Javier Gómez Noya regains confidence after the Kitzbuhel race. If you look back a month ago, you have reason to be optimistic about the last stretch of preparation before the London Olympics, even if compared to Alistair Brownlee, winner in Austria, sees that the British fly today "to another level", as he acknowledged. The Ferrol triathlete aims for a medal in London, but at the same time sees how the gold becomes more expensive due to the outstanding form of the Englishman, his great rival of the last four years. Jonathan, the little brother, sneaked onto the podium between them.
«A month ago Javi couldn't even run, and now he has just beaten everyone who is going to be in London except the Brownlee brothers. It's like to be happy ", considers the coach of Ferrol, the Asturian Omar González.
The data corroborate that feeling of good form. «Last season, on the same circuit and conditions as Kitzbuhel, Alistair ran the final ten thousand at 31.01, while Javi did it on Sunday at 30.50. Comparing those times, I would have beaten him. But the Englishman lowered his record this time to 29.51. It means a huge credit to you. To catch up with him we have to go up a lot and for him to go down », admits González, aware that there are still six weeks to go until the Olympic event in Hyde Park.
The fastest pace at the end of the race is not given because the previous 40 kilometers of cycling were smooth, but quite the opposite, as the British team tried to break the race there. The bicycle sector was completed in one minute less than last year.
More details determine Kitzbuhel's career. Gomez Noya lost twelve seconds to Alistair Brownlee in both transitions. When getting on the bike, he had problems with a helmet, for example. Nuances that were taking him away from the triumph. There was more, of which he draws conclusions for London, according to his surroundings.
At the beginning of the final 10.000 on foot, the Ferrol wanted to keep up with the devastating pace of the British, and it was very worn out. His environment considers that, without the necessary form due to the virus that disrupted his preparation a month ago, he should have gone at his own pace at the beginning. In fact, when he let the Brownlees go, he did much better. In the end, he managed to reduce the difference to 14 seconds with respect to Jonathan Brownlee, which became 30.