Vincent Luis makes it three from three in Arzachena

Sunday 11 October 2020

It was another fantastic World Cup with a stellar line up and brand new course on the Italian island of Sardinia, but the result was to be a familiar one. Vincent Luis has been imperious since the return to racing in Hamburg in September and though Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt pushed him all the way on Saturday afternoon, it was a third gold for the Frenchman. Completing the podium, Britain’s Alistair Brownlee showed he will still mix it with the best after a strong finish earned him bronze.

“It’s a good feeling when you win every race you start,” said Luis. “It’s not a type of course i’m used to but my coach managed my training really well. I feel good, Valencia is coming up in a month and i’m glad this mini-series has been put together. I was praying a bit for a non-wetsuit swim and that boosted my confidence as i’ve been putting together some great sessions in the water. The bike was tough, Kristian made it tough, and I didn’t want to break away even though he tried a few times. Once again I had my strength with the sprint finish and with 1km to go I knew it was mine.” 

The wind had picked up from the morning’s race but the bay waters were still calm as the 61 athletes lined up for the beach start. A returning Henri Schoeman was quick on the right side of the pontoon with Brownlee, but it was Luis on the opposite end who found clear water on the return from the buoy.

The field hadn’t stretched much though, Jonas Schomburg and Pierre le Corre right with Luis, Schoeman and Jonas Breinlinger well in touch with the leaders into transition. Brownlee was 20 seconds back, Blummenfelt 35 seconds with Antonio Serrat Seone and Jelle Geens for company.

What followed over the opening stages of the bike was astonishing, as first Brownlee used the climb then Blummenfelt the descent to bridge up to the leaders, an eight-strong group then forming including Germany’s Tim Hellwig and Leo Bergere of France.

Schoeman dropped off the pace on lap two and joined the likes of Gabriel Sandor and Seone who had now moved into striking position, Gustav Iden leading that group’s charge to get the chase pack right into contention as the second transition drew into sight.

Blummenfelt had his shoes on first and exited first along with Bergere and Seone, Luis right on their shoulders, Breinlinger and Sandor well-set but Brownlee losing precious seconds struggling with his shoes to just come through ahead of Schoeman, Le Corre and Schomburg.

It was to be Luis and Blummenfelt who asked the first question on the 5km run and it was only Seone able to go with them. Norway’s 2019 Grand Final winner and the World Champion then pressed on and it became clear this was a two-way shootout for the gold.

As Luis repeatedly surged, Blummenfelt responded in kind, before rolling the dice himself with 500m to go. There was no dropping his rival, however, and Luis then summoned his trademark final burst of speed to drive onto the blue carpet and guarantee his third straight win and underline his place at the top of the men’s triathlon tree.

Further back, Brownlee had passed Seone and was stretching into space to secure a podium of his own on the island where he took the gold in 2019. Seone eventually finished 17 seconds back in fourth just holding off Iden, while Bergere, Hellwig, Matthew McElroy, Le Corre and Sandor completed the top 10.

“For the week leading up to this I have been really enjoying feeling fresh and having this awesome course to take on,” said Blummenfelt. “It was a lot of fun. Ive done 15-20 laps of the bike in training already so i knew what I needed to do and knew you can really go fast if you have a clear road in front on the downhill. It’s very hard to beat Vincent over 5km and that finish line just came too quickly.”

“I was quite happy with that,” said Brownlee. “A beautiful course and a good race, i’m just really enjoying my racing at the moment. The first lap was a big effort and that used up a lot getting to the top of the hill first. Then it was annoying I couldn’t get my shoes on fast enough and that cost me a bit but a few more races and i’ll be even sharper and hopefully continue this upward trajectory.”

Results: Elite Men
1. Vincent Luis FRA 00:54:24
2. Kristian Blummenfelt NOR 00:54:29
3. Alistair Brownlee GBR 00:54:45
4. Antonio Serrat Seoane ESP 00:54:55
5. Gustav Iden NOR 00:55:02

Doug Gray World Triathlon (Photo: Janos M. Schmidt/ITU Media)


