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Molinari, Cave win Cannes International
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Sunday 19th April 2015


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Today’s second edition of the Cannes International Triathlon brought swim, bike, run (and lycra) to add to the glamour, fashion, boutiques and stunning Promenade de la Croisette on the Mediterranean Coast. It also brought a strong international field, with a perhaps surprise – but very well deserved – winner.

Giulio Molinari (ITA) upstaged the two marquee names of Jan Frondeo and Sebastian Kienle, with a monster bike ride which brought him to T2 with a close-on five minute margin over Romain Guillaume (FRA) with the 2008 Olympic Champion around 30 seconds further back. Ironman World Champion Sebastian Kienle had even more to work for on the run, over eight minutes back at that stage on the flying Italian.

Frodeno quickly overtook Guillaume, and set his long legs into 'gazelle' mode, but the Italian was still looking strong. His success should really not be a surprise. He used a similar tactic whilst winning the 2014 ETU European Middle Distance Champs at Challenge Paguera, and also took a big win last season at Challenge Walchsee, Austria, over Richie Nicholls and Michael Raelert.

Despite the best efforts of Frodeno, Molinari never looked like giving up his position. "He was in another zip code on the bike today… and when you then add a solid run to that, then you win" Sebastian Kienle said to me post-race, impressed by the Italian’s efforts today. Kienle himself managed to make up for his disappointing (by his standards), bike leg, and pass Frenchman Guillaume to complete the podium.

Great Britain filled two of the three podium spots in the ladies race. Leanda Cave was first back to T2 after the marquee section of this event, the bike leg, and went on to take the title, ahead of Alexandra Tondeur (BEL), with Vanessa Raw – in the colours of her new Italian team – taking third place. Apologies for no more detailed information (at this stage…) on the ladies event – while they were still running, I was preparing to take part in the accompanying 1km / 40km / 8km event, and so I didn’t see the final stages. Updates to follow!

There will be more from Cannes this week, but I have to say it really is a great event in a stunning location, and 1500+ athletes thought so too. Watch this one continue to grow over the next few years.

Cannes International Triathlon (Long) – Sunday 19th April 2015
2km / 80km / 16km

MEN

1st Giulio Molinari (ITA) 3:46:32
2nd Jan Frodeno (GER) 3:48:08
3rd Sebastian Kienle (GER) 3:51:14
4th Romain Guillaume (FRA) 3:53:00
5th Herve Banti (MON) 3:54:19

WOMEN

1st Leanda Cave (GBR) 4:18:41
2nd Alexandra Tondeur (BEL) 4:22:19
3rd Vanessa Raw (GBR) 4:25:25
4th Charlotte Morel (FRA) 4:26:27
5th Michelle Vesterby (DEN)


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