On June 28-29, the city of Montreal will welcome athletes from around the world for the 2019 Groupe Copley World Triathlon. This year’s event will hold an age group sprint and Olympic triathlon, CAMTRI and WTS elite races, and the World Paratriathlon Series.
In the men’s WTS race, the win could go to anyone. Race number one, Henri Schoeman (RSA) could leapfrog WTS leader Vincent Luis (FRA) with a strong result. Luis will not be competing in Montreal.
Last year’s champion, Mario Mola (ESP) will try to defend his title and get back to his winning ways in the second part of the season. After earning his third world title in 2018, Mola has struggled in the past three WTS stops – 29th in Leeds and Yokohama, 26th in Bermuda. Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt is another name that has struggled early on this season. Despite the lack of results in 2019, Blummenfelt has had success in Montreal before – including a second place finish in 2018.
All eyes will be on Jacob Birtwhistle (AUS) to see how he follow-ups on his first WTS win earlier in June. Another name to keep an eye on is Canadian Tyler Mislawchuk. Already in 2019, Mislawchuk has collected two World Cup wins (Mooloolaba and Mexico) and will be looking to improve upon his 8th place finish from 2018.
Given that this year’s race will be a sprint, several athletes will have a shot at the win – including Fernando Alarza (ESP), Javier Gomez (ESP) and Richard Murray (RSA). You can follow the race on Twitter by using the hashtag #WTSMontreal, or you can watch the race live in full on TriathlonLIVE.tv.
In the women’s race, everyone will be chasing Katie Zaferes (USA). So far in 2019, Zaferes has won every WTS event – except for a second-place finish in Leeds. With a 600-point lead over Jessica Learmonth (GBR), the American will look to add to her advantage in Montreal.
The only person to have beaten Zaferes this season is Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR). Despite Zaferes dominance in 2019, the result didn’t come as a surprise. This year, Taylor-Brown has finished inside the top 10 at ever WTS event.
Canadian Joanna Brown is another contender. Last year, she finished fourth at WTS Montreal. In 2019, she earned her first WTS podium in Bermuda. Other medal hopefuls include Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle (AUS), Rachel Klamer (NED) and the rest of the US team – Chelsea Burns, Kirsten Kasper and Tamara Gorman. You can follow the race on Twitter by using the hashtag #WTSMontreal, or you can watch the race live in full on TriathlonLIVE.tv.
On Friday, Montreal will also host the World Paratriathlon Series (WPS). Triathlon Canada’s 2018 triathlete athlete of the year, Stefan Daniel headlines the Canadian team and will be looking to thrill the crowd with a win on home soil. The WPS will take place at Bassin Olympique on Parc Jean Drapeau. If you’re unable to watch in person, catch the action on TriathlonLIVE.tv.
The CAMTRI American Cup will also be taking this place this weekend in Montreal. Both the men’s and women’s race include a tonne of Canadian talent. Race number one, Charles Paquet will try to take the top step after two third-place finishes in Richmond and Bridgetown. In the women’s race, Canada’s Karol-Ann Roy, Elisabeth Boutin and Kira Gupta-Baltazar will all be trying to earn top finishes on home soil. Last year, Boutin, Gupta-Baltazar and Roy finished fifth, 11th and 13th.
You can follow the race on social media by using the hashtag #WTSMontreal, or you can watch the race live in full on TriathlonLIVE.tv.