We have made a study of the top10 of the WTS where the victory was decided in the T2.
The transitions are the so-called "4º sector" of a triathlon. In medium and long distance they are not usually important, but in tests with drafting they are often decisive in the final result. The T1 is very important not to lose the race options, a mistake when removing the neoprene and when climbing the bike can lose valuable seconds ... and with it the peloton that allows to compete in the competition. On the other hand, an error in the T2 makes it necessary to perform a few meters of running on foot too fast, which can later be paid at the end of the race.
In the year 2007 Javier Gómez Noya He arrived as the top favorite at the Hamburg World Cup but a bad T2 cost him the title. Despite making the best partial on foot Javi "alone" could achieve the silver medal after the German Daniel Hunger who was the best ... in the T2.
Months before in the World Cup in Madrid that same year Javi was 2º also despite making the best partial on foot, the victory was for the Czech Ospaly who was 6 '' better than Noya in the second transition. The hard stick suffered especially in the world-wide one caused that during the following years Noya was still more complete, being also the best one in the T2, which also has been worth to him to gain races.
We all remember the sprint of Javier and Alistair in the WTS of Yokohama where the Galician took the victory. In practically all the chronicles and stories published about this race the headline was "Noya beats sprint to Brownlee" ... a "wrong" data because Alistair was the best on foot that day 29''43 while Javi marked 29''45. On the other hand Noya was 3 '' better than the Olympic champion, so he won the race at the T2.
In addition to this analysis of the T2 in the WTS of Yokohama in Triathlon News we have made a study of the top10 / all WTS where we have observed that several positions are decided in the T2. In this analysis the triathlete who finishes in the best final position performs the worst time on foot but better time in the T2 than the one who ends up just behind him / her.
In addition to the previously mentioned by Javier and Alistair, in the women's competition Aileen Reid got the 6ª square to the detriment of Non Stanford thanks to being better in the T2 despite the fact that the British made better race on foot.
In the women's competition Andrea Hewitt 6ª with a time of 56'31 '' and Bárbara Riveros 7ª to 1 '' by Hewitt. Andrea was 2 '' best in the T2 and Barbara 1 '' best in the running race.
In the men's competition the same thing happened, J. Nieschlag was 9º for 1 '' of difference with respect to T. Mistawchuk, being this better on foot, but the first one better in the T2
In the women's competition Rache Klamer finished 5ª, her final time was 57'38 '', in T2 she invested 20 '' and in the 16'24 '' foot race. On the other hand Katie Zaferes 6ª that day achieved a time of 57'39 '', 24 '' in the T2 and 16''19 ''.
Mario Mola was 3º for a "slow" transition of Vicent Luis who left 7 "with the Balearic Islands. It was no use to the Frenchman to be the best on foot that day. The same thing happened to Vicente Hernández who won the 7ª place thanks to being 2 "better in the T2 than Andrew Yorke who did the 1 walking" better than the canary.
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