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30th Jul 2012Issue 232

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What a brilliant, legendary week in British sport this is.

Wiggins and Froome dominate the Tour de France, Cavendish wins (again!) on the Champs Elysees, and on Friday we have the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Fingers crossed that Mark can repeat Sunday's heroics this Saturday in and around Box Hill to get us off to an amazing start.

Triathlon looks set too to be an truly iconic element of the Olympic Games. We took a look at Hyde Park this week, wow! "The triathlon will the pinnacle event of the Games, I have been telling everyone that for ages," Triathlon Competition Manager John Lunt told us this week. And he meant it. With British athletes expecting, not hoping, to perform very well in our sport, if this week has been incredible, isn't it great to think that the next two weeks could be even better?

Let the Games begin.

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Results

Weekend action

OK, so the big headliner of the weekend was Bradley Wiggins's historic win at the Tour, Chris Froome's second place, Mark Cavendish's stage win, etc, etc... Look out for a bonanza in the cycle trade as Joe Public seeks to emulate their success and it may well prove to be the case that the summer's sporting legacy is as much driven by yellow as it is by five different coloured rings. Just as Trek and Nike made a huge market out of Lance's success that effectively drove the entire industry for seven years you can expect Sky, Pinarello, et al to be making hay while the sun shines - and we had some of that too!

France notwithstanding the major action at home was undoubtedly Ironman UK and you can catch up on all the action in our report HERE. In the light of Friday's news that TriStar have pulled the elite prize fund for their race in Milton Keynes next weekend it's good to see that some of our home-grown long distance athletes have managed to get a payday in.

Over in Antwerp at the 70.3 another GB lady was making her mark, Susie Hignett took second place behind Nicola Spirig, there's a quick round-up on the action HERE. The pro field at Lake Placid was pretty small by normal standards, Andy Potts took the win by a 30 minute margin and new face Jessie Donavan was the fastest woman.

A new race in the Xtramile calendar is the Eirias Middle Distance event and the first edition was won by Adam Thomson (Tri 1st Race Team) and Pauline Griffin (Manchester Tri Club). Full results are HERE.

Votwo Events are definitely one of those organisers who like to try out new venues. We were up at Bedford with them a couple of weeks ago and this weekend they were at Boscombe which is proving to be a popular location for events on the South Coast for the first in a pair USN Salty Sea Dog races they will be holding there. Will Newbery topped out the sprint distance race with Anja Heijen heading the women's field (results HERE) while Lewis Holland and Leila De were the leaders in the supersprint distance (results HERE).

The Scott X Tri Series got another outing at the Durty Triathlon at St Mary's Loch in Selkirk. Graham Wadsworth (Specialized/USN/Sugoi) took the win ahead of a close-fought battle between Rory Downie and Doug Hall while Kerry MacPhee dominated the ladies field putting more than a quarter hour into her chasers. Full results for the long are HERE and the shorter distance race results are HERE.

Provisional results from the Kinetica Gower Sprint show wins for James Hockin and Celia Boothman and while we don't expect these to change there are a couple of queries and a world record pace run leg that mean we have left these on provisional so you can't assign them to your accounts yet. The full results are HERE but expect them to be updated during the week.

Sunday's racing, outside of the Ironman in Bolton, was headlined by the Markel Castle Series races at Castle Howard. The standard distance race was won by David Bishop (Bike Science Boardman Elite) and Catherine Jameson (GI Tri Bridgtown). All the results are on Stuart Steele's StuWeb site HERE.

Choosing coastal rivers seems to work for Raw Energy Pursuits, after their establised ironman-distance swim at Littlehampton the other week they broke new ground at Shoreham with a swim in the River Adur. Full results are HERE and we've been promised a report later.

Concept Sport's Fast Twitch series paid its annual visit to Marlborough and the race was pretty much dominated by Mark Threlfall (Total Fitness Bath) with a 1:18:00, nearly four minutes clear of Ian Gillam. Michelle Parsons (Worcester Tri Club) may be better known for her duathlon exploits but she's also a damn fine triathlete and picked up the winners trophy ahead of Cathy Cook (Swindon Tri). Full results are HERE.

Spare a thought for the Shetland Triathlon Club, while we were staring in unaccustomed awe at that big yellow thing in the sky they had to postpone their Sprint Triathlon owing to a "fairly extreme weather forecast"! Now that's a news item we hadn't expected to write this weekend...

FULL WEEKEND RESULTS LISTINGS

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FULL WEEKEND RESULTS LISTINGS

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