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Morrison, Gossage, Edwards sweep Alpe d'Huez Long Course
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Wednesday 30th July 2014

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British success at the ninth edition of the EDF Alpe d'Huez Long Course Triathlon continued once again today, this time with a clean sweep of the top three female podium positions.

Won twice by four times Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington (who famously also finished second overall in 2008), the race was also won by Jodie Swallow in 2010, Cat Morrison in 2011 and Ritchie Nicholls last year.

Cat Morrison was returning this year for her second attempt, while Ironman UK, Ironman Wales and Ironman Lanzarote winner Lucy Gossage was also present to tick off a "bucket list" event for her, the pair clearly the two pre-race favourites. Both are comfortably qualified for Kona and so the challenges and beauty of this course will provide a great base for their preparation for October.

It was Cat Morrison who took her second win, primarily courtesy of her bike leg. A minute up on Gossage from the 2.2km swim in the cool waters of XXX, Morrison gained 7:45 over Gossage on the bike, and with the pair both running practically identical 1:26 run splits, the gap was just under nine minutes at the finish line. Third place went to Parys Edwards, who was the fastest Age Group athlete overall last September at the ITU World Championships in Hyde Park. Parys also took third recently at Ironman 70.3 Aarhus.

Australia's Todd Skipworth took the men's title.

EDF Alpe D'Huez Triathlon, Long Course - Wednesday 30th July 2014
2.2km / 115km / 22km

Pos Men Women
1st Todd Skipworth (AUS) 5:51:33 Catriona Morrison (GBR) 6:19:37
2nd Albert Moreno (ESP) 5:57:33 Lucy Gossage (GBR) 6:28:17
3rd Gwenael Ouilleres (FRA) 5:59:49 Parys Edwards (GBR) 6:43:33
4th Pakillo Fernandez (ESP) 6:04:47  
5th Colin Arros (FRA) 6:08:26  

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