Today was expected in Laussane (Switzerland) the expected Grand Final of the World Triathlon Series, in the most exciting edition of the last years since up to 6 trialtets had odds to get the world title.
In one season there have been 17 triathletes who have achieved podium and only Jacob Birtwhisle has achieved two victories.
Today's test was reached with Vicent Luis as leader with 397 points advantage over Mario Mola and 493 points over Javier Gómez Noya. Fernando Alarza was fourth and completed the Spanish participation Antonio Serrat.
The Frenchman depended on himself to get the title since he was worth it with being fifth as long as Mario Mola won.
It must be remembered that Luis has achieved the last two victories in the Grand Final (2017 and 2018) so he always comes to this event in a great moment of form.
The competition was played on Olympic distance with a cycling sector with two ascents that have marked the test.
The test began at 14:20 with the 1.500 meters of swimming without wetsuit where the first to get out of the water was Henry Schoeman followed by Polyanskiy, Varga and Vicent Luis. Antonio Serrat 11th, Javier Gómez Noya 14th and Mario Mola were 20 seconds behind in this first very compact group.
At the beginning of the cycling sector, hard with very strong climbs, a group of 14 was formed in the lead with Noya, Brownlee, Luis, Van Riel, Blummenfelt or Serrat followed 12 seconds by a second group where Mola, Alarza or Birthwhisle were in seeks to cut the distances.
In the passage through the second round, the group was unified with 23 units and with all the Spanish and favorites where the Norwegian trio (Gustav Iden, Kristian Blummenfelt and Casper Stornes) were, who came wanting to impose a strong rhythm. The second group went to 20 seconds.
On the third lap the two groups were unified, again leaving the options open for all trialtets. Within 1 minute the chasing group where Alex Yee or the Frenchman Le Corre, among others, passed.
Finally, the group came unified to T2 with 23 in the lead, where we saw a fast and very important transition where they all came out very close together.
Blummenfelt was the first to try to leave, although the persecuting group led by Mola followed by Vicent Luis, Noya, Alarza and the Norwegians Iden and Stornes trying to reach him.
In passing through the first lap the group caught up to Blummenfelt passing Mola in the lead with a strong pace leaving Noya and Stornes leaving the group with 5 units.
Mola with a strong rhythm kept breaking the group this time leaving Alarza and Iden in the second lap.
A little before km 5 of the race Blummenfelt tried a new attack on a descent and this time he did open a gap, going through the last lap with 15 seconds compared to Mola and Luis.
At 3 kilometers to goal Mola left his training partner Vicent Luis who suffered a slump to try to reach the Norwegian and fight for the victory of the Grand Final.
Finally the norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt got the victory with a time of 1:50:46 followed by Mario Mola followed (1: 53: 03) by Fernando Alarza (1:51:18) which has finished in third position.
Gustav Iden it has been fourth and Vicent Luis fifth he has achieved his first world title Javier Gómez Noya it was 6º and Antonio Serrat 21 º
Mario Mola second, Javier Gómez Noya third and Fernando Alarza fourth in the World Ranking
This is the provisional classification of the 2019 World Ranking
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