alex yu After a close swim and bike race, he came out on the run to win the WTCS season opener in Abu Dhabi.
For most of the match, it was anyone’s guess as to who would take the tape, with 50 athletes entering T2 just 6 seconds apart.
However, British and French players are always on the run and Yee proved his maturity by executing his plan flawlessly, picking up the pace at the right moment and securing a fine start to the season.
behind, Vascobilica (POR) passed Manoel Messias (BRA) for second.
Who is Competing in the 2023 WTCS Abu Dhabi Men’s Competition?
Despite the Norwegian ace and 2021 world triathlon title Christian Blumenfeldt The men’s starting roster looked very strong after he did not play due to an illness that affected his training.
Above, you’ll find Brit Yee and New Zealand’s Hayden WildeGo head-to-head in so many exciting races in 2022, plus the World Championship Leo Berger (from).
Also lined up on the pontoon are Jelle Jeans (BEL), win here in 2021, double world champion vincent louis (FRA), who fly to Miami next week for Clash Miami, while Australia’s Matt Hauserand performed very well in the 2022 Chinese Super League Triathlon Series.
we will also see Gustave Eden Continuing his return to short-course competition as a triathlon world champion, the his great performance in kona in October.
What happened while swimming?
Immediately, the three of them appeared side by side, aggressively, and it was hard to see who it was.
However, the Frenchmen Luis and Dorian Coninx soon took the lead and were soon joined by Mark Devay (the Hun).
As the athletes turned towards the final straight, a small gap started to appear between the top five and the pursuers, but by the time they emerged from the water there was already a long line of athletes following each other.
Most surprising, however, was how low some of the pre-race favorites ended up in the rankings. Yee entered T1 about 23 seconds behind in 31st place, with Bergere close behind.
Geens was 36th, while Iden and Wilde were 55th and 57th, 40 seconds behind the leaders.
What happened on the bike?
The problem with T1 is simple. Can Iden, Yee, Wilde, Bergere, Geens and others work together to bridge the gap? We’ll find out soon.
At the front, Luis leads a large group that includes Coninx, Henri Schoeman (RSA), Hauser and about a dozen others.
By the end of the first lap, Bergere and Yee were only 9 seconds behind and there were many athletes behind. Meanwhile, Aiden languishes in his 50s, and Wilde ends up on his own.
Over the course of the second lap, that massive chasing group caught up to the ground and they came together as they entered the second lap.
We’re looking at a leadership group of about 40 athletes right now, and it’s anybody’s guess what happens next.
Near the end of the third lap, the defending world champion made his move and parted ways with Jamie Riddle (RSA) and Roberto Sanchez (ESP).
They were soon joined by Brazilians Miguel Hidalgo and Kyle Smith (NZL), with several other athletes trying to bridge the gap.
Brit Barclay Izzard also performed impressively, finishing just 5 seconds behind his pursuers at the end of the fourth lap.
But they were back together quickly, and as we approached T2, we had a huge crowd within seconds. In fact, the top 50 athletes were separated by only 6 seconds.
What happened when you ran away?
Australia’s Brandon Copeland sprinted out of T2 and quickly built a small gap, but was soon followed by a large group including Brits Yee and Izzard.
Luis, Yee and Sanchez took the lead on the first lap, with Bergere close behind.
As the lap unfolded, however, Yi got into his act. Messias and Vilica held on for a while, but the Briton quickly shifted into another gear as he picked up speed on one of the track’s several hills.
Both men behind him tried to respond but didn’t stop Yee, who looked in good shape when he took the tape at 52:53.
Vilaca was second after just 6 seconds, while Messias was 7 seconds behind in third.
Three Frenchmen followed, with Louis fourth, Coninx fifth and Bergere sixth.
It was a day to forget for Wilde and Eden, though, with the New Zealander 46th in 55:24 and the Norwegian 52nd in 56:37.
2023 WTCS Abu Dhabi Women’s Competition Quotes
Shortly after crossing the finish line, Yee said: “I just wanted to see the last four weeks. [training] We’ve seen the fruits of our labor in Australia and I think it’s worked out pretty well.
“I think I swim pretty solid, not amazing but pretty good. I’ll take that and hopefully build on it.”
Asked how much he wanted to miss out on the world title in Abu Dhabi 98 days ago, he said: “It was fun. We were given a Maurice Lacroix watch on the podium at the end of the race and I decided to wear it. It. I look down every day and it reminds me of it.
“I didn’t start the season trying to be a world champion anyway, but it just adds fuel to the fire and it’s great to be playing with these guys.”
Second-placed Veraka said: “It’s been three years since I was on the podium in Hamburg. Since then, I’ve been hungry for more. It’s great to start the season in this way. It’s been a fantastic race. Alex and Manoel’s performance at the end was amazing. Going all out until the end.
“In the end, Alex had the extra gear for the uphills and I just did my best. I’m very happy with the silver medal.”
Abu Dhabi 2023 men’s top 10 results
1. Alex Yee, GBR, 52:53
2. Vasco Villaca, POR, 52:59
3. Manoel Messias, BRA, 53:06
4. Vincent Louis, France, 53:11
5. Dorian Coninx, France, 53:14
6. Leo Bergere, France, 53:15
7. Roberto Sanchez Mantecon, ESP, 53:18
8. Matthew McElroy, USA, 53:19
9. Max Studer, SUI, 53:20
10. Adrian Briford, SUI, 53:24
15. Barclay Izzard, GBR, 53:37
46. Hayden Wilde, New Zealand, 55:24
52. Gustav Iden, NOR, 56:37
The next race on the WTCS circuit will be held in Yokohama (Japan) from May 12th to 14th. Next is:
- Montreal, June 24-25
- Hamburg, July 15-16
- Sunderland 29-30 July
- Pontevedra 23-24 September (final)
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