Bergère wears No. 1 Cagliari as the clock ticks on Yee’s title challenge • World Triathlon
There may be no Hayden Wilde in Sardinia this weekend as attention turns to the first-ever WTCS Cagliari, but for those chasing the current Maurice Lacroix Ranking number one with just three races to go to determine the 2022 triathlon world champion, the goal is clear.
Wilde has won twice in 2022, so has Alex Yee, but the Briton has also only raced twice all season, while the Kiwi was able to add two silvers to his run. For Leo Bergère, three bronze and one silver is an impressive number of medals, but a WTCS gold remains elusive. Can either of them reign over the leader in his absence?
For those with fond memories, the WTCS Cagliari course doubles the length of the 2019 World Cup circuit on which Alistair Brownlee won gold, while reversing the direction of cycling and racing. It all starts with a 1.5km beach swim, a transition to fast flat 10 lap 40km bike riding, then a 5 lap/10km run to the strip and valuable world championship points heading for the penultimate race of the season in Bermuda. . Game very well.
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Wearing number one for only the second time in his career will be Leo Bergere, the Frenchman who has taken every opportunity that has presented itself this season to collect a handful of medals in the series and seemingly still in contention.
A regular top-10 finisher, the conversion to podium power began in earnest last year in Montreal when the 26-year-old launched a brilliant medal streak in six out of seven starts. Bergère may be a good runner, but he will surely need a significant lead on the bike if he is to hold off on some of the notable names that will befall him in the final 10km.
Two streak wins and a Commonwealth Games title have made 2022 a great year so far for Alex Yee, but he knows he will need a third WTCS gold medal in Cagliari to keep his title dreams alive. life. It was in 2017 that he suffered a horrific crash on the first hilly incarnation of Cagliari’s World Cup course, and it’s here that Yee will have to deliver again after winning in Yokohama and Montreal and going on. be crushed in Leeds.
Having missed out on Hamburg to focus on a successful Commonwealth Games, the 24-year-old will have faith in the decision to miss the Super League and focus on the world championship title. Hitting 3,000 points with two races to go will be exactly the setup he would want before heading into a showdown with Wilde in Bermuda and Abu Dhabi.
Big wins for Geens
Belgian Jelle Geens will also be confident of his chances of a title challenge, his win late last year in the Abu Dhabi first round followed by a solid enough top 10 to keep his name in the hunt. , and fresh memories of losing a sprint finish with Yee in the French GP finale in September to keep him motivated.
Moroccan Jawad Abdelmoula was surprised with World Cup gold at the end of 2021, then threw himself into the middle of the whirlwind of the WTCS with a top 10 in Montreal demonstrating his versatility and bronze in Hamburg his undeniable prowess. A first Olympic distance at this level will be another major test for the 28-year-old.
Matthew Hauser arrives in Cagliari after a few weeks of racing in the Super League, a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games and a first series silver medal in Hamburg. The Aussie is regaining the kind of form and confidence that no one doubted he was around the corner from, and he would love to get into the top 10 of the series with another big result here.
Return on injury in Cagliari
Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee is back in action after the crash that ended his WTCS Leeds with a broken elbow, and will be sent off for another showdown, while Brazilian Miguel Hidalgo is also making an injury return, ready to go. relaunch its own ambitions for the top 10 .
Spain’s three-time world champion Mario Mola is making just his second series start in two years after becoming a dad and recalibrating his career, and after missing class at Valencia in pursuit of Manoel Messias, it will be interesting to see how he will be fine. 10 km here. American Kevin McDowell also makes a welcome return alongside the irrepressible Richard Murray, with the 33-year-old continuing his quest for a place on the Paris 2024 starting line.
Japan’s Kenji Nener and Takumi Hojo, Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk, Dorian Coninx and Bence Bicsak (HUN) all have the potential to make a big impact on the race, while Norway’s Vetle Bergsvik Thorn will want to give Norwegian triathlon fans something something else to encourage this race. weekend outside of Hawaii.