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Leanda Cave wins Cannes International Triathlon
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 18th April 2016


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Leanda Cave defends in Cannes as Vanessa Raw crashes out

The Polar Cannes International Triathlon was one of our favourite trips of 2015, and last years edition saw two British athletes, Leanda Cave (first) and Vanessa Raw (third) on the podium.

Both were back again, but would have contrasting days. Defending champion Cave exited the 2km swim just a handful of seconds behind Charlotte Morel (FRA), but importantly five minutes ahead of last year's second placer, Alexandra Tondeur (BEL).On to the bikes and that swim deficit would prove key for both Tondeur and eventual third place finisher Celine Boursrez (FRA), who gave up six and half minutes to cave in the swim off of Palm Beach. Both Tondeur (three minutes) and Bousrez (four and half minutes) would gain time on Leanda over the challenging bike course, made even more tricky by rain, it wasn't enough to close the gap by T2. With Cave and Tondeur running very similar times over the pan flat 16km, four lap circuit, it was Cave who would come home the winner for the second year.

The day didn't go to plan for Vanessa Raw, who crashed on the slippy roads. Thankfully, not quite as serious as her major smash last year so we hope that no major damage done ahead of upcoming Ironman races in Texas

In the men's race, defending champion Giulio Molinari (ITA) and Thomas Steger (AUT) would set the pace on the bike in what was a quality and deep field, but the run would be the key and result in a French win courtesy of Etienne Diemunsch who would catch and pass Molinari for a winning margin of just 29 seconds. Germany's Andreas Raelert, second in Kona (again) kast year, followed just over a minute later. Though perhaps lower profile than several others in the event, Diemunsch is a class athlete with several ITU World Cup wins on his CV along with European and World Duathlon Championship wins at Under-23 level.

Polar Cannes International Triathlon - Sunday 17th April 2016
2km / 80km / 16km

Pos Men Women
1st Etienne Diemunsch (FRA) 3:30:08 Leanda Cave (GBR) 4:06:17
2nd Giulio Molinari (ITA) 3:30:37 Alexandra Tondeur (BEL) 4:07:42
3rd Andreas Raelert (GER) 3:31:52 Celine Boursrez (FRA) 4:10:50
4th Patrick Lange (GER) 3:33:25 Marta Bernardi (ITA) 4:14:40
5th Thomas Steger (AUT) 3:34:30 Michelle Vesterby (DEN) 4:21:54

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