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Vicky Holland wins WTS Edmonton
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Posted on: Sunday 6th September 2015

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Vicky Holland of Great Britain took her second World Triathlon Series victory of the season today in Edmonton, Canada, a race run in cold and wet conditions.

The venue of the 2014 ITU Grand Final today hosted the penultimate round of the 2015 World Triathlon Series. Coming two weeks before the finale in Chicago, this years event was run over the Sprint distance.

With the top three U.S athletes (Jorgensen, Zaferes and True), absent, the podium positions looked more open than they had all year, and with no previous Edmonton podium finishers racing, there was a guarantee of new names collecting the medals today.

The British team looked strong, with Vicky Holland, Non Stanford and Helen Jenkins in the line up – only Jodie Stimpson missing from our current four world-class ITU podium finishers. With cold water, persistent rain and significant wind-chill which meant that many of the athletes racing had additional layers under their race suits, there were whispers that, perhaps, there was an outside chance of a British podium sweep. That hope would prove just a touch optimistic.

Though only nine minutes long for the leaders, the swim would split up the field significantly. As the early bikes miles sorted out the field, a leading group of 15 were away and clear. Holland and Jenkins were safely part of that group – but after exiting the water 50 seconds in arrears of Carolina Routier (ESP), Non Stanford has missed out and was in the chase pack which would remain consistently around 40-50 seconds back throughout, as the front group were working well, driven along throughout by the in-form Flora Duffy (BER). Helen Jenkins was unusually quiet during the cycle leg, safely in that lead group – was she saving her efforts for the run?

Despite a somewhat pedestrian T2 due to the cold conditions and difficulty in removing helmet and slipping into soaked running shoes, Vicky Holland remained calm and within a kilometre had made her way to the head of the race, with just Flora Duffy for company. She was looking fantastic – and while Duffy was looking good too, the difference in their respective breathing was quite apparent from the live coverage – Duffy was working very hard, Holland was under control.

The hoped for progress on the run from Jenkins didn’t materialise. She didn’t look comfortable from the start, and rather than heading towards the front from that lead group on the bike, she would eventually drift back through the field to finish 27th, 2:44 in arrears. It was a tough day, and hopefully she will be back to form for Chicago.

Holland never looked trouble once she pulled away from Duffy, who in turn would maintain her second place for a career best result, her second WTS podium this year following third place in Abu Dhabi. Australia’s Gillian Backhouse was overcome with emotion in taking third, her first career WTS podium.

Non Stanford finished well – her 16:52 run split was the fastest of the day by 22 seconds (versus the 17:14 of Vicky Holland), and while she’ll likely be frustrated to have missed that lead group on the bike, she can go to Chicago in two weeks time confident that she is in good fitness.

ITU World Triathlon Edmonton – Sunday 6th September 2015
750m / 20km / 5km

1st – Vicky Holland (GBR) 58:55
2nd – Flora Duffy (BER) +0.09
3rd – Gillian Backhouse (AUS) +0.15
4th - Carolina Routier (ESP) +0.25
5th - Anja Knapp (GER) +0.46
6th – Non Stanford (GBR) +0.49
7th – Emma Moffatt (AUS) +0.57
8tt – Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) +0.57
9th – Claudia Rivas (MEX) +0.59
10th – Kirsten Sweetland (CAN) +1:02

Columbia Threadneedle Rankings after World Triathlon Stockholm

Pos Women
1st Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 4000
2nd Katie Zaferes (USA) 3700
3rd Sarah True (USA) 3322
4th Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 3131
5th Vicky Holland (GBR) 2926
6th Flora Duffy (BER) 2749
7th Rachel Klamer (NED) 2220
8th Emma Moffatt (AUS) 2211
9th Barbara Riveros (CHI) 2118
10th Rebecca Robisch (GER) 2086

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