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Vincent Luis sprints to WTS Hamburg victory
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Saturday 18th July 2015

Tags  Hamburg  |  Javier Gomez  |  Mario Mola  |  Vincent Luis  |  WTS Hamburg

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Vincent Luis sprints to his first WTS victory in Hamburg

Slovakian super swimmer Richard Varga lead out of the 750m non-wetsuit swim, with the French pairing of Anthony Pujades and Aurelian Raphael on his heels. Reigning World Champion and 2015 points standings leader Javier Gomez (ESP) had a good start to his day just a couple of seconds later, alongside Henri Schoeman (RSA). The situation for Gomez and indeed David Luis (FRA) – second here last year, and with three WTS medals in three starts already in 2015 – improved further when Mario Mola (ESP) and Richard Murray (RSA) were among those 30+ second behind out of the water. They would have a tough ask to make the front pack on the bike.

The pacesetters in the swim were set on defending their efforts on two wheels, and as the dust settled a leading group of nine had built a margin of 37 seconds starting the penultimate bike lap. With that group including Gomez, Luis, Schoeman, Pujades, Varga, Tommy Zaferes (USA), Justus Nieschlag (GER), Dorian Coninx (FRA) and Aaron Royle (AUS) – and the gap growing slightly each lap – the medals looked as though they would be coming from that front pack. Gomez had never previously won a WTS event over the Sprint distance… was this his chance?

The status was set very quickly at the start of the run – Gomez and Luis were away and clear very quickly from their bike group, with Luis being very aggressive and looking to push ahead of the Spaniard. In no time at all, they were 20+ seconds clear. Into the last lap, this was going to be a head-to-head to the finish – the last three editions in Hamburg had been sprint finishes and this looked set for another.

With 400m to run Luis unleashed an impressive, explosive sprint and was able to pull away from Javier – and importantly maintain that effort to the line to take his first World Triathlon Series victory. Impressively, that was his fourth podium from four races in 2015. Behind Gomez, Mario Mola was able to run through the field to take the final podium position courtesy of a staggering 13:55 run split.

Gordon Benson took 28th (53:38), with Mark Buckingham 32nd (53:49)

Pos Men
1st Vincent Luis (FRA) 51:54
2nd Javier Gomez (ESP) +0:04
3rd Mario Mola (ESP) +0:26
4th Dorian Coninx (FRA) +0:36
5th Aaron Royle (AUS) +0:43
6th Henri Schoeman (RSA) +0:46
7th Anthony Pujades (FRA) +0:51
8th Richard Varga (SVK) +0:53
9th Joao Pereira (POR) +0:56
10th Justus Nieschlag (GER) +0:58

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