The Spanish Javier Gómez Noya, double world and European triathlon champion, who this Saturday will be the great attraction in the World Cup event to be held in Madrid, where the leader of the competition arrives, told EFE that he "always" goes out to win and that he will do so this weekend.
«I always go out to win; If you don't go out to win, they'll pass you by, "he explained in a telephone interview with EFE from the Madrid town of Tres Cantos, where he has been concentrating for the last eight days preparing for the Madrid Casa de Campo test, together with his technician - the Asturian Omar González- the Galician champion.
Gómez Noya returned to Spain on May 23 after competing with his team (EC Satrouville) in a test of the French Grand Prix (which he won in Dunkirk), to outline the two tests he has this month, which are very important for him: the World Cup in Madrid and the European Championship in Pontevedra, where he will fight, on the last weekend of June, for a third continental title.
“I wanted to acclimatize, because the Madrid test is always difficult for me. Maybe because of the altitude, since I usually train at sea level. This time it seems that there will be less heat than last year and that will be good for me. And that the test is played at ten in the morning, too, "the double world champion of Olympic sport, who joins swimming with cycling and running, told Efe.
Gómez Noya won the inaugural test of the World Cup, last April in Sydney (Australia), which is worth it to enter Madrid leader, given that, due to the Fukushima catastrophe, it was postponed, until September -after the Great Beijing final- and scoring for next year's World Cup, the second race, scheduled a few weeks ago in Yokohama, also in Japan.
“The postponement of Yokohama didn't change my plans much either and it didn't affect me as much. The one in Madrid is a very important event, because it is the World Cup and it motivates me, but this time the European is almost even more important, because it is a race that decides a title and this time it is held in Pontevedra, at home, "he said. Gomez Noya.
"That does not mean that in Madrid I am not going to go out and try to do the best I can. The objective is to win. I always want to win. Although the level is very high and that will not be easy. But if you don't come up with the idea of winning, you don't win. They pass you by, ”the Ferrol triathlete born in Basel (Switzerland) 28 years ago told Efe.
«In Madrid I think they will be, except (the British) Tim Don, all the best. I don't know if thanks to the postponement of Yokohama or not. But practically everyone will be there. And, above all, the (English brothers Alistair and Jonathan) Brownlee stand out, who are the ones who set the level right now. After what I have seen in the last sprint events in France, I can guarantee you that they are very strong, "he declared.
"They are very similar," explained Javi, about the English brothers, with whom he shares a team in the French club league.
"Alistair is a point above, but Jonathan is very strong, as he showed last year in London and this one in Sydney (he was second, behind him, in both tests). For me, they are the two big favorites for Saturday in Madrid, "he told Efe Gómez Noya, who, starting tomorrow, Wednesday, will already be in the Spanish capital focused on all the events related to the World Cup event.
“The Spanish I don't know how they come, because I haven't seen them for a long time, but (the Galician) Iván (Raña, world champion in 2002) has a lot of experience and Madrid motivates him, so he can do it well. He had good races this year and he will be there for sure. (The Balearic) Mario (Mola), depending on the swimming, can be dangerous. And Ramón (Ejeda), who lives in Madrid, will have extra motivation ”, he commented.
«In girls, (the Gipuzkoan) Ainhoa (Murúa) is at a high level. The circuit is tough and it can come in handy. (The Biscayan) Zuriñe (Rodríguez) and (the Madrilenian) Marina (Damlaimcourt) will try to score points, "said Javi, for whom the Casa de Campo circuit" is one of the toughest in the World Cup. "
«It is hard, above all, because of the eight ascents by bike to the slope of the cable car, of about 800 meters. And if it's hot, it will be even harder. Running, on the way it 'stings' up; and in the return, down. Madrid is more of a test of endurance and strength than a fast race. It will be hard, "concluded Gómez Noya.