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Mario Mola runs to Abu Dhabi victory
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Saturday 7th March 2015


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A non-wetsuit swim and a field which includes the names of Varga, Schoeman, Brownlee plus a group of talented French and Russian athletes meant only one thing – that the pace would be full gas from then gun in the men’s race today at World Triathlon Series Abu Dhabi.

Anthony Pujades (FRA) lead out of the water, with Jonathan Brownlee, unusually, 21 seconds back at T1. Despite the swim talent, it was a long line of athletes on to the bike to start the four lap bike course, with no obvious breaks from the swim. After an early attempt on the bike, by the end of the first 5km split there was a big group at the head of the race with all of the main contenders present.

The next 15km was uneventful, with no breaks and all set up for a 5km burn out. At the end of the bike, Jonathan Brownlee seemed to lose position at the head of the peloton and lost several seconds at the start of the run. Richard Murray hit the hammer right from the get go and soon it was a leading trio of Murray, Mario Mola and Vincent Luis head-to-head, with Jonathan Brownlee and Javier Gomez a few seconds off the pace, never able to recover. They were 10 second in arrears with 2.5km remaining, and would get no closer.

With around 1.5km remaining, a change of pace from an impressive looking Mario Mola saw him gain a commanding lead, while Luis just got the better of South African Murray over the last couple of hundred metres. Brownlee battled Silva for fourth place, with the Portuguese athlete winning that battle and Javier Gomez taking sixth.

Adam Bowden took 20th, Gordon Benson 27th, Conor Murphy (IRL) 30th, Mark Buckingham 31st and Bryan Keane 37th.

ITU World Triathlon Series Abu Dhabi – Saturday 7th March 2015
750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run

1st Mario Mola (ESP)
2nd Vincent Luis (FRA) +12
3rd Richard Muray (RSA) +18
4th Joao Silva (POR) +30
5th Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) +30
6th Javier Gomez (ESP) +39
7th Fernando Alarza (ESP) +44
8th Igor Polyanskiy (RUS) +45
9th Vincente Hernandez (ESP) +48
10th Sven Riederer (SUI) +55

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