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Learmonth and Hall dominate in Portugal
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 4th April 2016


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Learmonth and Hall time trial to Gold and Silver in Portugal

Who says all draft-legal races are the same? On Saturday the British pairing of Jessica Learmonth and Lucy Hall put their 'swim-bike' skills to best use at the Quarteira ETU Triathlon European Cup in Portugal to build such a lead at T2 that they were still minutes clear at the finish, despite the best efforts of the 'runners' to chase them. Bravery and teamwork can work.

Hall and Learmonth exited the water in first and second with Pamella Oliveira (BRA) and Maya Kingma (NED) for company, with the bulk of the field close on one minute in arrears. The Brits quickly turned four into two and went into full team time trial mode, cycling over three minutes quicker than everyone else in the race. The run saw Jessica (36:41) take the tape ahead of Lucy (37:34), and it was close on two minutes before France's Leonie Periault - a very close second in the Under-23 World Champs last year - would arrive to take the Bronze.

That's a first major international victory for Learmonth, while Hall starts 2016 in good style too after winning the European Under-23 Champs in a similar (but solo) style last year.

Quarteira ETU Triathlon European Cup, Portugal
1.5km / 40km / 10km

Pos Men Women
1st Aurelien Raphael (FRA) 1:49:42 Jessica Learmonth (GBR) 2:01:55
2nd Pedro Palma (POR) 1:49:47 Lucy Hall (GBR) 2:02:47
3rd David Castro Fajardo (ESP) 1:50:27 Leonie Periault (FRA) 2:04:39
4th Raphael Montoya (FRA) 1:50:42 Sandra Dodet (FRA) 2:04:59
5th Raoul Shaw (FRA) 1:50:47 Aileen Reid (IRL) 2:05:07

GB Men:

16th - Morgan Davies
20th - Christopher Perham
34th - Matthew Sharp
45th - James Teagle
50th - Iestyn Harrett

GB Women:

10th - Zoe Thomas
12th - Hannah Drewett
21st - Jenny Manners
DNF - India Lee, Grace Hobbs, Katie Synge


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