After the victory of Non Standford in the women's event, it was the turn of the men's competition also on sprint distance.
As far as the favorites were in the starting line Mario Mola, second in Montreal where he was reunited with the sensations of competition, Fernando Alarza, world leader, Vicent Luis second in the ranking, Javier Gómez Noya, Alex Yee, Jonathan Brownlee, Henry Schoeman or Montreal winner Jelle Geens among others.
As for the rest of the Spaniards participating in the event, Antonio Serrat and Roberto Sánchez Mantecón will be debuts in a WTS
The test started at 16: 30 hours with the 750 swimming meters with neoprene where a cut was made in the first buoy leaving the first was Richard Varga, one of the fastest in the circuit, two seconds ahead of Jonas Schomburg and Mark Devay. Vicent Luis was 11º to 10 seconds, Mola 23º to 17, Noya 31º to 20, Alarza 33º to 20 and Serrat 34º to 21 seconds.
In the first kilometers of the cycling sector, the two groups were unified, with all the favorites in the squad of some 50 units. Although it was not raining the asphalt was wet, so it was dangerous driving in a group as numerous as it was in the women's event, where the world leader Katie Zaferes Suffered a fall, losing all victory options.
In the second round, one fall of Alex Yee with chain exit included, it left him a little behind (27 seconds) and although he tried to enter the group again he could not and he was distancing himself from the peloton, leaving him without options.
In the third round those who were ahead in the peloton suffered a fall, being involved Fernando Alarza , Roberto Sánchez Mantecón, Henry Schoeman o Jonathan Bronwlee among others, staying behind very late losing more than 1 minute.
Mario Mola, Gomez Noya, Antonio Serrat, Vicent Luis and Kristian Blummenfelt among others were not involved and remained in the leading group.
Finally the head squad arrived stretched to the T2 with Mola in the head preparing for the 5 decisive kilometers of running race. Roberto Sánchez, Henri Schoeman and Alex Yee arrived at 1: 35 and Fernando Alarza at 2: 29 with no options for the race.
In the first meters of the race on foot the German Jonas Schombur attacked leaving ahead trying to make a difference on the rest of the triathletes. However from behind the group slowly stretched with Jelle Geens in the head reached him in the absence of 4 kilometers. At that moment the Belgian tried to leave with a strong acceleration, although he did not succeed.
In the passage through the first round passed the group of 9 units very close together with Mola, Noya, Luis, Geens, Van Riel, Wilde, Birthwistle, Bergere and Nieschalg. From that moment we saw how Mario took the lead trying to break the group, leaving behind Noya and Nieschalg.
In the absence of 200 meters Vicent Luis launched an attack leaving with Birthwistle to fight for victory. In a spectacular end of career Jacob Birthwistle got the victory followed by Vicent Luis y Jelle geens third. Mario Mola it has been fourth and Leo Bergere fifth.
Javier Gómez Noya has been eighth and Antonio Serrat 13 º Fernando Alarza It has been 45º and Roberto Sanchez Mantecón 47 º
Vicent Luis world leader Javier Gómez Noya second and Fernando Alarza third
With his second victory in the WTS 2019, the French Vicent Luis rise again to the first position of the world.
Javier Gómez Noya go up to second place with 3.687 points and Fernando Alarza (3.282) drops one position to the third. Mario Mola (2.971) continues to climb positions and is already fifth.
2 tests remain, one in sprint distance and one in olympic
We remember that the score is based on adding the 5 best performances of the circuit and the position that is made in the Grand Final of Lausanne (Switzerland).
After the 6 test, everything is very open, and there are still two competitions to be played, one in sprint distance Edmonton (Canada) and another in Olympic with the Grand Final of Lausanne.
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