10 days for the race of the year: the Abu Dhabi World Series

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Only 10 days remain for the start of the 2018 triathlon world, with the first appointment at the WTS in Abu Dhabi. It will be the 10ª season that the title of world champion is decided in several competitions and not a single race as was done from 1989 to 2008.

The next 2 Friday in March will be the first round of the 2018 triathlon world championships. WTS of Abu Dhabi, a test that presents an impressive start list in both male and female categories.

There have been three editions of the WTS in Abu Dhabi, in 2015 and 2016 the victory was for Mario Mola and in 2017 for Javier Gómez NoyaTherefore only Spanish triathletes know what it is to catch the ribbon of winners in goal. Will the streak continue in 2018? Let's hope so.

The men will be the first to compete and the Triarmada will be represented by Mario Mola, current world champion, Fernando Alarza, 5º in WTS 2017, Vicente Hernández 13º last year in the WTS and Uxío Abuín 24º in the ITU world ranking. No country of those competing in Abu Dhabi present four top25 world triathletes.

As we have mentioned before, the starting list is impressive, it will possibly be the best race of the year, since it will be difficult for the best ones to coincide again. In the men's category are all the world medalists from 2011 except for Javier Gomez Not now: Alistair Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee, Mario Mola, Fernando Alarza, Vicent Luis, Dmnitri Polianski, y Kristian Blummenfelt, the great revelation of 2017 and the only triathlete capable of beating Noya in olympic distance and middle distance in the same season. In addition to all those mentioned, they also stand out Richard Murray y Henri Shoeman

As regards the female category, the only Spanish representative, as has been the case in many of the WTS last year, will be Carolina Routier, the best Spanish in the world ranking the last two seasons and the one that has achieved the best partial result of a Spanish in WTS (4ª Edmonton 2015)

Just like men, practically all the great triathletes of today, except for Gwen Jorgensen focused on athletics. The big favorite is the triathlete of Bermundas and current world champion Flora Duffy Also note the presence of the Australian Ashleigh Gentle, current silver medal, the New Zealand Andrea Hewitt, the American block with Katie Zaferes y Summer Cook and the British bloc with Learmonth, The Netherlands y Standford.

The race will take place under sprint distance, 750m of swimming, 20km of cycling, divided in 5 laps of 4km by the circuit of F1 of Yas Marina and 5km of race on foot, two round of 2,5km.

Photo: Janos Smith ITU Media

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