Coming Triathlon Events View all

    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

06

Dec

2020

Patagonman

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Website Google Map YouTube

12

Dec

2020

Fodaxman

Nova Veneza State of Santa Catarina, Brazil

Website Google Map YouTube

10

Jan

2021

HITS Sarasota

Sarasota, FL, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

30

Jan

2021

Israman

Eilat, Israel

Website Google Map YouTube

21

Feb

2021

Sahara Triathlon

Taghit, Béchar, Algeria

Website Google Map YouTube

12

Mar

2021

Single Anvil Florida

Clermont, Florida, United States

Website Google Map

28

Mar

2021

The KrAken

Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago

Website Google Map

03

Apr

2021

KiwiMan

New Plymouth, New Zealand

Website Google Map

17

Apr

2021

Greek Hero Xtreme

Corfu, Greece

Website Google Map

08

May

2021

Himalayan Xtreme

Pokhara, Nepal

Website Google Map
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

06

Mar

2021

Ironman New Zealand

Taupo, New Zealand

Website Google Map YouTube

14

Mar

2021

Ironman African Championship

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Website Google Map YouTube

21

Mar

2021

Ironman Taiwan

Penghu, Taiwan, China

Website Google Map YouTube

24

Apr

2021

Ironman Texas

The Woodlands, Texas, United States

Website Google Map

02

May

2021

Ironman Australia

Port Macquarie, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube

15

May

2021

Ironman Mallorca

Mallorca, Spain

Website Google Map YouTube

22

May

2021

Ironman Lanzarote

Canary Islands, Spain

Website Google Map YouTube

23

May

2021

Ironman Tulsa

Tulsa, OK, United States

Website Google Map

30

May

2021

Ironman Florianopolis

Florianopolis, Brazil

Website Google Map

06

Jun

2021

Ironman Subic Bay

Subic Bay, Philippines

Website Google Map
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

06

Dec

2020

Challenge Daytona

Daytona, FL, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

13

Dec

2020

Challenge Florianololis

Florianopolis, Brazil

Website Google Map

20

Dec

2020

Rotorua Suffer

Rotorua, New Zealand

Website Google Map

23

Jan

2021

Tauranga Half

Tauranga, New Zealand

Website Google Map YouTube

06

Feb

2021

Hell of the West

Goondiwindi, QLD, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube

20

Feb

2021

Challenge Wanaka

Wanaka, New Zealand

Website Google Map YouTube

21

Feb

2021

Ultra Tri Series

Durban, South Africa

Website Google Map

28

Feb

2021

Husky Long Course

Huskisson, NSW, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube

06

Mar

2021

Tweed Coast Enduro

Pottsville NSW, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube

13

Mar

2021

Bayshore 70.4

Long Beach, California, United States

Website Google Map
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

10

Jan

2021

70.3 Pucon

Pucon, Chile

Website Google Map

24

Jan

2021

70.3 South Africa

Buffalo City, South Africa

Website Google Map YouTube

21

Feb

2021

70.3 Geelong

Geelong, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube

06

Mar

2021

70.3 New Zealand

Taupo, New Zealand

Website Google Map YouTube

21

Mar

2021

70.3 Davao

Davao, Philippines

Website Google Map YouTube

21

Mar

2021

70.3 Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Website Google Map

27

Mar

2021

70.3 Oceanside

Oceanside, California, United States

Website Google Map

11

Apr

2021

70.3 Desaru Coast

Desaru Coast, Malaysia

Website Google Map

18

Apr

2021

70.3 Florida

Haines City, Florida, United States

Website Google Map

25

Apr

2021

70.3 Monterrey

Monterrey, Mexico

Website Google Map YouTube

Triathlon News & Media Blogs View all

IRONMAN Group Cancel's Any Further 2020 US Events

IRONMAN Group Cancel's Any Further 2020 US Events

Monday 23 Nov 2020 [Triathlon News]

It was announced today that for the remainder of 2020, the IRONMAN Group will not host any further events in the United States leading to the cancelation of IRONMAN® 70.3® Florida triathlon in Haines City. Additionally, no other events will be rescheduled during 2020. more

Watkinson, McKenna win Hervey Bay 100 AUS

Watkinson, McKenna win Hervey Bay 100 AUS

Tuesday 17 Nov 2020 [Triathlon News]

Amelia Watkinson and Steven McKenna took the spoils at the PTO-supported Hervey Bay 100 in Australia on Sunday. The 29-year-old New Zealander Watkinson (#19 in the PTO World Rankings) produced a tremendous bike split to take control in Queensland, and never looked back as she roared to victory in a time of 3:34:28. more

Pallant, Cunnama win PEople Tri ZAF

Pallant, Cunnama win PEople Tri ZAF

Tuesday 17 Nov 2020 [Triathlon News]

Another PTO-supported event took place over the weekend with the People’s Triathlon in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. There was a home winner as James Cunnama finished first in the men’s race while Britain’s Emma Pallant led the way for the women. more

CHALLENGE Taiwan completes 2020

CHALLENGE Taiwan completes 2020 "Deal"

Sunday 15 Nov 2020 [Triathlon News]

When CHALLENGE TAIWAN couldn’t take place at the original date in April this year, the organisation was clear: "our race will nevertheless take place this year, we have a deal!" This weekend, November 14th and 15th 2020, 5200 athletes participated in the event. more

IRONMAN Adds Two New Events in Poland for 2021

IRONMAN Adds Two New Events in Poland for 2021

Tuesday 10 Nov 2020 [Triathlon News]

IRONMAN Gdynia joins existing Enea IRONMAN 70.3 Gdynia as the country’s first full distance event on August 8, 2021. Warsaw becomes third European capital to host an IRONMAN event in 2021 with the new IRONMAN 70.3 Warsaw on June 6. more

Twitter


Facebook


YouTube


Sign up for FREE NEWSLETTER:

We will never share your email address or spam you.