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WTS Hamburg: It's Jorgensen again
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Saturday 18th July 2015

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Gwen Jorgensen takes hard earned win, as Vicky Holland and Non Stanford complete WTS Hamburg podium

The flat, city centre and spectator lined criterium style course of the World Triathlon Hamburg is always one of the highlights of the top tier of ITU racing. Could anyone stop the ten-race World Triathlon winning streak of the USA’s Gwen Jorgensen? Such is her dominance that she’s already maxed out her pre-Grand Final results, so even another win could not improve on her 4,000 points standing before the Chicago Grand Final.

The 750m non-wetsuit swim was lead out by Spain’s Carolina Routier, with Great Britain’s Sophie Coldwell through just a few seconds back in fourth place with the tall figure of Jorgensen on her shoulder. As you would expect over the sprint distance, the gaps were small, so fast transitions and early pace on the six lap bike course would determine the success, or not, of any breakaway attempts. Vicky Holland had an excellent swim too, with Jodie Stimpson and Non Stanford around 30 seconds down on Routier from a British perspective.

By the end of the bike leg 26 athletes transitioned into T2 within 10 seconds – an early lead group of 13 final caught in the last lap - that group containing Coldwell, Stanford and Holland – but not Stimpson, who had a mechanical issue and had to withdraw early into the bike ride.

The first kilometre of the run was very encouraging for British fans – Vicky Holland setting the pace, a few steps ahead of Non Stanford, Sarah True (USA), Laura Lindemann (GER) and Rachel Klamer (NED). In typical style, Jorgensen was closing back to that group after a relatively casual T2. As Jorgensen bridged that gap, Lindemann and Klamer went in the other direction to leave a lead group of four with 2.5km remaining. At the start of the final lap the Jorgensen surge came… but Holland went with her. If ten straight wins was to become 11, Vicky was certainly going to make her work for it. Could Vicky make it two wins in 2015 and capture the scalp of the seemingly invincible U.S. superstar?

With one kilometre remaining, Holland moved past Jorgensen to take the lead. It wasn’t decisive, but it was a statement of intent and lack of fear. Could the seemingly impossible happen? With 500m to go, Jorgensen picked up the pace and moved back into the lead – “she really pushed me” Jorgensen would say of Holland's efforts post-race – and had to keep the speed on to hold off Holland to the finish line and retain her Hamburg crown.

A superb effort from Holland was backed up by another British podium as Non Stanford outsprinted Sarah True for third. Holland now improves to fifth place overall in the 2015 WTS standings.

Sophie Coldwell finished 47th, 3:32 back at the finish line.

Pos Women
1st Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 57:08
2nd Vicky Holland (GBR) +0:05
3rd Non Stanford (GBR) +0:16
4th Sarah True (USA) +0:17
5th Rachel Klamer (NED) +0:30
6th Katie Zaferes (USA) +0:35
7th Laura Lindemann (GER) +0:40
8th Andrea Hewitt (NZL) +0:44
9th Annamaria Mazzetti (ITA) +0:52
10th Rebecca Robisch (GER) +1:03

Columbia Threadneedle Rankings after Hamburg

1st, Gwen Jorgensen (USA) - 4000
2nd, Katie Zaferes (USA) - 3645
3rd, Sarah True (USA) - 2951
4th, Andrea Hewitt (NZL) - 2910
5th, Vicky Holland (GBR) - 2126
19th, Non Stanford (GBR) - 1238
46th, Helen Jenkins (GBR) - 501
50th, Lucy Hall (GBR) - 409
53rd, Emma Pallant (GBR) - 397
65th, Jodie Stimpson (GBR) - 230
82nd, Sophie Coldwell (GBR) - 105
87th, Jessica Learmonth (GBR) - 83

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