a quick final split to cross the line in 4:04:59, 3:46 back from the Swiss.
A mouth watering contest looks certain for the Ironman World Championships in Kona in just six weeks time.
Twice a podium finisher at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships, Heather Wurtele was also in action in Port Elizabeth and came home in 11th place in what she described as the strongest field to ever race a 70.3 Worlds.
The general classification began to take on a familiar shape at the Vuelta a España after a tough opening week concluded with Sunday’s big summit finish in La Covatilla. Movistar Team will be enjoying a well earned rest day Salamanca with Valverde and Quintana sitting pretty in second and third places respectively, Alejandro leading the points classification and with a brace of stages to his name.
Quintana too will be pleased with his performance on stage nine, where a late attack produced a shake-up in the GC group and showed that the Colombian’s form is building for forthcoming battles in the mountains. La Vuelta
Racing returns on Tuesday with a mainly flat stage between Salamanca and Fermoselle in north western Spain.
I’m in second place, 1″ short of the leader’s jersey, and there’s so much left in this race. The most important thing is that Nairo was ahead with the main GC contenders. What did we say before the race? The team leader is Nairo. I just came here to get some good results, and I’ve got two stage victories so far. I’d have liked to wear the red jersey, but it will also be less of a responsibility at the front of the bunch for my team-mates in this position.
OVO Tour of Britain
Movistar Team are in the UK for the Tour of Britain with Jasha Sütterlin and Carlos Barbero finishing amongst the top twenty on the first stage in Wales which ended in the expected bunch sprint.
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